Weekly Bulletin

 The United Methodist Churches of Cresco and Zion
  December 16, 2018
Pastor Kayla Lange-Carney
Cresco Church Service - Saturday 5:00 P.M. 
Zion Service - Sunday 8:30 A.M. 
First Church Service - Sunday at 10:00 A.M.

Prelude—Lois Amundson
Worship Leader—Vicki Reinhart
Welcome/Announcements-Please pass the friendship pads.

*Call to Worship
L: God comes!  So don’t let go of all the reasons to rejoice.
P: We will sing a song of Advent to the One who fills our lives with joy.
L: God comes!  So don’t stop lifting your prayers with thanksgiving.
P: We will sing a song of Advent, to the One who hears our words and silence.
L: God comes!  So don’t stop giving your hearts to God.
We will sing a song of Advent to the One who graces us with a peace we cannot begin to understand.

*Opening Prayer
Lord, grant your Spirit to come this morning and remind us of the joy of our salvation.  Turn us in faith to thanksgiving and proclamation of the glorious works you have done.  Help us sing for joy for you have promised us that you will be in our midst as we have gathered here this morning to hear from you.  Amen.

*Hymn #218— “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
Prayers of the People
The Sharing of Our Joys and Concerns
Preparing to Pray-TFWS #2200—“O Lord, Hear My Prayer"
The Pastoral Prayer                
The Lord’s Prayer

Advent Reading—Jason, Angie, Zachary and Jillian Dobbs
TFWS #2090— “Light the Advent Candle” (verse 3)

The Sharing of our Tithes, Gifts and Offerings
     Zachary Dobbs— “Ode to Joy”
           “Good King Wenceslas”—duet with Jason
     Jillian Dobbs— “Little Drummer Boy”
       “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella”—piano duet
    * “The Doxology”—Hymn #95

“Silent Night”

Characters (in order of appearance):
Mary—Jillian Dobbs
Narrator—Blaire Cummings
Angel Gabriel—Chance Carter
Joseph—Connor Carter
Angels (in no specific order)-Jaclyn Cummings, Kayler Sovereign, Harper Reis, Campbell Reis, Auggie Loveless, Immi Loveless
Shepherds/Wise Men—Zachary Dobbs,
Tate Cummings, Devin Wicks
Star-Livia McCabe

Christmas Carols:
“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”-p. 196— Congregation
“Away in a Manger”—Sunday School children
“We Three Kings”—Trumpet duet-Chance and Connor Carter
“Silent Night”-p. 239—Verse 1-Sunday School Children
    Verses 2-4-Congregation
Surprise Song—Sunday School Children

Postlude— “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”—Trumpet duet-
Chance and Connor Carter

**During the postlude, the children will be seated in the front pews.  Their parents should then come to the front of the church also.

Thank You to:
Pastor Kayla-writing the script for the play
Marleen Burgess & Melodee Balk—Sunday School teacher and Children’s Choir director
Julie Carter, Angie Dobbs, Peggy Loveless- Assistants


V Monday, December 17
Items for the January newsletter are due in the office
V Wednesday, December 19
Bible study-9:15 A.M.
Choir-following caroling
V Saturday, December 22
Saturday worship-5:00 P.M.

V Sunday, December 23
           Zion service-8:30 A.M.
           NO Sunday School
           First Church service-10:00 A.M.
           Zion’s Christmas Program & Candle Light Service-6:00P.M.

V The Christmas Eve service will be Monday, December 24th at 5:00 P.M. at First Church.
V On Wednesday, December 26th the office will be closed and there will be NO Bible study or choir.
V There also will be NO Sunday School Sunday, December 30th.
V Because December has 5 Sundays, December 30th will be a combined service at Cresco at 10:00 A.M. 
V January is our month for Meals on Wheels.  The sign up sheet is at the back of the sanctuary.
V There are sign up sheets at the back for lighting candles and serving treats for fellowship.
V Juleneks, a bundle of wheat, with a red ribbon are available again this year at the Cresco Chamber (563-547-3434) or  from Vicki Grube (563-203-0186).  They are a project of the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation that provides food for our feathered friends and  meals to needy people. 
V The church’s YouTube channel can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyx_TT0gmbhozc5BSjcyljg or by searching for Cresco UMC YouTube.
V The church’s email address is crescoumc@gmail.com and the church secretary’s email address is umc@outlook.com.
V The NE District Weekly on Wednesday’s website is
       northeast.iaumc.org/weeklyonwednesday. Click on the date

V Have a great day and a great week!