ANNOUNCEMENTS

The attendance at the November 27th  worship service was 82.

The flowers gracing the altar for the December 4th worship service are presented to the glory of God by Erik & Susan Frombach.

The flowers gracing the chancel for the December 4th worship service are presented to the glory of God and in loving memory of Skip Petree on his birthday by his wife Sue and family.

Again, this year the Luther League will deliver your Christmas cards to other members of the congregation.  Just drop your cards in the red mail box on the table in the narthex.  Donations to the Luther League are always welcome (suggested donation is $.25 per card).  Please send to those who regularly attend or to our shut-ins close by so they can be delivered by hand.

Everyone is welcome to go caroling with the church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th.  We will have a time of fellowship with cookies, snacks, and drinks afterwards.

Christmas poinsettia orders are now being accepted.  The only color available this year is red.  The cost is $8.75.  Please return orders with your payment to Edie Zschoche or Jean Chiapelli by December 11th.

This season we will have another service.  On December 21st, there will be a Blue Christmas Service.  Christmas is not always bright and cheery for all people.  It can be a time of feeling isolated and lonely.  A Blue Christmas Service is to know that it's okay to feel that way and to deal with losses that life can give, and still celebrate that God is with us as He sent His Son to save us.

The church office is closed for the the week of December 4th.  The secretary is on vacation.

This year we will offer two services on Christmas Eve, so that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  The times will be 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  ATTENTION--PARKING LOT CONGREGATION--Communion on Christmas Eve will be offered in the parking lot at the 4:30 service only.

Please come out to the LIVE NATIVITY sponsored by the Conemaugh Township Area Ministries, at Davidsville Community Church on Friday, December 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. to experience the real reason for the season.  A flyer is enclosed in today's bulletin asking for your help with donation of baked goods and setting up and tear down of sets.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

The Kids Klub will present their Christmas program during worship on December 18th. 

We will be decorating the Christmas trees after worship on Sunday, December 4th.  Any and all help is appreciated.

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At the congregational meeting, it was suggested that we put a monthly announcement in the bulletin concerning the status of the roof fund.  Initially, the money for the new roof was borrowed from the Parsonage Fund with the stipulation that we would pay that fund back.  As of November 13, 2022 the status of the Parsonage Fund is as follows:

                    Money borrowed from Parsonage Fund for Roof--$71,050

                    Offerings to Pay Back Parsonage Fund--$8,972.22

                    Balance to Pay Back from Roof--$62,077.78

                    Money borrowed from Parsonage Fund for Furnace--$9300

                    TOTAL OWED TO PARSONAGE FUND--$71,377.78

Sisters in Christ invites you to an evening with Luella Krieger's Biblical portrayal of Ruth.  Men, women, and children are invited to attend this event.  Please join us on Thursday, December 15th at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. David's Lutheran Church located at 401 Main Street, Davidsville.

After many faithful years of serving St. Thomas as our custodian, Cindy Shaffer is retiring.  The church council will be searching for a new custodian.  If you are interested in applying for the job, please pick up a job description of the duties of the custodian from Kathy Shaulis in the church office and submit and application/cover letter with your salary requirements.  Applications are due December 12th.

The December schedule for acolytes, lectors, and communion assistants is posted on the bulletin board.  Please check the schedule if you volunteer for any of these.

The lectors for December are Ron Costlow, Dave Thomas, Ron Coughenour, Tim Thomas, and Jennifer Seese.  Please pick up your readings on the table in the narthex.

Upcoming Dates:

December 4--Second Sunday of Advent

                          Decorate Christmas trees after worship

                          5:15--Kids Klub & Catechism

                          6:30--Luther League

December 9 & 10--Live Nativity @ Davidsville Community Church

                               Cookies and other baked goods should be brought to the 
                              Live Nativity on the 9th in the morning.  Come out and
                              support this ministry of the Conemaugh Township Ministry

December 11--Third Sunday of Advent

                            5:15--Kids Klub

                            6:30--Luther League

December 13--7:00 p.m.--Church Council Meeting

December 16--Luther League Bowling Night

December 18--Fourth Sunday of Advent

                            Kids Klub Christmas Program during worship

                            Christmas Caroling in the afternoon--time TBA

December 21--Blue Christmas Service--7:00 p.m.

December 24--4:30 p.m.and 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship

                            (4:30 is the only service for transmitting to the parking lot &
                           parking lot communion)

December 25--Christmas Morning Celebration

January 1--Service of Carols and Lessons

 

If anyone wishes to give money to help Ukraine, place in the memo line of your check S.O.N. (Spiritual Orphans Network).  They are helping many escape to safe places, especially women and children.  They are also buying needed food, bedding, medicine, and other needed items.