SUNDAY WORSHIP IN DECEMBER
Celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas with us on Sundays at 11:00 with special worship events, and sermons to help us understand why Christ came.
12/3/2017 Chrismon Service
12/10/2017 Mark 1:1-8
12/17/2017 Choir Cantata
12/24/2017 Isaiah 61:1-7
12/31/2017 West Virginia Mission Trip Presentation
Chrismons are sacred symbols that express our faith and remind us of Jesus Christ. Join us for worship on December 3 as we begin the Advent season by learning about the chrismons we will put on the tree.
During worship on December 17 the choir will present the Christmas cantata “A Night for Rejoicing.” The music will help you celebrate Christ’s coming in a new and powerful way!
CHRISTMAS EVE AT OLD UNION
Join us for a traditional Christmas Eve service, beginning at 7:30. The service will include special music, an original Christmas tale, carols, communion, and candle-lighting. Make this service part of your family’s Christmas tradition!
MISSION TRIP PRESENTATION
In August Old Union organized a team of 14 people to help with rebuilding efforts in West Virginia after the June 2016 floods. During worship on December 31, team members will talk about their experience, how they saw God at work, and the people they helped in Christ’s name.
12/10/2017 Sherry C.
12/24/2017 11:00: To Be Announced
12/24/2017 Christmas Eve: Jessica S.& Abena B.
12/31/2017 To Be Announced
If you enjoy Christmas carols and spreading holiday cheer, then you’ll want to be part of the band of merry carolers who will meet at the church at 6:30 on December 9 to visit the elderly and shut-ins from our church and community. You don’t need to be a good singer: just someone who wants to share the love of Christ with others!
If you can’t join us on the 9th, or if you’d like a second opportunity to sing Christmas carols, meet us at Penn Mar apartments in Mars on Tuesday the 12th at 7:00 as we join other community members to carol to the residents there.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE
Saturday, December 16
Get your tray of four dozen unique homemade cookies for $20.00, or a box of two dozen cookies, $10.00. Order in advance by signing up in the church lobby or by calling 724-538-8672. Pick-up times are Saturday the 16th, 10:00-11:00 am and Sunday Dec. 17th, noon-1:00pm. If you would like to bake cookies for the sale, please either sign up in the lobby or call 724-898-3191.
CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY
Join your church family for a Christmas party after worship on December 17! We’ll enjoy good food, Christmas carols, a gift exchange game, and Beautiful Baby Jesus Contest. For the meal, please bring a dish to share: perhaps one of your family’s favorite holiday special recipes. For the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped present that costs $3 or less: gag gifts and handmade items are welcome! For the Beautiful Baby Jesus Contest, please bring the Christ child from your family nativity sets so we can vote on the nicest one
At its meeting on October 16, the session awarded a contract for $7,700 to Thomas Minnock Builders to repair the ceiling in the annex. Thanks to those who are already making extra contributions to help with this expense! We are a little over halfway to the goal.
We will have a very short congregational meeting during announcements before worship to elect Pat W. to a three year term as a deacon.
Mark Your Calendar!
Lego Tournament: January 20
Spaghetti Dinner: February 10
INFORMATION WANTED FOR OUR MILITARY LIST
During worship each week, we ask for God’s blessing on members of the military who have ties to Old Union: relatives of our members or friends of our members. In order to keep our list current, we are looking for the connection we have with each of the following people serving in the armed forces. Please contact the pastor or church secretary if you or someone you know has asked us to pray for the following people.
Updated phone and address lists are available in the church lobby.
During the Sunday School hour on November 26, December 3, and December 10, the pastor will lead training sessions for our newly elected officers to familiarize them with Presbyterian theology and church governance, as well as Old Union’s by-laws and policies. While these meetings are designed for new elders and deacons, they are open for anyone who would like to attend. Speak with Peter if you’d like to participate.
On December 16, the Lighthouse will hold its annual Christmas Toy Shoppe to help parents of families in need to “shop” for presents to give to their children, ages 0-16. Please drop off your donations of new, unwrapped toys by Sunday, December 10. You can pick up a list of gift suggestions in the church lobby.
On December 16, Old Union’s youth group will continue its tradition of helping the Evans City Food Cupboard prepare for its holiday food distribution, followed by an afternoon of ice skating. We’ll leave from the church at 10:00 and return mid-afternoon. All youth group events are open to all 6th-12th graders. We welcome interested adults to join us as well!
CHRISTMAS CARD EXCHANGE
Send Christmas greetings to your church friends without spending money on postage! Drop off your cards in the box in the church lobby by Sunday, December 10. Please bundle them and have them in alphabetical order, to make it easier on our Christmas elves. Please only include cards for people who attend worship regularly; unclaimed cards will be discarded after the holidays. You will be able to pick up cards sent to you on December 17.
Thanks to everyone who donated items for hygiene kits for disaster victims. Because of your generosity, we were able to send 39 kits to Church World Service (a partner of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance). These kits will help replenish the reserves that were depleted by this fall’s hurricanes, so victims of future disasters will be able to receive the help they need.
We will celebrate Betty L.s 80th birthday after worship on December 31 with cake and punch. Please join us!
YEAR OF THE BIBLE
One more month to go! If you’ve spend 2017 reading through the Bible with your church friends, the challenge is almost complete! If you fell behind and won’t reach the goal by December 31, don’t give up! God won’t mind if your Year of the Bible lasts 13 or 14 months. Our hope is that this experience is giving you the opportunity to understand more about God’s message for us in Scripture.
DECEMBER’S YEAR OF THE BIBLE READINGS
2 Chronicles 33-36
2 John; 3 John
Song of Songs 1-4
2 Peter; Jude
Song of Songs 7-8
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com