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SUNDAY, December 15 – Third Sunday in Advent

9:15am                  Coffee Time

9:30am                  Sunday School

10:45am                Service of Worship

12:00pm                 Choir Rehearsal

1:30pm                  Myung-Sung worship (Room B)

6:00pm                  Piano Recital (sanctuary)

Staff Christmas Dinner


TUESDAY, December 17

7:30pm                  Presence (Ortiz home)


WEDNESDAY, December 18

11:00am                Midweek Bible Study

5:00pm                  Trevose (Room B)

7:00pm                  Youth Group (Christmas Party)


SATURDAY, December 21

2:30-4:30pm        Musical Dress Rehearsal

4:30-8:00pm        Parents’ Night Out (dinner)


SUNDAY, December 22 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

9:15am                  Coffee Time

9:30am                  Sunday School

10:45am                Service of Worship

12:30pm                Young Adult Luncheon (contact Brady for more information)

1:30pm                  Myung-Sung worship (Room B)

4:00pm                  Christmas Program & Dinner


Volunteers for December 22:

Greeter(s)                               Walter, Jennifer Mia Neaves

Welcome Center                  Marjorie Scharpf

Worship Leader                   Casey Brookes

Sound                                    Scott Rhea (Ryan Bocklet)

Nursery                                  Casey & Scott Brookes

Toddler Room                     Adina & Josh Hatch

Graceland Worship              Kate Stremme, Dakota Rennix

Coffee Time Snacks           Bob Stremme



NEWS & NOTES – December 15, 2019


Greeter(s)                      Kristin Paluszka

Welcome Center             Kathy Gallagher

Worship Leader              Pat Mathues

Sound                           Santosh Philips (Nate Fitzgerald)

Nursery                         Barbara Longenberger

Toddler Room                Kristin Paluszka, Grace Ilunga

Graceland Worship         Linda Allmond, Lila Homa

Graceland Too               Bob Stremme

Coffee Time Snacks        Marie & Bernie Donnelly



Today is the Third Sunday of Advent.  We continue our study of the titles for the promised messiah from Isaiah 9:6. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus is the Mighty God.  It’s difficult to understand Jesus as the Mighty God.  According to the Christmas story, he was born as a defenseless baby into a situation of poverty.  The Bible tells us he was raised in the home of a working-class family, spent about three years as an itinerant preacher and was then condemned to the death penalty on inflated charges.  Does this sound like the Mighty God?

Sure, he did some superhero stuff like calming a storm, healing sick people and feeding a big crowd with a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread.  That’s great, but is that the stuff of the Mighty God?  He didn’t make a powerful show of force, he didn’t overthrow the government, he didn’t even physically beat-up his archenemies.  What kind of superhero is that?

What Jesus did was to change the mind of a small group of people.  He helped them to see that the Mighty God loved them and wanted them to be with Him forever.

The Bible tells us that the Mighty God came to earth and became a human being, so that we could identify with him.  By voluntarily emptying himself of his power and might, he was able to come and save us.

The essence of the Christmas Story is not a great story about a baby born in extraordinary circumstances.  The Christmas Story is about God–the Mighty God–taking the form of a man so that he might tell us that he loves us and to point us in the way we should go.

Ultimately Jesus will defeat the powers of Satan and evil for all eternity.  Until then we are to put our faith in the Mighty God found in a manger in Bethlehem.


THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM & DINNER is next Sunday, December 22.  Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship beginning at 4:00 P.M. with the Graceland Kids’ presentation of the musical, “Star of Wonder”.  The dinner catered by Mission BBQ will immediately follow the program.  Please plan to bring a finger food dessert to share (brownies, cookies, cupcakes).  The cost is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for children 3-11, children 2 and under are free.  Sign up today in the narthex.


THE DECEMBER PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT has been re-scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 4:30-8:00 P.M., immediately following the musical rehearsal.  Cost is $5/child for dinner, crafts and games.  Contact Casey Brookes by December 18 if your child(ren) will be attending.


MANY THANKS to the Sanctuary Choir, soloists and Music Director Barbara Green for the glorious presentation of Christmas music last Sunday.  We are so thankful for the dedication of these musicians and the sharing of their musical gifts.


THANK YOU TO ALL who gave the beautiful poinsettias for our Christmas enjoyment and to Sue Jenkins for coordinating the orders and arranging the display in the sanctuary.  Please see your bulletin insert for a complete list of those giving plants.  If you will not be in church on Christmas Eve, you may take your poinsettia today or next Sunday


CHRISTMAS ART ACTIVITY—Children, youth and adults of all ages are invited to participate in this special activity.  Create a picture of “What Christmas Means to Me” on the paper provided at the Welcome Center or on the medium of your choice.  Your artwork will be displayed in the narthex on Sunday, December 22, and stay up through January 5.


ADVENT DEVOTIONS AVAILABLE–The Diaconate has provided free Advent devotional booklets at the Welcome Center to help you and your family prepare for Christmas.

DURING ADVENT the Midweek Bible Study is taking an in-depth look at some of the Gospel passages where Jesus personally tells his disciples, then and now, why he came to earth.  What did Jesus’ coming mean for his disciples, for the world, for us?  Enjoy a bowl of soup, bread and a drink following the study.  Bring a dessert to share if you wish.  Sorry, no childcare is provided.


THE WINTER “SECRET PLACE” (December, January, February) is available at the Welcome Center.  Put your payment ($.50) in the attached container.


PLEASE CONTACT Pastor Steve if you’re interested in baptism or church membership.  Classes will be planned to suit the schedules of those who are interested.


TEN VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to cook and serve breakfast in Norristown on Sunday, December 22.  Arrival at St. Augustine Church is at 7:00 A.M.  Clean up should be done by 9:30 giving plenty of time to get back to Grace for worship.  Contact Irene Philips if you can help.


THE BOARD OF MISSIONS is collecting new socks, hats, mittens or gloves to give to people in need when we serve breakfast at St. Augustine’s Church in Norristown on December 22. Please place your donations in the marked box in the narthex.  Thank you!


NEEDED: A few more volunteers to help “undecorate” the church on Friday, December 27, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.  Bob Allmond will operate the lift to take down high decorations.  Contact Sue Jenkins if you can help.


IF YOU WISH to receive a phone call in the event of an emergency canceling church activities, please put your name and phone number on the list at the Welcome Center.

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