Advent 2. Waiting with Hope. Wondering about Hope. Living with Hope. Gathering Music Candle Lighting

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1 December 10, :30 am Waiting with Hope Gathering Music Candle Lighting Advent 2 Welcome Handbell Choir Sweet Little Jesus Boy arr. for Handbells by Nola S Sharing of Joys and Concerns Prayer of the Congregation * Song My Soul Proclaims with Wonder On Screen Wondering about Hope Scripture Reading Luke 2:1-7 Children s Program (Congregation: Please sing along during the program.) Grandma: Kathryn P Sarah: Ronni H Josh: Gavin H Nativity: Kaden A, Kaiya A, Kaleb A, Irelyn B, John David H, Caleb G, Kaitlin H, Allison H, Lillian H, Brianna H, Elliott H, Anna L, Max L, Helen P, Jeriah P, Addyson R, Austin R, Rachel S Living with Hope Song Beauty for Brokenness On Screen/Insert

2 Offering Our Gifts to God Invitation to Offering Offertory West Indies Carol arr. Tucker Marshall A, Bass; Kaden A, Drums Prayer of Dedication * Blessing * Musical Benediction O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Burroughs Lisa S, Piano *Congregation Stands (If standing is difficult, please remain seated.) Hymnal used in worship: HWB - Hymnal a Worship Book (Blue) STJ - Sing the Journey (Green) STS - Sing the Story (Purple) Worship Leader: Rachel S Song Leader: Gyles G Accompanist: Lisa S Gathering Music: Gyles G Special Music: Handbell Choir Slides: Harold W Sound: Allen J Sanctuary Prep: Lindsay A, Gretchen B, Lorisa H Ushers: Team A (Richard S) OUR MISSION STATEMENT As followers of Jesus Christ, our mission is to - Worship together as a community of faith, - Invite everyone to share the gift of God s love, - Nurture each other in the faith, - Serve others in the spirit of Christ, and - Proclaim His way of peace, justice and reconciliation. WELCOME Welcome to Faith Mennonite Church. We are glad you are with us this day. If you need a listening assistance device or a large print bulletin, please ask an Usher. CHILDCARE For children ages three (3) and under during worship 12/10: Margo G & Deb S 12/17: Oris & Kathy S 12/24: Verda D & Kathryn P GREETERS Front Door 12/10: Byron E 12/17: TBD Back Door by Kitchen 12/10: Janet E 12/17: TBD

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5 FAITH CHURCH FAMILY NEWS BOARD, COMMITTEE & REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS Are still needed. If you have not submitted your report to the church office yet, please do so tomorrow (12/11/17). ~ Thank you! ANGEL TREE Next Sunday (12/17/17) is the final day to return your gifts. Please remember: You are limited to three "gifts" per angel. You may include a small toy if you wish. Do not wrap gifts in boxes; please use a gift bag large enough to hold what you purchased plus tissue (just place the gift(s) in the bag unfolded). Do not complete "wrapping" them as the school social workers will check that all is accurate and then complete the "wrapping" and deliver the gifts. If you have questions, please ask Arlys S. NURSERY CARE HELP NEEDED In order to provide nursery care during worship services, more volunteers are needed. Interested persons are invited to contact Kathryn P. THE CHURCH LIBRARY Is celebrating the new shelf for highlighting books for you to read! A big thank you to Mike S!! Let him know what a nice job he did. FAITH MENNONITE CHURCH AND EVERENCE Via the matching grants have contributed $6, to various charities in Newton and Harvey County for the year Thank you for your support. ~ Vernon P, Everence Advocate OUR ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR... Nicole B, has resigned as of the end of December. She will continue to teach at the Dance Center on Tuesday evenings and will begin to teach at the YMCA on Thursday evenings. At this time we have decided not to look for a replacement and take advantage of other opportunities in the community. We have appreciated your prayers, positive comments, and monetary support over the many years of holding these classes at Faith. If you have community outreach ideas the Board of Witness and Outreach would be interested in hearing from you. Thank you for supporting us through this adventure. ~ Cindy B, Vicki H, & Joni J IT'S NOT TOO LATE To start Advent family worship. Just go to and download "Yes! Let It Be!", a free guide for family worship from December 3, 2017-January 6, The guide will help you slow down with your children to ponder and prepare for what it means to receive Jesus. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OFFERING Will go to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) for Hurricane Relief. If you are not able to attend the service but still want to contribute, please make sure to write MDS - Christmas Eve Offering on the memo line of your check. To be included, all checks must be received by Sunday, December 24, 2017.

6 IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: Western District Conference As we prepare a place for the Christ-child in this Advent season, let us pray for WDC congregations undergoing construction projects to better serve their communities and members. BEYOND FAITH CHURCH PLAN ON DOING YOUR FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY SHOPPING... At the Ten Thousand Village Pop-up Store: WHERE: Prairie Harvest Mezzanine 601 N Main, Newton, KS (accessible via stairs and elevator) WHEN: Friday and Saturdays - 10:00 am-5:00 pm December 15-16, 2017 Sundays - 1:00-4:00 pm December 10 & 17, 2017 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING At the Newton Et Cetera Shop! Please bring us your clean, gently-used toys, shoes, jewelry, and children's coats. Your donated items might end up as cherished gifts under someone's Christmas tree! Support MCC Thrift Shops because you care about your family, your community, and beyond. Thank you! OLSON MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP HOLIDAY HOME TOUR... Is today (12/10/17). Four homes have been selected and NHS and other local musicians will participate. Alejandra M, from Faith Church, will perform with the NHS String Ensemble at the home of Eliza J and Ray B. Proceeds from donations help Newton high school students with the cost of private music lessons. Advance reservations for the tour can be made at Prairie Harvest. Congratulations to Alejandra M who is one of the recipients of the Olson Music Scholarship. BETHEL COLLEGE ALUMNI CHOIR Performs a short Christmas concert today (12/10/17), 3:00 pm. Trinity Heights United Methodist Church (Boyd & 12th St, Newton). Punch and cookie reception following concert. All are invited to attend. 32ND ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE GREEN Is today (12/10/17), 8:00 pm. Bethel College Campus. All are invited to attend. SAFEHOPE Needs volunteers for their annual Angel Tree Gift Drive (separate from the one Faith Church is doing) December 11-15, Volunteers are needed to sort gifts and donations, as well as prepare basic need packages for the families. For questions, contact Christina S. RSVPs not needed; bring your family and friend during any of the times listed on the volunteer schedule posted on bulletin board in the church foyer. SAFEHOPE Is also needing volunteers to help prepare and serve a meal for their Thursday evening support group. For questions, contact Christina S. Flyer posted on bulletin board in the church foyer.

7 THE SALVATION ARMY Needs help packing toys for children and their families for distribution. They are meeting on the second floor of the old Axtell Hospital. If you would like to help or have questions, contact Krys H. YOU RE INVITED To the annual MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm (come and go event), at the MCC Center in North Newton (121 E 30th St, North Newton). At 6:00 pm, we ll have a short program to hear about MCC s work with refugees in Jordan. For questions, contact Patsy D. CONSIDER DOING "Something different" and open your heart and home to an International Student! Hesston College has several international students needing a place to stay during Christmas break (12/15/17-01/09/18). For details, contact Carlota P. NEW MUSIC SUPPORTS SYRIAN REFUGEES Through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and reimagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD s are available at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th) for a suggested donation of $15/CD with all money going to support MCC s work with Syrian refugees. The album is also available on Amazon and itunes. Contact Patsy D or Tina S with questions or to get your CD!! THE BOARD Of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. To read the full description and to apply, visit: MCC GIVING OPPORTUNITIES Please see the flyer in your church mailbox today (12/10/2017). CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WINTER (DECEMBER-FEBRUARY) DURING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL HOUR AT 9:00 AM CHILDREN & YOUTH: Nursery/Preschool - Journeys with Jesus Main floor, #207; Teacher: Brenda M K-4th Grade - Journeys with Jesus Basement, #103; Teacher: Naomi W Middle School/Grades Journeys with Jesus Basement, #105; Teacher: Jonathan H High School - Journeys with Jesus Basement, FYG Room; Teachers: Marshall A, Verda D, Sara R, Oris S ADULTS: Lamp Lighters - Book Study: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis Basement, #125; Teacher: Shari S Open Class - Journeys with Jesus Basement, Open Area; Teachers: Members of the Class Cornerstones - Faith in Action Basement, #124: Teachers: Members of the Class Join Us!!

8 This Week (12/11 to 12/17/2017) Monday 6:00 pm Zumba 7:00 pm Board of Deacons Tuesday 7:00 pm Board of Fellowship Wednesday NO Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm High School Youth Group 8:00 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal Thursday NO Zumba Sunday 9:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Coffee & Fellowship 10:30 am Worship ~ Advent 3 ~ Luke 1: :45 am Carry-In Meal Christmas Eve (December 24, 2017) 9:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Coffee & Fellowship 10:30 am Worship 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Preservice music begins at 5:30 pm) Please have all announcements and calendar items for next week into the church office by noon on Wednesday. Attendance for December 3, 2017: Sunday School: 71 Worship: 150 Board of Administration s Contact Person For December: Chuck S Board of Deacons Contact Person For December: Sara R Rachel Siemens, Lead Pastor Monday-Thursday Mornings Marshall Anderson, Associate Pastor Monday-Thursday Mornings Teresa Pickens, Administrative Assistant Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-12:00 noon & 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; Friday: 8:30 am-12:30 pm Jim Stucky, Moderator Jo Kasitz, Treasurer Verda Deckert, Congregational Nurse 2100 N Anderson Ave Newton, KS (316)