Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon title: “Jesus as Hope”
We welcome all of our visitors today and invite you to the fellowship hall for beverages and cookies after the worship service. Please follow the congregation to the left out of the sanctuary.


First day of Advent – Hope


ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE TODAY – Please return your wrapped gifts in a large, clear plastic bag with the tag attached to the outside no later than today Sunday, December 2.

BLANKET COLLECTION FOR INTER-FAITH MINISTERIES OPERATION HOLIDAY – Our church collected more than 90 blankets for those in need last year. Let’s make it 100 this year! Please bring new full or queen size blankets to the collection box in fellowship hall anytime through Sunday, December 8.

STEPHEN MINISTERS meets Thursday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m., in the office conference room.

UCC CHRISTMAS PARTY is Saturday, December 8, 2018. Join us for beverages and appetizers at 5:00. Dinner is provided by Café Maurice at 5:30. Pre-dinner entertainment by Doris Buss. The musical program features Donna Tucker and friends. Sign-up in fellowship hall or call UCC at 634-0430, The reservation deadline is Sunday, December 2. We appreciate your good-will offering.

YOGA meets every Tuesday at 4:00 and Friday, at 10:00, in fellowship hall. The cost for the Tuesday class is $5 because it is instructor led.


CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TABLEAU – is during worship on Sunday,
December 9, at 10:30.

HEAD-TO-TOE HYGIENE PANTRY workday is Thursday, December 13, from 9:00-11:00 am, at 2130 E. 21st St. N. The Pantry is open on Saturday, December 15, from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

IT’S POINSETTIA TIME! – If you would like to contribute to the Christmas floral display, please send a check for $15.00 to the church, payable to UCC by
December 10, or you may put it in the offering plate today. Be sure to write flowers on the memo line and indicate if your donation is in honor of, or in memory of someone special.

BACH’S MAGNIFICAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC – Is on Sunday, December 16, at 10:30, during worship. Music is performed by the UCC Chancel Choir and special guests.

CHRISTMAS VESPERS – there will be music, poetry and scripture on
December 23, at 4:00pm. Listen to Helen Griffin on piano, and Laura Williamson, organ with special guests: JoyAnn Brake, flautist, and Matthew Udland, vocalist. Please bring a donation item for the hygiene pantry.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – will be held on December 24, at 6:00pm, in the sanctuary.

SMORGASCHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT- On Saturday, December 15, at 7:00pm, internationally ranked SmorgasChorus will present their Christmas concert in Galichia Auditorium at Collegiate Upper School, 13th and Webb Rd.