Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon title: “A Candle of Hope”

We welcome all of our visitors today and invite you to the Fellowship Hall for beverages and cookies after the service. Please follow the congregation to the left out of the sanctuary.

TODAY

First Sunday of Advent—Hope

HANGING OF THE GREENS Tonight, Sunday, November 29, at 5:00p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Bring a potluck dish to share and help dress up the church for the Christmas season. See insert for additional details.

THIS WEEK

THE MESSIAH SYMPOSIUM a discussion on Handel’s Oratorio The Messiah to be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:30pm, in the UCC Fellowship Hall. Hosted by Robin McGonigle and Paul Ellis Jackson, the symposium will feature a discussion on Dr. Michael Hanawalt’s preparation of the Wichita Symphony Chorus (which he leads) and the Reverends Carl Martin and Keith Willliamson. This is
intended to provide some insights into the history of the piece and how its melodies and text reverberate through the ages. The Wichita Symphony will be presenting
Handel’s The Messiah on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 6th at 3:00pm.

NEXT WEEK

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF WICHITA panel discussion “Islam as a Faith and Way of Life” on Sunday, December 6, at 6:00p.m., at the Muslim Community Center, 6655 E.34th St., Dinner & Program, Meal $11 pp in advance, $13 at the door, program without meal is free. RSVP to eick@friends.edu. Send check by November 30 to:
Dr.Gretchen Eck, 1536 N. Park Place, Wichita, KS 67203
For additional information see the flyer on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall.

ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY is Saturday, December 12, at 6:00pm, in Fellowship Hall. Great food, music, and singing. The Crowson’s bluegrass Christmas band will be performing. If your last name begins with A-N, bring an appetizer, O-Z, bring a dessert. There is a sign-up sheet located on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall.

OPEN DOOR HOMELESS RESOURCE CTR works closely with the local homeless population to serve lunch to approx. 200 people per day. Our church will provide tube socks filled with various snacks and hygiene products. Please visit the table in Fellowship Hall to see a sample sock and for additional information about this project. We will also be collecting apples, oranges, and bananas. Items will be distributed Dec. 23. There is a box on the table for monetary donations if you prefer to have us do the shopping for you.

IFM OPERATION HOLIDAY We are also collecting food items in Fellowship Hall for this organization. Bring any of the following items to Fellowship Hall: cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter, and canned meat, and deposit them in the box marked Operation Holiday. Distribution for these items will be Dec. 17-19. There is a sign-up sheet on the PIC board for volunteers at Operation Holiday’s distribution center the morning of December 18. We need 20 volunteers.

THE 2016 FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. Sign up early to get your preferred date.