Good afternoon everyone! This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. Today, we lit two candles on the Advent wreath. The first candle is the candle of expectation and hope. Our hope is based on the trust that God's wondrous promises have been and will continue to be fulfilled. The second candle is the candle of peace. It reminds us that Christ's coming and promise of return are the true sources of peace. The third candle is the candle of joy. It reminds us that our joy is made complete in Christ alone!
Today's message was "The Joy of Good News". In a time of bad news, we are reminded this week that the promised arrival and return of Jesus is "good news" and cause for rejoicing for the hurting in this world. And, as a church, we must share this joy with people around us. In any circumstances we can point to Jesus as the source of joy - lasting, eternal joy!
Christopher's Chat, Pastor Christopher's weekly messages, discusses this source of Joy.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Man Up, First Reformed's men's ministry, will meet tomorrow night at 6pm at the Saddle Brook Diner.
A new directory is being planned for the year of 2018. The current directory information is displayed on the bulletin board by the Ackerman Avenue entrance. Please check your information and that of family members to make sure all is correct. Please make any changes, additions or deletions as necessary. If your information is missing, please add your name to the listing. We appreciate your help in creating an up-to-date directory. Next Sunday will be the last Sunday to make updates.
The 2018 calendars are available on the back table in the Overflow Room, along with the church cookbooks and ornaments. Please help yourself.
Offering Envelopes for 2018
The offering envelopes for 2018 are now available on the back table. If you would like a box of envelopes and you don't see one with your name on it, please see Donna Arnone. Thank you.
Christmas Eve Service
Please join us for our annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5:30pm as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Please check the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the upstairs kitchen, and sign up if you are able to host coffee hour.
Ongoing Clothing Drive We continue to accept bagged or boxed donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, linens, curtains and towels. All donations may be left outside Pastor Christopher's garage doors in the Ackerman Avenue parking lot anytime.
Last Week's Prayer Concerns (December 10th)
Costanzo Family, Jimmy Farrell, Joseph Peluso, Bob, Charles, Shanahan Family, Ross, Diandra, college students.
If you have placed someone on the prayer list and would like to have a handmade prayer cloth (shown below) for them, please see Winnie Caputo to arrange for them to receive one. For more information on the prayer cloth ministry, click HERE.
A complete list of ongoing prayer concerns is on the back table in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday 12/20 - Adult Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm
Thursday 12/21 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7pm
Sunday 12/24 1) NO Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
2) Worship Service 10:30am
3) Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30pm
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Thank you for taking the time to read through this week's announcements. Feel free to share with your family and friends. God bless you!
In His Service,
The First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook, NJ
5 Ackerman Avenue (corner of Saddle River Rd)
Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663