Good afternoon everyone! This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
This week is the First Sunday of Advent. We lit the Candle of Expectation and Hope, the first candle on the Advent Wreath. God makes promises and fulfills them. We light this candle of hope with confidence that its light, as Christ does, overcomes the deepest darkness in this world and in our lives. We light the candle of hope believing that no darkness in this world can extinguish the light of God's promises in Christ.
This year, the candles are being lit by those who have lost loved ones this year. This candle was lit by Michael Coleman.
Pastor Christopher's message was "The One Who Lifts Up My Head", based on scripture from Psalm 3 and Matthew 2:20-21.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship Team Rehearsals
Rehearsals are scheduled for the following Thursdays at 7:30pm: December 5, December 12, December 19.
Sunday School Christmas Play and Vespers Dinner
We invite you to our annual Sunday School Christmas Play and Vespers Dinner. The play, where the Sunday School will present the Nativity, will begin immediately following our 10:30am worship service downstairs in the Van Wyk Fellowship Hall. Our Vespers Dinner will follow the play. Donations of desserts are needed for the dinner. If you are attending the dinner, please sign up by clicking the following link to access our online sign-up. We will soon have a sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board as well.
Link to Sign Up for Dinner - https://forms.gle/H5wAqyewvCRXtDEs7
Christmas Poinsettias and Book of Remembrance
Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary for Christmas Eve. Forms and donations may be placed in the offering plate. As a reminder, Book of Remembrance donations are deposited in a separate fund for capital improvements. You may make a donation in memory of a loved one or an event. Additional forms are on the table in the back of the Sanctuary. The deadline is Sunday, December 15th. If you have any questions, please see Evelyn Leseberg.
Prayer Cloth Ministry
Have you have placed someone on the prayer list and would like to have a prayer cloth for them? Please contact Kathy Alia or Winnie Caputo. Prayer cloths are also available for special occasions such as baptisms, graduations, confirmations, births, marriages and special anniversaries. For more information on the prayer cloth ministry, click HERE.
Ongoing Clothing Drive Our continuing clothing drive will accept bagged donations of clothing, clothing accessories, shoes, bedding, household linens, towels, handbags, wallets, jewelry, and backpacks. All items must be of usable quality. We cannot accept toys, stuffed animals, books, cookware, dishes, curtains, pillows, breakable items or furniture. All donations can be left outside Pastor's garage doors.
LAST WEEK'S PRAYER CONCERNS AND THANKSGIVINGS (NOVEMBER 24TH)
Carrie, soldiers returning from active service, soldiers not able to be home for the holidays, Alicia, Sue, Tim, Vince, Tom, Ann, Phyllis, Miriam, those traveling for the holidays, those with no family, those who are in desperate need, fifteen-year-old friend whose father died.
Prayers of Thanksgivings: Melina, home and family, each other, spiritual renewal, God carrying us through difficult times, God's blessings enabling us to help others.
A complete list of prayer concerns is located on the table in the rear of the Sanctuary.
Tuesday 12/3 - Christianity 101 Adult Bible Study 7:30pm
Thursday 12/5 - Worship Team Rehearsal 7:30pm
1) Sunday School/Adult Bible Study 9am
2) Worship Service 10:30am
3) Vespers - Play and Luncheon following the Worship Service
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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