Good evening everyone! This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
This week is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. We lit all four candles on the Advent Wreath this morning. The first candle is the Candle of Expectation and Hope. Our is hope is based on the trust that God's wondrous promises will 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! The fourth candle is the candle of Love. It reminds us of the sacrificial love of Christ and how it warms cold hearts.
This year, the candles are being lit by those who have lost loved ones this year. Today, the candles were lit by Dana and Devon Franks.
Pastor Christopher's message was "An Everlasting Love", based on scripture from Jeremiah 31:1-6 and Romans 5:8.
OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christmas Eve Service
Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 5:30pm. We invite you to join us on Christmas Eve - Carols, THE Story, Joy, Wonder, and more. You will be welcomed like it’s a homecoming. CLICK HERE to invite people on our Facebook event.
Please see the insert in your bulletin about the Poinsettia donations. The Poinsettias will remain
in the Sanctuary through the Christmas Eve service. You may take your Poinsettias home after the Christmas Eve service.
At the annual Fall Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 1st, the following members were elected to the office of Deacon: Mary Marino and Michael Coleman. As per the Reformed Church in America Book of Church Order, their names are being printed in the bulletin for three consecutive weeks following the meeting. They are printed in today's bulletin and will be once again next Sunday. During this time, if you have any valid reservations about their election, please contact Pastor Christopher. As always, continue to pray for Mary, Michael, and the rest of the Consistory for their leadership and work.
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 (DECEMBER 15TH)
Alice and Family, Louis and Mary, Margaret.
A complete list of prayer concerns is located on the table in the rear of the Sanctuary.
Tuesday 12/24 - Christmas Eve Service 5:30pm
Sunday 12/29 - Worship Service 10:30am
***CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FULL CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS***
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