Good morning to you on this second Sunday of Advent, thanks for joining us! Welcome! “The kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2), so let us repent — turn our lives around — and prepare for the Lord’s coming.
Everyone invited to come downstairs after worship to partake of a self-serve coffee hour which is laid out for everyone.
Thanks to all who helped last Sunday to get the Night Ministry cookies, hats, cocoa cans and more ready for delivery!
Thanks to all who donated to the Rich Kalensky 11-11 Memorial Veteran’s Essentials Collection 2019! We collected over 500 items, all for Vets transitioning to homes. Military Outreach USA picked up the items Thursday, with so much gratitude!
Offering Envelopes for 2020 are labeled and available to take home in the Memorial Room, along with calendars.
Tonight is our Annual Advent Dinner, complete with raffle baskets! Everyone is encouraged to help make this dinner a mission project, as well as a fellowship & fundraiser, by buying and bringing a gift card (of any amount) from Target or other stores. These will be given as Christmas presents to underprivileged children in Skokie and Niles Township. Join us for an evening of Christmas giving, eating and fun!
The Women’s Guild meets this Wednesday at 11:30 AM for their annual Christmas party! Come join the fun!
“Card Day” is this coming Thursday, and is when persons come to our doors for food cards between 11 AM and 4 PM. They are given a $10 Aldi card and access to all the food we’ve collected from you for the food pantry. Thank you to everyone who’s generously donated this year. The need is always present and thanks to you we’ve never had to turn folks away.
The Church Council meets next Sunday. If you are responsible for a report please submit it to the Council dropbox for December as early as you can this week. Thanks!
Thanks to all who helped move the “new” copier (and repair it) from Glencoe to St. Peter’s last week! Talk about heavy lifting. Thanks also go to Annie Noorts and her boss who sent it our way upon hearing our veteran copier/printer is nearing an end. Also much thanks to Roy Svenson for coming and doing a few repairs to it Thursday.
Next Sunday Jessica Schneider will light the Advent Candle of Love.The scheduled Lector is David Iannotti and Nursery Attendant, Carolyn Van Til.
The Sunday School’s Advent Mission Project this month is the collection of basic infant and baby products and clothing for the Niles Township Food Pantry. Our focus Sunday, like the “Christmas Emergency/Veterans of the Cross” fund Pastor talks about, is in two weeks (12/22) and a Readers Theater program “Two Babes in the Manger” will also be part of that service.
Todays’ call to worship, prayer of confession and prayer of dedication are reprinted by permission of United Church Press from Taught by Love by Lavon Bayler. Copyright ©1998 by United Church Press, ©2002 by The Pilgrim Press.
Christmas Eve worship is at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 24th! Get out your invites, let your family know your plans, spread the word (share the event and posts on Facebook too)! There is no service on Christmas Day.
For sale: 6 burial plots/graves (Lot #36-3 & 4; Lot #37 1, 2, 3 & 4 block 8) at St. Peter’s UCC Cemetery in Skokie. $1,500 each. Call (847) 571-0268 ask for Mike or Magda.