Addisville Reformed Church

Weekly Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: Our annual Congregational Meeting takes place at noon on Sunday, January 28th in Fellowship Hall. The business on hand is approval of the 2018 budget and review of the year-end financial reports. All members are expected to attend. A light lunch will be served and there will be childcare. 2018 budget and year-end financial report copies that will be reviewed at the Congregational Meeting will be available in the Cloister on January 21st

10:45 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:

CHOOSING FORGIVENESS continues with its final phase by engaging three real-life stories that inspire each of us to give and seek true forgiveness and embrace the freedom that it offers.

Today: Listen to the story of Alicia Brady, a young dancer whose life and career hung in the balance after a drive-by shooting.

Next week: We will hear the story of Louis Barrios, a man who experienced the destroying impact of unforgiveness from the death of his father and transformed that experience to remarkable compassion for murderer of his mother.

Join us at 10:45AM in the lounge.

Questions? Bob Proske at bobproske@gmail.com or 215-514-4282.

SPECIAL EVENT! I wanted to let you know about a very special Band of Brothers meeting we will be having on January 17th at 7:30 AM. I have been able to arrange for a Jordanian Christian named Kamal Sulaiman to come and speak to us that day. He is part of seeJesus ministry. Joining him will be a friend of mine-Richard Eckhardt. Richard does extensive mission work throughout the Middle East. Kamal will be sharing his testimony and his work among his Palestinian people. It promises to be an amazing meeting. By the way-our Sisters are invited to this particular event as well! In Christ, Doug

2018 BIBLE CHALLENGE: This year we will be exploring all of the books

the Old Testament by reading six days each week. Discover why Jesus was so passionate about the Old Testament and quoted from it so frequently. Copies the Bible Challenge may be found in the cloister. May 2018 be a year filled with many moments hearing God's still small voice speak into your heart and life! Pastor Ryan

THE “FOCUS ON THE PANTRY” collection this month is for BOXES OF CEREAL. Please bring in your unopened, unexpired CEREAL BOXES before JANUARY 31ST, and leave them in the crates in the cloister. Last January, *101* cereal boxes were collected… can we meet or beat that number this year? Thank you in advance for your generosity and for providing breakfast to families in need! – Alison Schnaudt & the Missions Committee.

BEST OF BRITAIN AND CHRISTIAN HERITAGE: JULY 3-12, 2018

Four years ago Pastor Doug and Jane organized a trip to the land of Israel. We are planning another trip this time to the UK. Along with many of the popular tourist sights this trip will pay close attention to the story of how the King James Bible came into existence along with an exploration of the worlds of Charles Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis and John Knox! Pilgrim Tours, who arranged our tour to Israel, will be handling this tour as well. For information check out their web site at www.pilgrimtours.com or speak to Pastor Doug or Jane.

ADDISVILLE MONTHLY COMMUNITY MEALS: Our next Community Meal will be Sunday, January 21st from 1pm-3pm. This meal will build community within our church and as an opportunity to share a meal with guests. We encourage you to invite those you feel need a warm meal and/or companionship. Please sign up to attend in Fellowship Hall. I will be inviting community groups as guests that have a need such as veterans, low income, homeless, etc. All leftovers will be taken to homebound members of our church. To make this successful we need YOU. How can you provide stewardship? Sign up to volunteer to help with set up, in the kitchen, or as a server etc. Or you can donate the needed food for the meal. Donations are also accepted. Checks made out to Addisville Reformed Church, please write community meal in the memo line. Young disciples are also invited to volunteer, LINCS hours can be earned. You can sign up to volunteer in Fellowship Hall or find my sign-up genius link on the Addisville Website. For more information please contact Meal Coordinator, Jill Osterhout via email addisvillemeals@yahoo.com or by cell 215-932-2151.

A Loving Invitation

God loves you and He cares about the problems you face and the burdens you carry. If you have never trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior, receive Him today! Here is a simple prayer for those who have decided to receive Jesus:

Dear Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son, and that He became a human being, shed His blood and died on the cross to clean away my sin that was separating me from You. I believe that He rose from the dead, physically, to give me new life. Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. I confess my sins, turn from them and ask You to wash them away. I believe that You have come and are living in me right now. Thank you, Jesus!

If you have prayed this prayer, let a pastor or elder know. We have helpful material to aid you as you grow in your Christian faith.

GRIEF SUPPORT: The Grief Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Lounge.

We will be discussing, Why?

· Why it’s important to put effort into our healing

· God wants us to share his feelings with Him

· Why being honest with God is an expression of faith

· What God has to say about our “why” questions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Susan Sigafoos

at (215) 783-1253.

BLANKET SERVICE PROJECT: H2O will be making “no sew” fleece blankets for Safe Harbor, an organization that provides counseling for children who have had a death in their immediate families. This is such a great outreach! Each student should pick out and bring “no-pill” fleece, 1&1/2 yards of a print AND 1&1/2 yards of a contrasting solid to match the print. Jo-Ann Fabrics usually has coupons out, check out for sales! Then, the fun begins, tonight at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall, we will work together on cutting and tying the blankets to send to Safe Harbor. Contact Natalie Kelly with any questions.

THANK YOU: I would like to thank my Addisville family for all your prayers, love and support over the past months regarding my ALS diagnosis. You have lifted me up and helped enable me to remain positive throughout this very difficult time. It has been a blessing in my life to have been a member of Addisville since 1972. It pains me to leave you all. I sincerely believe I will never find another Pastor Doug, Pastor Ryan or Congregation that will be as dedicated, loving and supportive as Addisville. Praise God for Addisville.org that makes it possible for me to continue to benefit and grow in wisdom and biblical truths shared in our weekly sermons. Love, Peace, God Bless You All, Pat Leppert (I will remain an Addisville member In My Heart until I go home.)

SWEETHEART SUPPER: Our fellowship hall will be transformed into a Bistro for the Sweetheart Supper Fundraiser on February 17. Join us for a lovely evening with your sweetheart or your friends, no sweetheart required! Sign-ups will be in Fellowship hall between services starting today and only done in person please! All proceeds from donations for the Sweetheart Supper will be for the 2018 Mission Trip to Virginia Beach, VA. We need your help! If anyone has a card table to lend for the Sweetheart Supper, please let Natalie know and drop it off at church any time before February 11, behind the curtain in Fellowship Hall.

CHRISTIAN REFLECTIONS ON ADDICTION: Kris Ingle would like to invite you to an educational and inspirational four-week series on the epidemic of addiction within the context of the Christian community. The 4 week series will be held at Saint Bede on Holland Road on January 17, 24, 31 and February 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per family for the series.

For more information call Kris Ingle at 215-357-4113.

COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES: Beginning Sunday, January 21st, Christian Education will be collecting money for our College Care Packages. Two times a year, Christian Education sends goodies in care packages for the college students of our Addisville family. This project lets our college students know that they are still a valued part of our Addisville family. They really appreciate hearing from us.

In lieu of food donations we are asking that you sponsor a College Student for our Spring mailing:

Contact Carrie Caldani at carrie.caldani@addisville.org to be given a student.

Purchase a gift card to the students' favorite restaurant and include their favorite snack.

Write a short letter to that student encouraging them this semester!

Return all items to Carrie Caldani by February 25th for mailing.

If you would like to contribute a monetary donation for the shipping of the packages, or for the gift cards being sent to the students, please place your donation in the offering plate. Your check or envelope should read College Care Packages. Thank you for your support.

HELP WANTED: Now is the time to select your date for signing up to host coffee or juice for 2018. We need your help to continue this Fellowship Ministry. Choice dates are still available!!! Instructions for hosting Coffee and Juice are available on the respective signup boards. Thanks to all who participated in this Fellowship Ministry during 2017. Fellowship Committee