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WORSHIP AT ADDISVILLE:  Please join us for in person or virtual worship.  Watch on Facebook Live, YouTube or listen to the audio version on our website www.addisville.org. This Sunday is Communion Sunday.  For virtual worship, you are encouraged to use your own grape juice and bread (or Matzo) so that you may participate in our Celebration of Communion.

WORSHIP: December 6, 2020 ~10:00 AM

SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 3:3-9

SERIES:  A Simple Christmas

MESSAGE: “Christmas Lists that Matter”

THE FLOWERS THIS MORNING are presented by Ed and Kris Ingle in memory of their son Nathan.

OUR DAILY BREAD & WORDS OF HOPE DEVOTIONALS:  Copies of the latest devotionals will be placed in a plastic container on the green bench outside the Education Building entrance.  Copies can also be found on the information table in the cloister.

CONSISTORY NOMINATIONS FOR 2021

The following persons have agreed to serve:

For Elder

Pat Donohue

Doug Gonze

Jill Osterhout

For Deacon

Harford Drexler

Michele Hinchliffe

Matt Kelly

Tony Mirack

J D Smith

Scott Wikler

The Nominations Committee wishes to thank all the nominees for their dedication to the Lord Jesus, Addisville Church, and their willingness to serve.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING EVENT OPEN TO ALL: Join us at 3 PM on December 20th for an outdoor caroling event on our front portico at Church.  We’ll provide Song Books for you, that you are welcome to take home. Dress warm to be outside and make sure to wear your masks!  We’ll be spreading Christmas Cheer for all to hear!

THE 2021 SANCTUARY FLOWER CHART is now posted in Fellowship Hall. Please note that due to rising costs, the price has increased to $70.00. To keep the increase at only $5.00, the delivery charge has been donated. Please consider signing up with another family to help defray the cost of this beautiful addition to our sanctuary each Sunday. Any questions, contact Lynne Ferral lventrola@verizon.net.  

BLANKET SERVICE PROJECT:  Our in person meeting for January will be the Blanket Service Project. We 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 participant 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, on 1/17 at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall. We will space out to work together on cutting and tying the blankets to send to Safe Harbor. Please wear your masks too! Contact Natalie Kelly if you plan on joining us for this event.  All donations are welcome. If you would still like to participate but feel uncomfortable meeting in person, please contact Natalie Kelly for directions on how to make the blankets at home! 

MEN2MEN:   We are meeting tonight to discuss “The Book of Signs” by David Jeremiah.  We will meet at 6 PM in the lounge. Blessings, Doug

PRAYING FOR THE CHILDREN OF ADDISVILLE: We are very thankful for those who have made a commitment to pray for our children. Praying for children is one of the most powerful things you can do as a parent, care giver or compassionate Christian. We are praying this ministry will continue to grow, but want to make sure that all the children are covered in prayer, especially during these challenging times. The Christian Education committee will be praying for all the children of our church (as based on our Sunday school roster), as at this time we have a short list of children and prayer volunteers.  However, please feel free to volunteer as a prayer partner in this ministry and/or have your children added to the list provided to our prayer partners.  Please email addisvillechildren.prayer@gmail.com if you are interested in being a part of this ministry.

ADDISVILLE REFORMED CHURCH WALL CALENDAR AND POCKET CALENDARS:  It is that time of year once again when the tradition of the Addisville Reformed Church Wall Calendar and Pocket Calendars are distributed. Although my sister Pam and myself will not be   personally gifting them to you this year we hope that you will think of us as you take yours from the “Calendar Stations” we have created. The colorful gift bags filled with this year’s calendars will be in the Cloister and at the fellowship hall exit doors and the side doors located near the storage room. If there is anyone who is unable to physically attend worship or is attending virtually and would like the calendars mailed please contact Kim in the church office (215-357-4277) and we will see that you receive yours.

I thank you for the privilege of providing the Addisville Reformed Church calendars to you each year.

Most sincerely, Bunny Thomas

COMMUNION

Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is Christ’s Gift to the church.  On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples.  “This is my body that is for you,” he said.  “Do this in remembrance of me.”  He also took a cup of wine and said, this is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”

When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we receive the gifts of bread and cup: we give thanks to God; we break the bread and pour the wine; sharing this awesome gift of God in Christ with one another.  In sharing these gifts together, we are joined to Christ and through Christ to each other.  We remember at this table all God has done for us.  The past event of our Lord’s death, resurrection, and ascension comes into the present so that its power once again touches us, changes us, and heals us.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present with us at the table and so we give joyful thanks for what God has done, what He is doing in us and in the world, and what we look forward to when His kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.

If you love Christ and are in fellowship with a Christian church, we encourage you to take part in communion.  Children who have received special instruction are also encouraged to partake. 

If you are joining us this morning and are not sure of your faith and relationship to Christ and this gift, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer and reflection.  Below is an incredible prayer of faith and surrender to the Lord that we invite you to make your own.

LOVING INVITATION

Lord, I bring You my sinful nature as You've revealed it to me.  I know I don’t have anything valuable to offer except myself and my love. I can't earn Your forgiveness, but You've offered it as a free gift from Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I accept Your control of my life and I intend to serve You, obey You, and follow You from this moment forward.  You have my past, my present, my future, my family, my money, and my time.  Nothing will I withhold.  Thank You for loving me and forgiving me, and making me Your own.  Amen

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.

THANK YOU ADDISVILLE!  Thanks to the generous people of Addisville, the Angel Tree sign up has been completed!  Because of Addisville’s loving kindness, these children will receive gifts from their incarcerated parent this Christmas!  We are able to show these children that they have not been forgotten by their parent or Jesus.  Bonnie Drexler

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:

Scott & Dot Wikler for donating the beautiful Christmas tree on the portico.

Scott McDonough for cutting, transporting and helping raise the tree.

Cory McDonough, Chris Baldwin and Tom Stewart for loading, lifting the tree in place, and cleaning up the extra branches.

Dave Andris for putting up the block & tackle.

Chris Baldwin, Donna Stewart, and Tom Stewart for preparing and placing the lights on the tree.

CALLING ALL 4-6 GRADERS! The Awesome Addisville Youth Group will be starting up.  This youth ministry is open to all children in grades 4th thru 6th! Come join us alternate Sunday evenings for fun and fellowship.  Contact the Church Office at 215-357-4277 if you are interested.   

IN PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP AND KEEPING YOU SAFE!

Entry/Exit: To ensure that foot traffic is flowing in one direction-congregants will enter building from the double back doors/parking lot entrance in the Christian Life Building or through the front doors of the Sanctuary Portico entrance. All other doors will be locked. You will notice that the floor of the Cloister has lines to encourage social distancing. Congregants exit the Sanctuary via the double doors near the piano. Please exit the building through the double doors located in Fellowship Hall or the side doors located near the storage room between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Doors will be clearly marked as either an entrance or an exit.

Arrival: You will be greeted warmly by our ushers and greeters while practicing social distancing. Your temperature will be taken and you will be seated in the designated areas.  

No bulletins: Everything is projected or is online.

Our Sanctuary is set up for approximately 1/3 capacity. Alternating pews are roped off. Persons who reside in the same house do not need to social distance and in that case more than two may sit in the same pew section. An overflow area is set up in Fellowship Hall.

Offering Plates: We are not passing offering plates. For those who desire to bring their offering envelopes to church, wooden boxes have been mounted in the front and back of the sanctuary. Offering plates will be place at both ends of the Fellowship Hall.  

Sanitizing: Along with our routine sanitizing when we return to two services pews will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes in between services. 

Communion: Sealed communion cups with wafers are available to worshippers as they enter church on communion Sundays. 

Precautions: Masks are to be worn. Extra masks in plastic bags will be provided for those who do not have a mask. Hands free sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the building.

Please Note: When the Sanctuary is at capacity additional worshippers will be escorted via the courtyard to Fellowship Hall.

If you are running a temperature - or if feeling sick - please stay home and worship virtually on Addisville Reformed Church Facebook Link.
If you have been in contact with any person who has tested positive - please follow 14 day self-quarantine procedures before considering to coming to church activities or Sunday services.

Coffee Hour has been temporarily suspended. Nursery Care is available.

Sunday school is available for Age 3 through Grade 8, during our one Church service at 10 AM.  Our High School Class will meet at the 10 AM service. There will not be High School Class the 1st Sunday of each month to attend Church for Communion Sunday.

We currently have one service beginning at 10 AM. Major upgrades to our audio-visual ministry has enhanced our online presence.

Once the attendance justifies doing so we will return to two services.

Policies will change as CDC and Government restrictions change.

Adult Sunday School classes are held in-person in Fellowship Hall and on-line via Zoom.

December 6 through December 27 at 8:45AM:

“The Case for Christmas”. Investigate the compelling evidence as to why we know that the Bible’s accounts of Christmas are true. Join Lee Strobel in a DVD presentation and facilitator Bob Proske and sharpen the defense of your faith on this important seasonal topic. Bob can be reached at bobproske@gmail.com.

Beginning January 3 through February 14 at the 8:45AM Class:

Introducing “How We Got the Bible”.  Are you a skeptic who is unsure about the reliability of the Bible, or are you a believer who wants to know more about this foundational document and how it came together? Have you ever wondered who wrote the books in your Bible and how they ended up together? Has anyone ever told you that some books were cut out of the Bible or that the stories of Jesus in the Gospels can’t be trusted – particularly because these stories were copied by people and people make mistakes?

Growth Group continues at the 11:15AM Class:

The Growth Groups meets following the Sunday worship service to discuss a deeper understanding and life application of the sermon and the primary passage from the previous worship service. It is designed to motivate Biblically grounded and Holy Spirit inspired, intimate, and informal discussion and learning, that will provide deep and lasting spiritual growth in our faith by meeting people where they are and creating an experience that will move them to the next level. Join facilitator Johnny Marsella to discuss how you might better incorporate the themes of the passage and the sermon into your daily living. Johnny can be reached at johnjmarsella@comcast.net

Please indicate your interest in attending any or all sessions by contacting Bob Proske to ensure you receive a Zoom invitation and any Zoom help you need at bobproske@gmail.com

THANK YOU: for your support of our Coat, Hat, & Glove Drive.  We wanted to share the following note of thanks we received from Joan Koeger, the person in charge of the New Clothing Outreach Ministry.  "Thank you for all the coats you collected.  What a blessing it will be for our clients to have a beautiful warm coat to wear this winter. Our men’s coats were down to about six but now we have a full rack.  Please thank your congregation for generously donating them".  The ACW would like to thank you for your continued support of this Christian outreach.

SHARING OF GIFTS AND TITHES:  We recognize that many are already concerned financially because of this challenging time.  And we have also received inquiries from church members of how best to give during this time.  With great care and sensitivity to these realities, we continue to rely on your financial support of Addisville Church as the Lord enables you to help enable us to continue to minister in this moment.  Find out more about our online giving at addisville.org.  You can also set up automatic payments from your bank account or mail your contribution to the church.  If you need assistance with these resources please let the church staff know.

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