Church News

Church News for December 16, 2018

If you wish to become a member, please contact Pastor Haberkost or the church office.

Today’s Altar Flowers given by the Camera Family in honor of Lizzie's 14th birthday.

Today at late service, we get to enjoy the Sunday School Christmas Program, “Do You Hear What I Hear,” written by Katie Krystowski. Thank you to everyone who has helped with the program, attended extra rehearsals, played in the orchestra, and just generally supported the effort!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THE GIVING TREE! December Collection Box Our Annual Giving Tree Each year in the month of December, a tree is placed in the narthex with ornaments marked with gifts requested by families in need in our community. We are also collecting hats and mittens that can be placed on the tree. This is another great opportunity to serve others in need in our community, to make their Christmas a little brighter.

Last day to order Poinsettias! Each plant is $8. Please use the envelope on the board in the Narthex and place your payment in the offering plate. Questions? See Jenny Proeschel.

WFS Women Flying Solo will have their Christmas luncheon at Miss Molly’s Tea Room on December 18 at 11:30am. Contact Carolyn Dietsche if you can attend at 330-723-2884 so she can make a reservation.

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE END OF DECEMBER OFFICE SCHEDULE!

Pastor will be off December 25 – January 3

Jim will be off December 26-29 and January 1-6

Jill will be off December 21 – January 1

Nursery Workers We are in need of nursery workers during the 10:45 Sunday service. Please consider serving! If we can fill a couple spots on the nursery calendar then you would only serve every 8 weeks! Please contact Lauren Raycher or Katie Lemke to be added to the rotation or learn more.

January 2019 Book Group We will discuss the book, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate on January 7 in the church library at 5:30pm. All are welcome to join this group!

FYI: There is an update letter on the bulletin board from the daughter of a former member, Amy Falasco (Yeaton).  

If you appreciate a good cup of coffee at church on Sunday mornings, please give a big THANK YOU to the following folks who made that possible in 2018:

Set up/making coffee: Mike & Vicky Greene, Ray & Marty Johnson, Terry & Carolyn Leu, Mike & Jen Martin, Danette Sims, Dennis & Pam Weismantel, and Dan & Diane Willhoite.

Clean up: Dennis Barowicz, Mark & Denise Cartwright, Jill Manley, Eric & Dina Nixon, Jeff Nixon, Steve & Stacie Tschiegg, and Mary Weyandt.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THE COFFEE CREW! More help is welcomed for coffee set up and clean up on Sunday mornings. We would be happy to show you the ropes! If you are able to help out once every couple of months, please contact Dan Willhoite at 330-421-5740.

Automated Church Giving (ACH) You can now choose to give your offering electronically! The form can be found in our December newsletter or on our website in the Quick Links box on the right hand side. Return the form to Joann Buttolph, our financial secretary and you will be set up after the start of the new year. OR You can pick up your 2019 Offering Envelopes in the Narthex TODAY!

PoPE members Serve in Trinidad Where is Trinidad?   ...about 70 miles off the coast of Venezuela , South America. From January 4-12, 2019 Prince of Peace members will be joined by 16 more Christians from across the United States to build homes for Habitat for Humanity International/Thrivent Builds Worldwide and to serve the needy of Trinidad.  Please keep the team in your prayers:  keep them safe while working and using different building methods and tools; protect the team from Yellow Fever carrying mosquitoes; give the team safe transportation from the bus and  it's driver; open the minds and hearts of the team to a different culture (foods & customs) and let the Holy Spirit be the 20th member of  the team, ever guiding us.  Let His love shine through us while we serve in His Holy name. Prince of Peace members Gerry Placko, Charles and Beth Schnabel are joined by other Medina County team members: Karleen Zuercher, Tom Ries, Jan Althaus, Joe and Cheryl Bareiter.

Stephen Ministry The joy of Christmas can turn into a time of painful loneliness and emptiness for those who have suffered a loss or who are going through a difficult time. But help is available. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and support you through the holidays and as long as your need persists. If you or someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders: Greg or Kristin Ulm.  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Need to reach us? Dial 330-723-8293

Pastor Daniel Haberkost Ext. 105

Director of Youth & Family Ministry Jim Bretthauer Ext. 102

Office Assistant Jill McGarr Ext. 101

If you are trying to reach someone in the church after business hours, dial 330-721-6844. The phone will ring in the narthex & kitchen.