Announcements

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Advent 2
Attendance – 47, Offering – $1,837.00     Offering needed: $1,924.00

NEWSLETTERS are now available to be picked up at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Room or to be downloaded from our website, www.stjohnsblymiresucc.com.

Our 2017 Membership Directory is updated. Copies are available on the Welcome Table in the Gathering Room. If any corrections are needed, please contact the church office.

HAND OF HOPE FUND: On the first Sunday of each month there will be a basket passed around during the welcome and announcement time to receive pocket change and small bills for the SJB Hand of Hope Fund.  Our November offering was $90.40. We helped 2 families with food giving out $50.00.  There is a balance of $242.08 in this fund.

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB:  The club meets most every other Tuesday.  They are taking a break for the holidays. Meetings resume in January.

COFFEE SOCIALS:  Don’t forget to sign up to host a coffee social. We have the schedule for 2017 posted. Lots of open dates!!!  PLEASE, sign up!!!!

SISTERS OF SERVICE (SOS) will meet next In March.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  ALL WOMEN WELCOME!

MEN’S GROUP – The next meeting of our Men’s Fellowship group will be on January 10. Come out for a time of FELLOWship!

SPONSORS: If you would like to become a sponsor for the Bulletin and/or Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of an occasion, please fill in your information in the book located on the podium in the Gathering Room. The cost of sponsoring the bulletins for a week is $10.00. We are using a new server for our Altar flowers and the prices are $25.00 for a half set and $35.00 for a full set. You may place your payment in an envelope marked “Altar Flowers” or “Bulletin” in the offering plate or mail it to the church office. You may also sponsor a choir anthem in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. The cost is $50 for each anthem.

GIFT CARDS: Would you like to help your church without spending any extra money? You can do this by buying gift cards to use for everyday purchases. For every card sold we earn a profit from 1½% all the way to 16%, depending on the merchant. To get your cards, just fill out an order form and attach a check or cash. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Blymire’s UCC. You may drop the orders in the offering plate, place them on Wanda’s desk in the office or mail them to the church. Payment must be included with your order. Orders will be sent to the Great Lakes Scrip Center each Monday morning. You may pick up your gift cards from Sandy Innerst at church the following Sunday. For more information about the program, you may call Wanda at the church office or check out the website www.glscrip.com.

COUPONS WANTED: We are asking the congregation to donate any unwanted store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, and Catalina coupons (those printed out at the register) in the coupon box so that we can give them to the Kaltreider/Benfer Library in Red Lion.

HEALING HEARTS is the name of our grief support group.  The group’s purpose is to offer friendship, support, and healing to anyone making that difficult journey through grief.  Our regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM.  We also get together several times during the month for various activities.  Anyone who is dealing with loss is welcome to join us, even those who are not members of Blymire’s.

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS:  The Called to Care Team would like to offer “Showers of Blessings” to those who are sick or in need of comfort or support.  This card shower of prayers, inspirational notes and cards may be sent to anyone, not just members of SJB.  To initiate this outreach, put the name and address on a prayer request in the collection plate or call Wanda at the church office.