First News December 2, 2013
Season of Advent 2013
Reach Out and Share the Good News!
During the month of December we will be reaching out to members and friends of our church, taking them communion, visiting with them, and reminding them of our love and support. If you would like to share in this ministry, we will have the names and pertinent information that will help you take part and share the Good News!
If you cannot make it this Sunday, you can call the church office to help.
Looking Ahead for Sunday, December 8, 2013
Second Sunday in Advent. We mark the days from darkness to the light of Christmas Morn with candles, carols and lessons of hope, peace, joy and love.
Lessons for the Day will be Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, and Matthew 3:1-12. The sermon will once again raise a common question of the holiday season and seek to answer the question from the Biblical truths found in our lessons. The question we ask this day as we wonder and wander through Advent is; Tis’ the Season to be Jolly? Right?
Adult Bible Study—Calvin Room, 9:40 AM, beginning this Sunday, and continuing through Sunday, December 15.
Pastor Koch will continue a Sunday Bible Study on the Advent Texts from the Prophet Isaiah; Words of Hope, Peace, Courage, and Faith.
Special Congregational Meeting, December 15, 2013, 9:40 AM, Fellowship Hall
At its Stated Meeting, November 21, 2013, the Session called for a special congregational meeting for the purpose of acting on recommendations to change the By-Laws of our church. That meeting will take place on December 15, 2013, 9:40 am, in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
We will post on our church’s web site in December a copy of our old by-laws and a copy of the recommended changes. This information will also be made available as paper copies at the church.
You can also learn more about church by-laws by accessing our denominations web-site; PCUSA.org. Type in the search engine on this site; “sample by-laws for congregation”.
The intent of the proposed changes are two-fold;
to ensure our church has simple and proper by-laws in accordance with the governance of the Presbyterian Church, USA and with the laws of the state of Kansas.
and to ensure the effectiveness of the leadership of our boards of Session and Deacon and recommending the number of serving elders to be, “no less that 9 and no more than 15”.
Open House Gathering at the Koch’s
Karen and Keith invite you to their home to share in the love of the Christmas Season on Sunday, December 22, 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM. They reside at 409 West Hawthorn, Gardner.
Sunday, December 15th at 9:40 AM, Fellowship Hall
For the purpose of changing By-Laws
Presbyterian Women Christmas Luncheon
Saturday, December 7th, Noon
Potluck luncheon, bring 2 dozen cookies, program
Ringing Bells at Walmart
Saturday, December 14 & 21, 10:00 – 4:00 PM
504 E Main
Donation and distribution hours,
Tuesdays 11am – 1pm, Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Saturday 10am – Noon
Christmas Poinsettias $11.00 each
In memory or in honor of Someone special
GARDNER-EDGERTON HIGH SCHOOL
Holiday Choir Concert
Saturday, December 14th 3:00 PM
Free Concert! GEHS Auditorium
Featuring: Concert Choir, Treble Choir,
Trail Blazers, Blue Blazers, Treble Jazz Ensemble,
Madrigal Ensemble & Jammin’ Madison Bear Choir