Return to Elkins on Sunday; Launch of Spring Semester Bible Classes; Family Minister Town Hall; Youth Group Leadership Opportunity (UCC Family News, 1-3-19)

Gash & Dzamesi
UCC Elder, Jim Gash, surprised Joseph Dzamesi, our missionary in Ghana, and his family with a recent visit!

Return to Elkins Auditorium
We will return to Elkins Auditorium for morning worship this Sunday, January 6, at 10:15am. The sermon is titled, “Peace on Earth,” from Luke 2: 8-20.

Launch of Spring Semester Bible Classes
Sunday morning Bible classes resume this Sunday, January 6, at 9am (with the exception of the Preparing for Marriage class, which will begin on January 20). Please make Bible class attendance one of your new year’s resolutions!

Adult classes:
* Fruit of the Spirit: Dave Lemley & Robby Schaffer (Appleby 270)
* Philippians: John Wilson (Appleby 280)
* Preparing for Marriage: Susan Giboney (Church Office) – note: begins on January 20

Youth group: Living in the Kosmos – An Exploration of Order and Chaos
* Dusty Breeding & YM team (Cafeteria)

Children’s classes: Lessons from Luke
* Cradle roll: Emily & Jason Jarvis (Plaza 191)
* Preschool: Jody Sturgeon & Marcus Reaves (Plaza 190)
* K-3rd grades: Rick Cupp & Al Sturgeon (Plaza 189)
* 4th-5th grades: Corinne Le (Plaza 188)

Town Hall: Family Life Minister
The elders invite anyone interested in sharing comments, concerns, or questions about our search for a new Family Life Minister to a town hall meeting in the church office immediately following morning worship this Sunday (January 6).

Youth Group Leadership Opportunity
Beginning on January 13th, the UCCYG teens, along with the support of Dusty, Joel, and our intern team, will take part in leading a four week series for children during the second service on Sunday evenings. This is a great opportunity for our teens to grow in their teaching and mentoring abilities. The youth group will be dedicated to preparing and training to lead in this way over the next couple of weeks. The four week series will begin during the 2nd service on Sunday Jan. 13.

Youth Group Family Devo
Mark your calendars for Sunday night, January 27, for the next Family Devo at the Breeding’s home. As a reminder, all youth group families are invited! Siblings, parents, grandparents, pets! Ok…no pets, but all other human family members. 6:30-8pm.

-Search for a Family Life Minister.
-Rob Terrell, who remains in the hospital.
-Peter Thompson, for health and healing.
-Kimberly Hebert Gregory, for health and healing.
-Ann Warford, for health and healing.
-Sue Griffin, Brad’s mother.
-Bernice Evans James, Bernie’s mother.
-Sammy Maiorca, Steve’s father.
-Leonard Markiewicz, Reagan Brewster’s friend.
-Mary Miller, who recently fell and broke her leg.
-Missionaries: Mindi and Dereje Aleme (Ethiopia & Kenya), Joseph Dzamesi (Ghana), Igor Egirev (Russia); and the mission organizations we support: Let’s Start Talking (worldwide), Made in the Streets (Kenya), and Predisan (Honduras).

Upcoming Events:
-January 6: Bible classes resume
-January 6: Morning worship returns to Elkins
-January 6: Town Hall: Family Life Minister
-January 13: 2019 Budget Presented
-January 13: Seniors Ministry Lunch & Discussion
-January 13: Evening worship resumes in Stauffer Chapel (5pm)
-January 27: Youth Group Family Devo (at Dusty & Cecily’s home)
-February 3: All-Church Super Bowl Party
-March 15-17: Youth Group Winter Retreat at Big Bear
-March 24: Missions Sunday
-April 14: All-Church Pancake Breakfast & Honoring Graduates
-April 21: Easter Sunday

Attendance (December 30): 87
Contribution (December 23): $24,015.00
Weekly Need: $8,231.76
Weekly Average (YTD): $7,938.69

Servant Leaders (2018-2019)
Please contact an individual leader if you are interested in serving on her or his respective team. If you need contact information, please email

Servant leaders related to our Sunday gatherings:
Acappella Music: Scott Reynolds
Adult Education: Dave Lemley & Robby Schaffer
Hospitality: Greg Warwar
Technology: Randy Coppinger
Worship Coordinator: Shannon Warwar
Worship Design: Sara Barton & Eric Wilson

Servant leaders related to our family life:
Benevolence: Amy & Chris Doran; Katy & Peter Thompson
Families: Brad & Liz Mancuso
Finance: Paul Jones
Life Together: Steve Rouse & Kanet Thomas
Men’s & Women’s: Lee Morgan & Jenny Parmelee
Missions: Susan Giboney (interim)
Prayer: Kari Coppinger
Seniors: David Baird
Young Adults: Phill DuVentre

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