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Hello, Abraham the Church Mouse here!


I just wanted to drop by to say good day to you all and also to let everyone in on something great -- the past issues of the Church Mouse Gazette for all my readers! I have been traveling the past few months spreading the good word to everyone. Stay tuned hope you all have a wonderful day in our blessed world!


Love,


Abraham





Gazette 2016

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St. Abrahams Lutheran Church

The Church Mouse Gazette­­­­­­­­­­­-March, 2016

Ephesians 3:16-19 (KJV)

16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 

From the Pastor’s Desk: “Holy Week and Easter”

It is a familiar story. Jesus is betrayed by one of his close associates. Jesus is abandoned by his chosen apostles who have promised to follow him wherever he leads. Jesus is denied by Peter, his closest friend. The religious authorities reject Jesus. The government condemns Jesus, an innocent man, to please the crowd who demand, “crucify him.”

If we had been here, would we have come to Jesus’ defense? Would we have sacrificed our lives, our possessions, and our honor for Jesus? If we are honest, we must confess that we would have responded the same as our spiritual ancestors. We have betrayed Jesus. We have denied Jesus. We have crucified Jesus. The good news of Easter is that Jesus gave his life for us. He died for our sin and God the Father raised him up to new life. Through Jesus we have forgiveness, the opportunity to start over, and the promise of eternal life.

I invite you to share in the mystery of our faith. Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday.

Don’t forget. He did this for you and me.

Pastor Matt

Have You Heard The News?

Bishop Wolfgang’s Easter Message 2016

Attached to this newsletter, and posted on the bulletin board in the Educational Building, is Bishop Wolfegang’s Easter Message.

Lenten Service Schedule

We will be joining with St. Peter’s to celebrate the upcoming Lent/Easter festivals.

March 24--St. Abrahams will host the Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm.

March 25-- Good Friday Service will be held at St. Peter’s at 7:00 pm.

March 27-- St. Abrahams will be holding Easter Sunday Service at 10:00 am.

Community Outreach-

Baskets of Promise

Once again we will be collecting personal care items each week for the Baskets of Promise project. These items-soap, bath towel, comb, nail clippers, toothbrush-will be sent to those in need in developing countries and countries who have experienced devastation and are in need of even the most basic of supplies. See the back table for a handout to take with you when you go shopping. All items must be brought back to the church by March 20th.

NESAP-North East Social Action Program

NESAP has sent the church a thank you for our generosity enabling them to continues its mission to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance to our neighbors in need. NESAP serves the areas surrounding the 21074 zip code and also those in need who are referred by the church. If you know of someone that needs assistance, please let Pastor Matt know so he can make a referral on their behalf. In the meantime, NESAP has announced their big Post-Winter Sale to make room for Spring/Summer items. Make sure you stop in at these dates for extra special deals!

March 7th-17th  / All clothing $1.00 per piece

March 18th-21st  / Bag Sale $6.00/bag

ELCA World Hunger Project

As you know the ELCA has requested each congregation to do one additional thing to raise awareness and funds to go to the World Hunger Project. St. Abrahams has taken a leap—based on the ELCA’s past “Buck-A-Chick” and barnyard gift catalog—of faith and has come up a fun idea which we are calling St. Abrahams’ Hens for Hunger Project. We have purchased 24 baby chicks which are being raised with the purpose of our congregation members selling the eggs and eventually the laying hens. It is estimated that we will raise between $700-$1,000. We will be posting our progress on our Facebook and website pages to generate awareness of the ELCA’s program as well as interest and customers in our hens. It is hoped that everyone will participate in some way with this project and have some fun while doing so. We may even get a write-up in the Del-Md Synod newsletter and a ‘shout-out’ for our creativity at the Synod Convention being held in June. More information will be coming soon!

In the meanwhile, I would like to share a photo of some of our members gathered together to send a big THANK YOU! to Thrivent who has provided us with startup funds for this project.

Upcoming Events-

Carroll Lutheran School Annual Basket/Bag Bingo

On April 2, 2016 –Doors open at 12:00 noon, Games begin at 1:00 pm. This event features generously filled Longaberger baskets and Thirty-One Gifts bags as well as door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Food and refreshment will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please see the attached flyer for more information and please come out and support CLS who will use the funds to enhance the quality of education for the students; grades K-8.

Wesley United Methodist Church Oyster and Fried Chicken Supper!

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. With seating on the hour and half-hour through 4:00 pm, you will enjoy fried oysters, fried chicken, corn, green beans, homemade cole slaw and potato salad, applesauce, rolls, dessert & beverages. Carryout is also available. Please see the attached flyer for more information and prices. Take a break from the kitchen and come out and support this event.

And Before We Forget-

Church Photos/History Items Wanted

Do you have any old photos of the church/events or think of something of interest that can be added to our newsletter, website or Facebook page? If so, please see Carolyn Krause. She has a hand scanner that can copy your photos without the need or expense to be sent out to a professional copy service.

Altar Flower and Bulletin Sponsorship –the 2016 Flower Signup Chart is located in the Educational Building entranceway. The cost of sponsoring altar flowers is $17.00 for one vase or $35.00 for two vases (the flowers will be prepared for you to take after morning service). Likewise, the weekly bulletin sponsorship is $5.00. Please use the special marked envelopes on the back table. Both options are a great way to honor someone or commemorate a special occasion.

Fellowship Hour

Each week after service everyone is invited to come to the Educational Building and have refreshments. Each week is different, it could be as simple as donuts and coffee to a full luncheon; even Pastor Matt has shared his culinary talents! Please consider signing up on the sheet posted on the refrigerator. It’s a nice time to enjoy a bite to eat while catching up on the past week’s events with others.

Looking for Volunteers!

Spring is here! And that means St. Abrahams could use a little sprucing up after the toll of the winter—inside and out! Anyone that can come out and help clean the church on Saturday, March 19th, beginning at 9:00 am, please join us. Or, if you prefer outside work, we have a lot of sticks to be gathered up as well as leaves to be raked up (the lawn service does not do this without charging extra). Our church is well known for its nice appearance so please come out if you can.

Sunday School Teacher(s) Needed

Yes, you heard correctly! Plans are being made to restart Sunday School for visiting little ones. This will be held at the same time as the regular service and will consist of a lesson plan of a short video, an activity and a take home project. Once this is firmed up, a meeting will be held to present the lesson plans with the hope that volunteers will agree to rotate as needed. You do not need a degree to be a Sunday School teacher, just a willingness to miss 1 regular church service to share God’s love to the littlest members of his family.

Do You Have an Idea For a Social Event?

We are looking for ideas for events to hold and invite the surrounding community to. Ideas garnered thus far include a monthly “free” dinner, ice cream social/with band music (gospel, bluegrass, folk, big band, etc.), Saturday night movies at the pavilion, another bonfire. Have an new idea or a suggestion/comment on the ones above? Please see Rose Blevins or Carolyn Krause.

Hampstead Day/Community Picnic/Vacation Bible School

These events will be here before you know it. Planning meetings will be held in the near future. Please plan to attend as many hands make light work and we need the community to know that we are here if we are going to continue on and to thrive.

Happy Birthday Wishes To:


03/01 – Kyle Kelly

03/18 – Charles Krause, III

03/19 – Kim Poffenbarger

03/20 –Kelsey Bosley

Well, that’s all for The Church Mouse Gazette­­­­­­­­­­­ for this month. See you soon!

--Love Abraham

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Website: www.stabrahamslutheranchurch.com



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St. Abrahams Lutheran Church

The Church Mouse Gazette­­­­­­­­­­­-February, 2016

Ephesians 3:16-19 (KJV)

16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 

From the Pastor’s Desk: “Let Your Light Shine!”

The Sundays of Epiphany are manifestations of Jesus’ identity to the world. The season of Epiphany has bookend festivals, The Baptism of Our Lord and the Transfiguration of Jesus. In both epiphanies God declares that Jesus is his beloved Son. Each Sunday offers us another revelation. We see the face of God in his Son Jesus.

In our commemoration of Jesus’ Baptism we renew our own baptismal vows. We recall the promises that God made to us on our baptismal day and we remember the promises made to God on our behalf. Just as Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of his public ministry, so too our baptism reminds us of our calling to let the light of Christ shine in the world. Just as God revealed himself to the Wiseman, may we reveal Christ to the world.

Pastor Matt

Have You Heard The News?

Are We Having A Snow Day???

Although we make every effort available to keep the Church open for services on Sundays during the winter, IF the Church needs to be closed due to inclement weather/parking lot conditions you will receive a phone call the morning of--or evening before--to notify you. You can also check our Facebook page for information. If you are not sure if the Church has your contact information, please see any council member or Pastor Matthew.

Lenten Service Schedule

We will be joining with St. Peter’s to celebrate the upcoming Lent/Easter festivals.

St. Peter’s will be hosting the Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm. (February 10), St. Abrahams will host the Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm. (March 24), Good Friday Service will be held at St. Peter’s at 7:00 pm (March 25) and we will hold our Easter Sunday Service at 10:00 am (March 27) at St. Abrahams. Note: We will not be holding the Lenten Wednesday Night Soup and Bread Suppers this year.

A Special Thank You!!

Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane has sent a thank you to the St. Abrahams congregation for once again meeting our benevolence goal of $3,000 for mission support. Many congregations do not/are not able to meet their expected contributions—St. Abrahams, while small, has always done so. The Synod awards grants from these funds to Gettysburg Seminary, campus ministries, and to Camp-Mar-Lu-Ridge among others. Well done, St. Abrahams!

Women of the ELCA

Day of Renewal Retreat - Several members of St. Abrahams Women of the ELCA have signed up to attend the retreat being held on Saturday, February 27, at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center on Mt. Gilead Road. The speaker will be Pastor Margaret Herz-Lane. Please see Carolyn Krause if you would like to carpool.

Interchange – The Winter 2016 Edition is now available on the back table as well as posted on the bulletin board in the hallway of the Educational Building. You can sign up for the newsletter to be delivered to your email by subscribing at: women.elca@elca.org.

Bold Women Day – Observed on the fourth Sunday in February (February 28) by the Women of the ELCA, celebrates Lutheran women who are boldly living their faith in Jesus Christ. To learn more about this celebration and what other churches are doing to celebrate, see the article in The Lutheran Magazine.

Interested In Learning More about the DE-MD Synod?

The Delaware-Maryland Synod has a E-Letter—copies are available on the back table and posted on the bulletin board in the hallway of the Educational Building—which you can sign up to have delivered directly to your email address to find out the news and events of the Synod and other member churches. Email: info@demdsynod.org to subscribe.

St. Abrahams is on Social Media!!!

Friend us on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/St-Abrahams-Lutheran-Church-466542420098224/

and,

keep up-to-date with our new website at: www.stabrahamslutheranchurch.com

Altar Flower and Bulletin Sponsorship –the 2016 flower signup chart is located in the Educational Building hallway. The cost of sponsoring altar flowers is $17.00 for one vase or $35.00 for two vases (the flowers will be prepared for you to take after morning service). Likewise, the weekly bulletin sponsorship is $5.00. Please use the special marked envelopes on the back table. Both options are a great way to honor someone or commemorate a special occasion.

Community Outreach

NESAP-North East Social Action Program

NESAP continues its mission to provide for our neighbors in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance. They are very appreciative of the support we have given them especially during the holiday season. Remember that NESAP also serves the areas surrounding the 21074 zip code or those in need who are referred by the church.

NESAP-It's the Countdown to Spring! Let the Sales Begin Event

Mark your calendar now!
Feb 1st-13th  / All clothing 50% off

Feb 15th-March 5th   / All clothing $2.00 per piece

March 7th-17th  / All clothing $1.00 per piece

March 18th-21st  / Bag Sale $6.00/bag

And Before We Forget-

Wanted

Do you have any old photos of the church/events or think of something of interest that can be added to our website or facebook page? If so, please see Carolyn Krause. She has a hand scanner that can copy your photos without the need or expense to be sent out to a professional copy service.

Happy Birthday Wishes To:


02/01 – Carol Trimble

02/02 – Drew Kelly

02/11 – Alexandria “Allie” Bosley



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St. Abrahams Lutheran Church

The Church Mouse Gazette­­­­­­­­­­­-January, 2016

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The Epiphany, Three Kings Day and Little Christmas

Thank you one and all for the cheese that was left for me this Christmas. A Church Mouse has few needs other than a warm place to sleep and a nibble or two to enjoy. I just want to wish the entire St. Abrahams Church family and friends, a wonderful Christmas Season and to remind everyone that it is a season and not just a day. There are 12 Days of Christmas to celebrate and it does not end until January 6 (also known as Epiphany, Little Christmas or Three Kings Day). A small history lesson for those that like such things: The Twelve Days of Christmas are considered by many to be the days leading up to December 25th. Some religious historians, however, believe these days actually represent the time between December 25th and January 6th. The conclusion of those days is celebrated with a feast on the Eve of the Twelfth Night, as popularized in the Shakespeare play. In the U.K., the yule log is burned for all twelve nights following Christmas Eve, and then, on the 6th, the Christmas tree and other decorations are taken down. In fact, it is considered bad luck to leave up the tree past the Twelfth Day.

It seems a little strange to me that the secular world has not yet tried to capitalize on the entire 12 Days instead of just focusing their marketing campaigns up to December 25. Every year PNC Bank calculates how much your true love would have to pay for each gift mentioned in the holiday song--to the grand total of $34,130.99 for this year. I would think that it would help the economy tremendously! All that aside, I do wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (Season) and a Blessed New Year.

Love, Abraham

Have You Heard The News?

Christmas Open House with Bishop Wolfgang & Pastor Margaret Herz-Lane

The traditional Bishop’s Open House will be held today, Sunday, December 27, 3pm to 7pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (7001 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234). He invites everyone for fellowship and German Christmas treats that include Gluehwein, a mulled hot wine from Germany.

St. Abrahams’ Chapter of The Women of the ELCA

The Women’s Thankoffering Service in November collected $160 to be divided between our women’s group here and the regional chapter. All women of the church are automatically members of this organization and there are no dues to pay. You will find the latest copy of The Evangel on the back table. Please take a copy. Kristen McMasters, the Westminster Cluster Coordinator, will be coming in the near future to tell us more about the W-ELCA.

Also,

There is a --FREE-- Day of Renewal Retreat for all ELCA women and friends on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center on Mt. Gilead Road, just off of Route 30 and includes breakfast, lunch and dessert. The speaker will be Pastor Margaret Herz-Lane. Please note that although this is a free event you must register by January 22. Please see the form in The Evangel or Carolyn Krause by January 22. We hope to have a nice group from St. Abrahams in attendance.

ELCA World Hunger Appeal

A special task force packet addressing world hunger has been sent out to every congregation with an appeal that each one do one more thing in addition to what they are already doing (St. Abrahams-NESAP collection, CropWalk, Buck-A-Chick, etc.) to combat this urgent need. You will find a Hunger Ministry Devotion attachment to this newsletter from Pastor Fred Melton addressing this issue. The Council is discussing possible projects and welcomes all suggestions.

St. Abrahams is on Social Media!!!

As many of you may know St. Abrahams is on Facebook at: St. Abrahams Lutheran Church located at:

https://www.facebook.com/St-Abrahams-Lutheran-Church-466542420098224/

And now,

We have a new website! You can find us at:

www.stabrahamslutheranchurch.com (Yes, it is a little long but that could not be helped in order to not be confused with another church with a similar name).

Please go in and “Like” us, follow us and pass the links onto your friends and family. Both sites will be kept as up-to-date as possible and upcoming events, projects, history and photos of our church. If you have any old photos of the church or anything you think could be added, please see Carolyn Krause. Let’s get the word out that we are here! We may be small, but we are a mighty congregation!

Community Outreach

Adopt-A Family for Christmas Project

As you know by now we adopted a 3yo girl for Christmas and Kim Poffenbarger was kind enough to coordinate this project. Many gifts were purchased and delivered ensuring a very Merry Christmas for this child and her family. Thank you all, again, for your generosity.

NESAP-North East Social Action Program

Continues its mission to provide for our neighbors in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance. They are very appreciative of the support we have given them especially during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season when those who are seasonally employed are most affected by the lack of work while the day-to-day needs continue. Remember that NESAP also serves the areas surrounding the 21074 zip code or those in need who are referred by the church.

And Before We Forget-

Thank you,

To everyone that helped ready our church for Advent and Christmas. The set up and cleanup crews, food providers for the Fellowship Hour, the church Christmas Party, and cookie bakers providing refreshments for after the Christmas Eve service.

Bulletin Sponsorship

If you wish to sponsor the weekly bulletin, the cost is $5.00. Please use the Bulletin envelopes on the back table or see Carolyn Krause. You can commemorate an occasion if you wish--birthdays, anniversaries, birth of a new child, in honor or memory or for the Glory of God.

Altar Flowers Sponsorship

The Flower Signup Chart is located in the Educational Building. The cost of sponsoring Altar Flowers are $35.00 for two vases –or-- $17.00 for one vase. The flower(s) can then be taken with you after the morning service. Altar flowers are a nice way to remember a loved one that has passed, commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, and births or to honor the Glory of God. Please use the Altar Flower envelopes on the back table or see Carolyn Krause if you have a special flower request.

Happy Birthday Wishes To:


1/03 - Janet Bosley Kelly

1/14 – Dorothy Bosley





Gazette 2015

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St. Abrahams Lutheran Church

The Church Mouse Gazette­­­­­­­­­­­-Dec., 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Have You Heard The News? – We are Growing in Faith and Moving Forward!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

This year St. Abrahams’ will be joining St. Peter’s on Wednesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. for our Thanksgiving Eve Service. We hope everyone can come out and attend. (Next year the service will be held here at St. Abrahams). Bring a Friend!!!!!

Changes in the New Year!

Pastor Matthew has agreed to host a weekly Bible Study beginning January 3rd. This study will be held every Sunday (except for the 3rd Sunday of the month when the Council meets) at 9 a.m. Everyone is Welcomed!!!!!

Holy Communion

St. Abrahams will join with the majority of the Lutheran churches by hosting Holy Communion each Sunday beginning January 3rd.

Women of the ELCA

We are reactivating our presence in this once very active women’s group. Be looking for more information coming soon from Dorothy Bosley. There is a free one day retreat being held in Reisterstown in the spring which should be fun and informative for all of St. Abrahams’ women.

Please Be Sure to Read:

Attached to this issue of The Church Mouse Gazette you will find Bishop Wolfgang’s Christmas Message, as well as the December “Calendar of Events” and a listing of ways to help you reflect on and celebrate the Christmas season.

Community Service/Outreach

Mission and Merriness Day – THANK YOU!!

I just want to send a very big THANK YOU to everyone that joined in the Mission and Merriness Day activities after the morning service on November 8th. A potluck lunch was served and then a crafty group put together baskets for our shut-ins while a very hard working crew (Kim and Tom Poffenbarger, Steve Walker and Charles Krause) tackled the huge job of raking the leaves up and tidying up the grounds. It was a lot of work and it did not go unnoticed. Thank you to each and every one of you that gave your time to this project day.

Jingle Jar

$38.54 (September) and $47.94 (October) was collected and forwarded to the Wounded Warrior Project. When St. Abrahams first decided to forward the weekly Jingle Jar proceeds to this most worthy organization, we were hoping to be able to send the basic amount of $18 per month as suggested by the organization. I’m proud to say that our little church has always surpassed that amount. In fact, last year we sent over $500.00 just by collecting the loose change and dollars in our pockets and purses. This speaks very well for our little country church and the care and support we have for our returning injured military personnel.

Speaking of our Military,

A collection box has been placed in the back for donations for the Military Christmas Stockings Project. They are looking for food items (slim jims, hot chocolate, gum,), recreational items (playing cards, magazines, AA/AAA batteries), hygiene items (shampoo, toothbrushes/paste, hand sanitizer) etc. Subway cards and visa gift cards are also most welcomed and help to stretch their paycheck. Janet Bosley Kelly has offered to send whatever we collect down to the people who will be stuffing and distributing the stockings on the base. A more detailed listing can be found on the back table.

Adopt-A Family for Christmas Project

Once again we will be sponsoring a family for Christmas. More details will be forthcoming. When the list is put on the back table, please consider buying an item for a child or adult and make someone’s Christmas a little merrier!

NESAP-North East Social Action Program located in Hampstead helps to provide for our neighbors in need of food, clothing, utility, medical, transportation, and housing needs! Please support them in their upcoming events.

NESAP’s Holiday Food & Gift Assistance

Please keep this list in mind when you are grocery shopping for NESAP food donations as they are especially needed for the upcoming holidays (which will be here before we know it)!


  • Applesauce
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit (your choice)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Stuffing
  • Baked Beans 
  • Yams
  • Sauerkraut
  • Boxes/Bags of Dry Pasta
  • Box/pouches of Flavored Rice Side Dishes
  • Box/pouches of Flavored Noodles Side Dishes
  • Peas
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Box/Bag of Rice
  • Can Gravy/Broth or Gravy Packet
  • Muffin Mix
  • Cake Mix
  • Can of Frosting
  • Napkins or Paper Towels
  • $15.00 and $20.00 Gift Cards for Turkeys, Ham. Other Entrees (Walmart sells the lest expensive turkeys during the holidays)
  • $25.00 Walmart Cards for Christmas Gifts
  • Brown paper bags, similar to Millers grocery bags

Don’t Forget-

Christmas Flowers Sign-up Sheet

The sign-up sheet for Christmas flowers is now on the back table. Please consider purchasing a poinsettia or cyclamen to beautify the Church this Christmas season and then take home to enjoy! They make a great gift for an older friend or family member. Deadline to order November 29!

Church Christmas Party

We will be holding our church Christmas party on Sunday, December 20, after the morning service. A potluck luncheon will be served and we will have games and music to enjoy and celebrate this special time of year.

Happy Birthday To:


November 18 – Ed Engel

November 22 – Joyce McAdoo

November 24 – Roselee Blevins

November 27 – Tom Poffenbarger

December 4 – Holly Bosley

December 8 – Abby & Beth Flanagan

December 9 – Ellen Spies

December 27 – Carolyn Krause



25 Ways To Celebrate This Christmas:


  1. Light an Advent Candle every Sunday of Advent and reflect on what it signifies.
  2. Attend a live performance of the Nutcracker and/or Handel’s Messiah.
  3. Host an open house and have everyone help decorate your Christmas Tree.
  4. Watch the classic TV shows—White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Frosty the Snowman, etc.
  5. Ice Skating!
  6. Take a family/neighbor child Christmas shopping for their Mom & Dad.
  7. Bake cookies.
  8. Wish everyone you meet a “MERRY CHRISTMAS”.
  9. Be someone’s Secret Santa at work.
  10. Play Christmas music to, during, and from work.
  11. Attend a local school Christmas concert performance.
  12. Listen to Christmas music while drinking hot cocoa and enjoying your tree.
  13. Decorate the inside and outside of your house.
  14. Purchase one item for our St. Abrahams Adopt-A-Christmas Family.
  15. Collect and donate mittens/gloves to a homeless shelter.
  16. Go caroling with a group of friends.
  17. Put up a tree in every room, especially a child’s.
  18. Write out special childhood memories and share with your children/grandchildren.
  19. Invite someone to Church during Advent and Christmas.
  20. Celebrate all 12 Days of Christmas-December 25 through January 5.
  21. Hand out candy canes.
  22. Put up a crèche display.
  23. Send a care package to a soldier.
  24. Put up a birdfeeder for an elderly neighbor to enjoy.
  25. Attend Christmas Eve Service at St. Abrahams Church!