Bulletin 1/14/18

Announcements for our Church Family

Intentionally Andover for New Year
This morning is a very special and unique day in the life of our community. If you are visiting with us, we are so excited you have joined us. If this is your church home, then today is a day mainly for you. During this worship service, we will sing and we will pray as we always do, but our sermon time today is an opportunity to share some exciting news, updates and visions that the Staff and Andover Lead Team believe are God’s dreams for Andover. We are excited to share and then see what God will do in 2018.

Wonderfully Made Event – February 9 and 10
Help preteens learn they are wonderfully made with this faith and sexuality education program.  The Wonderfully Made retreat is a fantastic resource that will help children in 5th grade understand their bodies, the changes they are going through, and how God loves them now and always. First Church is sponsoring this incredible moment and will be partnering with our District and several other churches in the area. See Joy Nichols for more information.

Youth Ministry – Parent Meeting Updates
Tonight at 5:00 PM, all parents of our youth (grades 6-12) are invited to a parent meeting to discuss 2018 plans. The meeting will take place here at the church.

Marriage Mentors with Prepare-Enrich
Are you interested in being a trained Marriage Mentor? Pastor Jim will be leading a day long facilitator training for this incredible tool to be used for Pastors, counselor or marriage mentors. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jim and he will get you additional information.

Valentine’s Banquet – February 13
Interested in a meal with your sweetie and your church family? Then make plans to join us Tuesday, February 13, starting at 5:30 for a catered meal right here at Andover. If you are interested in this event, you can sign up in the back of the sanctuary. The cost is $12 per person and will include the meal and the evening entertainment. Money can be put in the offering with “Valentine’s Meal” noted or you can give it to Mike Rudzinski when you sign up. Child care plans are still being developed.

Prayer and Praise Night Tonight
Join us tonight for a time of praise and prayer at 6pm.

Church Calendar

Sunday, JANUARY 14, 2018

8:30 AM Communion Worship, Sanctuary
9:45 AM Sunday school, all ages
11:00 AM Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
12:30 PM Andover Staff Meeting
5:00 PM Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) Parent Meeting
5:00 PM Andover Youth Ministry
6:00 PM Prayer and Praise Night

Monday, JANUARY 15, 2018

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, JANUARY 16, 2018

7:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Breakfast (First Watch, Richmond Road)
10:00 AM Tuesday Morning Bible Study – 24/6

Wednesday, JANUARY 17, 2018

7:00 PM Andover Choir Practice

The Altar flowers this morning are given by: Vicki and Randy Greenup in honor of “our daughter, Tracie Tackett”.


Pastor: Rev. Jim Nichols
Liturgist: Mike Rudzinski, Andover Fellow
Director of Music: Janell Hamilton
Organist: Betsy Taylor
Accompanist/Pianist: Savannah Etter
Choral Scholars: Greta Rosenstock
Lauren Martin
Ben Boutell
Prayer Intercessor: Kathie Beach
Children’s Ministry Helpers: Davidson
Next Sunday: Kuyper


Director of Connections: Vicki Lanham
Youth Director: Wilson Newell
Children’s Director Hannah Wittenberg
Nursery Workers: Anna Smith & Angela Roberts
Organist: Betsy Taylor
Faith Community Nurse: Donna Thompson
Andover Fellow: Mike Rudzinksi
2018 Lay Leader: Jill Mahan
Campus Pastor: Rev. Jim Nichols


Next Week: Give it a Rest – Why the Sabbath
1/28 – Give it a Rest – Sabbath Promises and Opportunities
2/4 Family First – Expanding our Definition
2/11 Family First – Changing the Game
2/14 Ash Wednesday – Voices that Cry Out
2/18 Lent: Voices that Cry Out (Carol Cooper preaching)

ATTENDANCE January 7, 2018
Total Worshipping at First Church 459
Total for early Worship Service, Andover 36
Second service and Sunday school cancelled due to frozen pipes
Andover Giving YTD $1,695.00
Received last week at Andover $1,695.00


Thank you! Because of your generosity, we met our 2017 budget. We are grateful for your faithful support of the ministries of First United Methodist Church and Andover and are excited to begin another year together.



Our Mission:
A Church that makes disciples across the street and around the world”

Transparent leadership is a value for us at Andover and at First Church. These images help us to see how our ACT II money has been gathered and spent in the last year.

    • Total Budget:                $1,150,000.00
    • Pledged:                           $780,167.99
    • Received:                         $452,649.66
    • Yet to be Received:          $327.518.33
    • Additional Needed:          $369,832.01

Also as a reminder our Finance structure at First church looks like this:

  • Church Financial Structure
    •   10%   Serve (5% Missions, 5% Evangelism)
    •   11%   Apportionments
    •    4%   Community and Leadership Development
    •   25%   Administration
    •   50%   Andover Programming Budget


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