Bulletin 12/17/17

Announcements for our Church Family

“The Donkey in the Living Room”

Our Children’s Ministry has been very busy the last several weeks preparing for today’s worship service. We are so blessed to have so many individuals who have taken extra time to help, encourage and form our young people for today.


The red star shaped flowers have arrived at Andover and they have added a whole new level of beauty to the Sanctuary. Thank you to all who purchased a flower in honor or memory of someone. The flowers will be with us through next Sunday to celebrate Christmas Eve and will be available for pickup following Christmas Eve worship.


Christmas Eve is next Sunday. We will have our regularly scheduled Sunday morning services (8:30 and 11:00). That evening we will have 2 opportunities for Candles and Communion. The 5 pm service is designed for those with young children. The 8 pm service will be quieter and more reflective. We hope you will join us and invite a friend to help us anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birth. We are also looking for some folks to help us with nursery care during the 5 pm service. If you feel called to serve for an hour, please let Pastor Jim know today.


The tree to the left front of the sanctuary is our Memory Tree. You are encouraged to place an ornament on the tree in memory of someone. We also have a Memory Book to record the names of our loved ones.

Altar Flowers for January are currently available for signup – please see the board in the back of the Sanctuary.

andover.1stumc.org/blog  now has each week’s bulletins, weekly enews and our monthly Andover Update available for download. Check out the Blog page to catch up.

Church Calendar

Sunday, DECEMBER 17, 2017

8:30 AM Communion Worship, Sanctuary
9:45 AM Sunday school for all ages
11:00 AM Traditional Worship, Sanctuary

 Tuesday, DECEMBER 19, 2017

7:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Breakfast (First Watch, Richmond Road)
10:00 AM Andover Bible Study (Room 5)

Wednesday, DECEMBER 20, 2017

Sunday, DECEMBER 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Worship Services

8:30 AM Communion Worship
9:45 AM Sunday school for all ages
11:00 AM Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 PM Christmas Eve Service – Children and Family service
8:00 PM Christmas Eve Service


Pastor: Rev. Jim Nichols
Liturgist: Mike Rudzinski
Director of Music: Janell Hamilton
Accompanist/Pianist: Savannah Etter
Choral Scholars: Greta Rosenstock
Lauren Martin
Ben Boutell
Prayer Intercessors: Susie Nally
Children’s Ministry Helpers: Edwards
Next Sunday: House


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
2017 Lay Leader: Jill Mahan
Campus Pastor: Rev. Jim Nichols


Next Week: Advent Series – The Lights of Advent: Peace
12/24 – Christmas Eve (regular morning schedule)
12/24 – Christmas Eve Night Service – 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
12/31 – New Year’s Exam
1/7 – Andover State of the Union


December 10, 2017
Total Worshipping at First Church 699
Total for Both Worship Services, Andover 211
Andover Sunday School 72
Andover Giving YTD $306,882.36
Remaining Needed for 2017 Budget $57,530.50
Needed weekly Andover $7,007.24
Received last week at Andover $12,245.50


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