Bulletin 12/24/17

Announcements for our Church Family

Christmas Eve Services Tonight

Please join us this evening for Candles and Communion as we celebrate the birth that changed the world! Our first service will be at 5 PM and is designed so that our younger children and families have a place to hear and experience the story of the night. Our 8 PM service will have very similar elements but will be quieter and more contemplative. Both services will include candles and communion (glow sticks will be available for young children who may not be as confident with lit flames).

New Year’s Eve

Next Sunday morning, join us for a time to pray in the New Year as we anticipate making big choices in 2018. The following Sunday we will celebrate the season of Epiphany and we will take a look at the State of the Union of Andover. You won’t want to miss both Sundays as we begin a New Year in an Intentionally Andover kind of way.

End of the Year Gifts

2017 Financial Gifts: Thank you for all of your support for the ministry of First Church and the Andover community. All 2017 gifts must be received by December 31, and a strong December is always important to our budget. Our Finance team will be in the office to receive contributions next Wednesday, December 27 through Friday, December 29 from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM and next Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, December 31 from 1:00 – 5:30 PM. If you have questions, please contact Chad Foster, chad@1stumc.org.

Church Calendar

Sunday, DECEMBER 24, 2017

8:30 AM Communion Worship, Sanctuary
9:45 AM Sunday school for all ages
11:00 AM Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 PM Family Focused Christmas Eve Candles and Communion
8:00 PM Contemplative Christmas Eve Candles and Communion

Monday, DECEMBER 25, 2017



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


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: New Year’s Choices
Tonight – Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 and 8:00 PM
1/7 – Andover State of the Union
1/14 – Give it a Rest
1/21 – Give it a Rest
1/28 – Give it a Rest


December 17, 2017
Total Worshipping at First Church 759
Total for Both Worship Services, Andover 228
Andover Giving YTD $311,612.36
Remaining Needed for 2017 Budget $52,800.50
Needed weekly Andover $7,007.24
Received last week at Andover $4,730.00


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