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The week of December 17-24, 2017


Last Minute Announcement

Saturday, December 16, 10 AM – 6 PM, Salvation Army Bell-Ringing at Walmart


Saturday, December 16, 9 AM – Noon, Habitat for Humanity workday at 919 Locust (priming and painting interior walls)


An Angel Tree Thank You!


As Nelson Memorial has done for the past 24 years, we had the opportunity Saturday, Dec. 9, because of our exceptional church family, to share the love of Christ with children of the southeast St. Louis area who have parents incarcerated in prison.


A wonderful Angel Tree Party was given at MT ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, accompanied by lunch and gift distribution.  We were told by more than one parent that this could be the only gift their children would receive this year.  The MT ZION FAMILY and PASTOR SAMMY JONES asked that we express to our Angel Tree families their deep appreciation for this exceptional expression of faith, and our 24-year relationship.  As we assembled the 46 gifts on Thursday morning, we were touched by the care that went into packaging the gifts so that they would show the caring nature of each of you who chose to select an angel.


I know it is said each year, but we are continually overwhelmed with, during a difficult economic time, the giving and sharing nature of our church family.  With joy and thanksgiving, and some encouragement from Pastor Nick, the 46 angels were taken from the tree and gifts purchased and prayer offered for children you did not even know.  Giving a Christmas to a child which may not otherwise had a Christmas, you will never know but you may have also been part of reconciling a family to their incarcerated parent, for this has happened in the past.


Among the other we thank is Church Administrative Assistant Debra, who spends hours on the phone obtaining the gift requests of the children, even to the point of calling the care givers to clarify an unusual request.  We are always appreciative of the work the Karma and Earl have faithfully done for so many years.


How very special it is to be part of a church family that understands our Matthew 25 instruction, and is always ready to step out of the boat and serve the least of these.


Preparing for Worship


8:00 Worship Service


Gathering Music “John 1”


Ministry Spotlight: Blessing of Elder Christmas Cards


Scripture John 1:6-8, 19-28

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.


19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. 24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.


Sermon “You Remind Me of a Man”



UMH 219              “What Child is This”                                                         UMH 142              “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”

UMH 230              “O Little Town of Bethlehem”                                    UMH 242              “Love Came Down at Christmas”


“By These Signs” video “Christmas Time”


10:20 Worship Service


Gathering Music “John 1”


Lighting the Advent Candles: Dorothy Whitten and Margaret Hopkins


Children’s Program “Star Trip: Our Faith Awakens”

With skits featuring the three wise men: Luke Skywatcher, Only One Kenobi, Yoma;

a Darth Vader-ish King Herod, a Storm Trooper-like priest, and a Princess Leia-look-alike Mary

plus readers, narrator, and plenty of Christmas carols led by our angel choir


Because this program will take the full worship hour,

there will not be the celebration of communion at the 10:20 service


People Making a Difference This Sunday

Set up communion

Set up bulletins and candles

Set up morning coffee

Gina Silvey

John Tincher

Jan DeGraffenreid

Preaching (8:00)


Acolyte Leader

Pastor Nick

Nancy Ward

Larry Schler

Pick up attendance sheets

A/V Booth (Greg Silvey 8:00) 10:20

Children’s Sermon

Could be you!

Pastor Nick (program)

Pastor Nick (8:00)


Communion Servers (10:20)

Hospitality Hosts

Earl Haller

No communion this Sunday only

Iris Campbell

Prayer Teams

Ushers – Front Entrance (10:20)

Clean communion table

Elvin & Margene Farquhar

Could be you!

Could be you!


Visitors who signed the attendance register at Worship Last Week

Kylie Skoufos, Rosa Tiff. Invite a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to come to worship with you this Sunday!


Calendar for the Week



10:20 Children’s Program


3:00 – 5:00

Homeowner Association


4:30 4:12 Youth





7:00 Community Christmas Service @ EUCC




6:00 Choir





Christmas Eve Worship Schedule

We will have morning services at 8:00 AM and 10:20 AM, with a caroling option at 9:15 AM (see Children’s news below).  We will have a service of carols and candles at 7 PM.  This service begins in darkness, and candles in the stable will be lit as we read the scripture story and sing the carols.  When the room is light, we will be invited to receive Christ through communion and lighting our candles (electric tea lights will be available for small children).  Our Christmas offerings will go to support the ministry of the United Methodist Church beyond our doors!


Birthdays This Week

17           Dan Richerson

20           Andy Schenck

21           Marcia Cook

22           Earl Haller, Harold Haller, Mathew Livingston, Glenn Schupp

23           Greg Farmer

24           Gene Reagan


Prayer Requests

Long-term requests: Doc & Florence Banion, Dorothy Bell, Virginia Brownfield, Wade Davis, Nellie Gingrich, Wes Gingrich, Marjorie Harman, Ruby NcNew, Bart Riley, Martha Schrader


Health or other issues: Karen Barnette, Tony Bollinger, Dakota Cassenberry, Dharma Cline, Mark DeLange, Matt Donovan, the Farquhar’s daughter LeAnn, James Farris, Sharon Fleming, Jeff Green, Roger Hinck (Jo Parker’s father), Terry Kleeman, Cindy Koch, Nick Korte, Mac McGruder, Jennifer Metzger, Dan Nash, Chad O’Keefe, Tommy Schnell, Karen Schnetzler, Scott Shumaker, Vickie Simmons, Sue Vanderhoff (Linda Gordon’s mother), Tim VonEngeln’s nephew, Chloe Wassman, James Young


Military Personnel: Adam Hartmann, Lt. Cdr Jimmy Fuemmeler, Lt. Col. Jeremy Gettings, Robert Mike Grissum, Sgt. Nickolas Haller, Lt. Will Parker, Nathan Powell, Travis Thebeau, Kyle Hunter, Lindie Adair


Our Covenant Mission Partner:  Gondola, Mozambique; Pastor Domingos Algineiro Quembo


Local Pastors: Rev. Marti Byers, Christ Episcopal; Rev. Glenna McVeigh, retired UM; Rev. Bill Campbell, retired UM


Persons stay on the list for as long as prayers are needed for them.

Contact the church office or reply to this email when that need for prayer has passed.


Needing a Ride to Worship

Steve Higginbotham lives in walking distance of the church when the weather is good.  He would like to have someone who could pick him up on Sunday mornings for worship – and if possible, also his wheel-chair bound brother.  If you are interested and available, please contact Pastor Nick.


Needing and Providing Rides to Christmas Eve Worship

We will have a carols and candles service at 7 PM on Christmas Eve.  Some of our members do not drive after it gets dark, but would like to attend the service.  If you have a neighbor close by who could benefit from a ride to worship, make a contact with them as a special Christmas gift!  And if you are willing to pick someone up for the service, but are not aware of someone needing a ride, let the church office know and we will help you make that connection!



Nelson Kids December News


Christmas Program: On Sunday, December 17th the children will be presenting Star Trip - Our Faith Awakens.  Please have your child in the chapel by 10:00 a.m. Children are encouraged to wear their nice Christmas clothes for the program.


Christmas Caroling: On Sunday, December 24th we will be spreading some Christmas cheer to the residents at Lake View Nursing Home. We will meet in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. during Sunday School. We will return around 10:00 a.m. If your child needs a ride, please fill out the permission slip attached to this letter, and return to Gary or Melissa Baker.



Gary and Melissa Baker

Cell: 573-619-9510 email:


My child __________________ has permission to go Christmas Caroling at Lake View Nursing home on Sunday, December 24th.


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Eyes and Ears Needed!

If you notice something around the church that need the attention of the Trustees (lights, fans, leaks, noises, etc.), please contact the church office immediately (leave a message on the answering machine if after hours) or contact Sandy Halford, Trustees chairperson.  We want to keep our facilities safe, inviting, usable, and active!


Did You Know . . .

. . . You can make all or part of your giving to the church through an automatic electronic fund transfer?  We have an agreement with Vanco Services, officially authorized through the General Board of Church Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church, to make automated transfers to the church from your selected bank account in the amounts and times designated by you.  You also can change or stop the transfer by simply calling the church office, even after you have signed up for the service, if your circumstances change for any reason.  The church pays for the service (25 cents per transfer), so there are no hidden or extra fees added to your account.  You can pick up the enrollment form in the church office, or download it from our church website,, click on “My Gifts”, and scroll down to “Electronic Fund Transfer” to download the form.


“Celebration of Life” Form Now on our Church Website

You can help your family be prepared when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant.  We have a form which can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service.  Go to our church website,, click on the “Worship” link on the home page (or “Sunday Worship” link on the menu), then scroll down to find the form.  Download the form, print it out, and then keep a copy where your family can access it.  You can also place a copy in the church office, where we will keep it in a permanent file.