December 17th, 2017 



Sunday Christmas Pageant 


Book Study @ 10:00 a.m.

Bowling Club @ 6:45 p.m.

Book Study @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Last Adult Choir Rehearsal @ 7:00 p.m. 

Resumes on January 11, 2018


Sunday, Dec. 24

  Fourth Sunday of Advent @ 10:15 a.m.

Christmas Eve Family Service @ 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Communion Service @ 10:00 p.m.

(Nursery is available during Christmas Eve 

Services but unstaffed)

Sunday, Dec. 31 Baptism/Reception of New Members

Sun., Jan. 7, 2018 Epiphany Sunday and Communion





Beginning Christmas Day, Deborah will be taking a time of sabbatical, in addition to some vacation time and continuing education time. She will be returning on Tuesday, April 24th. The email newsletter gave a full description of her time away, but Deborah would be more than happy to discuss her plans.




Do you long for a place of peace and quiet?  Are you looking for a time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Christmas? Are you looking for a sacred space to be with God amidst grief, anxiety, and depression? Join us on Friday,       December 22nd, from 7-8 p.m. in the Friendship Room for a time of worship, song, and silence.




CYCLE for churches in Hamilton Conference:

Please pray for First, Cambridge (Waterloo Presbytery).


Finance Update - The deficit for the current year, as of November 30, is $28,000. The Finance Team would greatly appreciate any additional financial help you may be able to provide to the Church before the end of the year.




The Memorial Poinsettia plants are in loving memory of Ruth E. Brown Stretton, placed by The Rev. Cynthia R. and Ross Stretton.



The poinsettia at the church main entrance is donated by Lyndsey and Doug Thom in memory of Loved Ones.


Christmas Pageant - The shepherd’s crook used in the Christmas Pageant this morning and in previous pageants is a genuine New Zealand shepherd’s crook presented by Toni Fetch, a New Zealand entrepreneurial sheep farmer who owned two sheep farms in Martinborough, New Zealand. Tony presented the shepherd’s crook as a gift of appreciation for services rendered ‘pro bono’ while I assisted him working as a shepherd in 1972.


I am forever grateful to Tony for the lessons about life that he taught me while we worked together for five weeks. It was the wisdom that only farmers could share. Doug Thom.