We look forward to the Chancel Choir, Schweitzer Bells and Orchestra’s presentation of Handel’s Christmas Messiah: A Cantata this Sunday morning during our 8:20 and 11:00 worship. The beautiful gift of traditional music will bless all who worship with its message of the hope the Messiah brings. The Praise Team will lead Modern Worship with a message in the Outreach Center at 9:40 and 11:00. Church at the Center also worships at 5:00pm Sunday evenings with a meal following. Invite others to join you in worship this Sunday.
There are five Christmas Candlelight Communion Services to choose from this year! Traditional Worshipers may choose from 6:00 and 8:00 on Christmas Eve with the early bird worship on Thursday, December 22nd, 7:00pm. The Early Bird Service is a wonderful option for those who will be out of town or prefer to not fight the crowds. The 4:00pm Christmas Eve Worship is designed for children and their families. The 8:00pm Modern Service Christmas Eve is in the Outreach Center. All five services will feature a message, candlelight, and communion with childcare provided. Which worship service will you attend? Who are you inviting to join you?
We will have one worship service Christmas morning, 10:00AM in the Sanctuary. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ANY AGES AND THE FELLOWSHIP CENTER WILL BE CLOSED. This is a highly simplified Sunday morning to allow staff and servers to enjoy their Christmas morning. I plan to be here that morning preaching from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-20. If you want to come and worship Christmas morning, fantastic! If you are spending time with family, marvelous! You choose!
Thank you for your generosity throughout the year. If you would like for your December giving to be reflected on your 2016 statement, please keep the following dates in mind.
- Gift may be placed in the offering through December 25.
- The Church office will be open until 5:00 on December 30.
- If you wish to mail contributions, they must be postmarked by December 31.
- You may give online through December 31.
I appreciate Scott Warren’s, Director of Jobs for Life, review of this year’s fruit of this significant Ministry at Schweitzer: “We had twenty-three graduates, nineteen of which have solid jobs that I know of, two that are moving into management positions, and one that is possibly going into a partnership/owner position. We went from sixteen Business Partners to twenty-three, covering health care, manufacturing, food service, warehousing, janitorial, industrial, and pest control. Jobs for Life now has two sites with the Life 360/Fairbanks location up and running. We have enlarged our pool of Champions and Instructors, as well as, increased awareness and participation at our Springfield One sister churches. God has blessed, encouraged, and grown this program immensely, and I am very proud of our success and growth this year.” Amen!
If you haven’t been over to the office area in our Outreach Center, you may want to drop by and see the beautiful display of a nativity scene. It is worth your walk over this Sunday or any day if you want to take a peak.
It is a joyous time to be a part of the Schweitzer family, particularly during this season of the year. Do invite others to worship with you this Sunday and for our Christmas Candlelight Communion Services.