Bishop Saenz issued a message for advent. Due to some technical difficulties we were unable to share the message with the 10:30 worship service. You can watch it below.
If you are wanting your contributions to be recorded for 2019 your check must be in the church office by noon on December 31, 2019. Any monies received after that date will be recorded as 2020
The Abilene High School Horticultural Club has delivered our 40 plus Poinsettias. They look great, even better than last year. We’ll be setting them out in the sanctuary soon.
We’ll have Christmas Eve Services at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. We’re a church of open hearts, open minds, and open doors, and everyone is welcome.
The list of Christmas Poinsettias in honor and memory of family and friends are listed below. Please let us know of any errors that need to be correct.
The Hoerner and Konrade Families by Angie Hoerner
Our Parents by Kevin and Heather Unruh
Joe and Joanna Clemence, and Eva Boberg by Jon, Cecilia, and Joy Clemence
Chuck and Sandy Heroneme by Mike and Kristy Engle, and Family
Evan and Winnie Engle by Mike and Kristy Engle, and Family
Our Families by Verl and Betty Eckman
Vic and Nadine Viola by Pat Cormack
Ephra and Nell Riffel by Carl and Barb Funston, and Family
Fred and Mae Funston by Carl and Barb Funston, and Family
Walt and Doris Knitter by Jeff and Sondy Knitter; and Family
Mike Piros and Jory Konrade by Angie Hoerner
Orville Oard, Ben and Mable Oard, and Delbert and Pauline Pyke by Mary Jane Oard and Family
Merle and Jane Schnell, and Jesse Robinson by Danny and Wendy Robinson and Family
Ralph Hilton by Judy Hilton and Family
Oliver and Laura Thornton, Iver and Stella Peterson, and Elva Nelson by Les and Marie Thornton
Isaac and Adelaide Longhofer by Ed and Velda Becker
Jerry Sleichter by Sandy Sleichter and Family
Elva Nelson by the Dwight Hoffman Family
Ed and Willametta Hoffman by the Dwight Hoffman Family
Dale Dautel and Carly Gassman by Mark, Anita, Dustin,
Megan, Harper, Emma, Brady, Shauni, and Trace Larson
Uncles Sammy, Gary and Steve by Kevin and Heather Unruh
Larry Miller by Kevin and Heather Unruh
Susan Green by Tray and Jennifer Green
Blanche (Laird) Hansen by Peggy (Sidener) Hansen
Jim and Charolotte Brock, and D.L. and Evelyn Dunham by Darrol and Diedre Dunham
Wayne and Lylas Gugler, Paul Trent, and Alma Gibson by Anna Gugler
Wendell Gugler by Kurt, Todd, Erin, and Nancy Gugler
Neva Heck by Tom and Mary Jo Miles
Bev Schmutz by Tom and Mary Jo Miles
Jack Vowiell by Gregg and Sherri Root
Kenneth and Audrey Root by Gregg and Sherri Root
John and Mildred Edwards by Gregg and Sherri Root
Charlie Rector by Melva Rector and Family
Ron Bolliger by Felix and Mary Bolliger
Thaine, Evelyn and Mark Schafer by Marla Rutz
Henry Boberg by Jon, Cecilia, and Joy Clemence
Mykel Nicole Clemence and Harvey Elsasser by Mike and Sandy Clemence
Kaye Loutzenheiser, Gwynne Pederson, Eric Pederson, and Dan Barthels by the Schwarting Family
Ron Bolliger by Sandy Bolliger
Doris and Rose Rogers by Keith Rogers
Ken Brown by Lavetra Brown
Jones and Keener Parents by Al and Mary Jones
Paula Peterson, Kenneth and Emy Lou Peterson by Lynn Peterson
Abilene Schools have cancelled classes for Monday (December 16, 2019) and so the church office will also be closed. Stay warm and stay safe.
Because of inclement weather, there will be no Communion Study this evening (Sunday, December 15, 2019).
As of 7:46 am, both services are still on this morning (Sunday, December 15, 2019). Please attend only if it is safe for you to do so and remember that the 10:30 service is broadcast live on KABI 1560 AM and livestreamed on facebook at: https://bit.ly/2RVooWm.
By Clark Williamson
Playing arrangements of carols at our 10:30 worship this [coming Sunday, December 15, 2019] morning, is a Brass Ensemble. The group will be heard during the Gathering and Offertory special music. The seven musicians come from Abilene, Chapman, Enterprise, and Junction City and bring with them many years of talented experience. The participants include: David Carlson, trumpet; Chuck Brussow, trumpet, Aly Johnson, trumpet; Kasey Griffith, French horn; Stuart Workman, trombone; Vic Wong, tuba; and Virleen Carlson, piano. We thank them for blessing us with the uplifting sound of brass!
We have a new (to us) copier in the main office. This one automatically folds and staples the bulletins. In addition to a new copier with that wonderful feature set, we got to keep the old one, the copier company will continue to maintain both, and the cost of the lease went down.
Received from Kristy Engle and lightly edited.
Our Shepherds’ Run is First UMC’s way of expressing appreciation to those who work on Christmas Eve. Following our 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service we deliver plates of Christmas goodies to those who are working in nursing homes, hospitals, police and fire stations, convenience stores, and others.
Please have all cookies, loaves of bread, and candies to the church PRIOR to the 7:00 p.m. service. They can be placed in the kitchenette off the narthex. Thank you so much for being a part of this “gift of love” to our community.
Christmas crafts and cookies (a come and go fun event for the whole family) will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 1–5 p.m. in Peatling Youth Hall.