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Join us for Worship Each Sunday Morning!


Sunday School for all Ages – 9:00 a.m. During Sept. – May


Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.


  Coffee Hour & Fellowship – 11:00 a.m.


Christmas Eve Services – Sunday, December 24
Celebrate Christ’s Birth!

10:00 AM – Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship Service
Our regular worship hour on Sunday mornings will be observed this year as we transition from Advent to Christmas. Join us to sing Christmas carols and welcome the coming of the Christ child.

5:00 PM – Children’s Service in the Sanctuary
Join us for a simple expression of worship and adoration of the arrival of the Christ Child. God’s children of all ages will delight in this worship experience!

9:00 PM – Communion Service in the Memorial Chapel
A service of worship for Christmas Eve in the quiet beauty of our chapel including a brief Christmas Eve homily and the sacrament of Holy Communion celebrated.

11:00 PM – The 53rd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols
Patterned after the well-known service that originated at Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England, this service takes place in the sanctuary.

Advent 2017
The Present and Coming King

Join with your church family in preparing the way for Christ!

Sundays in Advent & Christmas Eve:

December 3 – 10:00 a.m. “The Present and Coming King”
Communion Service (Dec. 3)
Dr. Martin Ankrum preaching

December 10 – 10 a.m. “Signs of the Kingdom”
Rev. Nicole Atkinson preaching

December 17 – 10:00 a.m. “The Ministry of Jesus Christ”
Dr. Martin Ankrum preaching

December 24 – 10:00 a.m. “The Night Before Christmas”
5:00 p.m. Children’s Service in the Sanctuary
9:00 p.m. Communion Service in the Memorial Chapel
11:00 p.m. The 53rd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

3 Wednesdays – Dec. 6, 13 & 20 – 7 p.m. An Advent Series
Join us for a brief half-hour worship service for the Wednesdays of Advent in our Memorial Chapel. Guest musicians will bring their gifts and talents to accent the reading and preaching of the Advent texts and the prayers of the hopeful people of God. Take some time for meditation during this busy Advent season!

“The Present & Coming King” – 2017 Advent Devotional
Each Advent season, Dr. Ankrum produces a daily devotional to assist the congregation in our observation of this holy time. The devotional will be mailed in mid-November. If you don’t receive one by the start of Advent, please ask an usher in worship for one or call the church office.

THE FAITH & FAMILY GROUP meets on the Third Floor of the CE Wing at 9 a.m. every Sunday during the academic year (Sept. – May) to discuss topics related to our faith and family relationships. The group is composed of young couples, singles and any in the church who are concerned about issues related to faith and family.

Many folks have a rudimentary knowledge about the scriptures, but would like to have more familiarity with God’s Word … If this is something you are interested in, please join us each month for THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF THE MONTH CLASS. Each month we survey one of the books of the Bible under the leadership of Dr. Ankrum. It is always helpful to have read the book prior to the class, but it is not a necessity.

THE LAST TUESDAY BOOK CLUB is open to anyone who loves literature and loves to talk about it a bit. We have gathered as a group for over fifteen years and continue to enjoy both good fiction and each other’s views on the particular novel discussed. We are a friendly group that is always anxious to add new voices to our discussion. We gather on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and discuss a pre-selected novel. We have been concentrating recently on shorter works of famous authors. We meet in the PW Lounge (near the chapel) of our church and usually meet for only an hour. Here’s a list of the books selected for this coming year:

January 2018 – Munity on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
February 2018 – The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
March 2018 – A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
April 2018 – Being There, Jerzy Kozinski
May 2018 – The Captain’s Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE is a well-attended Sunday morning Adult Education class that seeks to provide a greater understanding of the Christian faith through examination of the life and thought of a great theologian. Our group has studied Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards in the past. We are excited to begin our new study of Martin Luther, partly to see what this great mind of the faith has to offer us in our own faith development and partly in celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation this fall. Our class is lead by Dr. Ankrum.

THE MEN’S BREAKFAST & BIBLE STUDY meets at Eat’n Park on Rt. 30 E. each Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m. for a time of fellowship, study and, of course, breakfast. We are now studying the Ten Commandments under the leadership of Dr. Ankrum.