Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church

Lower Deer Creek Church Mission Statement

God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as a community of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s salvation message, healing and hope flow through us to the world.


Vol 50 December 14, 2003 NO 50

8:15 AM Prayer Time in Room 303


9:00 AM Sunday School


10:00 AM Worship Service Advent 3

Worship Leader: Daniel Keith Yoder

Song Leader: Lynette Gingerich


Prelude songs

Voice and lighting of the Advent candle


Call to worship/invocation

Worship Leader: Sing to the Lord! Shout the good news!

Left: The Lord is near!

Right: The Lord rejoices over us in gladness!

Worship Leader: The Lord sets us free and renews us in love!

ALL : Come, Lord of life, we gather to celebrate the gift of our salvation, to proclaim your peace, and to worship you with thankful hearts, for you are great in our midst.

Song of praise


Sharing Time/ Congregational Prayer


Offering our confession: Prayer

Offering our resources: Offering

Offering our talents: Children's Time - "Singing Time"

Offering our voices: Music


Proclaiming the word: Scripture- Zephaniah 3:14-20

Proclaiming the word:

Sermon – “God is on the Move – A Song for the Road”

Pastor Don Patterson

Hymns of Response


Spoken benediction

Leader: May the joy of the Lord guide you on your way.

ALL: May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Nursery Schedule for worship service:

Today - Lorene Bender Next Sunday – Evie Bender

Our sympathy goes to the family of Lottie Marner who died Tuesday. The funeral service was held here Saturday.













- Ladies Tuesday morning prayer time at 7:30 at the church.

- Men’s Wednesday morning prayer time at 6:00 at the church.

- Next Sunday’s message will be “A Baby Is Born!” from Micah 5:2-5a by Pastor Don.


Upcoming Calendar

December 24 Christmas eve service at 5:30 PM

December 28 Sunday AM Communion Service


REMINDER: Today is the deadline to turn in your yellow sheets ordering the materials from Herald Press.


We won’t be going to Chatham Oaks now for a Christmas party. We will be going at a later date. However, we want to remember our friends at Christmas time with a monetary gift of $3.00 in a Christmas card. 43 ladies at Chatham Oaks would appreciate a gift. Our Pen Pals group consists of 15 ladies. Would other ladies from our church be willing to give a one-time gift? If so, please come to the library today following the worship service to obtain the name of a friend. Bring your gifts next Sunday, December 21st. There will be a collection box in the foyer.


DECEMBER 28 – Due to the projected length of the worship service, there will not be Sunday School on December 28. A fellowship time will start at 9:00, with the worship service starting at 9:30 am. Communion and foot-washing will be part of the morning service.


Plan to attend the Christmas Eve service to be held here at 5:30 PM. There will be time for congregational singing and a drama. Bring your family with you for this special service.


The Sunday School Offerings have been down this last Quarter and Mennonite Publishing Network prices have increased 25% in an effort to retire debt as part of the restructuring. If everyone would increase their Sunday School giving by 50-75 cents per Sunday this account should then be fully funded. Thank you.


Register for December 7, 2003

Sunday School Attendance 169

Sunday School Offering $ 147.12

Church Attendance 229

Received Budget Amount

Offering last Sunday Pleasantview Home $4,768.62 $4,000.00

Offering today IMS $5,699.00

Offering next Sund ay Home Needs $5,198.00



December 14, 2003


Parkview Manor Chaplain Beth Miller will be ordained to the ministry by the Central Plains Mennonite Conference, today, at Kalona Mennonite Church at 1:30 PM.


The Hillcrest Community Singers, under the direction of Bradley Kauffman, will present Nine Lessons and Carols today at 3:00 PM in the IMS chapel. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be received.


Weldon Nisly, pastor of the Seattle Mennonite Church will be speaking on Monday, December 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at Kalona Mennonite Church.  Weldon will share about his travels to Baghdad, what he learned while there.


The Andy Wilcom Trio will be featured at the annual Pleasant Hill Church Christmas Service in Joetown, Sunday evening December 21st at 7:00 PM. The trio, Sam Williams, Atlee Yoder and Carolyn Yoder, will be joined in this musical service by Bradley Kauffman, Mary Forney and Tony Brenneman. The entire group is well known for their vocal and instrumental talent. The voices of the musicians and the congregation will come together in Christmas hymns as well. Pleasant Hill, which will be decorated for Christmas, is a century old church of which has provided cherished memories for many. All are welcome to attend.


Winter youth camps at Crooked Creek Christian Camp will soon be here!  Join us for this time of worship, play, conversation, reflection, hot cocoa – and maybe even some snow!  Junior High camp (grades 6-8) will be January 23-25 and Senior High camp will be January 30-February 1.  Early registrations are due December 31.  Please register with your youth group if possible.  See your youth leader or call the camp for more information and registration details.  Space is limited, registrations will be taken on first come, first serve basis.  Hope to see you there!!


Change in email address: James Graham – james@kctc.net


Prayer Needs


You are encouraged to hang this sheet listing prayer needs in an area where you will see it often in the following week.


- Pray for those with health needs:

- Pray for Pastor Don Patterson


- Pray for our Elder Board: Jim Hochstetler, Ray Bender, and Jim Hershberger.


- Pray for Judy Gingerich, our Women’s Ministry Leader/Deaconess


- Pray for John and Mary Cranston and family who are serving in the Philippines.


- Pray for Natalie Marner who is on a mission assignment in Arizona.


- Mennonite Mission Network - Mission Network workers Steve and Betsy Dintaman ask for prayer for fruitful initiatives to recruit more students for Lithuania Christian College from countries of Eastern Europe. Steve and Betsy teach at LCC and serve in various capacities.










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