December 21: Sanctuary Homecoming!


Sid BattsThis Sunday we return to our sanctuary after 20 months of historic renovation. We will have two identical sanctuary services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

During both services, Senior Pastor Sid Batts concludes our Advent sermon series, "Making Room," with a sermon titled "Welcome Home."

Scripture: Psalm 122:1-9, Psalm 135:1-3 and Luke 2:1-7.

We will not have a Rejoice! service in the Life Center this Sunday or on Sunday, Dec. 28.


Welcome Center open house

logo for ornament 2014Along with our historic sanctuary renovation, our Smith Building now offers a Welcome Center gathering space. You can tour the new center Sunday.

We will have commemorative Christmas ornaments on sale for $10. The ornaments feature our sanctuary rose windows, see above left.

Church School: 9:30 a.m.

Children and youth classes

  • Preschoolers meet on the second floor of Corl.
  • Grades K-4 meet on the third floor of Corl.
  • Grade 5 meets in Memorial 300.
  • Youth (grades 6-12) meet on the third floor of Shetler.

Adult classes:

  • The Agape Class (Memorial Chapel) will meet with Young Men's Bible Class in Redhead Hall for a program of Christmas music.
  • The Commitment Class (Memorial 100) continues its discussion of the Common Lectionary Scripture lesson each week.
  • The Faith Matters Class meets in Memorial 202 to continue The Journey to Bethlehem, an Adam Hamilton DVD series.
  • The Foundations Class (Memorial 303) returns Jan. 4.
  • The Homebuilders Class meets (Memorial 200) will continue The Journey to Bethlehem, an Adam Hamilton DVD series.
  • The Seekers Class (Shetler 214) continues its study of John, led by Gerard Davidson.
  • The Travelers Class (Memorial 304) meets with Austin Carty teaching. This week the class continues "The Gospel According to 2014."
  • Young Men's Bible Class (Redhead Hall) has a special program of Christmas music planned.


If your usual parking place is not available Sunday, try parking at the Board of Education parking lot at Florence and Eugene streets. The shuttle bus will drive through the lot to pick up.

After church

Austin Carty, our young adult intern, invites all young adults to lunch after worship. Meet outside the Life Center's Greene Street entrance.


Our traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at Canterbury School's Phillips Chapel this year. The service begins at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Sundays

Dec. 28: Seminary Student Sunday, Josh Stanley preaches; no Church School for children and youth. One worship service: 10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Jan. 4: Epiphany Sunday and Communion services; no regular Church School for children or youth.

Feb. 8: Bob Goff, author of Love Does, joins us for worship and activities.

Feb. 22: First Sunday in Lent (Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18).

March 22: Confirmation Sunday.

March 29: Palm Sunday begins Holy Week.

April 5: Easter!