November 30, 2017

Happy Birthday: December: Aria Noel 2nd, Kara Talbott 9th, Jim Richardson 15th, Lola Mowery 16th,

Dixie Cullison 17th, Austin Cullison 18th, Courtney Carpenter 20th, Hunter Feltner 20th, David Holt 21st,

Ron Hamilton 23rd, Sean Vandeventer 24th, Darla Chesnut 25th, Shawna Gainey 28th

Happy Anniversaries: December: Brian & Shawna Gainey 17th, Greg & Amber Thomas 21st,

James & Kara Talbott 30th, Darren & Allison Lueking 31st

Church News/Preview

Poinsettia Memorials, each year, our sanctuary is adorned with a beautiful display of poinsettias given in memory of our special loved ones. Poinsettias may be brought in or may be purchased from Bradfield Landscaping and Ted will deliver them directly to the church for $8.25. Envelopes for these memorials are available on the narthex podium. Please list the memorial name(s) and your name on the envelope and place the envelope on the secretary's desk.

Each year the church reaches out to some families in our community with food and Christmas gifts for their children. We will be helping out 5 families again this year, these families have a total of 15 children. There are still a few items needed, please check the bulletin board for these items. Items may be brought to the church and left in the library. If you have gifts for the children, please mark which family and child it goes to.

The Hanging of the Greens will take place on Thursday, November 30th starting at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to help decorate the church for the Christmas season is welcome to attend.

There will be a Called congregational Meeting to elect officers and to review the 2018 budget following worship service on Sunday, December 10th.

The Sunday School Christmas Program will be held on Sunday, December 10th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the program, the Local Service Committee will be serving a light meal and invites everyone to enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship and possibly a visit from a very special guest. Donations of cookies, candies, or other treats will be greatly appreciated.

Each year we fill stockings with small gifts for the children to enjoy after the program. This year we have 2 High School girls, 2 Jr. High girls, 2 upper elementary girls and 2 boys, 4 early elementary girls and 1 boy, 2 kindergarten girls, 2 pre-K boys and 1 girl, 1 toddler boy, 1 infant boy and we always include a stocking for Cara. The stockings are hung in Fellowship Hall and a list of the children with their ages is available in the church office.

Trustees will be having a meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Seekers Room.

We will be hosting Communion Services on Wednesday, December 13th. The Autumn Trace service will start at 9:30 a.m. and the Glenburn service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are always welcome to come help with the service and visit with the residents.

Women's Association will be having their Christmas party on Thursday, December 14th at 12:00 p.m. at the home of hostess Alicia Holt. The co-hostess will be Phyllis Holt and devotions will be given by Becky Noel. Please bring a covered dish to share. All the church ladies are invited to attend this fun filled afternoon.

This year's Soup on Saturday Christmas Dinner will be on Saturday, December 16th. Our church will be providing the fresh fruit (enough for 200 bags) along with a 16 to 17lbs. cooked and sliced turkey with gravy. Please let the church know if you would be willing to provide or bake the turkey. All food needs to be at the Methodist Church by 10:00 a.m. on the 16th. This year is the 15th year that Soup on Saturday has served Christmas Dinner to those in need in our community.

The Session will meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

The Christmas Joy Offering will be received on Sunday, December 24th. During this Advent and Christmas season, we reflect on the birth of Jesus as God's greatest gift, given to all of us. Giving to the Christmas joy Offering is one way we can celebrate and honor that gift, by faithfully supporting church workers in times of need and the development of the church. Fifty percent of undesignated receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouse and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian related racial ethnic schools and colleges through the Racial Ethnic and Women's ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

This year's Christmas Eve Carols and Candles Service will be held here at our church starting at 10:00 p.m. This is a joint service with the Methodist Church. Plan on attending and take time out from the last minute hustle and bustle to quiet your mind and reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior.




                                                      RevDawn's Reveries!!!!



It was a wonderful time this last week to be with family and give thanks for all that we have. And though this last year has been one of our toughest yet, we certainly have found, once again, that we have many more blessings than hardships.

We may have more health issues than others, and have excellent access to health insurance and health care than many who struggle with gaining access to it and some never are able to obtain it. This is an amazing blessing and one we are extremely grateful for.

We have children that love school and are doing well, we appreciate the education they are receiving, even on the days that they use their wit and knowledge against us! Andrew and I use our education daily. I will always appreciate the privilege and opportunity I have had to learn and graciously celebrate the continued opportunities I have to learn more. We are extremely grateful for education.

We have been gifted with friendships that oftentimes feel more like family. The type of friends that drop everything and run to your side in a moment's notice and we could never show our appreciation for them enough. We are so grateful for the love of friends.

Our extended families have journeyed through this last year with us, riding the ups and downs, and we are grateful for their love and devotion.

We get to wake up every day, and serve God. That is beyond words. And we get to wake up serve two amazing, beautiful, and vibrant congregation who love to serve God. That is a joyous and beautiful thing. One in which I will be forever grateful. I have the most amazing vocation in the world.

As we sat at our table this last week to give thanks to God for our bounty of blessings, they fat outnumbered what we could list before the turkey would get cold. Living a life of gratitude is always a goal I have. Sometimes it seems to be challenged. It's good to be reminded that the joys and grace of this world are always abundantly present when we stop to count them and put them in perspective. Because God's love and grace is always greater than one singular moment of hardship. And even in those moments, God is the one carrying you through, so it's not so bad after all.

Grace, peace, and thanks to you all.

Rev. Dawn Black







Church Information

Pastor: Rev. Dawn Black (859)466-5853, email:

Secretary’s Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Women’s Association Local Service Committee for December/January/February

Chair-Bobbi Vandeventer, Connie Hawkins, Phyllis Holt, Susan Isenogle, Diana Jackson,

Barbara Myers, Cheri Stone, Amber Thomas


Serving on the Lord’s Day

Worship Leader:

Mr. Brent Stone


Ms. Cheri Stone


Mrs. Ardith Richardson, Mr. Bobby Burch, Mrs. Rose Floyd


Weekly Scripture Readings

December 3rd

December 10th

Isaiah 64:1-9

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 13:24-37

Mark 1:1-8


Church Officers and Administration




Rev. Dawn Black, Designated Pastor

LuAnne Allen, Membership

Teresa Bohn

LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary

Bobby Burch, Christian Ed

Deb Cullison

Susan Isenogle, Secretary

Melinda Hendrix, Clerk

Brian Gainey

LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Secr.

David Holt, Missions

Austin Harrah

Connie Hawkins, Treasurer

Bonnie Jackson, Worship

Susan Isenogle


Greg Thomas, Financial

Amber Thomas


Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment: Pinky Bovenschen, Billy Camden (LuAnne Allen), Charlotte Dunning, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Shane Evans, Betty Groomer (Nancy Kirk), Norma Haney, Debbie Hasler (Jane Lueking), Marilea Hays Lee (Bonnie Jackson), Sandy Luster, Carolyn Manifold (Derek Phelps), Susie Schulte, Patty Vest (Teresa Bohn), Molly Young (Dave Holt).

Immediate Concerns: Linda Bates, Steve Custis (Bonnie Jackson), Dylan Deem, Andy Ganster, Jayklin Graf (Alicia Holt), Donna Hasler, Diane Jackson, Selena Kingsley, Mae Nocus, Jane Scott (Alicia Holt), Annalee Grace Sparks, Devon Thomas, Thaddeus Arlo Wainman, Steve Whitehead.

Missionaries:  Amanda (East Asia), Full Life Development and Market Place Ministry, Thailand

Nursing Homes and on-going concerns: Patty Buescher (Ken Nocus), Lois Corwin, Hazel Crays, William Richardson, Betty and Plato Spencer (Bobbi Vandeventer), Cade Warren.

American Troops: Will Miller.

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