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December 9, 2021
This Week's Worship Opportunities

Gather with us anytime in our Facebook group "Spirit of Hope Friends and Family" Share your joys, concerns, and prayer requests with your church family. It's a private group, so anything you post will only be visible to members of the group.

Sunday Morning Worship, 10 AM
As we enter into the third week of Advent, we all realize the Christmas Story is more than just a story.  There are so many different components to this story,  This week the story revolves around the importance of family, particularly between two very favored women. If you go to the first chapter of the gospel according to Luke, you will discover a little bit about who the women are. Come and listen to Pastor Deborah go deeper into the lives of these women.   
Out of consideration for others, please wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status.  The service will be live-streamed to our Facebook group for those not ready to return in person.Sermons will be posted on YouTube (video) and on our website (audio)

 Hybrid In-Person/ZOOM Women's Bible Study, Friday afternoons at 1 PM 
Click link below to join this Friday afternoon Zoom meeting:
This Week's Worship Volunteers

Liturgist:        Sherry Cooper

Tech:               Mary Crowson

Communion Servers:    Tammy Than, Cahty Nellessen and Patti Cummings

This Week's Bible Readings
(from the Bible Project's reading plan)
Day 1: Read 1 Peter 3-5Psalm 34.
Day 2: Read 2 Peter 1-3Psalm 35. Watch 2 Peter.
Day 3: Read 1 John 1-2Psalm 36. Watch 1-3 John.
Day 4: Read 1 John 3-5Psalm 37. Watch Agape/Love.
Day 5: Read 2 John 13 John 1Psalm 38.
Day 6: Read Jude 1Psalm 39. Watch Jude.
Day 7: Read Revelation 1-3Psalm 40. Watch Revelation 1-11.
This Week at SOH
Sunday, Dec 12        10 AM Worship
                                              Outreach meeting after worship service
                                   6 PM Jazz for the Soul
Wednesday, Dec15  2 PM Bagel Pickup and Bagging for WVC Food Pantry
                                  7 PM Choir Practice
Thursday, Dec 16      2 PM Bagel Pickup for Justa Center
Friday, Dec 17           1 PM Ladies Bible Study
Upcoming Events
Christmas Eve Service, 5 PM
Link to office calendar
Christmas Blessings 
Each week Spirit of Hope is blessed by the work of our tireless staff who keep things running smoothly and do so with a joyful heart! Would you consider writing a personal note to one of them to encourage them? You may mail or drop off your blessing at the church before 12/24 or if you'd rather, email addresses will be made available on Sunday mornings. While it would be fine to include a gift, the main purpose is to write a uniquely personal note of encouragement for their endeavors and using their gifts to the glory of God! Staff members:
Rev. Deborah Schauer, Pastor
Corrine Yusi, Secretary 
Tina Clark, Choir Director
Daphne Collins, Pianist
Howard Guetherman, Custodian
Jo Willis, Landscaper

Thank you for helping brighten their Christmas with your appreciation!
-Mary Crowson, PPR Chairperson
How are WE at Spirit of Hope doing at
Outreach to our Community? 

How are WE doing at communicating the message of the gospel to people who pass by and through our campus every week?  How are WE doing at inviting them to enjoy the blessings of fellowship as part of Spirit of Hope's family?  How are WE doing at forming connections with the people who pass through our portals?  How are WE doing at supporting the many ministry partners who use our campus in various ways?   How are we (that's the congregational "WE," not the Pastor and Staff "we") doing at extending invitations, openness, welcomes, hospitality, and friendship? 

You are invited to join your fellow worshippers, witnesses, and workers this Sunday after the morning worship service in evaluating our current outreach and committing to effective outreach.  

Sunday after the 10 AM Worship service in the Fellowship Hall. 
December Birthdays

December 3 Nancy Oyler
December 11 Kathy Elvrum
December 11 Gladys Greeson
December 12 Betts McCalla
December 13 Lorraine Eyer
December 16 Jan Burdick
December 16 Jo Willis
December 20 Jon Elvrum
December 20 Howard Hunt
December 26 Cliff Asay

A Birthday Prayer: O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on these friends as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Surprise Us God!
Good morning God!
Surprise us.
Make our faith greater than our fears; grow us in the covering of your love.

December: Prayer When Feeling Inadequate

Dear Lord, Thank you for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom  and co-heirs with Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.




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