November 27 - Thanksgiving Eve Service
This year, Christ DeLong, Bowers will be the host of the Community Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7 pm. Pastor Meinschein will be preaching. Come join us as we gather to give thanks for all that God has provided for us.
December 1 - Hanging of the Greens
Hanging of the Greens is scheduled for December 1 after worship. Please join us and the Confirmation Class as we prepare the sanctuary for Christmas and enjoy pizza for lunch. All are welcome!
December 1 - First Communion Class
Save the date of December 1 for our First Communion class for children 2nd grade or older. If your child is younger than 2nd grade, but asking questions about communion, they're welcome to come to class. The program for children and their parents will be held right after church, and should last about an hour. Please let the pastor know if you are coming.
Midweek Advent Services
Midweek Advent Services, incorporating guest speakers and discussion followed by worship using Holden Evening Prayer, will be offered at St. Paul Lutheran in Mertztown during Advent on Wednesdays beginning at 6 pm. The schedule is as follows:
December 4 - "Time" Guest speaker Dr. William Messersmith
December 11 - "Talents" Guest speaker Mr. Scott Guldin
December 18 - "Treasure" Guest speaker Mr. Willard Miller
Take some time for worship and conversation during this busy holiday season.
December 6 - Kutztown University Alumni Jazz Band
The KU Alumni Jazz Band will be here playing the sounds of Christmas Friday, December 6th at 7 pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to provide refreshments to share after the concert.
December 8 - Youth Sunday
Sunday, December 8, the Sunday School will be taking over the service as we celebrate Youth Sunday. The youth will be presenting "Just a Little Christmas." Check with Carla to see how you can help.
December 8 - Angel Tree
The angel tree is now available for you to choose a name or two and provide children in our area with a gift this Christmas. Please return your gifts to the church by Sunday, December 8th along with wrapping paper or gift bag. Items should NOT be wrapped.
Scholarship Seafood Sale Fundraiser
Please consider purchasing un-cooked seafood to freeze or enjoy over the Holidays. The proceeds benefit the Marjorie Bailey and Linda Potteiger Scholarship Funds. Orders are due December 8 to the church office or see Amanda/Andrew Potteiger. Pick up will be December 14 (9-10:30 am) in the Social Hall.
December 8 - Community Christmas Caroling
Join the Brandywine Heights Community Task Force, the Borough of Topton and Trinity Lutheran Church for our annual Tree Lighting and Caroling December 8. Bring a food item to be donated during this time of giving.
4:00 - Band/chorus will be playing/singing, along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus
4:15 - Tree lighting and start caroling around Topton or go directly to Trinity Church
4:30-5:00 - Gather and Trinity for snacks, warm up and friendly chatter
December 17 - Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch will be going to Bowers Hotel for lunch on Tuesday, December 17th at noon. If you like good food and fellowship, come join us. All are welcome!
Christmas Holiday Boxes
Once again, Friend Inc is collecting food for the Holiday Boxes. The following items are needed: 2 cans of sweet potatoes, 2 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 cans of different vegetables, large can of fruit juice, a box or bag of stuffing mix, a bag of apples or applesauce, bag of potatoes (or canned potatoes or mashed potatoes), can of fruit cocktail, cookies, 1 can of cocoa or coffee and holiday napkins. Each family will receive a turkey, however there's always a need for donated turkeys or gift cards from Weis to purchase turkeys. The deadline for Christmas boxes is December 18th.
December 22 - Hymn Sing
The Hymn Sing returns on December 22! Remember to add your Advent and Christmas carol choices to the fishbowl in the narthex by December 15th.
Christmas Eve Worship Assistant Volunteer Sign Up
Volunteers are needed for Christmas Eve at all three evening services. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Altar Flower and Bulletin Sign up for 2020
The sign-up sheets for altar flowers and bulletins for 2020 are up on the bulletin board. The price for the two vases of altar flowers will remain $35. The cost of sponsoring the regular bulletins is $20, and the children's bulletins are $2. Payment should be mailed to or dropped off at the church office, or placed in the offering basket prior to the Sunday you are assigned. Checks can be made out to Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church.
January 18 - Family Movie and Game Night
Come join us for a Movie and Game night January 18th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Adults, bring your favorite games to play. Childcare will be provided. A movie will be shown for children who aren't interested in board or card games. We are asking that you sign up on the bulletin board with the number of people that will be attending and what game and snack you would like to share. See Carla with any questions.
Upcoming Dates for Sunday School and Youth Family Events
December 8 - Youth Sunday Pageant
December 22 - Last Sunday School class until new year
January 5 - First Sunday School class of the new year
January 18 - Family Game Night
February 15 - 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Feed the Need
March 13-March 15 - Confirmation retreat at Bear Creek Camp
March 21 - Feed the Need Project
April 11 - Easter Egg Hunt
May 3 - Youth Sunday
June 7 - Last day of Sunday School celebration
June 22-26 - VBS Rocky Railway "Jesus Power Pulls Us Through"
These dates are tentative and could change
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED
The Sunday School is looking for volunteers to help on Sunday's. All ages, high school and up are welcome to help. Let Carla know if you are interested in helping.
The Brandywine School District is starting a program to send home backpacks of food over the weekend for children in the free and reduced meal program. We've been asked to provide individual MICROWAVALBE servings of spaghetti and meatballs (microwavable 7.5 oz cups), mac and cheese (microwavable cups) and individual soups (microwavable, any variety). Powdered milk, oatmeal cups and individual cereal cup are also being collected. The brand is not important, just the size and the micorwavableness. No child should be hungry, and this is one way to help. Thanks!
We have been given an updated list of items needed to pack backpacks for next month:
Microwavable vegetables (single serving)
Snack Pack pudding
Canned meat (single serving)
Chicken Rice a Roni
Mac and Cheese (single serving)
Soup (single serving)
Cereal boxes (single serving)
Horizon 8 fl. oz. milk
Thank you for your continued support of this program!
Youth Readers Needed
We'd like to involve the children more in worship by having them read the Prayer of the Day before the Children's Sermon. If your child would like to read, please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.
Yoga every Wednesday
Come join us every Wednesday evenings at 6 pm for yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. We will be meeting in the Social Hall. For more information, please see Bonny Mensch.
Snacks for Sunday
If you (or a group of you) would like to sign up to bring snacks for some Sunday, that would be great. There's a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. We're also accepting packs of cookies or other snacks that can be stored for Sundays when no one is signed up. Snacks don't need to be anything elaborate, just something to munch on with or without coffee.