Announcements for December 21

Christmas Eve Services
Wednesday, December 24  4 p.m.  Family Service, featuring special music
Wednesday, December 24  7 p.m.  Candlelight Communion Service            
TODAY
Coffee fellowship follows the service.
Greeters: Bonnie Hudson, Donna and George Kuhn, Ralph Settle
Scripture reader: Debra Keays-White
In loving memory of her dear husband, Jack Dares, and her parents, Jean and John Ritchie, a memorial gift to the church building fund has been given by Florence Dares.

Contributions made up until the last day of December can be used when preparing your 2014 tax returns. The church mailbox will be checked on December 31 to make sure contributions are properly credited.

Earlier this month, representatives from 1st Dartmouth Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts were on-air during the Christmas Daddies telethon, presenting their cheque for money raised by their annual pancake breakfast. That fundraiser will be coming up again soon; mark your new 2015 calendars for pancakes on January 24.

Elders Serving Communion on Christmas Eve
     Minister's Left Minister's Right
Shirley O'SullivanBonnie Hudson
Reid HarrisonRalph Settle
Sue SkerrettDebra Keays-White

Once again this year, we're having a winter clothing drive; if you can, please support Coats for the Cold. Women's and men's winter jackets, boots, and sneakers (in good condition) are appreciated for donation to Margaret's House. Items can be left in the hall near the church office; or, for pick up, call Donna or George Kuhn (462-7948).

Message from the Stewards
Thank you to the congregation who continue to be so giving, helping others through White Gift Sunday, the Food Bank, and Feed Others of Dartmouth, as well as increasing offerings to the church and building fund. While we have made some progress in the past couple of months, our revenue as of the end of November still remains well below what we had originally budgeted at the beginning of the year. Given that, and due to some unexpected furnace expenses in the church and former manse, at this point we are anticipating a shortfall of $13,800. Your continued support during this time of year to help minimize the shortfall is very much appreciated.

The UCW wishes to thank all those who bought poinsettias to beautify the sanctuary during this holy season. (If you wish to take yours home after today's service, sleeves are available to protect them from the weather.)

On Sunday, December 28, our UCW will lead us in morning worship, for our last service of 2014.
Scripture readings for December 28 
  Isaiah 40:1-11  
  Mark 1:1-8  
  2 Peter 3:8-15a  
  Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13  
Income Statement
November 30, 2014
  Actual
Nov 30/14
Budget
Nov 30/14
Actual
2011
Variance
Revenue 159,047 170,950 158,992 (11,903)
Expenses 179,564 181,896 174,020 2,332
Net (20,517) (10,946) (15,028) (9,571)
Bible study meetings are held every Wednesday morning at 10 in the parlour. Material can be picked up in the library on Sundays.