Reminder: KIDS4JESUS WILL NOT MEET DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER! They will resume their regular meetings beginning Wednesday, January 8th. There are however, several events during December that the children will enjoy. Check the December calendar for events and times!
God certainly did exceedingly, abundantly more than we asked or imagined by bringing 2,102 shoe box gospel opportunities to our Operation Christmas Child Relay Center. Ono Church gave 730 shoe boxes. Pastor John encouraged everyone to buy shoes and set Ono’s goal for 2014 at 1,000 opportunities to share the gospel with children around the world. We praise God and thank everyone for the blessing of shoe boxes! Continue to pray as they travel on their journey with the gospel message into the hearts of little ones.
JOY Pantry Script Program-Christmas is right around the corner. JOY Pantry Script Program has gift cards for over 200 businesses. Why not order some today to give as gifts or to use for your own shopping. Proceeds benefit the JOY Pantry. To guarantee delivery for Christmas, please give your order to Kathy Smith or the church office by noon next Sunday, Dec. 8th. Questions call Kathy Smith 861-4556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Drive….give the gift of life this Christmas on Tuesday, December 17 from 3:00 -7:00 pm at the Annville Free Library. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a Papa John’s BOGO large pizza certificate and a donor t-shirt.
Moving into 2014 some notes:
-The conclusion of the series “You’ll Get Thru This” will occur on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2013. In preparation for the next study series conducted by the Pastor, suggestions are being received. Please drop the Pastor a note or indicate an area of interest on the SIGN IN SHEETS IN THE PEWS soon.
-We will launch 2014 with special presentations by the College and Career age group on Sunday, Jan. 5th in both services. Please welcome and bless each young person who participates in worship that morning.
-2014 will be launched with the theme, “GROW DEEPER!” Please be in prayer for the spiritual growth of this Body of Christ for our mission and ministry in 2014.
THE ONO YOUTH ARE OFFERING A FREE POSTAL SERVICE for you to send Christmas greetings to all of your Ono Church friends. Simply place names on the cards and “mail” them in the blue mailboxes at either entrance. Don’t forget to stop by the “Post Office” and check if you have mail in the narthex. Merry Christmas from the Ono Youth Group!
Personal Testimonials of God’s Goodness in 2013 needed! On Sunday, Dec.29th the Pastor is requesting people to once again be willing to speak a brief testimonial in both services. How has God moved in your life in 2013? What have you learned? How have you experienced God’s richness and presence? As we close out the year and move into the holy future of 2014 what is our godly heritage of 2013? If you wish to speak please send a note, call, or email the Church Office or hand to Donna Walmer NO LATER THAN Dec. 22nd.
RECEPTION FOR NEW MEMBERS: On December 15 we will welcome new members. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall to greet them at 9:30am. Note: Children and Youth Sunday School will still meet that morning.
LIVING NATIVITY PRESENTATION IS ALMOST HERE! On Dec. 13, 14, 15 and Dec. 20, 21, 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., our congregation will be presenting a living nativity on the front lawn of the church. Pick up several “nativity post cards” available in the narthex to hand out to family, friends and neighbors. This is our chance to invite them to “follow the star” to Bethlehem’s manger and discover the love of Jesus. If your schedule permits, please walk on the scene and say a prayer to bless this mission.
CHRISTMAS COFFEE HOUSE: Everyone is invited to come out December 8th @ 6:30pm for the Ono Coffeehouse featuring the smoothing sounds of Akoustikos guitar orchestra. The youth will be brewing hot beverages and serving scrumptious goodies...all with a smile!! If your server does a good job, you will have a chance to "tip" them…all proceeds will go to the youth summer mission trip to Niagara Falls! Come, relax and enjoy fellowship and the sounds of Christmas with your Ono Church family!
COLLEGE/CAREER SUNDAY will be celebrated on January 5th. Any young adults wishing to participate should contact Jess Grimes.
2013 ADVENT PACKETS: Follow the Star of Bethlehem to the Light of the World- Jesus! And in following the Star let the light of Jesus shine in your life and home this year. The Outreach Project for Advent this year is a daily offering to benefit reducing children’s hunger thru the Joy Outreach Pantry. Please fill your ‘joy bag’ so that the bright light of God’s hope will shine brighter this year! Follow the Star, and be a star for God! Please return your Joy Bag by January 5th – Epiphany Sunday.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Sunday, December 8th beginning at 6 pm we will be having a guitar acoustical coffeehouse event in the fellowship hall. Come enjoy an evening of Christmas music and fellowship.
THE GIVING TREE: Gifts are due back to the church by December 8th. Angel Tags – for Lebanon Co. Children and Youth Services Bell Tags – for Church of New Birth – “Christmas with Jesus Party”
ART MINISTRY: A ministry of art will be starting at Ono Church. Projects like VBS décor, Fall Festival projects, etc. will be coordinated through this ministry. The coordinators would like to open opportunities to use art to further our church outreach. Please email Greg Staley at email@example.com.
INK CARTRIDGES….The office has appreciated your donations of empty ink cartridges that we recycle to buy office supplies. NOTE THAT THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A CONTAINER IN THE COLLECTION CORNER. Instead please drop them in the office door slot. Thanks so much!
Pick up a church magnet in the narthex or by the church office. They are for your home or for others you know that do not yet have a church home. ~Evangelism Commission