December 16, 2018
On this, the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of joy. This candle represents not just the joy of this season, but the joy found in Him alone! When people in the Christmas story are shown His majesty, they worship Him with hearts full of joy. Our hearts will be made joyful upon His return; therefore, we worship Him now in expectation of His return.
- Pastor Graham & Kayla! Join us in welcoming Everleigh Ann Boll! Everleigh was born Tuesday, December 4th, she weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches long.
- Ethel Wichman, mother of Mel Wichman, is celebrating her 95th birthday on Thursday, December 27th. Cards can be sent to her at 1731 S. Hance Dr. Apt 306, Freeport.
POINSETTIAS – Thank you to everyone who purchased a poinsettia in honor or memory of loved ones this season. The beauty in this place is a reflection of these lives and a visual reminder of God’s gift to us in this Christmas season. A list of those honored is available at the Welcome Center.
PARK HILLS CHURCH CHRISTMAS 2018 – We encourage you to add one of our services to your Christmas tradition this year: Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve, two identical services, 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm. We gather with friends and family this night to celebrate the hope we have because of the birth of Jesus Christ! You will experience the culmination of advent, participate in candle lighting, and hear the good news of our Savior’s birth! Families are very welcome, however, NO nursery/childcare will be offered.
CAN WE HELP YOU WITH TRANSPORTATION? We are offering bus transportation at the 6:00 pm Christmas Eve service. Sign up at the Welcome Center today.
CHRISTMAS INVITE CARDS are available at the Welcome Center. Take several and invite your friends or neighbors to one of our Christmas services.
ANGEL WALK – The Salvation Army is hosting an Angel Walk for families who need assistance with Christmas gifts for their children. We are collecting gifts for children ages birth – 12 years old. A bin will be available in the Lobby until THIS Tuesday, December 18th. Let’s plan to fill it with any type of gifts $25 or less. Items ranging from toys, books and clothes will be so appreciated. Thank you!
TAKE NOTE! ONE COMBINED SERVICE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30th at 10 am. There will not be adult or youth Sunday school on the 30th. Children’s ministries will be offered for ages birth to 1st grade. No Monday Night Church on December 31st.
OUR DAILY BREAD 10 – DAY CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONALS are available at the Welcome Center.
FACC is asking for donations of tuna for the month of December. Donations may be left in Lobby bin.
FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE (FCN) – FCN’s will be doing free blood pressure screenings, Sunday, December 23rd, between services (9:45 – 10:30 am) in the Music Room Annex.
The world was a dark and dreary place
But not without great hope
For the promise of Messiah
Helped God’s people to cope.
They dreamed of this great savior,
A man of wealth and power,
Palaces and armies
To make their foes to cower.
They could never fathom
God’s actual saving plan,
That into spiritual darkness
Christ would come as a poor man.
The birth of Light first proclaimed
By a star uncommon bright,
Seen by kings and shepherds,
Cutting through the night.
Starlight and angel choirs
Announced this baby’s birth,
Centuries of darkness pierced
When Jesus came to earth.
His humble birth changed everything.
He lived. He died. He rose.
His life showed others how to live.
Today His kingdom grows.
Sometimes we feel this world is dark,
That somehow evil wins.
We need to seek the Light of Christ
That erases all our sins.
Remember that He’s saved us.
God has already won.
The darkness was destroyed for good
The day He sent His Son. ~ Jill Jeffrey
PARK HILLS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
2525 W STEPHENSON ST - FREEPORT, IL 61032 815-232-6159
Office Hours: M-Th 9 am - 4 pm & Fri 9 am - 12 pm
Check out Monday Night Church 6:30 pm
TAKE NOTE! No MNC on 12/24 & 12/31 ~ Church office will be closed 12/24, 12/25 & 1/1