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Sunday Worship

Join us on Sundays at 8:00 am and at 10:45 am as we worship together.

 

Angel Tree Ministry

We are participating in Angel Tree this year! Help children receive gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parents in the name of Jesus and His love. Volunteers are needed to purchase gifts and Bibles, and also to deliver gifts, and write letters to the inmates. Take an angel off the Christmas tree and then see Maria McDonald so she can keep track of all those volunteering. Gifts must be returned and placed under the tree by 12/11.

Children’s Christmas Program

Our annual Christmas musical will be on 12/11 this year, at 6 pm. Invite family and friends to attend An Unplugged Christmas, and find out what happens when the kids enter a contest for “the biggest, brightest Christmas show ever!”

Then join us in the Activity Center for cake, ice cream, snacks, and fun. If you can help by contributing dips and snacks for the reception, please sign up on the bulletin board.

Christmas Eve

Candle-calendarsideRIGHTSMOur Christmas Eve Service will be at 7 pm, featuring music, a devotional, something for the children, and candlelight. 

Plan to join us! Invite a friend.

December 25 at 7 pm. 725 Susquehanna Ave, Curwensville.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, we will have a combined morning service at 10:45 with music and a short message. Hope you are able to celebrate with us! No other activities will occur on Christmas Day at Curwensville Alliance.

Church Luncheons

Because of some seasonal activities, there will be no more church luncheons in 2016.

Deadlines

If you have an announcement for the church family, please email it to Pastor Steve as soon as possible. The deadline is Friday.

 Food Distribution

living breadIf you can help at Living Bread on the second Saturday of each month from 9-11 am, please see Eric or Kay Rowles.

Curwensville Alliance serves at Living Bread on the second Saturday of each month.

Your time commitment would be from 9:00 to about 11:00 am.

Speak to Eric or Kay Rowles if you have questions.

Thanks!

Small Group Leaders

If you’re starting a small group, or interested in seeing one started, please speak to Sue Spaid, Bethany Livergood, or Pastor Steve. Remember, all Small Groups, Leaders, and Material are to be approved by Disciple-Making Ministries.

Can You Help?

Please consider working as a Leader or Helper in our Children’s Worship program in 2016, helping children ages 4-8 learn more about having a relationship with God. Commitment is for a month of services; workers’ instruction and materials are provided. Sign up now on the Children’s Ministries board for the month that suits your schedule! Questions? Ask Carrie Warren.

CVilleAlliance App

2015-10-31 21.28.28The Curwensville Alliance App is now available for Android and the iOS.

Download it at the app store / play store free so that you can access web information, calendar events, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, podcasts, and prayer requests.

One handy feature on the app is the ability to add an event to your own calendar. Just open the event in the app, click the + sign in the corner and add the event to your personal calendar.

You can download the app at the App Store or Play Store. Once you do, all the online information you need from your church is in one place!

The iOS version is here.

The Android version is here.

Give it a try and give us a rating! Thank you!

 

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Trusting a God Who Loves You Is Essential :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on December 5, 2016

“Repetition penetrates the dullest of minds.” This was a line that the professor of New Testament Greek repeated regularly to his students. He didn’t invent the concept, he just found a humorous way to communicate it.

Perhaps you could say that God invented it, because time and time again, he repeats himself — so that you and I can get it.

One of the things you see repeated throughout Scripture is the idea that God loves us.

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This Advent podcast reminds us of this reality.

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How Hopeful Are You? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 11/27/2016

The First Sunday of Advent

In the weeks between now and Christmas, we are going to celebrate something called Advent. Advent is a word having to do with the arrival of something or someone who is important. When a famous person is due to make a speech, you might hear the MC saying, “As we await the advent of the keynote speaker, let’s talk about….”

Advent means arrival.

I personally like the word Advent better than I do Christmas, because, to me, Christmas has been diluted. People use it to mean anything and everything relating to this coming time of year. 

On the other hand, Advent is unmistakable.

It refers to one thing – the birth of Jesus, celebrated by you and me on December 25.

Our church has an Advent wreath with candles that we light. Occasionally, when I ask my peers if they are doing Advent some have replied, “No – I’m not Catholic.” But Advent is neither Catholic nor Protestant — or perhaps I should say that Advent is both Catholic and Protestant! 🙂 The tradition was in place a thousand years before the Protestant Reformation.

Advent is something Christians celebrated since early on in church history.

There are five candles in the wreath, each standing for something. The names of the four outer candles have changed through the centuries, but the center candle remains the same: The Christ Candle.

This year, our outer candles will speak of four things Christ brings:

  • Hope
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Life

This podcast speaks of the hope God gives us because of the Christ of Advent.

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May the Advent of Christ be a means whereby the Father imparts hope to you.
~Pastor Steve

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