“The Hope of Christmas”
- Why would God choose someone as undesirable as the Suffering Servant to accomplish God’s salvation?
- Have you ever experienced such love that someone was willing to suffer and sacrifice on your behalf? How did that impact you?
- How was your 2022? Has it been filled with ups and downs? Share how God brought you through it all.
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Join us on Christmas Eve as we gather to sing and celebrate God’s perfect gift: Jesus, the object of our hope, the source of peace and joy, and the giver of faith. Be encouraged by God’s promise that Jesus has come, and he is coming back! Services at 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
The 5:00 p.m. service will be live-streamed.
Children are invited to celebrate with their families. Childcare will not be provided.
Christmas Morning Service
Join us Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
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For Advent this year, we’d like to share hope for a weary world through supporting Chelten’s food pantry, Seeds of Hope. At the welcome center you’ll find REVERSE Advent Calendars.
What makes it a REVERSE Advent Calendar? Well with THIS advent calendar you GIVE something each day, instead of getting something.
Each day in December, you’ll add an item from the list to a box. And then on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning you’ll bring the box to church and place it on the food pantry donation table located just inside the playground entrance.
This is a fun challenge to do yourself, or with your kids, neighbors, or community group—What a simple, yet powerful way to show the love of Jesus to our community!
We encourage you to pick up one of the advent calendars today!
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Center for Biblical Transformation
January 3–March 28, 2023
Enrich your knowledge of God and his Word! The Center for Biblical Transformation offers college-level courses designed to deepen your understanding of the Bible and Christian theology, help you be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and prepare you to serve in his kingdom.
Join our four-course certificate program, or take any course at any time with no commitments. Courses are offered for ten weeks in the fall and in the winter.
The purpose of the program is to experience God’s truths personally and to share the message through your life to others. This is your opportunity to discover that living with Jesus involves learning his transforming truths and passing them on to others! I invite you to prayerfully consider your involvement in the Center for Biblical Transformation.
by grace alone,
Dr. Bill Krewson
Senior Pastor of Discipleship
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REGISTRATIONS for the 2023-24 school year for our weekday preschool (ages 9 mos. – pre-kindergarten) are now being accepted from the church family. Applications are available in the lobby or the Child Development office downstairs. Open House will be held on Thursday, January 5, Tuesday, January 10, and Monday, January 16. Call Beth Patitucci at the school office (215-646-5596) for more info. We’d love to welcome your child!
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After serving as a nurse-midwife in The Gambia, West Africa Holly returned to WEC’s US headquarters in 1995 to lead WEC USA’s short-term department. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for people to serve overseas to see if God is calling them to a deeper commitment to His plan of redemption for the world.
Holly has also served in various other roles at the WEC base in the areas of IT, website development, deputy director of WEC USA, and as a Branch Council member. She also served for 10 years as WEC’s International Short-Term Missions Coordinator overseeing all the short-term programs in WEC.
CHELTEN FAMILY UPDATES
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