HOST CHURCH MINISTRIES

Let’s Serve Together!
Let’s Serve Together!

Dear Fellow Minister in Christ,

You are about to look over a great opportunity to serve the Lord through Host Church. This is intended to help each of us identify an area or areas of ministry in which we can volunteer to serve Christ and others through our church and our community. Those of you who have attended a New Member Class might remember a slogan I mentioned the day you took the class: "At Host, every member is a minister."

Please pray about where God wants you to serve, investigate that area, and then volunteer to serve there. If you have questions, I will be glad to help in any way I can. Never forget that together we can do great things for the Cause of Christ.

Worship and Music Ministries

 Host Praise Team:  Musicians and singers to help lead worship on Sunday mornings and special services. The team will practice once a week.  We are always looking for people that are gifted in this area.

Bell Choir: Learn to play the bells and be a part of a great ministry.  The Bell Choir is very active and practices on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The Bell Choir is always looking for people.

Special Music: If you have musical talent that you would like to share please let us know.

Easy Worship/Powerpoint:  Operate the Powerpoint system during the service and attend a pre-service sound check with praise team.  People are needed in this area right now!

Sound Ministry:  Run the sound board during worship services; attend a pre-service sound check with praise team.  People are needed in this area right now!

Members of the Amen ministry visit shut-ins, plan special services, plan group outings to shut-ins and encourage seniors in need.  This group is currently looking for people to help them reach out. 

Sheila Shirk, Paula Eckenroth, and Nancy Zechman are just a few of the members who helped prepare Christmas gifts for our church family shut-ins.
Sheila Shirk, Paula Eckenroth, and Nancy Zechman are just a few of the members who helped prepare Christmas gifts for our church family shut-ins.

On Sunday, December 13th our Host Church family visited our shut-ins, delivering Christmas gifts and singing Christmas carols.

You are encouraged to share in this ministry to our "church family" members!

We have a team of people that are committed to praying for the needs of the church and the world.  If you have a prayer request, please call the church or e-mail us at HostChurch@ymail.com.  Indicate if you would like the prayer request given to the Prayer Chain and if you would like your prayer request included in the prayers of the Church on Sunday morning.  Thank you and may God bless you richly. 

"If any one of you is in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.  Is anyone of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."  James 5:16

We offer...

...Sunday School for young adults and adults.  Classes meet each Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Adult Sunday School Study "Bible Expositor and Illuminator"
Adult Sunday School Study "Bible Expositor and Illuminator"

What is the purpose of Sunday School?

To see lives changed. The Bible is the textbook of Sunday School because Jesus is the answer to all of life's questions.

   This lovely display, located in the narthex, has canned goods, collectibles, cookbooks, Host Church blankets and other things that are available for purchase to benefit the Mite Society.

   A great place to finish your Christmas shopping!

Our Church Librarian, Kristin Schellhamer, takes great care of our library and has something for everyone from ages 3 to 103.
Our Church Librarian, Kristin Schellhamer, takes great care of our library and has something for everyone from ages 3 to 103.

Kris's featured books for Christmas include:


Sing Noel ~ Christmas Carols selected by Jane Yolen


The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson

   Welcome to Christmas Valley - Christmas Capital of the Pacific Northwest! - It's only two weeks before Christmas, and Edith Ryan is disappointed to learn that none of her children are coming home for the holidays.  Her large house, which doubles as The Shepherd's Inn the rest of the year, will feel so empty without them.  And it's too late to open the inn for Christmas reservations - surely everyone else has their plans made by now.  In a town where Christmas is a way of life all year long, going through the holidays alone is just about enough to bring her to tears.

   Suddenly, Edith knows what she has to do - she'll invite strangers to book those rooms usually reserved for family during the week of Christmas.  When the guest list shapes up to include a cantankerous old woman and a mysterious young couple with a broken-down hippie bus and a baby on the way, Edith wonders if she made the right choice.  Will it blow up in her face?  Or could she be entertaining angels unaware?


A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

   Jaime drove up a long lane, using the fence rails to guide her along the snow-covered road.  When she reached the top of the lane, the sight nearly took her breath away.  Before her was a farmhouse glowing with buttery lights, smoke from the chimney rising to the sky.  A cozy, welcoming beacon in the storm.


The Christmas Child ~ A Story of Coming Home by Max Lucado

   "Over here," the old man called, as I stood in the doorway.  He led me down a long hall to a room at the back of the sanctuary.  In the corner, a stand held a thick scrapbook.  He turned a few pages and pointed to a yellowed newspaper clipping pasted to the page.  Stolen Baby Jesus Home for Christmas - The case of the missing Messiah was closed Thursday when the Reverend Jackson awoke to find the wooden baby Jesus back in the manger.  "We're just real happy he's back," said the minister.  "The thought of spending Christmas day with an empty manger troubled us all."

   "What's this all about?" I asked the old man.

   "Finish the article, and I'll get us some coffee," he said, disappearing into the hall.

   Why would someone steal a doll from a manger scene? I wondered.  And what could this possibly have to do with me?

   The Christmas Child, a touching tale by Max Lucado, with images from the major feature film.  A family classic.