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12/23/22 Friday Flash

Hamburg United Methodist Church

116 Union St

Hamburg, New York, 14075

(716) 649-8080

Worship Sundays at 10 am


Pastor David's Report, given at the Church Charge Conference, is now available. You can read it online here.



At the Church Council meeting Monday, the Finance Committee reviewed the status of this year’s budget. Due to various items, we are facing a potential deficit of approximately $25,000. Utilities are higher than expected, primarily because of a problem with the solar panels and greater use of the Church facilities. Also, a shortfall in some of the expected fundraisers and new items in the budget contributed to the deficit. The hardest part, though, is the loss of some of our most generous givers.

The Finance Committee made a year-end appeal in the past, and the Congregation made additional gifts to reduce or even eliminate the deficit. The Committee is prayerfully asking again this year to give as generously as you can to help with this problem.

May you have a Blessed Christmas. Love and Peace,

The Finance Committee


Patrick is looking for someone to cover the Christmas Day Service A/V Duties. Please get in touch with him directly if you are interested. or 716-949-8751


Our little pantry at Sparks of Hope is nearly empty, and our shelves are bare. Members of our recovery community rely on your generosity to see them through the hard times. Please drop off nonperishable groceries when Sparks is open, or leave them inside the pantry.


Pecans are freshly harvested halves. Great for holiday baking and gifts. $14

Don't show up empty-handed to a winter gathering; bring a host gift of Fruitcake for $7

Both are available outside the Church Office.

Sales to benefit United Women in Faith Mission work.


Saturday, December 24, 2022, at 7:00 PM, we will celebrate our traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols with special additions for the youngest in our midst to assist in the celebration, sing the Carol Communion Service and close with candlelight, sing Silent Night.

Sunday, December 25, 2022, at 10:00 AM, come as you are (pajamas welcome!) and join together to reflect on the meaning of Jesus' birth and the Incarnation, lots of singing, and celebrating together!

At Gowanda UMC on Saturday, December 24, at 7:00 PM, Chris Klimecko will lead Christmas Candlelight; all are welcome!

At Versailles UMC on Sunday, December 25, at 10:30 AM, there will be a Christmas Day service of music and Holy Communion led by Anne Nicol and the Rev. Dr. Carl Nicol.

Come and sing and rejoice! Come and share the joy together! Join the Body of Christ and celebrate Emmanuel, God, With Us! Come and find a place to grieve if you need it, find companionship, celebrate, and remember the meaning of the Christmas season together!

Merry Christmas!

Pastor David Nicol


The Church office is glad to announce that services going forward will be streamed via YouTube Live, in addition to the current Facebook Live services. You can access the Youtube live stream on our Youtube Channel, or directly on our church website homepage.

Please make sure to "Like" and "Subscribe"


If you are interested in joining a Bible study our church has 4 of them available for you to attend now. Just show up no appointment is needed.

  • Sunday in the Parlor at 9:00 am John Meader Leader

  • Monday at Sparks of Hope at 10:30 AM Bob Shaw leader.

  • Wednesday in the Parlor at 7:00 pm Dave Rood Leader

  • Thursday at 10:00 AM Carlos Ortiz leads in the Library

Any further information is available through the church office.


Coffee Hour Schedule

DECEMBER- Sarah Circle JANUARY-Mission Outreach



Groups are to provide goodies/ snacks

each Sunday of the month they are scheduled.

Please Contact Sue Gagne or Joyce Spencer with any questions.


Order of Worship

Sunday, December 24, 2022 10am Livestream:

Google Meet Dial-In: 617-675-4444 PIN: 301 463 603 6721#



Let us dance with delight in the Lord and let our hearts be filled with rejoicing,

P: for eternal salvation has appeared on the earth. Alleluia!

*CAROL” “Joy to the World” #UMH 246

*Opening Prayer

Eternal God,

by the birth of Jesus Christ you gave yourself to the world. Grant that, being born in our hearts, he may save us from all our sins, and restore within us the image and likeness of our Creator, to whom be everlasting and glory,

world without end. Amen

*CAROL: O Come All Ye Faithful” #234 UMH

LESSON: Matthew 1:18-25


LESSON: Hebrews 1:1-12 CHOIR ANTHEM: “Mary, Did You Know?”

*Lesson: John 1:1-14 Read By: Rev David Nicol

Meditation: Word Made Flesh

*CAROL: “Hark the Heralds Angels Sing” #240 UMH

Prayers of the People Holy Communion “A Carol Communion Service”

* Dismissal with Blessing

* Closing Hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” #230 UMH


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