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Hi, my name is Byrl Shaver and I am the pastor here at Nappanee, my wife, Janet Shaver is the pastor at Middlebury Church of the Brethren in Middlebury, In.

As, you may guess we lead a very busy life serving two churches, but we love it.

Nappanee Church is filled with great people who love Jesus and hospitality. We serve two meals weekly to the community on Monday and Thursday from 5-6 PM. We call these meals: Free Community Walk-In Meals and they are as the name implies FREE, no strings attached. We serve these meals in conjunction with Faith Mission of Elkhart county and love the relationship that we have built with them to be able to serve these meals in Nappanee. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO COME TO ANY OR ALL MEALS.

Here at Nappanee Church you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on Loving God and Loving Others
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age



 Nappanee Church of the Brethren

Continuing the work of Jesus peacefully, simply, together.

“No Judgments, JUST JESUS!”

December 5, 2021

First Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m. Worship


Prelude:  Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Susan Boyle


Welcome and Announcements


Advent Reading and Candlelighter: Brian Hartman

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent - the Sunday of Peace.


Our peace is found in God and in the life of Jesus. John the Baptist, and all the prophets remind us, that to receive peace we must be open to it.


We light this candle today to remind us that Christ is the Prince of Peace, the one promised from the beginning of the world. We thank God for the hope God gives us and for the peace God bestows.


(Light the First and Second Purple Candles)


Let us pray --- O God of Peace, Emmanuel, we pray that you to send your light into our hearts at this time. Open our hearts for the peace that Jesus brings - the inner peace that tells us that we are united with you and the outer peace of our commitment to follow Jesus. We come as your faithful people.  May it be so. 

*Opening Song:  Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Northern Baptist Association


Morning Offering


Offering Prayer:

Thank you, extravagant God, for your blessings in our lives. We offer ourselves in grateful response, seeking to live with such compassion toward others that your blessings will flow through us to bless our community and our world. For the sake of Christ Jesus we pray. Amen.


Offering Song: Longing for Light (with PPT Lyrics)

Sing the Journey: Kenneth Nafziger and Journey Musicians


Passing the Peace


Hanging Our Ornaments – Step up and hang your ornament on the tree. 


Prayer Needs and Morning Prayer


 Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11   Good News Bible


Message: Peace


*Closing Song:  Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson created by Haseltine Jong




(*)=Please stand as you are able.


Kenny Grimm, Penny Grimm, Laura Rhoades, Lou Ann Pippen, Roger Hamsher, Kendall Anglemyer, Tod Schmucker. Ron & Gloria Mason, Noma Miller, Ruby Slagle, Jim Blair, Ted Kuhn, Taylor Filbert, Brandon Mast


TODAY Hanging our ornaments on the tree

Bring an ornament to hang on the tree that has a special meaning to it.  We will get to know each other better through our stories.  Take your ornament home on Christmas Eve. 


Mondays and Thursdays: FREE MEALS supplied by Faith Mission of Elkhart County. 4:30pm until 5:30pm.


Bible Study Wednesday in the Fireside Room at 7-8pm.


Sunday, December 12 – Christmas Breakfast 8:30 am

Sunday, December 18 – Christmas Skit

Philippians 1:3-11

3I thank my God for you every time I think of you; 4and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy 5because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now. 6And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. 7You are always in my heart! And so it is only right for me to feel as I do about you. For you have all shared with me in this privilege that God has given me, both now that I am in prison and also while I was free to defend the gospel and establish it firmly. 8God is my witness that I am telling the truth when I say that my deep feeling for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself.

9I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgement, 10so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ. 11Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.


2 Brandy Kuhn                                               

6 Kendall Anglemeyer

7 Carol Wentz

9 Jon Rohr

   Gabe Schmucker

10 Lynette Franks

     Kami Glass

15 Carol Hershberger

17 Laurie Schmucker

20 Brian Hartman

22 Denton Hoke

31 Penny Grimm

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18 Mary and Larry Fervida

21 Miriam and Brian Hartman

24 Bob and Kathy Rhodes


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