CPC e-news for December 12, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 196

   “Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.

   “Daily we can make an Advent examination. Are there any feelings of discrimination toward race, sex, or religion? Is there a lingering resentment, an unforgiven injury living in our hearts? Do we look down upon others of lesser social standing or educational achievement? Are we generous with the gifts that have been given to us, seeing ourselves as their stewards and not their owners? Are we reverent of others, their ideas and needs, and of creation? These and other questions become Advent lights by which we may search the deep, dark corners of our hearts.

 

Church Calendar for December 12- 20, 2014

For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org

12/13
10:00 am Children’s Program Dress Rehearsal

12/14

8:45 am  Arrive for Christmas Program Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School for adults only
10:30 am Worship; 3rd Sunday in Advent; Children’s Christmas Program
11:45 am High Ground Rehearsal
4:00 pm Farrington Grove Chorale Lessons and Carols at St. Stephen’s
5:00 pm 7th Cents Youth Group Christmas Party at Whitaker home
6:00 pm Children’s Program Cast Party at Davis home

12/15
11:00 am Family Prayer Group

12/16
5:30 pm Worship Commission meets
5:30 pm Finance Commission meets
6:00 pm Mission Committee meets
6:30 pm Facilities Commission meets

12/17
11:15 am Church Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Communication Commission meets

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

CHRISTMAS GIVING – The Mission Committee wants to build the tallest tree ever seen in the fellowship hall. Help us by bringing large cans of tuna,chicken (12 oz.) or jars of peanut butter (28 oz.). You may also help by taking a tag from a tree that will have a clothing item needed for an older child. Please return the item and tag, unwrapped, by December 21 and place it in one of the tubs by the tree. Tags for a sewing machine to support the HEME Fund will also be on the tree. A sewing machine is $60.00. The food items are going to the 14th and Chestnut food pantry and clothing items are going to their clothes closet. Donations will be accepted, cash and checks. Please make checks to HEME Fund or 14th and Chestnut.

Children’s Christmas Program – Dress rehearsal on Saturday from 10am to noon and on Sunday morning beginning at 9:00 am.  ALL children that will be in the program (preschool and older) should attend.  “Everyone’s Going to Love It” was written by Andrea Paul-Bonham!

Family Prayer Group –  The group will now meet at 11:00 am on Mondays for prayer time, but there will not be lunch.  On the 2nd Monday of each month, the group will meet at 11:00 am for prayer and have lunch at noon.  All women that care for the families of our church are welcome to join.  Childcare is provided.

Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108;  Elementary – room 202; Middle School and High School – room 201; Adults and Young Adults: Coffee and Conversation – FH classroom A; Christian Studies – FH classroom B; Christian Parenting – FH Classroom C.
There will not be classes on December 28.

The Sunday School offering is money for milk at 14th and Chestnut.  Bring your coins for a little fun while giving this year!

Continue to bring the plastic caps and lids.  They will be given to Art Totality for another bench.

Gifts for the Haan family should be brought by Sunday, Dec. 14.  They won’t receive it in time for Christmas, but will be glad whenever it arrives.  The postage is estimated to be $80-90, and donations for that are welcome (your name will be included as donating to the gift).  Their requests are Pretzel and Plain M&Ms, Dry ranch dressing packets, chicken taco seasoning packets, Nerds, Pull & peel Twizzlers classic red, Fruit Roll Ups.  Any other surprises or cards would be welcome.

The Christs don’t need anything special, but would love cards.  Their address is 28 Klosterhof, Ulm 89077, Germany.  I’m sure that the Seo family would also like cards – their address is in the church directory.

The Worship Commission requests your cookie donations for Christmas Eve.

All Annual Reports are due into the church office by 3:30pm on Monday, January 5.

Dates for your planning calendar:

December 14 – Children’s Christmas Program  “Everyone’s Going to Love It”

December 24 – Christmas Eve Service  7:00 pm Prelude Music; 7:30 pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

KOINONIA PRAYER LIST:  In an effort to keep the prayer needs of our family and friends off of the website, you will be receiving a separate email with the Koinonia Prayer List.  The same distribution list is used for both mailings, so if you unsubscribe to one, you have for both.

Happy Birthday to:
Phil Farmer 12/12; Jim Moles 12/14; Ryan Grossman 12/15; Monica Hawkins 12/17

Reminders for Sunday, December 7

Liturgist: Scott Racop
Children’s Moment: N/A
Greeters: Jim & Shirley Slutz
Ushers: Bob & Susan Guell, Brad & Susan Bough, Paul & Linda Shaw
Hosts: Susan Hoffman, Bob & Mary Horneker
Session Open & Close: Brad Bough, Al Holder
Bus Assistant: Dave Rader

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 14, 2014,
the Third Sunday of Advent (Year B)
First Reading Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm Psalm 126:1-6
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Or alternate Second Reading Luke 1:46b-55
Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28

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Presbytery of Ohio Valley website: www.povpc.org
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resbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website: www.pcusa.org

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