CPC e-news for December 19, 2015


Meanings of Christmas
Fr. Andrew Greeley, Woman’s Day, 12-22-81

   “It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time.
Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus
do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized
the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…”


Church Calendar for December 19- January 2, 2015, 2014

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


8:45 am  Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship; 4th Sunday in Advent
11:45 am High Ground Rehearsal
12:00 pm Lant dining, visiting and preaching at Westminster Village

11:00 am Family Prayer Group
HERALD deadline

7:00 pm Christmas Eve Prelude Concert
7:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:30 pm Wassail Fellowship

Church Office Closes

Guell-Salmeron wedding

10:30 am Worship; 4th Sunday in Advent

11:00 am Family Prayer Group



Keep the trees growing: 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 Video – “Everyone’s Going to Love It,”  written by Andrea Paul-Bonham and presented as a gift to the congregation last Sunday can be viewed on the church website.  Follow the link under “News.”

Family Prayer Group –  The group meets at 11:00 am on Mondays for prayer time, but not lunch.  On the 2nd Monday of each month, the group meets 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.

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

January 4, 2015 – Unhanging of the Greens

January 11, 2015 – 11:30 am – Baby Shower for Hannah Grossman; 12:00 noon – LIFE lunch and program

January 18, 2015 Baby Shower for Claire Mang

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:

Matthew Ford, Samuel Ford, Merri Kelley 12/22; Katlyn Powers 12/23; David Giltner 12/25

Reminders for Sunday, December 21

Liturgist: Chuck Shutt
Children’s Moment: Jean Shutt
Greeters: Barb Goltry & Jim Moles
Ushers: Bill & Joyce Cook, Susan Hoffman, Fred Simmons , Don Lowder
Hosts: Agnes Moles & Barb Goltry
Session Open & Close: Brad Bough, Al Holder
Bus Assistant: Brad Bough

Reminders for Sunday, December 28

Liturgist: Murray Pate
Children’s Moment: Eunice Pate
Greeters: Bob & Mary McLaughlin
Ushers: Lance & Brenda Weatherwax, John & Eileen Whalen, Max & Carolyn Payne
Hosts: Mark & Bethann Smith
Session Open & Close: Al Holder, Scott Racop
Bus Assistant: Fred Simmons

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 21, 2014,
the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 28, 2014,
the First Sunday after Christmas (Year B)

Staff eMails:

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

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