E-news for December 7, 2013

Church Calendar for December 7 – 14, 2013

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


  9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           11:30 am Charlie Brown program rehearsal – full cast and stage hands                                                                                                                  1:00 pm High Ground Rehearsal                                                                                                                                                                                                        5:00 pm  7th Cents Youth Group (6th – 12th grades) at Central


12:00 pm Family Prayer Group                                                                                                                                                                                                              1:30 pm Interlink Conversation Partners                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


  1:00 pm Celebrating Life                                                                                                                                                                                                              6:30 pm Innovation Generation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


  11:15 am Church Staff meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                             7:00 pm Session meets


6:00 pm Youth Design Team                                                                                                                                                                                                               


10:00 am Charlie Brown Program dress rehearsal


Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108; Younger Elementary (K-2nd) – room 202; Older Elementary (3rd – 5th) room 103; Middle School – room 200; High School – room 201; Adults and Young Adults: Coffee and Conversation – FH classroom A; History of Christianity – FH classroom B; Christian Parenting – FH Classroom C.
The Sunday School offering is money for milk at 14th and Chestnut. Recently there have been 70 to 80 children a day getting a snack and supper at the Center. This is a minimum of 1 gallon of milk and 70 paper cups used each day which is $7- $8. Please give generously. Sunday School Superintendent, Sandy Mead, is offering a challenge – if we get $35 (all classes) or more a week in offering, there will be a milkshake party each month!

Give an Ornament, Share a Gift — The needs of the poor community in Terre Haute are substantial and the Mission Committee wishes to support them at Christmas in a unique way. Through December 15, we are inviting CPC families and individuals to bring an ornament to hang on the tree in fellowship hall in exchange for one of the gift needs that will be on the tree. You will purchase the gift requested on the tag and return it to the church by December 22. The ornament you bring can be a purchased one or one that you already have. If it has special meaning for you, you can share that in a book that will be next to the tree. The ornaments will become part of the church collection for future years. Thank you, in advance, for helping those in need this Christmas season.

The PRELUDES during Advent will feature a variety of church members and creative talents.  Arrive early to enjoy them!  Sunday School classes should dismiss at 10:15.

The choir presents a Christmas Cantata, Born a Savior, Born a King: The Prophecy Fulfilled, by John Purifoy on Sunday, December 8 during worship.

The children and youth will present an adapted version of A Charlie Brown Christmas during worship on December 15.  Jean and Chuck Shutt and Amanda Mang are the directors.

Celebrating Life will meet on Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 pm.  Cheryl Moles will present a program of “Christmas Memories.”

7th Cents Youth Group will meet this Sunday at Central from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  Gifts for families at 14th and Chestnut will be wrapped and a there will be a Christmas movie following supper.

Hymnal News from the Worship Commission

We rejoice in the wonderful celebration and dedication of the Glory to God hymnals on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  These 262 Glory to God hymnals were purchased in memory of Juanita Pugh, for which we are most grateful.  That number of books sounds large, but we were actually using more copies of the old blue Presbyterian Hymnal.  So, if anyone would like to purchase a pew edition of Glory to God for the church to be dedicated “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone, the cost is $18 per copy.  We request to have all such orders be turned in by Sunday, December 15, 2013.  Besides the check, please clearly specify for whom the hymnal is dedicated and if it is “in memory of” or “in honor of” that person.

Now a word about the old blue Presbyterian Hymnals and Sing the Faith songbooks.  If you dedicated any of these books to someone, and would like to keep that copy or give that copy to someone, we invite you to do so.  These books are sorted by the donator’s last name on the tables on the east wall of the Fellowship Hall.  Nonetheless, several hundred quality copies of these hymnals are in storage.  The session blessed the First Presbyterian Church of Chinook, Montana with 40 copies, and the members of this small congregation were amazingly thankful.  Consequently, if you know of a Presbyterian congregation that would be glad to have some of our extra copies of the Presbyterian Hymnal, please let the church office know, so that those requests may be taken to the session.

Happy Birthday to:

Alisa Ennis, Tara Singer 12/7;  Mara Shearer 12/10;  Barb Goltry, Anna Weber 12/11;  Phil Farmer 12/12;  Jim Moles 12/14

Lectionary readings for December 8

Second Sunday of Advent   Isa. 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Rom. 15:4-13; Matt. 3:1-12

Reminders for Sunday, December 8

Liturgist: Allen Holder

Advent Candles: Haan family

Children’s Moment: None; children will remain in worship for the Cantata; children 4 and younger may be in the nursery

Greeters: Max & Caroline Payne

Ushers: Youth

Hosts: Susan Hoffman

Session Open and Close: Brad Bough, Don Lowder


PRAYER REQUESTS (joys and concerns) should be called in or e-mailed to the church office. You can also place a request in the offering plate – or write it on the pew pad in worship. With your permission, they will be listed in the Koinonia prayer list, and announced in worship so that the church family can pray for the mentioned needs. Please keep the office updated on the requests.

  • The Cantata presented by our choir
  • Donna Wilson, recovering from abdominal surgery (in Indianapolis)
  • Jim Morgan, broken leg is healing; he expects to return to WV apartment by the 18th
  • Bill Cook, facial surgery; doing well
  • Russell Kelly, Mary Kay (Farrar)’s husband, hospitalized

*indicates update of information

  • John Chironna, Crohn’s disease
  • Carol Cook, chronic heart condition has worsened
  • Amanda Mang’s co-worker, miscarriage at 5 months
  • Mary Jean DeMarr
  • Mike Wadsworth, successful hip replacement
  • Jim Schnabel, aortic aneurysm repaired, doing well at home
  • JoAnn Paul, Donna Paul-Bonham’s mother, successful hip replacement surgery
  • Jon Ford’s mother, breast cancer
  • Betty Wright, Marsha Harder’s mother
  • The grandson of Lew Van Reed’s friend, serious liver problem
  • P.J. Ekstrom’s step-sister’s daughter, mastectomy surgery
  • Robert Horneker, treatment for prostate cancer
  • Harry Gee, at Davis Gardens/Westminster Village
  • Andrea Paul-Bonham, YAV in Chinook, Montana
  • Maria Exline, friend of Fred & Nancy Rubey, ruptured brain aneurysm
  • Bill George, dialysis
  • Jonathan Kirchoff, friend of Trey Ourand, brain cancer, chemotherapy
  • Julia Blair
  • Zain Shepard, 4 yr.old son of Cetta DePaolo’s friend, brain damage causing seizures. Pray for Zain’s parents and family.
  • Linda Albin, mother of Bob Guell’s friend, possible recurrence of cancer
  • Debby Trierweiler, friend of Barb Goltry and Moles family, liver cancer; chemo
  • Lewis Sego
  • Cheryl Cunningham, friend of Mary Jean DeMarr, cancer
  • Gary Jenkins
  • Elliot Hartman age 5, from Elkhart, IN, the grandson of a couple who are close friends of Jim and Shirley Slutz, diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Arthritis
  • Lance Weatherwax’s parents
  • Keith & JoAnn Paul, Donna Paul-Bonham’s parents
  • Dorothy Jamieson, Sandy Mead’s mother
  • Shawn Larson, Phillip Smith’s godson, struggling with limitations of Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Donna Paul-Bonham’s aunt, cancer
  • Charles McKinney, Jill Conner’s father
  • John Chironna
  • John Fowler, Paul Fowler’s brother
  • Mary Helen Terrell, friend of Kathy Seay, continuing eye and vision difficulties
  • Sarah Hughes, daughter of a colleague of Elaine McVay, health problems associated with MS
  • Billy Wilder, friend of Lant Davis
  • Rev. Pam Habitz, friend of Scott Paul-Bonham, cancer David Doti, friend of Joe Harder, throat cancer
  • Peggy Kord, Susan Moulton’s sister-in-law, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brian Harder-Army National Guard
  • William Seo – Army, South Korea
  • Sgt. Adam Buck, Army, Ft. Bliss, TX
  • Brad Chironna, Marines, Cherry Hill, NC
  • Lindsay Kenzor, Navy
  • Sean Spydell, Anna Spydell’s brother, Navy
  • Jonathan Seay, Kathy’s son, Air Force
  • Anthony Hubbard, son of Honnalora Hubbard, Navy Corpsman,
  • Chad Strickfadden, cousin of Amanda Tramel, Army, Afghanistan
  • Jacob Culp, Chuck & Sandy’s grandson, Army, Ft. Benning, GA
  • Beverly Kajander in MO
  • Laura Redicks Royal Oaks
  • Tebby Miller Cobblestone Crossings
  • George Justus Westminster Village
  • Mary Symon
  • Paul Fowler, Westminster Village
The Greek word “koinonia” as often used in the New Testament writings, means Christian fellowship or communion with God or with fellow Christians.
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Presbytery of Ohio Valley website: www.povpc.org

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