Week of December 18—The Fourth Week of Advent

Dear Friends,
Can you believe that Advent is almost over (the Fourth Sunday is this Sunday!) and that our Christmas Season is almost here?  The excitement is building even as the preparations continue: Here are some of the things you need to know this week.
First, On Thursday, December 15 at 11:00 am The Park Place School will be using our facilities to host their Christmas Program.  You are invited to attend this event and build some relationships with those we serve and support.
Second, this Sunday, December 18th will be the last Sunday for Poinsettia donations.  If you would like to donate “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” someone, please use one of the envelopes from the table in the Narthex.  Otherwise, you can write “poinsettias” in the memo line of your check and place it in the offering basket.  The suggested donation is $10.
Third, After Worship on Sunday we will need some help to ‘shift’ into Christmas! If you could stick around and help put lights on the tree, switch out the banners, and prepare the Chancel for our Christmas Season, it would be greatly appreciated.
Fourth, speaking of Christmas, here are the days and times of our services
  • Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 pm (Come early and help decorate the tree).
  •  Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 at 9:00 am (Please note the time change)
  • First After Christmas, Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:00 am; “Lessons and Carols”
Fifth, Our Sunday Morning Schedule shifts on January 8th, 2017:
  • 8:30        Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:00        “Discipleship Hour”
  • 10:15     Worship
                We will be offering something for everyone (children, youth and adults) during our “Discipleship Hour”.  The details of the offerings may be found in the inserts of the bulletins. Please note, that if you wish to have us order your book for the “Theology of the Family” course be sure to ‘sign’ the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.
Janis and I will be in Toronto this weekend at a family wedding and will miss being with you all on Sunday. We are grateful that Brother Tim is available to officiate and preach this week.  May God bless us all as our Advent Season comes to a close.