CE News December ‘17

Advent is the season of expectant waiting!  Make a plan to join us on Sunday, December 3, following worship to create items to help count down and celebrate the days of Advent.  We’ll be making a miniature nativity and lanterns to light our way as well as learning about the season and participating in a devotional time. Please RSVP to the church office so we can prepare materials.

Christmas Caroling – We hope that you’ll join us on Sunday, December 10 as we share songs with our church family members in the local assisted living facilities and in their homes.  We’ll gather in the fellowship hall for a light lunch following worship and head out together to sing.  After, we’ll meet up at the Pastors’ home for cookies and hot chocolate.  The more the merrier, so everyone is welcome!

Youth Group – We’ll be participating in the many Christmas Season activities, including the Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 10th.  After caroling will gather at the pastors’ home for cookies and hot chocolate.


Christmas Pageant – Merry Christmas! 

Feliz Navidad!  Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël!    

Buon Natale!

This year’s Christmas Pageant is about our international roots and the traditions that have carried us through.  It will be a fun pageant full of food and discovery!  We hope that you’ll join us for this very special event on Sunday, December 17 during worship.  Rehearsal for the students and adults involved will be on Wednesday, Dec 13 following  the We Meet dinner.


Congregational Christmas Dinner We’re doing something a little different this year – a special pot-luck style Congregational Christmas dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 20th.  We’ll need main dishes, side dishes, vegies, salads, and all sorts of goodies!  If you plan on attending this very special dinner please call the church office with the number attending and what dishes you’ll be bringing!  Please have rsvps to the church office by Tuesday, December 18th. 


Christmas Cookie Workshop

It’s the Christmas Season, which means cookies!  Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, December 16 to learn how to make some beautifully decorated cut-out cookies.  The workshop is $20 and each participant will learn the steps to decorating and take home 12 cookies that they’ve made.  Seats are limited, so please RSVP to the church office.  This workshop is designed for the community, so tell your friends! Proceeds will go to camperships for the church youth.


Stewardship is Heart Work

Activity: Practice tithing and using your time wisely!  If you get an allowance from your parents, ask them about giving a tenth during your offering time at church.  Keep a daily or weekly log of how you use your time (outside of school and chores) and see where you are spending the most time.  Is it being spent on things of God or “other” things?  Make sure there is a balance between the two.  Involve the entire family in these activities!


We Meet our mid-week meal and fellowship time continues through December 20th takes a quick break during the Christmas holiday and start back up on in January 3rd. Watch the emails, website, Facebook page, and bulletin for further updates.  Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner on Wednesdays.  Warm food and warm friendship abounds!


Sacred Space Welcome Advent!  During Advent we’ll follow the stories in the Bible that lead us to the manger on December 25, including the prophets talking about Jesus, Mary & Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and the shepherds and wise men visiting Jesus.  


PrayGround – If you’ve been in our Narthex, you’ve noticed a new area called the “PrayGround”.  This area is designed for our young members to have a space to move and play quietly, while still being able to see and observe our worship service.  The PrayGround has a table with coloring pages, books and other soft toys.  We will continue to have the PrayGround available as a welcoming feature to our congregation, families and visitors.  


Mission Possible – We had 7 students help us make treats for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society!  We made Kitty Delights and Pumpkin Treats for our furry friends.  It was a fun cooking lesson and everyone had a great time.  We’re looking forward to our next Mission Possible Day in January.  Power of One count: 200 treats made in 1 hour!

Sacred Space at Home

Practicing faith at home is an important gift that families give one another. Bedtime prayers, mealtime blessings, in-the-car and on-the-go prayers, simple songs, and Bible stories are common things to do together. Although they may seem awkward at first, they will grow to become significant points of conversation and reflection for everyone involved.

Getting Started…
• Set a time and place for these sacred conversations: around the breakfast or dinner table, on the way to school, at bedtime. Take 2 minutes. Set a timer so everyone knows the end.
• Put something in the space to remind everyone what you will do there: a cross, a Bible, a hymnal, a flower or leaf or other small piece of the outdoors, or paint or color a picture together.
• Ask family members what they want to include in the time. A scripture verse or story? The same prayer every day (perhaps the Lord’s Prayer) or spontaneous prayers that each person can say?

Try one of these models:

Daily Examen
1) Remember your day. Remember the people and places you saw, and the things you did.
2) Notice the gifts. Notice the moments of love and grace and goodness. Give thanks to God.
3) Notice the hard times. What wrong did you do? When did you sin by not doing enough?
4) Look to tomorrow. Ask for God’s grace tomorrow, and pray for God’s help in all that you think and do.

Daily Hi/Lo Prayers
1) Share your day’s highs (highlights, best, favorite moments) and lows (sad, hard moments).
2) Read a Bible verse or story.
3) Discuss how the Bible reading relates to your highs and lows. Where was God in the story? Where was God in your day?
4) Pray for one another’s highs and lows.

Written by Sweet Hollow First Presbyterian Church