Announcements: December 10, 2017

Christmas Potluck: Join us after worship today for a potluck lunch and some singing and merriment in Henry Young Fellowship Hall.

Stewardship Council will meet after worship today in the church office.

CHPC Presbyterian Women meet this Tuesday, December 12, at 10:00 AM in the Gathering Room. All women are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diana Stephen (896-6075).

Session and Deacon Gathering: Session members and Deacons (present classes and in-coming class) will meet on Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 PM at the home of Elisa Owen, 2005 Eastern Parkway. Elisa will provide the main dish. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share.

Deadline for January edition of “Westminster Ways” is Friday, December 15. Please submit articles to the church office (893-5381 or

Men’s Breakfast: All men of the church are invited to the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, December 16, at 9:00 AM in Henry Young Hall for a hearty breakfast and fellowship.

El Tarasco Night: Join CHPC family and friends at El Tarasco, 110 Fairfax Avenue (in St. Matthews) on the third Saturday of each month (December 16) from 6:00-9:00 PM. Tell the cashier that you are with CHPC and 15 percent of sales for CHPC friends and family will return to CHPC for use with the Guatemalan Partnership.

Gifts to the Manger (and Gena’s Tree): Children (and others) are invited to bring new or gently used books for elementary school children to the manger during Advent next Sunday, December 17.

The Adult Sunday School class will be singing and learning about Advent/Christmas African-American spirituals. This class will be led by Donna Phillips and Lewis Washington. The class will meet on Sundays, December 10, 17, and 24 at 9:45 AM in the Gathering Room (back building). We hope you can join them as they sing and discuss spirituals such as “Mary Had a Baby,” “Rise Up, Shepherd,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and others.

The Racial/Immigrant Justice Group invites you to bring a brown bag lunch and join us on Sunday, December 17, in Henry Young Fellowship Hall (back building) after worship to catch up with what’s happening (and what might happen in the months ahead!) in the racial justice and immigrant justice work at CHPC.

Christmas Caroling: Everyone—young and old—is invited to go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood on Sunday, December 17, from 6:00-7:30 PM. After caroling, join us for a time of fellowship. Church staff will provide the hot chocolate. Everyone else is asked to bring Christmas snacks or cookies.

Blue Christmas: Join us on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 PM for our annual Blue Christmas: A Taize Healing and Peace Service. For many this can be a very lonely and difficult season—and the opportunity to come together and share our grief, worries, and hope is comforting. At all our healing and peace services, there is a time to pray, sing, and be in silence as we bring our concerns to God. There is a time for anointing of oil for healing, and sharing individual prayers with an Elder, if you choose. At this service we include a ritual to help “empty our tears” and light a candle to help us find our light. Everyone is welcome.

Poinsettias: We will be decorating the sanctuary with poinsettias as Christmas nears. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please sign up on the sheet in the church narthex or call the church office (893-5381). Cost of poinsettias is $10.00. Please make out the check to CHPC with designation of flower fund. You may then take the poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve service if you wish.

Christmas Joy Offering: Your gift to the Christmas Joy Offering works in two ways to strengthen the church by supporting past, present, and future church leaders: 50% of the offering provides critical financial assistance to current and retired church workers who have urgent financial, medical, or housing needs. 50% of the offering provides scholarships for racial ethnic students, equipping them for future ministry and leadership. The Christmas Joy Offering is one of the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church will collect the Christmas Joy Offering at morning worship on Sunday, December 17, and Sunday, December 24 (morning service). Please give generously!

A new women’s small group will begin on January 25 and will meet in the Gathering Room on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:00 AM—12:30 PM. We will journey through the book, The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women by Christine Valters Paintner, together a chapter at a time. The book is available for purchase through Carmichael’s Bookstore (20% off if you tell them it’s for Contemplative Women’s Group from CHPC) or on Amazon. Contact Karen Hensel ( or 741-3896) if you have questions.

Gena’s Tree: Blooms for Gena’s Tree continue to be new or gently used cold-weather clothing for people in our city who are homeless. In addition, diapers are a continuing need for the families of La Casita. We are also collecting donations for Semple Elementary’s STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics] Lab: markers, colored paper, tape, popsicle sticks, plastic cups, rulers, calculators, rubber bands, straws, toothpicks, Q-tips, masking tape, plastic silverware, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, ziplock bags, CDs, uncooked pasta, LEGOs, yardsticks, paper plates, tape measures, notebook cards, glue sticks, and balloons. Leave your offerings to Gena’s Tree in the room off the narthex and they will be delivered to the appropriate agency.