Westminster Ways

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
Westminster Ways: December 2017

Light the Advent candles;
Think of heavenly harmony;
Angels singing “Peace on earth”
At the blessed Savior’s birth. (Mary Lu Walker)

There is a lot of preparation for preparing. As the Advent season approaches, take time to read your Bible, especially the lectionary passages for this season. Take time to pray, to sing, to laugh, to simply be in this spirit of preparedness and expectation. Take time to read—to prepare for—the message each Sunday of Advent as Elisa preaches on the following passages:

December 3: Mark 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:2-5
December 10: Mark 1:1-8
December 17: Luke 1:26-38
December 24 (morning): Luke 2:22-32

Advent and Christmas at a Glance

Sunday, December 3: First Sunday in Advent
Children bring canned food for UCHM
Preparing to Prepare Intergenerational Event (9:45 AM in Henry Young Hall)
Worship and Communion (11:00 AM-12:15 PM in the sanctuary)

Sunday, December 10: Second Sunday in Advent
Children bring diapers and wipes for La Casita
Sunday School (9:45 AM)
Children’s Team Meeting (9:45 AM in the library)
Worship (11:00 AM-12:15 PM in the sanctuary)
Potluck and Christmas Program (12:30 PM in Henry Young Hall)—bring a dish to share

Sunday, December 17: Third Sunday of Advent
Children bring new or gently used books for elementary school children
Sunday School (9:45 AM)
Worship (11:00 AM-12:15 PM in the sanctuary)
Christmas Caroling in the Neighborhood (6:00-7:30 PM)—bring cookies to share

Wednesday, December 20: Taize Service of Healing and Peace
7:00 PM in the sanctuary

Sunday, December 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Children bring new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, and coats for the homeless
Sunday School (9:45 AM)
Worship (11:00 AM-12:15 PM in the sanctuary)
Christmas Eve Service (5:30 PM in the sanctuary)

Sunday, December 31
No Sunday school today
Worship Service of Story and Song (11:00 AM in the sanctuary)
Bring a bell to ring!

Sunday School, Worship, Advent, and Christmas with Details
Worship is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays. Sunday school is at 9:45-10:45 AM.

Homebound Communion
If you are unable to be at worship and would like to receive Homebound Communion this month, please call the church office (893-5381).

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.

Manger Scenes
Worship Council invites you to help us prepare the sanctuary during Advent by sharing with CHPC a window-sill-sized manger scene. If you have one that you would like displayed on our stained glass window sills, please let someone on Worship Council know: Jerry Van Marter, Ada Asenjo, Beverly Bartlett Turner, Gayle Trautwein, or Debbie Dierks; OR call (893-5381) and leave a message with the church office. Manger scenes will be displayed beginning December 3 through December 31. Thank you so much.

Choral Music During Advent
The Adult Choir is one of the most enjoyable groups that I [Debbie Dierks] “work” with at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church. From the intense rehearsal discipline to the intense theological discussions to the seriousness with which they take themselves—WAIT A MINUTE! WHO?

The CHPC choir is a group of goofy, quiet, talkative, naughty, most music-enjoying folks you could ever meet. Their commitment to God is so obvious to me every Thursday rehearsal, every Sunday morning service, and every time in-between, I thank my God on every remembrance of them.

This Advent season, we will be straying a bit from the norm. Because there is only one Sunday in Christmastide, I have decided to offer to the congregation the three “carols” of the composer John Rutter during Advent. (Slight gasp may be heard!)

John Rutter is an English composer who was conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music in 1996 by the Archbishop of Canterbury for Rutter’s contribution to church music. His “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol,” “Angels’ Carol,” and “Star Carol” will add to your Advent worship experience during December.

Please excuse the perhaps non-Adventy message of the music—the uplifting music and texts may fill you with hope, peace, joy, and love.

Prepare to Prepare! Advent Workshop: Sunday, December 3
Advent is the time when we prepare for the coming of Jesus. Join us for an intergenerational Advent workshop, Sunday December 3, 9:45-10:45 AM in Henry Young Hall. Activities for all ages will give you all you need to celebrate Advent at home. In this workshop you will be able to create a home advent wreath, make advent decorations and take home resources for use at home. This workshop is designed for children, youth and adults! All are welcome. For more information or questions contact Jennifer Thalman Kepler (540.664.8779 or jenniferthalman1@comcast.net).

Help CHPC Youth Make Christmas Merrier for Neighborhood Children
On Sunday, December 3, CHPC’s youth group will collect donations after worship to purchase Christmas gifts for children in the 40206 zip code. Our young people will be supporting United Crescent Hill Ministries’ annual Christmas Connections program which identifies needy local families and invites parents to make a short list of gifts that will brighten their children’s Christmas. After worship on December 3, CHPC’s youth, with our generous donations and several gift lists in hand, will spend the afternoon shopping for Christmas Connection families. This is a fun activity for our youth and means so much to the children for whom they shop. Please mark your calendar and plan to add some cash (or checks made out to CHPC with designation Christmas Connection) to the basket that one of our young people will be holding in the doorway on December 3.

Our church families and individuals are also invited to support a Christmas Connections family by shopping for a child. If you would like to receive a child’s gift list, please contact Gail DeMarsh (godemarsh@gmail.com or 472-3557. Gail will give you a list, pick up the gifts you purchase, and deliver them to UCHM.

Adult Sunday School: Sundays, December 10, 17, and 24
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.

Children Bringing Gifts to the Manger (and Gena’s Tree)
Children (and others) are invited to bring gifts to the manger during Advent:
December 3: Canned food for United Crescent Hill Ministries
December 10: Diapers and wipes for La Casita
December 17: New or gently used books for elementary school children
December 24: New or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, coats for the homeless

Christmas Potluck: Sunday, December 10
Join us for the potluck after worship on December 10. Bring a generous dish to share and be entertained with some singing and merriment in Henry Young Fellowship Hall.

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. Please give generously!

Christmas Caroling: Sunday, December 17
Everyone—young and old—is invited to go Christmas Caroling with us 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. A craft corner will be available for creating.

Taize Service of Healing and Peace: Wednesday, December 20
Join us in the sanctuary on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 PM for a Taize Service of Healing and Peace. Everyone is welcome. Whether you have a personal need for healing of the mind, body or soul – or you have a loved one who does, and you want to come and pray on his or her behalf – or you simply need a time of silence, reflection and peace – we believe you will find solace at these services. The Taize worship service is one of song, silence and common prayer. Scripture, Words of Confession and Assurance, and Prayers of Intercession are encircled by beautiful songs led by a cantor. Lots of candles are lit – the sanctuary is quiet with a stillness not often found on a lively Sunday morning. Toward the end of the service, those who choose to come forward can receive either or both blessings: The Anointing of Oil (the sign of the cross on the forehead) and The Laying on of Hands (at this time you can offer a specific prayer request if you choose.) We hope you will find this service during our Advent season as another opportunity to reflect, pray and hope for peace with our faith community, as we wait for the coming of Christ.

Morning Worship: Sunday, December 24
Join us for worship on Sunday, December 24, at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary.

Christmas Eve Service: Sunday, December 24
Our Christmas Eve service will be at 5:30 PM in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 24. Join us for lessons, carols, communion, and candle lighting. The nursery will be available.

Mission at CHPC

El Tarasco Fund-Raiser for Our Guatemalan Connection: Saturday, December 16
Our regular monthly event (third Saturday of each month) will be Saturday, December 16. Please come to the restaurant at 110 Fairfax Avenue in St. Matthews to dine with other CHPCers or with your own group between 6:00 – 9:00 PM. El Tarasco also agreed to give the 15% of the bill donation to CHPC whenever someone asks the cashier to credit CHPC. This is a wonderful offer on their part and really helps the on-going fund-raising efforts for our ministry. So, come the third Saturday OR eat at Tarasco for lunch or dinner on any day at any time. We still get the benefit and you gain the flexibility in scheduling. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Youth Series on Compassion: January 14, 21, and 28
All youth are invited to an exciting series during youth group time (Sundays after worship) on January 14, 21, and 28. Karen Hensel, Paul Kepler, Barbara Barnes, and Mark Barnes will introduce spiritual practices for nurturing compassion. The class will follow a threefold structure: compassion towards oneself, compassion towards others, compassion in action. Nurturing compassion is something the whole world needs, and it can start with you!

Earth Care Team: Divestment Overture
The Earth Care Team and the Session approved an overture calling on PCUSA to divest from holding stock in fossil fuel companies. The goal of this overture is to reduce the impact of climate change. Therefore, our church concurs with Bardstown Road Presbyterian church which is bringing the overture to the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery meeting this month. Four Presbyteries have already concurred with this overture. It will be considered at the General Assembly in June, 2018.

2018 Guatemala Visits
Mutual visits have been a critical part of Crescent Hill’s decade-old partnership with Guatemala’s Q’eqchi’ Estoreño Izabal Presbytery. Visiting each other has helped us to develop and sustain close personal relationships, engage in shared prayer and Bible study, and learn about each other’s languages, culture and faith practices. At a gathering of CHPC’s Guatemalan Connection on November 11, we were excited to realize the level of interest in several opportunities in 2018. All of them will require prayer, volunteers, personal sacrifices to travel or host guests, encouragement, and financial support through the church budget and by travelers and others who value this CHPC ministry. Here are ways we can all be engaged in some way:

• Sandi Thomson-Royer and Brian Thomson-Royer, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), mission co-workers who work with women’s groups and on domestic violence issues, will visit from Guatemala on the Souper Bowl of Caring/congregational meeting Sunday (February 4). This is expected to be their last year before retirement. We hope that you will get to hear them speak and learn all that has been accomplished through their ministry.

• For the second year in a row, we are planning for women from CHPC to travel to Guatemala to participate in the annual gathering of Estoreño Presbytery’s Presbyterian Women’s organization. This is tentatively scheduled for April. Last year, Soni Castleberry and Megan McCarty went. It was a time of growth for both of them as they went alone to represent CHPC. Ask either of them about this experience and explore whether you would like to be part of this exciting opportunity to strengthen your faith, alongside the Guatemalan women in our partnership.

• In early August, we are looking toward the possibility of an inter-generational CHPC group visiting Guatemala. The trip would include traditional church visits and workshops, and perhaps a visit to Coban, the cultural capital of Q’eqchi’ Guatemala. Begin thinking about how you can be involved. In lieu of more “things” perhaps monetary gifts toward a visit to Guatemala could make up your Christmas Wish List.

• A couple dozen North Americans involved in similar Presbyterian Guatemalan-U.S. partnerships, along with a few Guatemalans, will visit Kentuckiana during the week of Labor Day (September 5-8) for a PC(USA) Guatemala Mission Network gathering at Cedar Ridge Camp. Mary Love and Soni Castleberry are helping plan this gathering, along with our friend Ellen Dozier, a former mission co-worker to Guatemala, and a team of other folks in both of our countries. This will be an excellent chance for many of you to learn more about Guatemala and the ministries that CHPC and many others are engaged in. There will be lots of chances to volunteer too. Mary and Soni would love to hear from you.

For more information on the Guatemala partnership, Google “Guatemala Crescent Hill” to check out the partnership blog. Also, note our next meeting on your calendar and plan to join us Saturday, January 13, 12:30 – 1:30 PM.

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 LaCasita. We are also collecting donations for Semple Elementary School’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, note 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.

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) Food Pantry
Every first Sunday of the month, we bring toilet paper and canned goods (canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, shelf stable milk, oatmeal, low sugar cereals, dry pasta, and spaghetti sauce) for United Crescent Hill Ministries. You may place your donations in the narthex and someone will deliver them to UCHM.

Other Opportunities

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

New Women’s Small Group Beginning in January: Thursday, January 25
The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women, by Christine Valters Paintner
(Ave Maria Press, 2017)

This new women’s small group will begin on January 25, 2018 and will meet in the Gathering Room at CHPC on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. We will journey through this book 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. Any questions, please contact Karen Hensel (741-3896 or gpongo@att.net).

The distorted view of the perfect female body created by popular culture, television, movies, and the media often causes women to become uncomfortable with their own bodies. Christine Valters Paintner, popular author of nine books and abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts, draws from Celtic, desert, and Benedictine traditions to help women connect with their bodies through writing, visual art, and movement.

In The Wisdom of the Body, Christine Valters Paintner focuses on the true meaning of the Incarnation—God became flesh—and points to the spiritual importance of appreciating the bodies God gave us.

Each of the book’s ten chapters is a mini-workshop designed to lead us to new ways of being in relationship with our bodies. Starting with the senses and shifting toward emotions and desires, Paintner explores their role as thresholds to discovering the body’s wisdom. She draws from Christian tradition to offer principles and practices such as stability, hospitality, and gratitude to lead us on a journey that ends with a sense of deep peace and self-acceptance.

Through expressive arts and creative movement, Paintner demonstrates a new a language and way of integrating and sharing our discoveries. By exploring the lives of women in the Bible and in the Christian tradition—including Eve, Mary, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Amma Syncletica—Paintner introduces us to companions that accompany us on our journey.

People at CHPC

Birthdays in December
1-Ken Linfield
2-Naiomi Earley-Ochwada
3-Martha Neal Cooke
6-Douglas Aycock
6-Doug Yeager
7-Polly Johnson
8-Mary Jane Bennett
8-Elisa Owen
9-Julie Leake
12-Barbara Barnes
12-Phoebe Priel
14-Clara Pauw
17-Noah Wilding
20-Molly Casteel
21-Carol Cook
23-Ross Hartmans
24-Julian Kang-Bartlett
30-Leland Bell

Directory Additions/Changes

Discontinued home phone
Cell: 594-6813

2102 Saratoga Avenue #2 (40205)

OWEN, Elisa and PETERWORTH, James
Zoe and Cate Peterworth
2005 Eastern Parkway (40204)
Elisa’s cell: 502-724-0150
Elisa’s email: pastor@crescenthill.church

1465 West Olive, Apt. 3
Chicago, IL 60660

CHPC Directory
Did you know that you can look up CHPC member contact information and pictures on the CHPC web site? Go to www.crescenthill.church, click on “Members,” then “Congregation Builder.” Click on “member login.” [Contact the church office for username and password.] To see someone’s picture (if we have one), just click on “On-Line Picture Directory,” then click on the picture icon to the right of the person’s name. Confused? Just call the church office (893-5381) and Patti will walk you through this. Would you like a different picture posted on the web site? Has your contact information changed? Contact the office (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church) at any time and we’ll update your information.

Thank You

From the Reverend Richard Williams: Thank you so much for your support of the Young Adult Volunteer program. It is great to have your partnership as we send young adults into a year of transformative service! We are grateful for your help in making this experience possible!

CHPC Financial Matters

Per Capita
Per capita is one of the ways that we express our connectionalism as members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The per capita amount for 2017 is $23.08 per member. Per capita helps fund the work of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, the Synod of Living Waters, and the Office of the General Assembly. CHPC is committed to paying this, but if you would like to help with a specific gift toward it, please write a check for $23.08 (or round up to $24.00 if you’d like to make life easier for our church treasurer) to CHPC with “per capita” in the memo line. Please remember that this amount is only paid once a year per member.

When writing checks to CHPC, it is helpful to the church treasurer if checks for your church pledge and per capita are written separately. Thank you for your help with this.

On-Line Giving
Here is the link to the CHPC online giving page: CHPC Online Giving Web Page It’s easy to set up for one time, weekly or monthly giving, just follow the prompts on the web page. You can also go to CHPC’s web site, www.crescenthill.church, and click on “Online Giving.” If you run into any trouble, contact the church office (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church).

CHPC December Calendar