Westminster Weekly 12/3/20

Worship Service Sunday, December 6, 2020
Topic: Worship Service Sunday, December 6, 2020
Time: Dec 6, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 847 2763 3594
Children’s Sunday School
Please remember to have your kids sign in for Zoom Sunday School at 10 am each Sunday!
Zoom ID: ID 760 186 7172
Adult Sunday School: Advent Candling
Join us for exploration and sharing as we move through Advent, candle by candle, week by week, drawing closer to the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Each week we will gather the beloved community to light a candle and read the scripture to be used in Worship. We will then reflect how the text relates to hope, peace, joy, and love followed by sharing of our lives and how we have experienced each of these.
Sessions will be led by Todd Rogers.

Topic: Adult Sunday SchoolTime: Dec 6, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 812 3007 7548
Advent Season Worship Opportunities
Hello, and Blessed Advent greetings from your Worship Council.
We have put together an Advent/Christmas calendar for you to peruse, enjoy and participate with us as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – Emmanuel…God-with-us.

We encourage you to create a worship space for Advent in your home with an Advent wreath, or just a simple candle you can light, maybe a purple cloth or another way to create a sacred space. You may also include your communion elements in this space.
Send in a Christmas Greeting video from you or your family! Each Sunday we will share greetings from different families after the benediction. There are two ways you can participate:

1. Make your own 25-second recording (please use landscape mode) and submit it to office@crescenthill.church before Noon on Wednesday.

2. Join Rebecca on Zoom to be recorded during her office hours (4pm-6pm December 2, 9,16).

If you or your family have a crèche, we invite you to take a picture when you have it set up and send the photo in an email to office@crescenthill.church. Be sure to take the picture in a landscape or sideways format.
**We will be celebrating Communion every Sunday during Advent.

Sunday December 6 – The second Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Peace
Scriptures: Ps. 85:10 and Mark 1:1-8
Christmas greetings from individuals and families

Saturday, December 12 – A VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT 11AM  
Intergenerational participation

Sunday, December 13 – The third Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Joy!Scriptures: Ps. 126:5d and Luke 1:46-55Christmas greetings from individuals and families
Wednesday, December 16 – Taize – “Blue Christmas” service at 7 pm

Sunday, December 20 – The fourth Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: LoveScriptures: Ps. 89:1-2 and Luke 1:26-38Christmas greetings from individuals and families

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve service at Zoom worship at 5:30 pm

Sunday, December 27 – The first Sunday of Christmas
Rebecca Mattern, preaching

Our Advent and Christmas prayers are with the entire CHPC community, families and friends around the world. May your season be blessed with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  
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 students attending Presbyterian-related schools and colleges dedicated to educating future leaders for communities of color.
Our own Mary Love shared with us last year about how she received help from the Christmas Joy Offering when she needed financial assistance. As a Matthew 25 congregation, CHPC is also very committed to nurturing young leaders, particularly in communities of color.
The Christmas Joy Offering is one of the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church will be collecting the Christmas Joy Offering throughout December. You may contribute online at the church website or mail a check to the church. Please give generously!
Christmas Connection
This is the time of year, if life was “normal,” when our youth group would have a fun afternoon buying gifts for less fortunate children, with our donations to United Crescent Hill Ministries’ annual Christmas Connection program. CHPC’s generous support has brightened the Christmas season for dozens of families in our area. Like so many things, Christmas Connection is different this year. Instead of shopping with specific gift lists, we will be making direct donations which UCHM will use to purchase Target, Walmart, Amazon and Kroger gift cards for Christmas Connection recipients. The goal is to provide a $100 gift card for each child plus a $25 Kroger gift card. In past years our youth saw that the gift lists they shopped with included many practical necessities such as socks, pajamas, jeans or a warm jacket. We won’t have those wish lists this year, but we know those basic needs are greater than ever, as the Covid pandemic complicates the lives of families already struggling financially. Typically about 100 families register for Christmas Connection gifts. This year already more than 130 families have signed up; many more are expected to register in the next couple weeks.
If you would like to help, there are several ways to do so:Donate through UCHM’s website: uchmlouky.org (Click on Christmas Connection Sponsorship)Mail or deliver a check made out to United Crescent Hill Ministries, designated Christmas ConnectionMake a cash donation at UCHM’s community center
UCHM is located at 150 S. State St. 40206 (one block south of Frankfort Ave.)
2021 Pledge Reminder and Update from the Generosity Team
As of November 26, we’ve received a total of 47 financial commitments to the 2021 budget, for a total of $214,988. We thank those of you who have pledged to date.
Our 2021 budget goal is $299,000. If you haven’t pledged yet, it’s not too late! Please mail your pledge card to the church office or contact Jack Marcum with your pledge information (jpmarcum@gmail.com or 502-403-8247). We hope to hear from you soon.
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Deacon of the Month: December
Allen Bridgman is our Deacon of the Month for December. If you or someone you know is in need of a kind gesture, please reach out to Allen at (502)314-5884 or email  j.allenbridgman@gmail.com.
Elder of the Week
Doug Yeager is our Elder of the Week. He can be contacted via phone at (502)893-3659 or email at doug@dougyeager.com.
Associate for Pastoral Care
Minister member Deborah Fortel is our Associate for Pastoral Care. She can be contacted by email at dgfortel@gmail.com or phone at (502)721-8500.