Once again we will spend part of our Advent season collecting warm winter items for our neighbors in need. This year we are looking specifically for new socks for adult men and women. For children, we will gladly accept new hats, gloves and mittens. Look for the mitten tree in the Atrium on the following Sundays: December 2, 9 and 16.
Our annual toiletry collection for the Lakewood Community Service Center will run December 2–16. Specific needs this year are:
- Toilet paper
- Shaving cream
- Body lotion
- Body wash
- Bar soap
- Baby wipes
- Diapers size 4 & 5
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Dish soap
Look for a receptacle for these items in the Atrium. Thanks in advance, and let’s fill their shelves!
This year, the pageant worship service will be held on December 16 at 10 a.m. The traditional service will be visited by the Angels of Advent in our very own Advent Carol performance. We will learn about Joy, Peace, Hope, and Love from our talented youth. Our children’s club, God Squad (K-5), will also act out the scripture reading and bring to life the birth of our savior. The Faith Formation Ministry will host a holiday coffee hour after worship to celebrate the season and the wonderful pageantry of our children and youth.
Christmas Joy Offering to be Received on December 23
In the lead-up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up. We scour the stores and shops hoping to come across the “thing” that will communicate a depth of love that our words cannot.
As important as gifts to loved ones are, we have an opportunity to give gifts that help many people we do not know through the Christmas Joy Offering. These gifts in particular draw us back to the manger and God’s perfect gift to us — Jesus Christ. Jesus came to live among us, bringing light into darkness, and reconciliation to God and to one another. A perfect gift from a gracious God.
During this Christmas and Advent season, we celebrate leadership — past, present and future — through support of the Christmas Joy Offering. We do so because church leaders greatly impact our lives of faith, walking with us down the path to be more like Jesus. We want those church leaders and their families who find themselves grappling with a critical financial need to have the necessary resources, which are provided through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. We also support the offering to help our future leaders in the church and the world, like those educated at our Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. Supporting these students helps the whole church develop leaders who reflect the wideness of God’s intended diversity.
For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift.
The offering will be received on Sunday, December 23; please give generously.
Volunteers Needed for Community Meal
The Community Meal Committee is updating their list of volunteers who could be available to help make LPC’s Community Meal possible the last Sunday of each month. You would be contacted several weeks in advance to see if you are available. They hope to have enough volunteers to do a three to four month rotation.
* 8:30 a.m. – Set tables before church.
* 11:30 a.m. – Serve beverages tableside and serve meal cafeteria style at noon.
* 12:45 p.m. – Clean up tables and kitchen as needed. Also, strong people are needed to stack tables and chairs.
* Other opportunities: Volunteer to help with preparing a meal. They also need a back-up dishwasher.
If you would like to help with any of these tasks, or would like more information, please contact Kay Jones in the church office every Wednesday morning or leave a message on the church answering machine.