Pastor's Weekly Update
AP E-News
December 14, 2017
Sunday Focus:
Last week “Christmas Present” reminded us that “Now is the day of salvation!”  What a joy to know that our celebration of forgiveness and eternal life is not something we are waiting for, but that Jesus has come.  Our sins are forgiven.  Heaven is our home.  We have peace now and eternally.  The gift of Christmas is ours today!  That truth helps us as we consider the future.  This Sunday (early service) we will consider “Christmas Future” and in the 10:30 a.m. service we will hear our APA children proclaim the Christmas message with songs, rhymes, and the good news of Jesus. 
Scripture readings for Sunday: Incorporated in various ways throughout our service format
Prayer Notes:
We pray for Karen Fisher who continues battling cancer with radiation treatment in Houston, TX.  She will be there throughout the Christmas season.  We pray that the treatment is successful.  We pray for peace and hope for Karen and Curt.  If you’d like to send her a card or note: Karen Fisher at 10310 Sageglow Drive, Houston, TX 77089.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.:
Youth SS: No study (Christmas break – resume January 7)
Confirmation: Rehearsal for Christmas Eve (Come at 9:30 a.m.)
Teen/Adult: No study (Christmas break – resume January 7)
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY (10:30-11:30 a.m.) – Christmas break (resume January 10)
Sunday reminder:
8:15 service is regular worship (Advent 3) (Monday at 7 p.m. is also regular worship.)
10:30 service is APA Children’s Christmas service (All are welcome!)
Charities in December continue to the end of the month: coats, blankets, gloves, and luggage.
Sunday School children will rehearse for Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 a.m. (before worship), and then meet at 5:40 p.m. that night before the candlelight service.
Christmas Day worship is at 10:00 a.m.
Youth group caroling is Saturday, December 16 – look for an evite with information.
Youth group Christmas gathering is December 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hahn house - snacks, games, and 1 Timothy 6.  Stay tuned for this event, as it will be based on number of youth planning to attend.
APA enrollment is open to all current APA students and all AP members.  It opens to the public on January 3rd.
Other Notes:
Christmas list…
If you haven’t paid for your poinsettia donation, please do so.
If you are baking cookies for snack after the APA Children’s Christmas program Sunday, you may bring them anytime during the day (today and tomorrow) or on Sunday morning.
Thank you to all who donated for the Christmas treat bags for children, and who came caroling last night.
We could use donations of little mittens, gloves, and caps for school – just in case a student forgets. 
Go to the Hyatt downtown Greenville to see the APA Christmas tree that is on display as part of the Festival of Trees.
Youth group parents…please see the notes about coming events that is listed in the Sunday service folder.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week: 
Happy Birthday to: None, according to our records
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: None, according to our records
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Streblow (E), Gantt (L)                                  
Acolyte: Alyssa Skory
Ushers: Al Eggert, Dan McConnell (E) Steve Streblow, Tyler Kay, Luis Tenorio (L)
Flowers: Poinsettias
Organist: Pam Pierson                                                     
Snacks: Canteruccio, Hahn (for cookies after second service)
Childcare: I/T: (None), PK: (None)
Altar Guild: Jerry & Leah Sparks (E), Lora Liimatta (L)             
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor