Pastor's Weekly Update
December 5, 2019
Worship Focus:
This year during Advent (“coming”) the prophet Isaiah is serving as our “Advent Communicator.” Each week we open another chapter of his book and read God’s message for us as we count down the days until Christmas and also looking to the day he comes again.  Last week it was “readiness” and this week it is “repentance.”  What does that word mean and why is it such a blessing for us?  Come and see how it is fits with our theme: Plan for a Perfect Christmas.
                                Scripture this week: Isaiah 40:1-11/Matthew 3:1-12
Prayer Notes:
We pray for Doug and Naomi Rall’s granddaughter Ellie who has been hospitalized.  We ask for God’s protection and care, and that he grant a full and quick recovery for Ellie.  We pray that his Word and promises bring peace and comfort to the entire family.
Highlight Notes:
SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.)…
Youth: Samson’s Fall
Pre-Confirmation Class (5-6th): The Two Natures of Christ
Confirmation Class (7-8th): The 3rd Petition
Teen/Adult study: No study today because of the Voters Assembly.
WEDNESDAY (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Women: Jacob and Laban/Men: Civil Government
FRIDAY (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.): Women in the Word: Resumes in 2020
Thank you to all who decorate for Christmas last night!  It looks great! 
APA PTA is hosting a holiday bazaar on Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)  Come and do some Christmas shopping!
Voters Assembly meets Sunday between services.  An earlier email this week was sent out to AP Members.
Purchase or place orders for SCRIP cards this Sunday.  Great for Christmas gifting. 
Your Christmas list:
Help fill the children’s Christmas treat bags.  Give your cash (or check written to Abiding Peace) donations to the Chiffon family or drop it off in the church office.
Christmas caroling this year will be on Tuesday, December 17, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at The Pearl, then to Harmony at 11:00 a.m., then to Maple Street Biscuit for lunch.  See the sign-up sheet on Sunday.
Sign up to donate poinsettias.  If you haven’t paid, please do so this Sunday.
Our annual “Collecting Coats for Christmas” (along with blankets/gloves/hats) has begun. 
The APA tree is now on display downtown as part of Greenville’s Festival of Trees.  Go find it!
Christmas cookies are needed for December 15, following the children’s Christmas service.  Thanks.
Other Notes:    
Boomers + is heading to City Range on Haywood Rd for a Christmas brunch after second service on Sunday, Dec. 15.  Sign up on Sunday or contact Rich Lemke by Monday, December 9th.
20s/30s group is heading out bowling on December 13 at 7:00 p.m. 
Youth Group will host “Drop n’ Shop” for parents on Saturday, December 21.  More information coming.
For your planning: Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at 6:00 p.m. and Christmas Day worship is at 10:00 a.m.
Book Club meets Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Carolyn Wasilewski’s house to discuss Educated: A Memoir.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for the weeks of December 8-14, so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: David Budzyn, and Maria Hammon
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: Stephen (E), Schmidt (L)                               
Acolyte: Ethan Hartzell (E), Lauren Ward (L)
Ushers: Jesse Hartzell, Dave Frey (E), Jeff & Luke Skory, Curt Fisher, Rich Martin (L)
Organist: Miriam Schaewe                                             
Snacks: Stephen, ________
Childcare: Elizabeth Faulkner                                         
Flowers: Poinsettias
Women’s Choir:  Dune Clarke, Becky Seeger            
Altar Guild: Frey (E), Ballentine (L)
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor