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Dec. 14, 2017
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IN FELLOWSHIP HALL SUNDAY (Read further for details):
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Sign up for the COUPLES CLASS
Collecting SACK LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS
SPONSOR-A-FAMILY gift collection
Join us for NNEMAP BREAKDOWN in Fellowship Hall after the 8:00 a.m. Sunday service. Support your local food bank.
YULETIDE MUSIC begins by 9:50 a.m. on Sunday. Come to worship EARLY to enjoy Dr. Jacoby’s celebration of this sacred season.
SPONSOR-A-FAMILY needs your help with sponsoring 50+ families in need this Christmas. On December 17th, we will collect all gifts in Fellowship Hall. Salem Elementary, St. Stephens Community House and Guadalupe Center families will benefit from your generosity. If you have any questions contact Mindy Steel at email@example.com or 614-209-9603.
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Please join us in Fellowship Hall today and December 17th to learn about the wonderful projects you can help locally and around the world. Individualized ornaments and prayer cards will be available for each donation. Gift choices include: Compass, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Montaña de Luz orphanage, Bethany House, Bibles for Romanian Christians, Blessings in a Backpack, Gardens for Haiti and Pal Craftaid. Information is available about each gift.
The CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING will be received December 17th. This special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provides financial assistance to individuals and families who have dedicated their lives to the church, and supports education for racial ethnic students attending Presbyterian-related schools and colleges. Jenni Whitford, our Director for Children’s Ministry, received from this offering after her first husband died so that her family could receive health care. Your generous giving truly makes a difference. (Make checks to WPC memo: “Christmas Joy”)
READING AT SALEM Monday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m., the Salem third grade students are receiving books that were purchased by WPC. Our Friends of Salem volunteers and our youth will meet with the third grade students and listen to them read their books. If you would like to join us tomorrow, please call Debbie Towarnicky at 614-882-9212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAFF APPRECIATION GIFT: The Personnel Committee invites you to contribute Christmas bonus gifts for all staff (pastors exempt). We are deeply blessed by their passion for the gospel and their talents and dedication shared with WPC. A contribution of any amount is welcome, and your gift is a tax-deductible charitable contribution. Please make your check payable to WPC, with “Staff Christmas” on the memo line and submit via the offering plate or church office no later than TODAY. Questions may be directed to Dan Beck, Personnel Chair, at 614-477-0447.
WPC is going to the MOVIES!
Join Ms. Jenni on Sunday at Dublin Village 18 Theater (Sawmill/270)
4:05 p.m. showtime
Please plan to stay with your child. (Ms. Jenni cannot take 25 kids to the bathroom.)
PARENTS OF TEENS, come share in the struggles and celebrations of raising teenagers. Join us for fellowship and faith development while sharing a potluck meal (made or bought) tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the "Living" Room following the 5:00 p.m. New Connections Service, while the youth group meets in the Youth Room. For information or to receive emails, contact Colby Srsic at email@example.com or 614-440-3592.
Our BLOOD DRIVE is Monday, December 18th, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. If you can donate, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or walk-ins are welcome.
We will join our voices for CHRISTMAS CAROLING on Monday, December 18th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Church members, their families and friends are invited to gather in the Chapel and proceed to the Village Green. Please bring a flashlight! Hot cocoa will be served.
We will sing in two groupings:
7:00-7:30 p.m. Leaders: Pastors Julia & Wayne
Children (grades K-6), Elders, Deacons, YAHAS, families and friends. Gather in the Chapel at 6:45
7:30-8:00 p.m. Leader: David Rives
Presbyterian Women, Chancel Choir, Renaissance Ensemble, Celebration Ringers, families and friends. Gather in the Chapel at 7:15 p.m.
Questions, contact David Rives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-323-7505.
Church Offices will be CLOSED at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19th for an all staff event.
A BALDWIN HAMILTON CONSOLE PIANO is available for donation to a group or individual. Please contact David Rives at email@example.com.
CONTRIBUTION NOTICE: All offerings for 2017 must be post dated by December 31, 2017 to be considered a contribution for 2017. If you requested giving envelopes, they will be available in Fellowship Hall beginning December 24th.
Thank you, Jenny Farber, Accountant
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: We are grateful for the prompt return of Giving Estimates. As of December 13th, we had received 285 pledges totaling $1,020,521, which represents 85% of our $1.2 million goal to fully fund the 2018 budget. If you have not yet returned your Giving Estimate for 2018, please do so at your earliest convenience. This coming week the Stewardship Committee will begin calling members from whom we have not received a pledge so that the Session will be able to confidently approve a budget for 2018 when it meets in early January. Pledge cards are available in the pew racks or church office - look for brochures with a "Living Generously" banner. You may also contact our Accountant, Jenny Farber at 614-885-5355. Every pledge carries our church closer to achieving fiscal sustainability.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 20th, at 1:00 p.m. at STAFFORD VILLAGE for our annual Christmas program. We will hear the Nativity story, sing Christmas carols, reminisce about past Christmas's and celebrate the beauty, peace, and love this season of perpetual hope. All are welcome!
On Thursday, January 4th, CHRISTIAN LIFE CIRCLE will be discussing lesson 5 of our study of Hebrews in Room 222. We will be reminded of our connection to the past by considering the mixture of good and imperfect attempts by biblical characters at living their faith. We will also look at the Book of Confessions which serves as a guide to our Reformed tradition. So, start the new year by joining us at 12:15 p.m. with your sack lunch, followed by our business meeting at 12:45 p.m., and Bible study led by Dr. Tom Rice from 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
BRIDGE GROUP will play Bridge at the home of Garnet Topper on Friday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. Please call Garnet at 614-553-7590 to reserve a seat.
MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR: If you would like more information about Worthington Presbyterian, or if you are interested in joining, please plan to attend the next membership seminar. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. for four Sundays, beginning January 21st. Childcare provided. We'd love to see you! RSVP to Betsy Rice.
GOT TALENT? A church-wide PANCAKE DINNER & TALENT SHOW will take place on FAT TUESDAY, February 13th. Pancakes and fruit will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m.; a talent show will follow at 7:00 p.m. Performers of all ages, children and adults, are invited to share their musical or non-musical talents. Singers, instrumentalists, comedians, jugglers, storytellers and others who wish to take part are asked to contact David Rives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-323-7505. Please respond by Monday, January 22nd.
Would you like to donate CHANCEL FLOWERS in honor of a loved one or special occasion; or in memory of a loved one? Please contact Karen Linden at 614-885-5355 or email@example.com. The cost of two bouquets is $75.
Please join Joyce Hinkle and Debb Wilson to HELP WITH CHURCH HOLIDAY DECORATING on Saturday December 16th, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Please email Joyce Hinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 614-802-9695; or email Debb Wilson at email@example.com or call or text 614-595-6334 to help. Thank you!
Join Pastor Tom for a 9-week series on BIBLE 201: Building on the Foundation Sunday 9 a.m. in Room 222.
You will get a deeper understanding of the Bible passages used in worship.
There is no such thing as a “dumb” question.
Breakfast and child care provided.
FAITH SEEKERS is attending Pastor Rice’s nine- week series on Bible 201. On February 4th, we will resume meeting to study Apostle Paul’s leadership in our early church. After that we will start studying the Reformation. We will use the book, The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation.
COUPLES CLASS: “Strengthening Your Relation-ship” is a five-week series begins Wednesday, January 10th, meeting each Wednesday through February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 222. Led by Pastor Tom, this class will use a book called The Couple Checkup. Identify your relationship strengths, your growth areas and learn about how to grow stronger as a couple. For dating, engaged and married couples. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NNEMAP FOOD PANTRY needs include staples and canned goods including food in pop-top cans, dry cat food and hygiene items such as dental items, razors, shampoo and feminine hygiene items. Thank you!
The Mary Lou Paton / Emma McCormick MITTEN TREE is in Fellowship Hall and ready for your gloves, mittens, hats and scarves whenever you can bring before December 31st. Presbyterian Women United thank you. These items are appreciated by organizations in Central Ohio.
During the month of December, we decorate our beautiful Sanctuary with poinsettias. The Ministry of Worship and the Arts is accepting honorariums and memorials for poinsettias. If you would like to honor a loved one, please make a contribution of $18, complete this form and send a check to the church no later than Monday, December 18th. The dedications will appear in our Christmas Eve bulletins. Please PRINT legibly.
IN HONOR OF:
IN MEMORY OF: