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CAROLYN’S INSTALLATION SERVICE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

The Installation service is a time of covenant and renewal. It is a time for Carolyn and members of Pine Valley Christian Church to commit to work together to fulfill the mission and ministries God asks of us.  It is a time to renew our baptism and commitment to the teachings of Jesus, the Christ. Installation is solemn and joyful.  Ken and Carolyn’s family will be present for this event and we hope to have many other guests.  If possible, please carpool with other church members to ensure adequate parking for our guests. Lastly, Carolyn has designated an offering of gloves, hats, scarves and thick socks for the homeless who are receiving help through Inter-Faith Ministries.  Those will be placed on the Communion table.  Let’s fill the table! 

 

FOURTH ADVENT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 ~ LOVE

Carolyn will share the Message Love:  The Things We Do for Love“. Reading from our Tradition is “Isaiah 7:10-16. The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem Fum, Fum, Fum –Trad/Parker/Shaw. One Piano Duet by Greg Yarnell & Judy Harrison: “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”  Solo by Liz Dary: “ My Grown-up Christmas List.”

 

NEWS FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

At the January 11, 2015 PVCC congregational meeting we will be voting for two new officers to fill the positions of Financial Secretary and Secretary. Each is a two-year position.  The nominating committee nominates and presents for your consideration:  Dave Roy for Financial Secretary, and Dena Marten for Secretary.  If there are any additional nominations from the general congregation for these two positions, please contact Melanie Naden.

Greg Yarnell, Jan Elliot, Jean Farrar, Julie Lane, and Melanie Naden

 

SAVE THE DATE . . . ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

The annual business meeting will be held January 11th after church.  We will vote on the 2015 budget and vote in Nominees for Secretary and Financial Secretary as presented by the Nominating Committee.

 

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS (Updated Weekly)

We will continue the video series with lesson #9 The Prophet Jesus on December 21. We welcome any newcomers or returners at 9:00 on Sundays. Please contact Bill Delaney if you would like to receive the PDF files for this series

 

A THANK YOU NOTE…

Thank you – Thank you – Thank you – Thank you … to everyone who had anything to do with my retirement party on 12/13/14. Thanks to the instigators; the setter-uppers and the taker-downers; for those who were able to attend in the flesh, and those who attended in spirit. For the fun food and fellowship; for the laughs and memories; and dancing with the goose! What a great family I have in Pine Valley Christian Church. 

Lorrie Beck

 

CAROLYN’S CORNER

Each year in December we hear “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  With statues of Santa kneeling at the manger or holding a baby wrapped in a blanket, “Keep Christ in Christmas” has become a big retail market!

There’s a better way to imagine what it really means to “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  Speaker, author, consultant, and Coach Steve Maraboli puts it this way:

 “Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

      That takes more preparation, planning, and purpose than it takes to buy a Santa statue. My prayer during the season of Advent is that we find ways to keep Christ in our Christmas celebrations: behaving Christ-like as we shop, party, and celebrate. My hope is that we would be truly generous givers, as you find ways to give those gifts that Steve Maraboli lists, and also that we be generous with our time to actually do the things Steve Maraboli lists. But be careful about this. You could end up keeping Christ in Christmas all year long!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

THE THIRD ADVENT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

As we light the Third Advent candle we pray for Joy. Rev. Carolyn Schwarz will share the Message

Joy: For All People “. Reading from our Tradition is “Luke 2:8-20 “. The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem “The Babe of Bethlehem -Trad/Coates.                      

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Thanks to our Pine Valley musicians who are providing special Christmas music during Advent and Christmas.  Greg Yarnell and Judy Harrison will be performing several piano duets; Tim Naden and Liz Dary will each be providing beautiful vocal solos; and Lisa Brightup (flute), Judy Harrison (flute) and Brenda Rohr (clarinet) will be enhancing our worship services with Christmas carol ensembles.

Dec. 14 ~ Piano Duets: “The Holly and the Ivy,” and “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow,” and

Solo: Tim Naden  “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”

Dec. 21 ~ Piano Duet:  “Carol of the Bells,” and

Solo: Liz Dary  “Still, Still, Still”

2014 CHRISTMAS OFFERING FOR REGIONAL MINISTRY

Help support the Christmas Offering by giving your offering on December 14 and 21! The Christmas Offering for Regional Ministry. In 32 regions across the U.S. and Canada, ministers are nurtured and congregations are provided opportunities for work and worship. Often recognized for the ministries of camps and conferences, regions also play a critical role in the preparation and authorization of ministerial ordination. Both are key to church leadership and development. Regions partner with congregations to support the work required to call a new minister

 

NEWS FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

At the January 11, 2015 PVCC congregational meeting we will be voting for two new officers to fill the positions of Financial Secretary and Secretary. Each is a two-year position.  The nominating committee nominates and presents for your consideration:  Dave Roy for Financial Secretary, and Dena Marten for Secretary.  If there are any additional nominations from the general congregation for these two positions, please contact Melanie Naden.

Greg Yarnell, Jan Elliot, Jean Farrar, Julie Lane, and Melanie Naden