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Friday, December 4, 2020

 

WORSHIP REMINDERS

  • In-person worship services are at 5:00PM on Saturdays and 10:30AM on Sundays.
  • Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start of each service; please remain in your car until doors are open.
  • The link for online worship is: https://columbiapresbyterian.org/media/worship_videos
  • This weekend we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, so, if you will be coming to worship, please bring your own elements of bread and wine or grape juice – or make sure you have them ready if you are worshiping at home.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We are nearing capacity for the 5:00pm Christmas Eve service. Please note this is not the Children’s service. If you would like to view the service designed for families with young children, it will go live on the church website at 2:00pm on Christmas Eve.
  • All requests for reimbursement are due by 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 15. Reimbursement requests received after that time will be paid in January, 2021.
  • Working within the current COVID guidelines, staff are limiting time in the office. We are continuing to hold meetings by Zoom. We ask that you contact office staff by phone or email.

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCOTT

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
    on them light has shined.

Isaiah 9:2

 

I saw a beautiful sunrise this morning while walking my dog. The great heavenly artist painted something beautiful in the sky, and it was a joyful moment. This time of year, we do not get very many sunrises or sunsets to enjoy. The days are shortened and clouds cover the sky more often than not. But in about 2 weeks from now, the daylight will begin increasing a little bit every day, and little signs of life will appear as we inch our way toward the increased sunlight that we all long for.

 

We walk in this season of darkness, but we hope for and anticipate both the light of the sun, and the light of the Son! It is light that brings us hope and helps us look forward to a new day, where new and good things can happen. God gives us light for the physical world, and light for our spirit. Once our spirit is lit and set aflame, then we are called to help others see and experience the light and love of God. So, let us not simply be people who walk through the darkness, but people on whom the flame of the Holy Spirit has rested. Let us be God’s lights, who shine with His light within us, and let us join together to increase our light as we become partners with Christ in bringing light into dark places.

 

Peace to all!

Scott

 

ADVENT

Online Advent & Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 6

Available beginning at 12:00pm

www.columbiapresbyterian.org

(Click on the News/Events drop-down menu then Advent-Christmas 2020.)

 

ADULT MINISTRY

As the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the holiday season draws near, the loss of a loved one can raise many difficult and confusing emotions. Thanksgiving may not seem quite as “Happy,” and some of the “Merry” of Christmas might be gone as well. Indeed, navigating the holidays in the midst of our new reality can be the most difficult season of all. 

 

Because of this, we want to invite you to our annual Service of Remembrance, which will take place on Sunday, December 13, at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a special time to remember and honor the lives of those who have touched ours, but whom are no longer with us. This service is appropriate for family members and friends as well – indeed, for anyone who would like to remember someone special in their life that has passed away. 

We do ask that all attendees wear masks and honor social distancing during this gathering time. Feel free to invite others you know who might also benefit.

 

Advent Class 

We have space in our Sunday morning Zoom on-line Advent class at 9am. Each week we will take a deep dive into the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Join us as we strengthen our faith and help prepare for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. Sign up by emailing Terry Hurley, terryh@columbiapresbyterian.org, and she will get you the Zoom link to you on Friday afternoon.

 

Tim’s Bible Club

This is a virtual group that commits to read through the Bible in one year using a reading list for each day provided by Tim Mauer. There are no meetings or committees – just an occasional email of encouragement throughout the year to keep you motivated. 

We will have a new reading list this year, which will consist of alternating books from the Old and New Testaments. The reading list will be available on the CPC app and website. A printed copy of the reading list will also be available at the church office.

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to Tim at timothy.mauer@comcast.net or call the church office to sign up (360-694-7549).  Reading begins on January 1. 

 

MISSIONS MINISTRY

Alternative Christmas Market 2020 – Now through December 15.

  • Payment:
    • Pay by check and designate the mission. Drop off check at a worship service or the church office. Mail to  8715 St. Helens Ave, Vancouver, WA  98664
    • Go to “Give” on CPC phone app or website. Select Alt Christmas Mrkt-Haiti or Alt Christmas Mrkt-Young Life/Young Lives.

For questions or more information: Contact Connie Warner at conniepwarner@comcast.net.

 

SENEGAL WORLD VISION TRANSITION

If all goes according to plan, our work with World Vision on development in Diakhao, where many of you have sponsored children, will be completed with great celebration in September, 2021.

 

As your child comes out of sponsorship (no one will be there to administer the program anymore), World Vision might suggest another child as they communicate this action with you. The child they give you DOESN’T know their name has been given out and you can feel free to call (800-777-5777) and tell World Vision that you want a child in Senegal in the Area Project named “Lour/Robot.”

 

Letters will start arriving after the first of the year, so we wanted you to be prepared. If you have any questions, please email Nancy Johns at nanjohns11@gmail.com. 

~The Senegal and Mission Ministry Teams

 

DEACON MINISTRY

Blood drive recap: 34 generous and caring individuals came to donate life-giving blood. 25 units of blood were collected and these may potentially aid 75 recipients since whole blood can be processed into plasma, platelets and red blood cells. Thank you, generous donors.

 

Our next blood drive is February 1, 1:00 – 6:00, in the CPC Fellowship Hall. For an appointment time, please go to redcrossblood.org; contact Barbara Miller at miller.barbara46@yahoo.com; or call Judy Smith.

 

This Week’s VIRTUAL Events…

Fri, Dec 4

09:00 AM    Men’s Bible Study (to join, contact Dave Cram, davetcram@gmail.com)

12:00 PM      Women’s Bible Study (to join, contact Linda Johnson, dalelindajohnson@comcast.net)

 

Sun, Dec 6

09:00 AM    Advent Class for Adults (to join, contact Terry Hurley, terryh@columbiapresbyterian.org)

12:00 PM      Advent Celebration

 

Mon, Dec 7

06:30 PM     Children’s Ministry Team

07:00 PM     Prayer Group (to join contact Terry Hurley,  terryh@columbiapresbyterian.org)

 

Tue, Dec 8

07:00 AM    Tuesday Men’s Westside Bible Study (to join, contact Bil Wheeler, wwheeler43@comcast.net)

07:15 AM       Tuesday Men’s Eastside Bible Study (to join, contact Dick Petermann, petermannds@gmail.com)

09:30 AM     Precept Bible Study (to join contact Karen Wheeler,  kwheeler48@comcast.net)

09:30 AM     GIFT (to join, contact Sheri Borrevik,  jandsborrevik@comcast.net)

04:00 PM    Trustees

05:30 PM     PMT

06:30 PM     Youth Ministries Team

 

Wed, Dec 9

10:00 AM     PWCT

06:00 PM     GIFT (to join, contact Rachel Grice, ragrice@spu.edu)

06:30 PM     Being a Disciple of Jesus (to join, contact Terry Hurley, terryh@columbiapresbyterian.org)

 

Fri, Dec 11

09:00 AM    Men’s Bible Study (to join, contact Dave Cram, davetcram@gmail.com)

12:00 PM      Women’s Bible Study (to join, contact Linda Johnson, dalelindajohnson@comcast.net)

 

Sat, Dec 12

09:00 AM    Dunamis Team Meeting

10:00 AM     Ruth Circle Coffee (to join, contact Karen Wheeler, kwheeler48@comcast.net)

 

 

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