November 29, 2015
GIVE OUR COTTONWOOD FAMILY A CHRISTMAS PRESENT – First, thank you to all who turned in a pledge card. If you are still planning to turn in a pledge – that would be a huge gift. Secondly, as you know every year as a congregation we adopt a deficit budget. This Christmas, if you are able to make an added gift to the general fund of the church it - would be a tremendous gift. This would help us begin 2016 in a positive financial light. As we celebrate God’s most astounding gift of a Savior may we all share from our God given abundance this Christmas with a spirit of “hilaros” generosity.
CORRECTION TO QUARTERLY STATEMENTS - It has come to our attention that contributions to the Bathroom Partitions and Memory Bricks are not reflected correctly in the Quarterly Statements as they are not part of the pledges to the Building in Faith campaign. The 4th quarterly statements should reflect this change. If you have any questions, please contact Desta Aure at 801-572-4104.
POINSETTIAS will decorate our Sanctuary for services on Sunday, December 20th, also for the Christmas Eve services and Christmas Day service. If you would like to purchase a Poinsettia(s), please complete the red form that is in your bulletin today, December 6 and/or 13. You may put it in an offering plate or return it to the church office by Wednesday, December 16th. Cost is $7.00 per plant. Make checks payable to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church.
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY & THE ADULT CE CLASS will meet together through Advent at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to study the meaning of advent. We invite you to join us. The class will NOT meet on December 27th and January 3rd.
PRAYER GROUP - Each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the prayer room of the church you are invited to gather with others in a time of focused prayer. These gatherings last about an hour.
WORSHIP THEMES - Today we begin the season of Advent. It is going to be a very special month of worship so please join us and invite someone to come “with-you”.
PW NEEDLEWORK – Will meet Wednesday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1. If you are interested in learning how to knit or crochet or have done it in the past, please come see what we do. We have a supply of knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn for your use. We supply shawls for the Shawl Ministry as well as giving a shawl to whoever needs one.
CHAT AND CHEW – Sign-ups will be Sunday, December 6th - Sunday, January 10th. Watch for more details about the kick-off party in January. Dinner gatherings will begin in February and will meet monthly through May.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED ADVENT SERVICE & TEA – will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4th. Church Women United will hold their annual Advent Service & Tea at Trinity African Methodist (A.M.E.) Church located at 239 E. Martin Luther King Blvd (600 South). The afternoon begins with a worship service led by Rev. Nurjhan Govan, followed by the Advent Tea. This is a beautiful, meaningful way to spiritually start the holiday season.
COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS - We will celebrate the sacrament of communion on December 6th by intinction at the early service, and in the trays in the late service. We will also celebrate communion on December 25th by intinction.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - The kids and youth will present their annual Christmas pageant on Sunday, December 13th during Worship. All Cottonwood kids and youth ages 5+ are invited to participate! Rehearsals are....
Pageant performance at 11:00!
We hope lots of kids will participate! It will be tons of fun! Mark your calendars for these rehearsals and let Gretchen Ratzlaff know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES - This year we will again have two services one at 7:00 p.m. and one at 9:00 p.m. The first service will have a greater focus on connecting with children while the second service will be more focused on adults. The first service will have a wonderful drama, the second service a homily. Both services will have the lighting of the candles as we sing “Silent Night”. Both these services are perfect opportunities to invite friends and family to join you in worship.
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP - Could there be a more appropriate way to celebrate Christmas morning than to gather together as a community in worship? Don’t miss this wonderful time of Scripture, Carol, Prayer, and Communion. This is an opportunity to consider who might be alone on Christmas morning. Invite them to join you in worship.
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP - Volunteers are needed to help serve Coffee Fellowship on Sundays after worship. Please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Or contact Dorothy Urbom at 801-414-8896.
CROSSROADS URBAN Foods of the month for December are individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars that can be given away in our street orders for homeless people. Also, all non-perishable foods and beverages are appreciated. Also, small hotel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. are needed for hygiene kits that are given out.
CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE items of the month for December are coats, blankets and shoes.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH - Holladay Interfaith Council presents the 24rd Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah is TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. at Olympus High School Performing Arts Center located at 4055 South 2300 East. Free admission - Children over the age of 8 are welcome.
ORATORIO SOCIETY CONCERT – The Oratorio Society Concert will be held here at Cottonwood on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. There is no charge for this concert but you may make a donation at the door if you choose. The Oratorio Society of Utah would like to thank Cottonwood Presbyterian Church for letting them use our church for their practices.