December 21, 2014
Being the church is an astounding gift that takes energy, imagination, intelligence and love. God provides the gifts of worship, prayer and study to nurture us for the journey of faith in the midst of our hurting and broken world. Here are some of the opportunities that will help us be
nurtured for the journey:
Christmas Eve Worship - This year we will have two Christmas Eve services at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The first service will be designed more to connect with children. The choir will sing at both services and both services will include candle lighting and the singing of Carols. This is another great opportunity to invite people to be with-you.
Christmas Morning Worship - Join together in worship on Christmas morning at 10:00 a.m. What better way to celebrate Christ’s birth than gathering with the community in worship! Dress will be casual and communion will be served.
One Worship Service - Please mark your calendars. We will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 28.
Right Now Media - As a church we belong to Right Now Media which gives every one of us access to thousands of spiritual growth resources that can be used wherever you have internet access. There has been a large increase in the Children’s Library – check it out for your kids and grandkids. If you want to have access to this vast library of resources send Pastor Tom your e-mail address at email@example.com and he will send you the needed invitation to participate.
Adult Small Groups
Preparing for Christmas - Have you ever wondered about the history of Advent and why it is a special time of year in the Church calendar? We will spend the four Sundays of Advent talking about how to prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord. There are many ways to heighten our spiritual experience as we move through this season. Join Connie Silliman in Room 1 at 9:45 a.m. Class will be held today and then on January 4th for Epiphany. Class will not be held on December 28th.
Prayer Group meets 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.
PW Needlework Group is in need of yarn to make prayer shawls. If you have yarn that you no longer want, please bring it to the church – please no baby weight or heavy weight yarn. Also, please clip coupons from Michael’s advertisements that are in Sunday’s newspaper and bring to the church office for the group to purchase yarn.
Messiah - The Oratorio Society of Utah will present Handel's Messiah tonight at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for this concert at CPC 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.
Help Needed - Our church is looking for a talented person to serve as Historian for Cottonwood Presbyterian Church. The Historian would go through all the documents and items which were found by the building task force as they cleaned out the building. We would like this person to organize and then put all these items in a central location at the church. Once that is done, it would just be a matter of filing new documents, etc. Please prayerfully consider this position. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please call Kathie Shafer at 801-244-9084 or the church office.
Celebrating Stewardship - As we seek to follow God’s call into the future, knowing a ball park figure of what you or your family may share with Cottonwood financially helps us dream and plan. If you haven’t turned in a pledge card for 2015 but would like to, please do. Also if you are able to complete your pledge for 2014 before the end of the year or if you are able to make an added financial gift before the end of the year that will help us end strong, ready to begin 2015.
CD’s of CPC Choir are available today during Fellowship Coffee. The Cd’s are free of charge but if you would like you may make a
free will offering
Mission and Outreach
Christmas Joy Offering provides financial support and grants for current and retired Presbyterian Church workers with the help they need to get through life’s unexpected challenges. The offering also supports education at Presbyterian –related racial ethic schools and colleges, promoting a commitment to higher learning and leadership development for all students regardless of race or economic standing. Contribution envelopes are in the pew envelope box for anyone who would like to contribute.