December 4, 2016
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The session has called a congregational meeting for Dec 4th at 12:15 p.m. (immediately following worship service) to vote on Pastor Tom’s Terms of Call and to elect Dee Dee Simer to serve on the nominating committee.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: For the first three Sundays of December we will have two worship services, one at 8:30 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m. The first service is a smaller contemplative worship experience, while the later service includes the choir, our praise team, a children’s time and a broader range of music. On December 25th and January 1st we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: This year we will again have two Christmas Eve Services: one at 7:00 p.m. and one at 9:00 p.m. The choir will be participating at the 9:00 p.m. service and the 7:00 p.m. service will be more focused on children. Christmas Eve is a wonderful time to invite family, friends, and neighbors to join you in worship. Who can you invite to share Christmas Eve Worship with us?
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE: One service at 10:00 a.m. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion. Hanna Bingham will be preaching – “Simeon and Anna”.
GENEROSITY PLEDGE DRIVE: A big thank you for the support of the Generosity Pledge Drive. As of Sunday, November 27th, there were 75 pledges for the general fund equaling $197,596 and 36 pledges for the building fund equaling $19,137. We will continue to keep you updated and together may we celebrate God’s generosity by growing our generosity.
GIVE COTTONWOOD A GIFT: It would be a huge gift to Cottonwood’s present and future if we were able to end 2016 with more income than expenses. As we enter the month of December we are about $10,000 behind. If you are able to share extra financial resources with Cottonwood, that would be a tremendous gift to our life together.
ADULT SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Through December there is one adult class meeting each Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. As we approach Christmas we are reflecting on Tim Keller’s book about the “Meaning of Christmas”. We hope everyone will come and participate in this lively discussion about the astounding fact that our God took on flesh and came to live among us.
MONDAY NIGHT SMALL GROUP WITH HANNA BINGHAM: Come join Hanna starting on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. for a nine week exploration of G.K. Chesterton's book Orthodoxy. Chesterton masterfully and joyfully articulates the truth of the gospel in response to an ever-growing cynical culture of speed, noise, and conflict. Hanna will be ordering books, so please let her know if you are interested! You can contact Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
MAPLETON CHORALE CONCERTS - MAPLETON CHORALE CONCERTS - The Mapleton Chorale is one of Utah's premier community choirs. The sixty member chorus will offer performances during the Christmas season as gifts to the community. The Chorale is directed by Patrick Tatman, and accompanied by Scott King (piano) and Alex Oldroyd (organ). Performances are free of charge, no tickets are required.
FOR DECEMBER 11th
TO SERVE COFFEE DURING FELLOWSHIP
Please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Or you can sign up on our website using this link: http://www.cottonwoodpres.org/coffeesignup.shtml
“’Twas’ the Night Before Christmas”
Sunday, December 11th during 11:00 a.m. Worship
All Cottonwood kids and youth ages 3-14 are invited to participate!
Please let Gretchen Ratzlaff (801-541-4269, email@example.com) or Merri Lee Zaba (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if your kids or grandkids will be participating by December 5th.
Mark your calendars, and plan for your kids and youth to participate in delivering another special Christmas message.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MISSION - The Cottonwood children’s Christmas Mission Project will be to support the Family Promise Center for homeless families. Family Promise is an interfaith alliance helping families in our community achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
Starting December 4th during the Church school hour the children will start their “Houses for Change” project. Children will be taught about homelessness and charity. They will decorate a gift box to look like a house. During the fellowship hour that day, the children will ask for your donations in their little houses. Children will take their boxes home and continue to fill them with loose change. When they bring their boxes back on December 18th they will be blessed during Sunday service. By bringing our church community together we are helping homeless families regain housing, their independence, and their dignity.
THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP meets Wednesday, December 7th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room one.
WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH - 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 8th at Cottonwood Club located at 1780 E. Lakewood Dr. Call early, reservations are limited – please call Virginia Hartsook at 801-274-0489 by noon on Wednesday, December 7th.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED - ADVENT SERVICE AND TEA
When: Friday, December 9, 2016
Time: Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church - 2500East 3900 South (SLC)
Worship: Rev. Geophrey Beebe
Community Outreach: Volunteers of America Utah SSC & Davis County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
MISSION AND OUTREACH
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER – Foods for the month of December are boxed meals and pasta. CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE – Item for the month of December is warm blankets.
CANDY CANE CORNER is a holiday store that provides a dignified and empowering opportunity for low-income families and individuals who are participating in programs at the YWCA, The Road Home and Volunteers of America to select new holiday gifts for their families.
Each year Candy Cane Corner ensures that hundreds of families have a warm and full holiday season. They are proud to celebrate the 17th year of helping families in need celebrate the holidays. This wonderful holiday program is only possible because of the support and generosity they receive from our community.
The Mission Committee is looking for individuals that would like to volunteer at the CCC!! We have signed up for two dates, Monday December 12th and Tuesday December 20th. The shift runs from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We have committed to providing ten volunteers for both dates. The building is located at 340 West 200 South, parking is limited so we would like to carpool. We will be taking sign-ups Today and December 11th in Fellowship Hall or you can call Doug Kirmer at 801-541-0921 to get your name on the list (slots will fill up fast--we hope). They are also in need of donations of new/unwrapped toys, clothing, and household items. For more information call Doug or you go to the website http://candycanecornerslc.org/
JUBILATE PRESENTS: HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS ~ Everything from ridiculous to sublime! Including lots of laughter and Christmas cheer! Saturday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. located at 175 South 700 East. Admission is by donation. Free reception follows the performance.
TAIZE’ VESPERS will be held December 11th at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive. The worship service is based on the worship developed and used at the Taize’ community, incorporating songs from Taize’, readings from scripture, and silence for meditation.