Newsletter- Tidings

Boundary Policy

For many years, all clergy in the Presbytery have been required to attend Boundary Training on a regular basis.  Along the way, the churches were asked to come up with our own Boundary policies as well.  With many thanks to Abby Ahrens, Betsy Curtin, and Tracy Strilich, the Christian Education Committee and Session have now approved a policy for our church.  It is for the safety and well-being of our entire church family and all who use our building on a regular basis.  Copies will be made available now and will also be included in January’s Annual Meeting booklet.  Church leaders will receive copies, as they will need to sign off on the policy.  It is a sad reality that we need to be about this, but a reality it is and we want to be sure we are being as responsible as we can be in this aspect.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Christian Education

The Christmas season is finally upon us! Please join us on Sunday, December 17th for our annual Christmas Play and Potluck luncheon immediately following the worship service. The sign up sheet for the potluck luncheon is posted in Fellowship Hall. Individuals are encouraged to sign up together and bring a dish! We will have assistance available to help with bringing in food or other items the day of the luncheon. The children have been hard at work preparing for this year’s performance, so we hope to see you there!

Just a reminder that there will be no Sunday School on December 24th or December 31st. Class will resume on January 7th, 2018. Enjoy the holiday season!


‘Tis the season for giving.  As always, our December is filled with many projects to help others in need.  For the next 2 weeks, we will be selling Chick-fil-A calendars for $8 to benefit the Heifer Foundation.  ($4 per calendar will be donated.)  For more information about Heifer International, you can go to their website at www/

Our next project is our annual Christmas toys for the children at Pine Avenue Church.  Our Christmas tree is up by the office, so if you would like to participate, choose a nametag of a child, and write your name on the bottom tag and use the top tag on the wrapped gift.  Gifts are due by December 17th

Our last December project is the Christmas Joy offering.  As you know, the Christmas Joy offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides much-needed assistance to PCUSA church workers and their families, and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling (  Throughout the month, you can give donations through your pew envelopes and mark the offering as “Christmas Joy.”  You can also give by donating and/or buying baked goods at our Christmas Joy Bake Sale on December 10th.  If you would like to contribute to our bake sale, please wrap your cookies/baked goods by the dozen and leave them on the table in Fellowship Hall on the morning of December 10th.  Baked goods will be about $3 per dozen, and all of the proceeds will go towards the Christmas Joy fund.

Finally, thank you to everyone who donated to the Butterbraids fundraiser last month.  We raised $325 for Ashton’s family to use for Christmas.  Our donations will go a long way to help Ashton and her family, so thank you to everyone for your generosity.  

On another note, I wanted to share with you an update about Ashton.  The other week, Ashton was crowned Miss Tsaile Junior High, in which she will spend the next year being an ambassador for the Navajo Nation by carrying out special duties at different events and representing her people.  To achieve this honor, Ashton had to do a talent in English, as well as a talent in Navajo; she sang a song in Navajo called “Grandparents Song” and played her hand drum.  She also had to introduce herself and her lineage in Navajo.  Below is a picture of her the night she won.  See Eve if you would like to see her talent videos.

Thank you again for making a difference in many peoples’ lives Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Buildings and Grounds

Greetings!   We are going to be having all the tile floors stripped and waxed!  This has been a long time coming.  If all goes as planned, it will be done before you read this notice.

Mr. Lopez and Mr. Dean will be taking care of some winter preparation at the church in the next few days as well. Scuppers will be cleaned of leaves, snow removal tools will be taken out of the shed and parking lot markers will be put in place to alert the snow-plow driver of barriers, edges, etc….  It really hasn’t felt like it the past several days but winter is coming.

Just another reminder, that if you see anything around the building that needs attention, jot it down on the note-pad in my mailbox.

On behalf of the B&G team, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years!

Pastoral Care

As 2017 is coming to an end, this committee would once again like to thank you for your continued “pastoral care” for each other… are all pretty darn amazing!  There are some new Care Notes in the display related to holiday stresses and special needs.  Please take a look at them for yourself or someone whom you feel could benefit.

Reminder: The blue binder on the Pastoral Care table consists of many volunteer opportunities in our area – so many of these organizations flourish because of the generosity of volunteers, and the best part is you get back much more than give!

Christmas blessings and peace to you!

Green Article


  1. Mulch –  Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly making them an excellent moisture and mold-free mulch for a ground cover.
  2. Create a Bird Sanctuary –  Place your tree in its stand outdoors.  Fill bird feeders and hang them from the boughs or drape the tree with a swag of pine cones coated with peanut butter.
  3. Insulate Perennials –  Cut off boughs and lay them over perennial beds to protect them from snow and reduce frost heaving.
  4. Edge Your Borders –  Cut the trunk into 2-inch discs and set them into the soil to edge flower beds and walkways.
  5. Shelter Fish –  If you live near a lake or pond and your tree is chemical-free, toss branches into the water to provide sheltering habitat for fish.  (Check with village officials if needed.)
  6. Set a Stage for Containers –  Saw the trunk into different lengths and use the pieces as flower pot risers.
  7. Make Coasters and Trivets –  Cut thin slabs off the trunk, sand them smooth and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off tables and glassware.
  8. Feed a Fire Pit –  Use a few of the quick-to-ignite branches to start an outdoor fire pit.  Never in an indoor fireplace where creosote build-up is a hazard.
  9. Stake Your Plants –  Strip small branches and use the remaining twigs to support indoor potted plants or stake leggy seedlings.

Source:  Website:  This Old House

Submitted by:  Barbara Britton




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