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Dear Church Family,

I don’t know if you have noticed this but there is a lot of energy and excitement flowing around in our church. Food keeps appearing in our outside dropbox and one customer after another is coming to our “Community Clothing Store” to pick out some warm clothes…word is getting out about us! I mean really, word is getting out that we are a growing church having a visible presence in the community and we are filled with people who really care about each other and even strangers!

This Sunday we will be in the second Sunday of Advent and the text is about the birth of John the Baptist. We will continue to follow our theme, “Close to Home”.  I hope you have been able to crack open your Advent Devotional and follow along, it matches the sermon themes and so we all reading, praying and thinking about the same things.

May this Advent season be a time you can open your hearts to true joy and hope that comes to us on Christmas Day!

Advent Blessings,
Pastor Barbara

 

 

 

 

Luke 1:57-80

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60 But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” 61 They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 62 Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we enter into the second Sunday of Advent and our scripture passage takes us to the story about Elizabeth and Zechariah and the birth of John the Baptist. It’s a beautiful story about Zechariah being silenced by an angle only to be unmuted to announce the baby boy’s name. Once he is able to speak, Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and out pours a prophecy filled with hope and possibility. Zechariah’s prophecy is really a blessing. This blessing from God becomes the foundation on which John the Baptist’s life begins. 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS CANTATA, DECEMBER 12TH DURING WORSHIP TIME AND IN THE AFTERNOON 1:30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Nikole and Joyce for delivering both food and clothes from
Genfare’s employee drive!

 

 

 

Food Donations from CTL

 

 

Everyone is invited to this Bible Study! You do not have to attend church or be a member! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget our church has a Amazon Smile Account which means when you order amazon products using our account, our church gets a percentage of the money spent.  If you have questions about how to set this up just let us know and we’ll help you!

 

 

 

 

If you are ordering Christmas Gifts on Amazon please so go to AmazonSmile and sign up under our church name. We will benefit from your purchases. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

To keep our prayer list up-to-date, we will keep people on the prayer list for three weeks. If after three weeks you would like them to remain on the prayer list, just let Barbara Wilson, Val Heller or Pastor Barbara know! 

 

 

 

Prayers for Our Church Family
 
   Moses’ wife to receive traveling privileges to U.S., Melodee Russow continued healing of knee,

Prayers for Those Who Have Died and Their Families

Jean Campbell’s family on her death

Prayers for Family and Friends

Rev.Ty for emotional support (Christi’s friend), Kathy undergoing chemotherapy (Christi’s friend), Brad Thompson with aggressive prostate CA (brother of Val and son of Lois) Jaden and the adjustment to Middle School and Sue his mother (Grandson of Kay Pollack), Earl Sepke on dialysis (brother of Susannah Swift), Christine for healing from cancer (Phil Holda’s daughter), Monique having dialysis (Helen’s niece.)

General Prayers

Prayers for our President • Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson Peter) • Healing of our country • Prayers for shut-ins (Char Algozin, Mary Clarbour) • Homeless and Hungry in Busse Woods • Prayers for our church with God’s guidance on a bold new vision • Prayers for Elk Grove and their support of our Clothing Ministry and Food Pantry.

Prayers Answered
Judy Hockenberry (friend of Pastor Barbara)
Rebecca Reynoso cancer free
Special Celebrations!

Megan Heller’s Birthday – December 6th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Updates!

 

 

The EGPC food pantry continues to serve our community and our volunteers remain faithful in their service to us. We are committed to adhering to all precautionary measures to ensure no cross-contamination with clients. The Food Pantry Donation drop box always seems to be filled. As you check on your neighbors, please share with them that our food pantry is open and ready to help anyone who needs food!

Food continues to appear in our food box.  Almost daily there is something donated and many times from people we don’t even know! I want to send a special thanks to all those faithful shoppers who each week pick up the special things we need. It is an ongoing blessing to be so graciously supported by your donations and donations from our community.

Current items needed by the food pantry:
Brown Paper Bags, Fruit Cups (small) & Jars of Pickles!
 Thank you!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you faithful friends and members of
Elk Grove Presbyterian Church!

 

 

 

NEWS from the Session!

Here are the latest things you should know:

 
  • Christmas Cantata is set for December 12th during worship time and in the afternoon.
  • Session is studying the book “Crucial Conversations.”  
  • Worship survey has been completed. Results will be shared with congregation soon.  
  • Blue Christmas Service is Saturday, December 18th.
  • Mission Committee is “on fire” and generating lists of possible new mission projects!
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Tuesday, December 14th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 

 

 

 

Our online giving continues to provide a quick and easy way to give to the church! To see how easy it is and the different ways you can give to the church click here.