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Dear Church Family,

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week and then immediately we move into holiday mode or really…it seems we are already in holiday mode. I have seen Christmas lights up on houses and store shelves packed with Christmas items. What is all the hurry? I think sometimes we get caught up in this business that is all around us and we forget that the true season of Christmas has nothing to do with excessive buying and gift giving. The Christmas season is about peace, wonder and love.

What if we really try to slow things down this year…what if we really stop and think about the season before us and deepen our resolve to turn away from the furry and settle into the reality of the incredible gift that we receive with the birth of Christ.

One way to slow down and prepare for Christmas is to engage in intentional reflections. Advent Devotionals are now available for you to assist in enriching your spiritual life. If you would like to have one mailed to you, please let me know.

Praying for you,
Pastor Barbara

 

 

 

 

Luke 23:26-56
26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The Death of Jesus
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. 47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49 But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
The Burial of Jesus
50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51 had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we will be looking at the man who went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus after his crucifixion. It was Joseph of Arimathea who took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in linen cloth and laid him in a tomb. What would prompt a person to do this? What does this tell us about Joseph? The message about Joseph of Arimathea covers only four brief verses among the long testimony  describing Jesus’ death. What Joseph did tells us so much about the kind of man he was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent Devotionals are now available to be picked up at church!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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 FamiliesJean Campbell’s family on her death

Prayers for Family and Friends

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
Rebecca Reynoso cancer free

Special Celebrations!

Jan Bailey’s Birthday – November 18th
Joyce Oswald’s Birthday – November 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:
Ketchup, Small Mayonnaise and Salad Dressings!
 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 15th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 

 

 

 

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