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Dear Church Family,

This Sunday we enter into the season of Advent. It’s is our time to prepare for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. One might ask, why do we need to prepare? This we know, Christmas will come whether we prepare of not! For me preparing for Christmas has nothing to do with shopping for gifts or decorating my home (though that indeed needs to be done!)…preparing for Christmas is about preparing our hearts, preparing our very souls for the coming of Christ. Preparing allows us to enter into this season aware of the secular materialism that pushes us to focus on the superficial rather than to focus on the spiritual gifts than deepen our sense of purpose and calling. I hope that you are able to engage in the Advent Devotional that are available and allow yourself to turn inward and see how this Advent season can really be a time of opening ourselves to the true joy and hope that comes to us on Christmas Day!

Advent Blessings,
Pastor Barbara

 

 

 

 

Luke 21:25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we enter into the first Sunday of Advent and our scripture passage takes us to a place of darkness. It talks about the destruction of the earth, the prediction of end times…it talks about fear and foreboding. One might ask why we would be begin Advent with such pessimism? But really hasn’t the last two years been filled with fear and foreboding? Our environment is a mess and so much dissention exists between groups of people. Sometimes it feels like the world is imploding. I believe this passage is speaking to us right here and right now. When life seems to be spinning out of control and our lives are filled with so much darkness…there is no place else to go but to the One who is coming who can change everything. This year more than ever we need to be awakened to the wonder that still fills our hearts with possibilities…we need the birth of Jesus to come and remind us of the hope that is found in him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

POINTSETTIAS’ ORDERS ARE DUE THIS NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28!

 

 

 

 

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
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!

Rachel Heller’s Birthday – November 30th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Pudding Cups!
 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. 

 

 

 

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.