Every Sunday morning an elder is in the prayer room during worship praying for our church and those in worship. If you have any special prayer concerns you can leave them on the table in the prayer room. Please be discreet about your concerns.
MONTHLY FINANCES AT A GLANCE
Through November 2018
Based on historical contributions and expenses in December, we project a slight loss for 2018. Please help us eliminate this loss with your December giving.
Children ages 3 through 8 are dismissed after the Children’s Sermon to join two adults for about 40 minutes for a time of crafts or a game, a Bible story and maybe a snack. Signup sheets will be available in church on Sundays. There must be two adults each week to be with the students. All teachers are required to have their clearances.
MILITARY BANNER PROGRAM
In partnership with the Elizabeth Township Sportsman Association, the Boy Scouts of Troop 99 are in charge of the military banner program for the Township and Borough. The banners are placed on telephone poles in those areas between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. To order a banner, you can go to: http://troopbanners.com/elizabetharea/Elizabeth-Military-Banner-Applications.asp. Be sure to choose the link for the area you wish the banner to be placed (township or borough). Also, hardcopy forms are available in the church office.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Beef Barley Soup for December. In January, we will be making Stuffed Pepper soup. The date is not yet determined, so keep an eye out in your bulletin for the information. You can also contact the office. We are keeping the prices the same, $7.00 for a quart and $3.50 for a pint. As usual, if you can, bring the jars back to church and place them in the kitchen we would appreciate it. If it is too hard for you to get to the kitchen to return your jars, give them to Joanie, Pat, Sherri, Paulette or Sue P. at church in the sanctuary. If you want us to try a new soup, please let me know and we will see what we can do.
Also, if you want to bring your own cloth bag to carry your soup home in, that would work also. We really do appreciate you supporting us in this fundraiser.
Chancel aides for the month of January are Robin G. and Dorothy C.
The deadline for the February “News From the Mount” is January 15. Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of February must turn the article in to the office no later than Monday morning, January 15.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The office will be closed Jan. 1 due to the holiday.
Almost Everthing: Notes on Hope
by Anne Lamott
Have you ever had the experience of hearing something in one place (a class, a conversation, the television) and then encountering it again in another place? I love when God does that! It might be a new idea or a reminder of an olde idea at just the time you needed to hear it. For days in a row, God has been reminding me that He is our hope. Pastor Bill’s sermon on the first Sunday of November and the next 3 days’ reading in the devotional were about our hope which is in Christ alone. Then in the midst of that, I read this book. Again, the theme is hope.
I thoroughly enjoy Anne Lamott’s writing. She is funny, thoughtful, touching and creative. She is definitely in a different place theologically than I am, but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying her way with words. She makes me think. She writes, “Some characters in fiction and our families exist as levers, to turn everything upside down and thereby knock out of the park some of our old presumptions, pretensions, convictions, and illusions of safety.” Her writing makes me at least examine my presumptions and convictions.
In one section, she talks about a dear cousin with advanced colon cancer and she wonders why; why did this happen to such a good person, when evil people seem to have such good health? But she goes on the say “Why?’ is rarely a useful question in the hope business.” Amen!
Later she writes that “Architects the world over fill me with hope for humanity and human genius. Science also fills me with immense hope and relief….” I can admire architects and the buildings they create. I can admire scientists, but hope, for me, is not in people or things, but in our Lord. Still, it is good to read others’ thoughts and look more carefully at what we believe.
Review by Ellen L.
USE OF CHURCH PROPERTY
If you borrow tables or chairs from the church, remember, please make your request through the Fellowship Committee call the office at 412 751-8479.
If you/committee are planning to have a meeting, PLEASE schedule your meeting through the office. Knowing the date, time and number of expected attendees helps to be certain that the space is available and who is responsible for the group.
If you are interested in contributing to the Newsletter with an article for publication please submit your notes to the office. Since this is a “forum”, there might be some give and take if folks are interested. Also, good Christian book reports are greatly welcomed. The deadline is the 15th of the month except for December when it is the 10th.
Please notify the office if you are moving or will be temporarily away so records can be kept updated and mail is delivered in a timely fashion. Also, returned mail has a cost to the church.
Even though you may be on vacation – the church is not. We still must pay utilities, insurance and etc. Food Bank items may be deposited in the box in the Narthex or at the lower parking lot entrance. Paper products are especially welcome. Continue to visit the Abitibi bin with your recyclable papers.