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Church Mouse: Dec 2018

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December is finally here - Let the Christmas celebrations begin! Get out your calendars because you won’t want to miss any of these festive events!

We’re starting off the first Sunday of Advent on December 2 with the perfect opportunity for you to get a few gifts marked off your list. The Alternative Gift Fair will be down in Koopmans Hall after both services. There will be oodles of beautiful hand crafted items created by artisans of poor communities worldwide.

On Tuesday December 4, you’re all invited to celebrate Christmas with the Cruisers at 7:30 pm in Koopmans Hall. Noel Collins is preparing a fun evening of popular Christmas music featuring granddaughter Lexie, son Doug, and Lindsay and Alex Waggoner. There will be favorite songs by solos, duets, and trios and sing-a-longs accompanied by piano, percussion and brass. Bring your family and friends too!

CFC’s Christmas Craft Night will be on Thursday December 6. You can start in Koopmans with dinner at 5:30 pm for just $3 per person. Crafts will begin at 6:45 pm throughout the CFC classrooms and of course there will be a special photo op with Santa. CFC would love to have you join them!

The World Vision Giving Tree will be in the Narthex through December 9. Choose an ornament and commit to providing the money for that item, to bless a needy child or family across the globe. Turn in your payment with the ornament you chose, and the item number in the memo line of your check. Payments can be taken to the church office or put in the offering plate on Sunday.

There will be a special Creative Bible Journaling Holiday class and Cookie Exchange on Monday December 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Koopmans. Bring a beverage to sip on, a batch of your favorite cookies for the exchange, and a container for the cookies you take home. All journaling supplies will be provided but if you have a journaling bible, please bring it. You’ll be making a holiday keepsake as well as journaling some Christmas pages. Bob Keiter and Dave DePaoli will tell you this is not just for ladies!

Children’s Ministries will be caroling at La Crescenta Health Care center (formerly Verdugo Vista) on Sunday December 16. The residents there love to hear our kids’ angelic voices and see their sweet faces! Meet in the church parking lot at 1:45 pm and the kids and chaperones will walk to the facility, which is just down the street. Pick up your little caroler back at LCPC at 3:15 pm.

Thursday December 20 is the Christmas Choir concert, “Candles and Carols” at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. This is a favorite holiday tradition featuring our Cathedral Choir, Monday@JoJo’s, a women’s acappella group featuring some ladies from our choir, and guest musicians. Another great opportunity for inviting friends and family!

On Sunday December 23 there will be one combined worship service at 10:00 am. Look for an expanded “Party in the Breezeway” after the service. On Christmas Eve, we will have two services to choose from. The contemporary family service with the praise band will be at 5:00 pm and the traditional candlelight service with our Cathedral Choir will be at 10:00 pm. Come celebrate that the waiting is over!

November proved to be a pretty busy month as well! We had 26 avid Bunco players down in Koopmans for a fun night of dice rolling and dessert gobbling. Whitney Lescher was the big winner of the night, with her high score. Everyone had such a great time, that the Cruisers are planning another Bunco Night in early 2019!

The Men’s Ministry group hosted a dinner at Greg and Kathy Perkins home and had a good turnout of men and high school boys. Jim Granier BBQ’d sausages and they all had great night of fellowship, food and sharing.

Ashley & Kristy’s Lego Fest and Feast was a huge hit! Friends of all ages joined together for dinner, then split up into teams to construct Bible scenes out of Legos. These creations were far more spectacular than anyone could have imagined! The winning team of Lee and Chelsea Cook and Alice, Audrey and Adam Hill created the best Garden of Eden you’ve ever seen, complete with an apple and a snake. Hope to see this event again next year!

About 20 LCPCers joined Andy and had a fun and productive weekend working on the Casa de Los Angeles orphanage down in Rosarito Mexico with Jim Sedgwick and his team from La Jolla Presbyterian. They moved a lot of rocks around and did concrete work on the retaining wall, but also found time to visit another orphanage in the area, play with the kids, and have some fabulous local cuisine.

Thank you Deacons for another delicious Thanksgiving Brunch after the combined service last month. We look forward to it every year and you never disappoint!

Feel free to jot down, roll up, and insert a prayer in the beautiful new Prayer Wall in the Narthex. Each week, a dedicated team of prayer warriors will be praying over your requests and praises. Prayers can be anonymous, or you are welcome to write your name and contact info if you would like someone from the team to reach out to you.

Bob and Pat Chambers went to South Carolina recently to celebrate the engagement of their daughter Riley to David Dadzie. They were thrilled to have David’s parents from Ghana join them for this special occasion!

During this busy month, be sure to take some time to reflect on the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas and I’ll see you next year!