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Carols & Candlelight Service Scriptures Special Music
Refreshments, Home-made Christmas Cookies
Special Music - Mike & Sheryl Campbell, Jazz
Bring your family and friends to celebrate with us. Fellowship, refreshments and Christmas cookies will be abundant
in Illingworth Hall following each service.
Brian Fitzgerald & Martin McCormack Acoustic instruments & voice-and the Faith Church Choir
In the Sanctuary
11:45am Catered Sunday Dinner ($10) Illingworth Hall
(a freewill donation will be accepted) All Welcome to all of these, but no further dinner reservations can be made/purchased after Thursday, January 17.
Welcome to Worship
We have enjoyed worshiping with you today and hope you will join us again soon. Please stop at the Welcome Center in the Narthex to receive information about Faith Church.
Life at Faith….December 23
Wired Word Discussion Group, Sundays at 8:45 a.m. in Illingworth Hall Come enjoy lively, spiritual discussion! Did you know the Wired Word discussion group is also a Bible Study? Each week two or three hot topics from recent news headlines are presented in print and discussed in light of Scripture. Men’s Bible Study takes place on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. All men of Faith Church are invited to join this group. Please Note: There will be no class on December 27. 2019 Pledge Update: As of Tuesday, December 18, the Church Business Office had received 97 pledges totaling $225,562. This is a good response and support of every member is greatly appreciated by the Session. There is still time to make your commitment for 2019…please remember every gift regardless of size is a vital part of the ministry of Christ through Faith Presbyterian Church.
FAITH CHURCH and the other Presbyterian Churches in the West Valley Coalition for Habitat have a new home under construc- tion. (It began in September - you can read more about them in the glass bulletin board in the Breezeway.) It is anticipated the dedication will be in February. Rande Christopherson and Kelley Arnold attended the Board Meeting on December 12.
Saturday, January 19 will be an interior paint day and Faith Church volunteers are invited to help. 12251 W. Statler, Surprise, AZ 85374. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. Closed heel and toe shoes are required. Please contact Kelley Arnold before January 16 if you would like to volunteer to paint. For those interested in all volunteer opportunities at Habitat, information will be available on site.
Contributions to Habitat entitle donors to an Arizona State Income TAX CREDIT up to $400 per individual return or up to $800 for a couple. It is important that individual contributors from Faith be identified as Faith members. Forms are available for that pur- pose. For more information, contact Kelley Arnold at 253-732-5693. Kelly will have a table set up in Illingworth Hall with ALL the information you will need to make
2019 Per Capita Apportionment: Every church is apportioned a share of the expenses of the Presbytery ($21.30), the Synod ($6), and the Gen- eral Assembly ($8.95), for ecclesiasti- cal purposes. The apportionment is based on church membership. This is a regular expense payable by Faith Presbyterian Church at the spring meeting of the Presbytery. The amount to be paid for 2019 is $36.25 per communicant member or $72.50 per couple.
This is the new Season for the Joy Gift Offering! The Christmas Joy Offering envelopes are inserted in todays bulletin. Please bring your offering to worship on December 23 or 30 and place it in the offering plate. You may also mail your donation to Faith Church with a notation Christmas Joy Offering. This offering provides financial assistance to individuals and families who have dedicated their lives to the church, and supports leadership development and education for students attending Presbyterian relat- ed racial ethnic schools and colleges.
Offering envelopes are available in the Narthex on a large table near the doors. Please pick-up the offering box with your name on it. Boxes are in alphabetical order.
JANUARY 8, 15, 22, & FEBRUARY 5
and repeated at 5:30 pm
Led by Rev. Bob Malsack
Join us as Rev. Malsack uses Richard Foster’s “celebration of discipline” as a basis for the discussion. The latter part of the past century saw a
reawakening of interest in spirituality. For the Christian community, Richard Foster provided a resource that showed us in his words, "a treasure chest of jewels that has been stored in the attic that we have forgotten about. His book was entitled, A Celebration of Disciplines and describes some of the practices of Christians down through the ages, and even Jesus himself, that enabled them to love the Lord their God with their whole being.
All are welcome!
SESSION RETREAT Attention Session members: There will be a Session Retreat on Saturday, January 5, 2019 form 9 am to 12 noon in Illingworth Hall. Lunch will be served
JANUARY 10, 2019 Illingworth Hall
Dinner 5 pm Program to follow Dinner tickets $8
Leanne Leonard is the Executive Director of the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank which has been faith- fully serving the southwest valley for over 22 years.
In 2017 AFFCB served just under 50,000 people with emergency food assistance, and just under 15,000 peo- ple with emergency clothing assistance. But AFFCB isn’t just about food and clothing! It’s so much more. There are so many needs in this community. Join us on January 10
th to hear from Leanne
about what the Agua Fria Food & Cloth- ing Bank is doing to serve those in need in the community, and find out how you can get involved. The mission of the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank as a faith-based, Non-Profit Organization, is to provide services to families and individuals in the Southwest Valley who are hungry, in need, or facing crisis.
Friday, January 11 - 10 am Council Room
What does it mean to have eternal life? Do we think that Jesus meant we would actually move around this planet forever, or was he speaking in metaphor? Even if we have faith,
it might also be good to have a plan and to think about how we can live forever in our actions, and in the memory of those who come after us.
In this workshop we will explore the values that have been handed down to us through the generations, and the values that we want to pass on for the generations to come. We will consider what is means to engage in stewardship, and how we can take our place in the chain of people who have provided for us. There will be opportunities to participate in activities and share so please bring your enthusiasm for both learning and teaching as we explore our life-legacies together.
Workshop Facilitation: Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Office for the Presbyterian Foundation, Southwest 510-688-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecumenical Prayer Circle: Together with 12 other Sun City churches who share the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, please pray today for the people and ministries of United Church of Sun City. Each week we pray for members of Faith Presbyterian Church in alphabetical order. Pamela Kohlhaus, Jean Kubat, Rog and Sandra Kyer, Jan Lanfers-Cobb, Jean Lamparter, Ronald Langer, Sarah LaPorte. Don’t like driving in the dark? Faith Church will provide your ride to Thursdays@Faith! If you no longer drive at night but you would enjoy participating call Marsha at 623-974-3611 at least two working days before the event. We’ll arrange your transportation via En- voy America at no cost. Be part of the fun again! If you have an email address on file with the church you will be receiving weekly emails giving you the bulletin announcements for the up-coming week. This information is also available on our web site - go to the home page and click on the orange button - that says “Click Here” for the announcements. If you would like to opt-out or opt-in to this service please contact the church office: 623-974-3611. Artist of the month for December is Burney Donges. Please visit her display of paintings in Illingworth Hall.
Monday, January 14 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward journeys through Mississippi’s past and present examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American Story and the
power – and limitations – of family bonds.
Jojo is 13 years old and trying to under- stand what it means to be a man. His absent White father, Michael, is being released from prison and his absent White grandfather, won’t acknowledge his