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bi-weekly newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church


  • This WeekVOL. XXV, NO. 23 | NOVEMBER 21, 2015

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 134:30 PM and 7:30 PM


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    calling our church family to

    CHURCH-WIDE PRAYERfor the giving of thanks

    for our nation and the worldfor the mission of Christs Kingdom



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    An advent celebration for childrensunday, december 6, 4:30-6:30 pm

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    Join PCPC families and friendsSATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

    9:00 am12:30 pm6100 Cedar Springs Road

    please rsvp: or email

    FIND donation boxes to fill around the churchFILL them with canned/non-perishable foods

    BRING to PCPC through NOVEMBER 30 for Boxes of Blessing


    H ymn S ing

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    advent prayer: lift up your heartWe long to worship the savior with new passion this Christmas. Come Tuesday, December 1, 7:008:30 pm to 3814 Potomac and prepare your heart for the upcoming season with a time of prayer and worship to celebrate Christ our King. For further information contact or 214-224-2722.

    womens prayer first mondaysCome as you are to the home of Lori Turpin, 3620 Centenary, Monday, December 7, 9:00-9:45 am to pray boldly and dependently on Christ. We value confidentiality and promise to respect your time. We will be praying for the concerns of our hearts, family, community, city and the world. Contact or for more information.


    family advent serviceOn Sunday, December 6, 4:30 pm, we will host anevening of Fellowship, Fun, and Worship geared for the whole family! Well start with an interactive service in the Sanctuaryto explain the meaning, symbols, and traditions of Advent. The service is followed by dinner, fellowship, and crafts in the Fellowship Hall.There will be Family Advent resources available for purchase. Dinner is free. RSVP at Contact or 214-224-2556.

    song and storyJoin the Childrens Ministry Friday, December 11, 10:30-11:30 am, in Room 122 for Song & Story! The program is suitable for toddlers through Kindergarten. We will sing songs, listen to stories, and have an exciting time! Iced tea and water will be provided to parents; lunch will not be served. No RSVP is necessary. We hope to see you there! Contact or 214-224-2556.


    stock the pcpc missionary houseHelp stock our missionary house. View our gift registry at (first name: missionary; last name: house; under the college registry). Items may be dropped off in the donation box in the main hallway at PCPC or shipped directly to PCPC, Attn: Cindy Rhea, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219. Contact or 214-224-2551.



    basics and beyondWhat did you say when your mom asked why youre going to a Presbyterian church? What does it mean to say youre reformed? Join us Sundays, through December, 13, 9:3011:00 am, Room 302-304, for Basics and Beyond, a new sixweek class that will explore and explain the theological identity of our church. Taught by our pastors, this will be an opportunity to learn more about some things you heard in the New Members Class. Basics and Beyond is open to everyone. Contact or 214-224-2581 for more information.

    church-wide prayerJoin us Sunday, November 22, 4:00 pm, in the Chapel Calling our church family to Church-wide prayer: for the giving of thanks, for our nation and world, and for the mission of Christs Kingdom, Sunday, November 22, Chapel. Contact or 214-224-2737.

    all-church hymn singJoin us Sunday, November 29, 11:00 am, in the Chapel as we joyfully lift our voices to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving! If you dont have a Sunday Morning Community or if yours isnt meeting on this Thanksgiving weekend, come gather with us. No musical talent required! Contact or 214-224-2581 for more information.

    surviving the holidays griefshareAs the holidays approach, it is our desire to provide a small measure of support to those of you who have lost a loved one recently. A special gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 7:008:30 pm in the Oak Lawn West Conference Room. Light refreshments will be offered, followed by a video and group discussion. For more information contact or 214-224-2541.

    advent memorial serviceThis service replaces our usual Vespers service in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 9, 5:306:30 pm and offers an opportunity for those grieving the loss of loved ones to remember them while worshipping through prayer, song, and the reading of Gods Word. We welcome you to come between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm to the area outside the Chapel to receive a card on which you may print the name of your loved one to come forward during the service and light a candle in memory of your lost loved one. Contact or 214-224-2638.

    childcare positions availableWe have paid childcare positions and supervisory roles available for Tuesday and Thursday mornings, evening and weekend special events. For more information, contact or 214-224-2566.

    My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who walks beside;

    Who floods my weaknesses with strength and causes fears to fly;

    Whose evry promise is enough for evry step I take,

    Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

    Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


    Christopher and Sasha Adkins (CC#17) on the loss of his father, Rebekah, Theresa, Christian, Carmen, Ariel, and Rachel Adkins (CC#17) on the loss of their grandfather, Dr. Cecil Adkins, on November 3, 2015


    Heidi Sophia Hilkemann, daughter of Erica and Adam Hilkemann, on November 8, 2015

    Looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas service opportunities?

    Contact for more information.

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    sunday worship8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am

    communionSundays, 8:009:00 amWednesday Vespers, 5:306:00 pm

    24/7 prayer hotline214-224-2680 or 24/

    4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX

    Park Cities p r e s b y t e r i a n c h u r c h ( pca)



    cans for boxes of blessingBring canned and other non-perishable food items through November 30, 8:00 am-6:00 pm for our Christmas Boxes of Blessing packing day. Donation boxes may be picked up and dropped off in the Main Hallway. Contact or 214-224-2715.

    boxes of blessingJoin over 1,400 volunteers at the ninth annual Boxes of Blessing Packing Day! Saturday, December 5, 9:00 am12:30 pm, 6100 Cedar Springs Rd. Contact or 214-224-2715.

    behind every door is hiringNew PCPC Ministry Partner, Behind Every Door, is looking to hire a full time Opportunity Coordinator. Position will focus on volunteer coordination and development, grant writing, fundraising and social media. Contact


    emmanuel: christmas concertPark Cities Presbyterian Church presents its traditional candlelight concert featuring carols and seasonal favorites Sunday, December 13, at both 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm presented by the childrens, youth, and adult choirs with symphony orchestrareminding us that Emmanuel, God with us, came into the world to pierce the darkness with His light of hope, joy and salvation. A free ticket is required, and the concerts are open to the public. Tickets will be available online at If you have questions regarding tickets, please call our ticket line, 214-224-2635.

    service of friendship volunteers neededWe need volunteers to tear off the top page of the Service of Friendship pads on Sundays or Mondays. If you can do one week of the month or more, contact or 214-224-2740.

    general fund budget

    2015/2016 operating budget

    July 1November 8 2015 budget

    July 1November 8 2015 giving

    Budget variance





    Poinsettia reservation formPlease reserve one plant ($8.00 per plant):

    In HONOR of or

    In MEMORY of

    Given by

    Phone number of donor

    Please make check payable to PCPC and mail to: PCPC, Attention Jayne Bjork 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219.

    Mail or hand deliver to be received by December 2, 2015.

    Each Christmas season we offer PCPC members the opportunity to purchase a poinsettia ($8.00 each) in memory of or honor of a friend or family member. They will be in the sanctuary Sunday, December 13, and there will be a bulletin insert that morning listing the names of the donor and the recipient. Our chancel area will be wreathed in these beautiful plants for our worship services on December 13, and December 20. You may take your plant with you following the Christmas Eve evening services if you wish to do so. Please fill out the form below (when ordering multiple plants, please write information on a separate sheet of paper and attach to the form) and mail it no later than November 27 to insure that your g