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the bi-monthly newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas


  • Park Cities Presbyterian Church exists to extend the transforming presence of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Dallas and to the world.

    VoL. XXI, No. 24 | NoVember 26, 2011


    Old-fashioned hymn singJoin us for an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, November 27, 11:00 am, Cambridge Hall. Everyone is invited. Contact or 214-224-2736.

    Anticipating EmmanuelCelebrate His coming on the first Sunday of Advent as we gather to worship Him through His Word and both visual and musical art on Sunday, November 27, 7:00 pm, Chapel. Works of art by John Cobb will be on display and pianist Alexander McDonald will play. Contact or 214-224-2739.

    Boxes of BlessingCalling all ages! Come for as long as you can stay to assemble over 5,000 food boxes so our Urban Ministries partners can distribute the baskets to families in need on Saturday, December 10, 9:00 am1:00 pm, 6100 Cedar Springs. register your family to serve or deliver a Christmas box of food to a family at by Thursday, December 8. Contact or 214-224-2520.

    Nol concertThe PCPC adult, youth, and children's choirs will present Hodie by ralph vaughan Williamsan epic retelling of the birth of Christ full of color, mystery, and pageantry on Sunday, December 11, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary. This concert, always a Christmas highlight, will also feature favorite Christmas carols, all accompanied by symphony orchestra. register for childcare by calling 214-706-2797 by Thursday, December 8. Contact or 214-224-2635.

    Advent Memorial ServiceThe Advent Memorial Service is an intimate gathering, which ministers to those who are grieving the loss of family members or loved ones. Join us Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 pm, Chapel. Scripture readings, Christmas carols, prayers, and the preaching of God's Word proclaim the hope we have in Christ. Contact or 214-224-2638.

    remember the Nations Sunday 2

    Holiday service opportunities 2

    end-of-year contributions 2

    Voice of Hope Christmas Project 3

    Join us for worship this Advent season beginning Sunday, November 27see page 2

    Boxes of Blessing

    SaturdayDecember 109:00 am1:00 pm

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    Remember the Nations SundayMichael oh will encourage us from God's Word, and you will hear from and meet many PCPC missionaries serving around the world. Join us Sunday, January 22, PCPC. register for child for our kids' Adventure in Missions through one of these ways:,, or 214-224-2551. register for childcare by calling 214-706-2797 by Thursday, January 19. Contact or 214-224-2551.

    Advent servicesJoin us on Sunday for our Advent series beginning Sunday, November 27 entitled Why Did Christ Come. Contact or 214-224-2632.

    New in the Librarynew for adults: Feelings and FaithCultivating Godly emotions in the Christian life, by Brian S. Borgman; Steve Jobs, by Walter isaacson; The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy keller. For Christmas: The Shepherd's Gift, by Mary Calhoun; Great Joy, by kate DiCamillo; God with UsDiscovering the meaning of Christmas, by various Christian writers. For juniors: Raiders from the Sea, by Lois Walfred Johnson; Turn Homeward, Hannalee, by Patricia Beatty. For children: Caedmon's Song, by ruth Ashby; Once upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki. visit or contact or 214-224-2673.

    Caring for those in needDuring the holidays, if individuals ask for money or items, please do not give moneyrefer them to the information Desk to fill out a Good Samaritan application. Contact or 214-224-2520.

    Holiday Service OpportunitiesThere are many ways to help this holiday season: Serve at one of our 17 ministry partners, donate money or gift cards at our Christmas tree in the main hall, and donate new or gently used items to the donation boxes in the main hall. Download our brochure for more details at Contact or 214-224-2520.

    Cans for the KingdomLet's collect 10,000 cans for the kingdom by Sunday, December 4. you may donate the following suggested items in the large soup cans throughout the church or bring them to the elementary commons area next to the red desk: meat, chili/stew, soup, beans, juice/milk, nuts, and fruit. The items we collect will be used for the Christmas Boxes on Saturday, December 10. visit or contact or 214-224-2568.

    End-of-year contributionsin order to comply with irS regulations for contributions to churches, the following rules will apply to your December contributions:

    Will be reported as 2011 contributions z Checks written in December 2011, deposited in the mail, and postmarked December 2011, but not received until January 2012

    z Checks written in December 2011 and deposited in December church offerings

    z Checks written in December 2011 and physically received in December 2011*

    *Please make sure that all donations are included in the offering on Sunday, December 25, mailed, or hand delivered to a drop box at the church office before 5:00 pm on December 30, as the church offices will be closed the week of December 26-30.

    Will be reported as 2012 contributions z Checks written in December 2011 and mailed, but not postmarked, until January 2012

    z Checks written in December 2011 and deposited in church offerings in January 2012

    z Checks written and deposited in church offerings in January 2012

    irS regulations specify that a contribution is made at the time delivery is effected for tax purposes. irS also requires individuals to have a giving statement on the letterhead of the charitable organization prior to filing your tax return.

    Please remember these guidelines as you prepare to meet your financial commitment to the ministry of PCPC. Thank you for your part in helping us reach our financial goal for the fiscal year 20112012. Contact or 214-224-2503.

    New nursing mothers roomroom located directly under the Sanctuary in room 101n with a live video of the sermon! Contact or 214-224-2566.

    ESL needs Christmas giftsDonate children's movies, music, and board games for our ESL families for Christmas! Contact or 214-224-2528.

    ESL kid-care volunteers neededWe need volunteers for our kid-care program (ages 612) Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Contact or 214-224-2528.

    Urban Ministries open positionWe have an open position for a full-time Coordinator in Urban Ministries. E-mail a resume to visit or contact or 214-224-2712.

    "Would you know who is the greatest saint

    in the world? It is not he who prays the most

    or fasts the most... but it is he who is always

    thankful to God, who receives everything

    as an instance of God's goodness and has a heart always ready

    to praise God for it."William Law

    Births z adam James alonso son of Carol

    and Todd Alonso, on october 27, 2011

    Deaths z laurie Glasgow (CC#01) on

    november 9, 2011, wife of Hank Glasgow (CC#01); mother of Sam owen (CC#01); sister of Tom (and Wylly) Goodson (CC#22)

    z christie la rash (CC#09) on november 15, 2011, daughter of Suzie and Steve la rash (CC#09); sister of robbie (and caroline la rash) (CC#09) and lindsay (and Phillip mcKinney) (CC#14).

    Sympathy z Penny Giles (CC#22) on the loss of

    her husband; Gretchen Giles (CC#22) on the loss of her father, John F. Giles iii, on September 29, 2011

    z Beverly and Bob Holmes (CC#02) on the loss of her brother, ronald D. Hagood, on november 5, 2011

    z margaret Kunkel (CC#15) on the loss of her father-in-law, Charles kunkel, on november 15, 2011

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

    communionSundays, 8:009:00 amWednesdays, 5:306:00 pm

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

    Park Cities Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian church in america4124 oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX

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    2011/2012 operating budget

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    Artists' registration for Arts Festivalregistration for the 2012 spring Arts Festival, The Passion and the Promise will be open Tuesday, January 3Tuesday, february 14. visit or contact or 214-224-2739.

    White Rock MarathonThe White rock Marathon will pass by PCPC on Lakeside Drive Sunday, December 4, causing access and parking changes. See the map for the marathon's route at

    STUDEnT MiniSTriES

    Voice of Hope Christmas ProjectSixthtwelfth grade Bible studies will have the opportunity to adopt a family from West Dallas and then shop together for their adopted family on Saturday, December 17, 9:30 am12:30 pm, voice of Hope. Contact or 214-224-2762.

    CoMMUniTy EvEnT

    Joy: An Irish Christmaskeith and kristyn Getty's Joy: An irish Christmas concert, brought to you by redeemer Seminary, will be held Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Highland Park Presbyterian Church. There is no cost but seating is limited. reserve your tickets at Contact Hannah king, or 732-213-2364.