December 4, 2014

December 2015

St. Andrew Messenger

Love, Celebrate, Nurture, Share and Serve

December 2015

A stable lamp is lighted

A stable lamp is lighted     

         Whose glow shall wake the sky;

           The stars shall bend their voices,

         And ev’ry stone shall cry.

         And ev’ry stone shall cry,

             And straw like gold shall shine;

                 A barn shall harbor heaven,

             A stall become a shrine.

 This child through David’s city

         Shall ride in triumph by;

             The palm shall strew its branches,

         And ev’ry stone shall cry.

         And ev’ry stone shall cry.

             Though heavy, dull, and dumb,

                 And lie within the roadway

             To pave His kingdom come.

 

 Yet He shall be forsaken,

         And yielded up to die;

             The sky shall groan and darken,

        And ev’ry stone shall cry.

        And ev’ry stone shall cry,

            For stony hearts of men:

                God’s blood upon the spearhead,

            God’s love refused again.

 

 But now, as at the ending,

         The low is lifted high;

             The stars shall bend their voices,

         And ev’ry stone shall cry.

         And ev’ry stone shall cry,

             In praises of the Child

                 By whose descent among us

             The worlds are reconciled.   

St. A’s Family News

Transitions

Tristan Aasen, daughter of Shirley Drye, died on November 24th in Walnut Creek. She is also survived by her daughter Sedona and husband Carter.

Worship in December

6:         Second Sunday of Advent; Sacrament of Holy Communion.

13:       Third Sunday of Advent.

20:       Fourth Sunday of Advent.

24:       Christmas Eve; Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30; doors open for seating at 7:10 pm.

27:       First Sunday of Christmas.

Worship Notes

The Sundays of December leading up to Christmas Eve will be filled with music, candles and anticipation. Advent continues through December 20th with the lighting of the Advent candles, singing of Advent hymns of anticipation and special music by our choirs. As usual, the children will join us through the lighting of the Advent candles and then go to their Sunday School classes.

Our theme this Advent season is Echoes of Kindness and we are inviting everyone to consider acts of kindness as we prepare for Christ.

Our Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 7:30 p.m. on that evening. This is a family service suitable for all ages. Doors open for seating at 7:10 p.m. The service is usually crowded, so plan accordingly. If you would like to help with ushering that night, please talk with David Koblitz.

The last Sunday of December is the First Sunday of Christmas in the liturgical calendar. The celebration on that day will continue with Christmas carols and the Christmas spirit abounding. It will be an informal service and the children will be with us for the hour.

Please consider — if you are able — parking at the far ends of the parking lot, on the street or in the library parking lot during this month to leave room at the inn for our guests and visitors. We don’t want anyone to pass us by because they can’t find a place to park!

Coffee Hour

Our coffee hour is a special time for us to greet one another, catch up with news and enjoy goodies. It is also a way we practice the call to extend hospitality to one another and the community. One of the ways we do that is by using Fair Trade coffee. Sign-up sheets are on our bulletin board for volunteers to bring goodies of your choice: cookies, cakes or cupcakes, fruit or vegetables.

We extend a big thank you to Becky Christ and Sandy Quibell who have been doing coffee duty faithfully, along with those who arrive early to help out. If you would like to assist or learn how to host (for a month), talk with them at the coffeehour.

About People

Nate Miller is attending the University of Michigan where he is on the crew team and working with the football team doing strength and conditioning. Ben Miller is at the ASU Carey Business School where he is getting a Masters of Science in Business Analytics.

Session and Deacon News

Session News

New Officers

Congratulations to our newly elected officers who were ordained and installed on November 15th: Elders Carol Allen, Rob Carpenter, Hal Humphrey and Doug Kimsey; and Deacons Cheri Coulter, Amy Davidson, Valerie Davidson, Nancy Stotts and Mary Straws. There is a photo of them with the coffeehour cake on both our Facebook page and our website. The elders begin service at the December budget meeting; the Deacons have their first meeting at the end of January.

Stewardship 2016

Offering envelopes will be available beginning on December 6th for those who have made a pledge. If you would like envelopes, but do not want to make an estimate, please indicate that on your card and send it to the church or call the church office. If you did not receive this mailing and would like to be included in our stewardship, please call the church or indicate this on your registration card and it will be sent to you. Or check the table in the narthex for estimate of giving cards and return envelopes. When filling out your card, be sure to indicate whether you want monthly or weekly envelopes.

End of year giving

This is a gentle reminder that, by IRS regulations, we may receive pledges and gifts through the end of the day on December 31st and credit that to your 2015 statement. Anything received in the new year will have to be credited to 2016. The church office will be open until 5 pm on December 31st to receive last minute giving.

2016 Directory

Like many projects, the new Directory was supported by many people.

  • Berni Schuhmann did the layout.
  • Debra Etienne took the wonderful pictures for the front and back covers of the Directory.
  • Linda Barnes, Enid Brand, Mary Dare, Marlene Hayes, Maxine Hines, Ruth Holmes, Judi Kuhn, Carol Rising, Roy Stotts and Mary Straws registered all who had pictures taken.
  • Linda Barnes, Wayne Boykin, Mary Dare and Roy Stotts moved chairs in the sanctuary to make room for the photographers’ equipment.
  • Peggy Draper provided church office support.

And to all who contributed pictures of the activities of the church. Thank to each of you for your help in making the Directory possible!!

Nancy Stotts & Mary Dare

Deacons’ News

At their regular meeting on November 17th, the Deacons made a $1,000 donation to the Pacifica Resource Center. After Christmas, the Deacons will be delivering poinsettia plants to members of our congregation who need to be remembered at this joyous time of year. Look for the enclosed flyer to make your donation of a plant that will grace our Christmas Eve worship and then bring cheer to someone who needs it. The Deacons have available copies of a popular booklet, How Will I Get Through the Holidays?, for those who have lost a loved one in the past year. The holiday times are particularly hard times for those who are grieving and our instincts on how to survive them are not always helpful. If you would like a copy, please contact Penny or your deacon. There is no charge.

Terra Nova Christian Preschool

We provide a safe, nurturing environment for children age two to pre-Kindergarten five days a week, 11 hours a day, at our Terra Nova Christian PreSchool & Day Care. There is a 10% discount for church members. Contact the Director, Janis Brunori, at 355-2962.

For and About Familie

Sunday School

The Joan of Arcadia class for grades 6-8 will meet in December on the 13th for the whole hour. If you are older and want to be a part of this class, you are very welcome!

Youth Group

The Youth Group meets on the first Sunday of the month for brunch together. So, if you are in 9th through 12th grade and want to join us, meet at the church at 11 am on December 6th, to walk over to Pacific’s or the Grill. If you have $5 to throw into the kitty for lunch, bring it.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2016

2016 is a Triennium year! Every three years, around 5,000 high school students from entering freshmen through graduated seniors gather at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, for a life changing week. The dates for the 2016 PYT are July 19th through the 25th. You will be hearing more about this, but please save those dates. If you want to learn more, Google “Presbyterian Youth Triennium” and watch the video invitation.

Holiday Read Aloud

St. Andrew has supported Pacifica School Volunteers since it was a vision in the minds of its founders and continues to support it through donations to the Deacons.

PSV has issued an invitation to anyone who would like to be a Guest or Guest Reader at Ortega Elementary School just up the street from the church on December 11th from 9 to 11 am. You may bring your own favorite holiday book or they will provide one for you. Volunteer by calling Bernadette at 355-9432 or going online to psv@pacificasd.org. Check out the flyer on our bulletin board for more information.

Westminster Woods

Looking ahead:

DecemberFest for high schoolers

December 4th-6th

Forest Adventure for 4th-6th graders

February 5th-7th

Go online to www.westminsterwoods.org for more information or to register.

Women’s Weekend:

Hospitality

Speaker:  Amy Seymour Haney

January 22 – 24, 2016

Cost: $170

Hospitality, despite what Pinterest and the magazines at the grocery store checkout lane tell us, is not really about how pretty our home looks to guests or how pretty we look to others.   Hospitality is about relationship – how are we changed by welcoming others into our lives, and how are we a part of the world around us. The Bible is ripe with stories of hospitality: how people welcomed Jesus and how Jesus welcomed them, how eating a meal with strangers meant angels had gathered around your dining table.

Amy is the pastor of Windsor Presbyterian Church in central Sonoma County, where she has served for almost 10 years.

Men’s Weekend:

Speaker:  Jeff Chapman

February 26 – 28, 2016

Cost: $170

Rev. Jeff Chapman of Faith Presbyterian Church in Sacramento will be our speaker, and together we will enjoy a weekend filled with just the right blend of activity and relaxation.

Go to www.westminsterwoods.org to register or for more information.

 

UNICEF

Thank you all who trick or treated for UNICEF this past Halloween. We received 56.05! The children in need around the world thank you.

 HEIFER

You can’t send a goat to school, but a goat can get you there. Just ask Ruwaida. Her family’s farm in Tanzania earned next to nothing. The land wasn’t productive enough to provide basic needs, let alone pay for her school fees or supplies.

But after receiving goats and training from Heifer, life is so much better. With the extra income the goats help generate, paying for school is no longer a problem. Ruwaida drinks plenty of nutritious milk, and her health has never been better — which means she can focus on her studies and look forward to a better life.

Opportunities for Growth

New College Berkeley

Advent Prayer Retreat

Susan Phillips

Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,

First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley

2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Cost: $25

Advent is an opportunity to reflect on this adventure into which God invites us. Carve out time in the press toward Christmas to prepare your hearts for walking the way in the year ahead. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ.

To register, call 510-841-9386 or go online to www.newcollegeberkeley.org.

Mercy Center Burlingame

The Power of Grace
A Spirituality Workshop with David Richo

Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

$65 nonrefundable registration
Please bring your own lunch

The self-help movement puts its accent on exercises and suggestions to improve ourselves. But there is another force to look to. If we think back over the episodes and milestones of our lives, we notice that somewhere in each event there was a happening, something beyond our choice, plan, or expectation. We were somehow helped to make a leap or guided to something new by a Higher Power than ourselves. That special assistance, unmerited, unearned, unforeseen, unplanned, often unnoticed, is called grace, the amazing gift dimension of life. It comes to every one of us many times in life, even today. We can learn ways to open to the grace of the Holy Spirit. We can find an opportunity for psychological growth and spiritual awakening both in life events and in relationships.

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist practices.

Mission News

Promises Made Promises Kept

2016 Christmas Joy Offering

There’s no place like home for the holidays.

I’ll be home for Christmas.

How many of our beloved holiday songs have to do with home and family? It seems to be an essential human need to be home with family at this time of year.

What if you are a young person and you have no place to call home? That is the case for young people who have been in foster care but “aged out” of the foster care system. Suddenly, they turn 18 and are on their own.

The theme of the 2016 Christmas Joy Offering is Promises Made; Promises Kept. As we await the birth of our Promise in Jesus Christ, we are reminded of those to whom promises were made, the “least among us,” as Jesus called the poor, young and outcast. Your Mission Committee has designated ½ of our annual Christmas Joy Offering in 2015 to be donated to an organization that makes sure that these young people don’t slip through the cracks. StarVista’s Transitional Youth Services (TYS) provides housing assistance and case management services to youth ages 18-24. TYS consists of two main components: THP-Plus (Transitional Housing Placement Plus) and Aftercare. THP-Plus is a 24 month program that provides multiple housing options and case management. Aftercare provides case management services for youth. These programs provide an opportunity for youth to build on their strengths and expand their community of support. Youth develop skills, achieve their goals, and become self-sufficient adults.

The other half will be divided between the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church which provides Assistance Grants to retired or disabled church workers and our racial/ethnic schools and colleges. You will hear more about all of these programs in the Sundays in December.

This is the time of the year when we remember those who are too often forgotten. Please give generously to our Christmas Joy Offering. Use the enclosed envelope or send your donation (clearly marked for “Christmas Joy”) directly to the church office.

Pacifica Resource Center

In the past month, we donated two bags of food on November 1st, November 8th, November 15th and November 22nd and three bags on November 29th. Thank you to all who help the hungry. The Resource Center marshals many resources to feed Pacificans in need: Second Harvest Food Bank, day old baked goods from local markets, produce from a variety of places and donations such as ours. They regularly need kid-friendly food such as breakfast cereal, mac and cheese, tuna, jam and jelly (they can get peanut butter from Second Harvest), as well as dried milk, pasta and rice. Please, no calendars. Thanks!

In addition, if you would like to adopt a family through the Pacifica Resource Center for Christmas, please contact them directly. They recommend budgeting about $100 per child and plan on a gift for the family. Many folks like to share this with another family or group of friends.

Amnesty International

You can write a letter by going to www.amnesty.org.

Announcements

The next Newcomer’s Group will be held on Saturday, December 12th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. Child care is provided if requested. If you are interested in joining this group or if you have taken the newcomer’s group and want to join the church at this time, please call the church office.

 Puente

More than 200 families depend on Puente for the basics – food and toys – for the holiday season. If you would like to volunteer or partner with them this holiday season, contact Abby Mohaupt at amohaupt@mypuente.org or (650) 879-1691 ext. 114. Christmas stockings filled with daily essentials, school supplies, toiletries and little toys are being prepared and will be distributed during the holidays. The best way to contribute is through this website: https://www.roonga.com/puenteposada2015/. If you prefer to send/deliver stocking stuffers, they especially need razors (4-pack), colored pencils and glue sticks. Volunteers are needed on December 18th for the Posada and on December 20th for La Sala Christmas to help set up, clean up and assist with other tasks during the event. Call Abby soon to sign up! You can find more information at www.mypuente.org.

For the taking: copies are available on the table in the narthex of our December newsletter; the November/December issue of the magazine, Presbyterians Today; the January/February/ March issue of the devotional booklet, These Days; the inserts Taking Faith Home from the previous Sunday bulletin; and the 2014 Annual Report.

The deadline for the January newsletter is December 15th. Please get your articles, flyers and notices to the church office as soon as possible, or email them to pennynewall@aol.com.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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