THE LESSONS OF CHRISTMAS!
Our Advent worship services in December support the expectation and hope of the Lord’s coming in different ways. Today, the story of Christmas is told from the manger to the cross through Scripture readings, carols, special music and devotional stories. We are delighted you have joined us for this great adventure leading from Jesus the baby to Jesus the Messiah! Please stay for refreshments and fellowship after the service and know you are invited to any of our listed activities and classes.
SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT
Not everyone is joyful that it is almost Christmas. Many face sadness, illness, and loss of hope even more acutely at this time. On Thursday, December 21 at 7pm, West Side is hosting area congregations in this special worship service of candle-lighting, singing, prayer and communion to support those carrying burdens and the people who love, care, and pray for them. All are welcome!
WEST SIDE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE – DEC. 17
Please join us Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4-6pm to celebrate Christmas through carols, food and fellowship, welcoming members of our community and guests from our various ministries — Community Meal, MOPS, West Side Bible Study, Highland Park School, Foster Kids, ESL and others!
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT DEADLINE
Short weeks, church building closures. For the 12/24 or 12/31 bulletins, please have announcements to the church office by 10am, Tuesday, December 19. Thanks!
CHILDCARE SCHEDULING POSITION AVAILABLE
West Side is looking for a paid, part-time person to coordinate childcare for all church activities outside of Sunday morning, working with staff and volunteers to provide a quality environment for our children. www.wspc.org/job-openings/.
GIVE A GIFT THAT LASTS
Former Pastor Paul Smith’s book, JESUS, Meet Him Again for the First Time, gives us a fresh look at Jesus’ life – a perfect gift for anyone you love. $10 in the Welcome Center.
DISTRIBUTION OF CHRISTMAS OFFERING
We are forever thankful for God’s blessings. This year your Christmas offering will help fund the following mission projects (proposed by):
1. Copay for eye surgery for West Side’s “home-grown” missionary Rick Wood who suffers from on-going eye problems – $2,000
2. Construction of the Dangaleat church in Chad (Larry Burke) – $1,670
3. Rehabilitation by New Scent Centre in Kenya of young girls rescued from sexual trafficking/child prostitution (Debbie Wood) – $2,300
4. Travel and tuition of pastors attending a 2018 conference in South Asia taught by Denise Hovland – $2,200
5. SIM “The New Life” website which helps spread the gospel in Asia (Michael Madany) – $1,400
6. Publication of special editions of the Lighthouse New Testament for Iraq and Syria (Larry Ciccarelli) – $1,600
7. Housing and transportation for Jay and Nancy Adams at Black Forest Academy in Germany – $750
8. Living expenses and transportation for Mexican seminary students in the High Sierra (Andy Toth) – $750
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY MEAL MINISTRY
Care about people in need? Like to email and schedule people for various jobs? Volunteer to schedule Community Meal volunteers! Contact Susie Williams to learn more. SusieW@wspc.org; 206-935-4477.
WOMEN OF HOPE SEWING
Quilts, aprons, dolls, table runners, etc. made by Nigerian widows affected by HIV/AIDS can be bought today across from the library. The Mashiah Foundation is a Christian ministry that provides support for these young widows and their children.
SUNDAY ADULT CLASSES
9:00am December 17 & 31: We are God’s Art Work is a class for anyone, of any age, who is interested in learning how Christians are formed spiritually. The class will aid participants in exploring their spiritual journey, identifying their temperament, ministry passion, priorities and availability, talents, and gifts. It is our hope that this knowledge, taken together, will be useful in strengthening the process by which members are called and equipped for ministry and leadership. This class uses a curriculum put together by Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church in Spokane, WA. Teacher: Pastors Shari and Jesse. Classes meet in Howell Auditorium.
Church Time for 3 Year Old through 2nd Grade in Room 6
December 17 – Tom Shafer and Sherry Cejna
December 24 – Kris & Erika Aronson; Stacy Kutz
YOUTH NEWS (Grades 6-12)
Sun. (17) – Sunday School, 9:00am: High School in Room 5, Middle School in Room 3
Sun. (17) – Quest and Discipleship Groups, 6:30-8pm
Tues. (19) – YLT Christmas Brunch, 10am
Wed. (20) – Middle School Ice Skating & Christmas Party, 2-9pm
Thurs. (21) – YLT Cookie Baking, 3pm @ West Side
Thurs. (21) – High School Christmas Party, 6-9pm @ Devon Porter’s
Flowers today are given to the glory of God, in loving memory of Bessie Pajo from her family and in our thankfulness for Jesus’ birth.
SECURITY FOR THE BUILDING
On Sundays in December, security personnel will be posted at our doors the following times:
Main Door: 8:30am – 11:30am
ADA Door: 8:30am – 11:30am
Loading Bay Door: 8:30am – 10:10am
We will keep the congregation informed of any further changes.
SUNDAY MORNING PARKING REQUEST
With one service on Sundays in December, up close parking is truly needed for those with limited mobility. Please park at least a couple of blocks away or in the Swedish Medical Center lots if you are able. Thanks!
READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
This week: 1 Timothy 1-6; Titus 1-3; 2 Timothy 1-4; 1 John 1-5; 2 John, 3 John; Jude.
CALENDAR – 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT
9:00am Adult Class: We are God’s Art Work
9:00am Children/Youth Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service: The Lessons of Christmas and Communion
11:00am Coffee and Fellowship
4-6pm Community Open House
4:00pm Pastor Nominating Committee
6:30pm Quest / Discipleship Groups
Mon. (18) Church Building Closed
6:30am Men’s Koinonia Prayer & Breakfast
10:00am YLT Christmas Brunch
7:30pm Boy Scouts Parent Meeting
10:30am Staff Christmas
2-9pm Middle School Ice Skating & Christmas Party
7:00pm Bible Study & Prayer
3:00pm YLT Cookie Baking
6-9pm High School Christmas Party @ Devon Porter’s
7:00pm Service of the Longest Night, Communion
8:00pm Adult Choir
Fri. (22) Church Closed
8:00am Oasis Men’s Group
Sun. (24) 4th Sunday of Advent: Christmas Eve
10:00am Family Worship Service
4:00pm Nativity Service – Family-friendly
11:00pm Carols and Communion