BE EXPECTANT THIS ADVENT SEASON!
Our Advent worship services in December support the expectation of the Lord’s coming. Each Sunday we will use different means – music, performance, verbal expression, all strictly based in the truth of Scripture – to express our longing for Jesus’ birth and the eternal joy He will give us. We are delighted you have joined us for this great adventure leading 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.
WEST SIDE OPEN HOUSE
Please join us to celebrate the Christmas season with a community open house at West Side on Sunday, December 17, from 4-6pm. Invite family, friends and neighbors for light refreshments, festive music and Christmas carols.
WOMEN OF HOPE SEWING
Beautiful quilts, aprons, dolls, table runners and other items 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.
DECEMBER WOMEN’S CIRCLES
Circle Lydia will meet for a Christmas brunch on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:30am in the home of Dolores Latham (4548 54th Ave SW). Non perishable food items will be collected for the Food Bank. Info? Contact Dolores. Circle Mary’s Christmas brunch is also on December 13 at the home of Helen Locatelli.
LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?
How about a copy of former Pastor Paul Smith’s book, JESUS, Meet Him Again for the First Time, for a family member, friend, or someone you’d like to share your faith with? It starts with the Christmas story and invites you to a fresh look at Jesus’ life. $10 in the Welcome Center.
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. (wspc.org/job-openings/).
ATTENTION MORGAN STREET THRIFTWAY SHOPPERS!
Thriftway gives West Side Deacons a rebate on our purchases which is used to support Deacon duties throughout the year. Save your Thriftway receipts!! Drop them in the gold-papered “Thriftway” box on the information counter in the Narthex. Every contribution helps, and the Deacons appreciate yours!
DISTRIBUTION OF CHRISTMAS OFFERING
We are forever thankful for God’s blessings. This year your Christmas offering will help fund the following mission projects:
1. Payment of 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 (proposed by Larry Burke) – $1,670
3. Rehabilitation by New Scent Centre in Kenya of young girls rescued from sexual trafficking/child prostitution (proposed by 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 (proposed by Michael Madany) – $1,400
6. Publication of special editions of the Lighthouse New Testament for Iraq and Syria (proposed by 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 (proposed by Andy Toth) – $750
SECURITY UPDATE – CHANGE IN TIMES
On Sundays in December, security personnel will be posted at our doors the following times (changes are in bold):
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 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!
SUNDAY ADULT CLASSES
9:00am December 10, 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: Pastor Shari. Class Location: Howell Auditorium.
Church Time for 3 Year Old through 2nd Grade in Room 6
December 10 – No Church Time – Join us in the sanctuary for worship and presentation of the play, The Least of These.
December 17 – Tom Shafer and Sherry Cejna
YOUTH NEWS (Grades 6-12)
Sun. (10) – Sunday School, 9:00am: High School in Room 5, Middle School in Room 3
Wed. (12) – Middle School Huddle, 6-7:45pm
Wed. (12) – High School Impact, 7:15-9pm
Fri. (15) – High School Junction: Star Wars. Movie @ 7pm; meet at WSPC @ 6pm.
Candle Lighting – The Olsons: Jarrett grew up at West Side and works at Heritage Bank. Paula, a former MOPS mom, teaches at the YMCA. Nathaniel is in 8th grade and participates in middle school Huddle events. The family serves in our community meal ministry.
Prayers & Confessions – Lisa West is a Builder and Developer. She is a deacon for District 15 and on the Missions Committee. Alondra is 13 years old, attends Hope Lutheran School and is in the Confirmation Class.
READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
This week: Hebrews 1-13; Philemon; 1 Peter; 2 Peter 1-3.
CALENDAR – SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
9:00am Adult Class: We are God’s Art Work
9:00am Children/Youth Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service: The Message of Christmas
11:00am Blood Pressure Clinic
11:00am Fellowship Brunch
4:00pm Pastor Nominating Committee
6:00pm Middle School Huddle
7:15pm High School Impact
Mon. (11) Church Building Closed
6:30am Men’s Koinonia Prayer & Breakfast
5:30pm Cubs – Lions
6:30pm Christian Education Meeting
7:00pm Cub Scouts
7:00pm Department Meetings
7:30pm Boy Scouts
1-5pm West Side Wednesdays
9:30am Circle Lydia @ Dolores Latham’s
10:00am Circle Mary @ Helen Locatelli’s
10:30am West Seattle Bible Study
10:30am Pastoral Care Staff
11:00am Staff Meeting
7:00pm Bible Study & Prayer
9:30am Women’s Bible Study
6:00pm Girl Scouts
7:00pm Adult Choir
6:00pm Senior Fellowship @ Rice’s
6:00pm High School Junction: Star Wars
6:30pm Ensemble Rehearsal
8:00am Oasis Men’s Group
9:00am Girl Scouts
12:00pm Community Meal
9:00am Adult Class: We are God’s Art Work
10:00am 3rd Sunday of Advent: Lessons of Christmas