SCRIPTURE FOR THIS SUNDAY:  Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke 1:26 – 2:52 tell the story of Christmas. This will be the focus of our Christmas Pageant. 


WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? Prayers of Pastoral Concern. What does prayer for others achieve? Wouldn’t concrete action be more effective? We need both concrete action and prayer. Prayer is not about magic. It’s not about God snapping “his” fingers and having something happen or not happen down here. The natural world functions within its own random and independent currents and we humans affect our world and each other through our choices and life-styles. But we do also influence each other through our words, actions and invisible energy carried by compassion and attentive meditation. Prayer done with intention, attention and compassionate concern sends energy – healing, life-giving energy to where it’s directed. As the hands, feet and heart of Christ who energizes us as we root ourselves in him, we then become envoys of that energy into the world around us. Do you believe that? Without faith, there are limits to what we can do and what our prayers can do. How important are the prayers of pastoral concern in your worship experience?

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR EVANGEL HALL: We will be hosting the annual Christmas dinner for Evangel Hall on Wednesday December 12 from 5:30pm. If you would like to come and help serve, we will be meeting from 4:30pm on to prepare the meal and serve up at 5:30pm. If anyone would like to provide entertainment (musical or otherwise) for the event, please let me know in the next week. The meal costs approximately $10.00 per plate to serve so if you would like to donate a plate or two just let Gillian MacCausland know on Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you there!

PHOTODIRECTORY: As we continue to complete an updated photo directory for 2019, we kindly ask that you take a look at the current draft which will be on the Narthex Table this Sunday and next Sunday to review your name and contact information. If you haven’t yet taken a photo or submitted one through the office to be included in the directory, please speak to Linda Grant, Sharon Fischer.  

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS to give to housebound members and to adorn the sanctuary this Christmas are available for purchase today during coffee hour in Scott Duncan Hall. Cost per plant is $10. If you wish you can take your plant(s) home after the Christmas Services. If you haven’t already done so, please see Mary-Lynn Dodson or Elsie Powell to place your order. Thank you!

SUPPORTING SENIORS IN TRANSITION: In the face of aging, illness or unexpected physical and mental changes, many of us need help figuring out what our options are. What support is there via social and medical case management to recognize our unique make up as human beings and what we need to help us transition to the kind of living situation where we have the support and quality of life best for us? At Armour Heights Church we are developing the resources and providing some funding for consultation as part of our health and pastoral ministry for our people. Speak to Barbara Thomas, Dr. Harris or Sharon Fisher for more info.