News and Announcements:

Calendar of Events for the Week of November 28, 2021
Monday-  5:00pm Karate
Tuesday -  2:30pm Stephen Ministry Training
Wednesday - 6:30pm Bible Study
Thursday - 9:00am  Living Nativity Costumes
                      9:00am  Quilting Group
                      2:00pm Choir Practice
                      5:00pm Karate
                      6:30pm AA Meeting
Friday -   
Saturday - 8:00am  Living Nativity Set-up
                     5:00pm-7:00pm Living Nativity
Please note that there is no Saturday worship service on December 4 
ANGEL GIFTS - On the table in the back of the church are cards with information about a child and their requests for Christmas gifts. Please consider taking a card or two and shopping for the child(ren) to make their Christmas happy. Make sure the card is on the package when you return the gifts by December 12th. Mark your name and the card number on the clipboard provided. Thank you for being a part of this special ministry.
HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER - Please join us at Christ Lutheran Conyngham on Saturday, December 18th at 5pm for “Holden Evening Prayer”. All are invited to share in this beautiful and meaningful service of music, scripture, and prayer.
PAVILION PROJECT - The church council is gathering information needed to plan the construction of a pavilion to be erected somewhere in the grassy area behind the row of trees in the back parking lot. We are forming a committee to research the size, the purpose and location of where the pavilion would be located before obtaining bids for completing the work.  If interested in helping to design and decide on what to include in the pavilion, please contact Mike Ziegler, property committee chair by text or call to 570-956-1540.
LIVING NATIVITY DECEMBER 4th AND 5th - 5:00pm – 7:00pm each evening (note time change)
Set-Up Dates and Times
Saturday November 27th at 9:00am
Saturday December 4th at 8:00am
Sunday December 5th at 3pm (reset)
Costumes
Thursday December 2nd for set-out at 9:00am
Saturday December 4th and Sunday December 5th at 4:30pm to help people get into costumes
Clean-Up
Saturday December 4th @7:00pm
Sunday December 5th at 7:00pm
Saturday December 11th at 9:00am for final clean-up
Look for sign-up sheets on the table in the back of the church for these areas and for a WISH LIST of items needed and a COOKIES AND SNACKS sheet for the days of the Nativity.
Sign-up poster boards for the scenes are on the bulletin board in the back of the church.
2022  OFFERING ENVELOPES - Offering envelopes for the new year are on the table in the parlor. Please take your pack.

VALLEY FOOD PANTRY CHRISTMAS BASKETS - For Christmas we have been asked to donate all kinds of baking items; flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, cocoa, cookie mixes, any baking item you can think of. Due by Sunday December 12th. Coffee is always needed, too. Place your donations in the grocery cart inside the front door. Thank you.

POINSETTIAS AND HUNGER APPEAL DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS - Orders for poinsettias are now being taken. There will NOT be a sign-up sheet. Please use the envelopes from the basket on the table in the narthex. And, make sure the information on the envelope is complete and clear. Place it in the offering plate or return to the church office. Fifty poinsettias will be purchased and the balance of money received will go to the Hunger Appeal. All gifts will be listed in the bulletin on Christmas Eve. The cost of a poinsettia is $10.00, but any amount of your donation is appreciated. All donations must be in the church office by Sunday December 12th.
CHRIST CHURCH RESUMES RECYCLING! - We have already restarted the recycling of office paper, that is, the paper which comes from any printer or copier. Please take note of the labeled containers located in the Narthex and Cindy’s office for collecting worship bulletins and other office quality paper. In November, we will be phasing in the recycling of #1 plastic bottles and jugs, steel cans, glass bottles and jars, and corrugated cardboard. Look for recycling bins in the kitchen. Please breakdown unwanted boxes and we will stage them in the shed until the next recycle drop off. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to help with this effort to be good stewards of creation - please contact Fred Jaxheimer or Mike Ziegler.  
2022 CALENDARS - Calendars for the new year are on the table in the back of the church. Please help yourself. Thank you to Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory for sponsoring our calendars.
YOUR OFFERING FOR THE CHURCH - Thanks for being faithful with your offering to our church. Through the months when we could not meet, envelopes continued to be mailed to the church in support of God’s work and mission, and this has continued through this day. Remember, our offering envelopes are designed to be mailed to the church if you cannot be with us in person at worship. And, as summer is with us and we start to be ‘on the move’ again as restrictions are lifted, don’t forget your church offerings through this time, also.
NEW E-MAIL FOR PICTURES - We are looking to keep our web site and Facebook page up to date with all the events that happen here at Christ Church and where we volunteer and serve in other areas. If you have any pictures, please send them to clcpicstogo@gmail.com, and be sure to take pictures of any church related activities and send them to the e-mail, too. Thanks for your help.  

STEPHEN MINISTRY UPDATE 
Training for our Stephen Ministers began in October.  The first week of study, “The Person of the Caregiver,” was an introduction to the training ahead and exploring the Christ-centered foundation of Stephen Ministry.  In the following weeks we learned about “Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours” in which we explored how feelings are a gift from God and how to help people recognize, accept, and express feelings so they can experience God’s healing and wholeness. We also studied “The Art of Listening” which is an essential part of Stephen Ministry. We learned how to use a variety of active listening skills to help hurting people share what they’re going through and move toward healing. We ended the month with a day long retreat studying “Distinctively Christian Caring”.   This training focused on the essentials of using our Christian faith in caring for hurting people and learning practical ways to live out the reality that “The Stephen Minister is the caregiver, and God is the Curegiver.”
Please keep the trainees and leaders in your prayers as they learn to be equipped to bring Christ’s care to hurting people and continue to lift them up as they nurture their gifts and expand their knowledge as they grow in their ability to provide caring ministry on behalf of our congregation.  Please contact Deb Jones or Pastor Deb for information on Stephen Ministry or if you have any questions.
 
INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION CUPS - are ready for pick up for you to use at home. They are inside the front door of the parlor and may be picked up during office hours. Please help yourself.  If you are unable to come to the church during the hours posted, please call the church (570-788-1572) to make other arrangements. You may also commune with what you have at home; bread, crackers, juice, wine, etc.
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