WEEK OF DECEMBER 2
COMING TO FAITH ACTS IN ADVENT:
To Us a Child Is Born – a two-week study of the Scriptures that inspired the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Come enjoy the study and the music. Begins Thursday, December 6th, 6:15 p.m. in the Chapel. Pastor Bill Teague will lead. Come early for dinner 5:15-6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Families share great food and fellowship for a nominal fee. Then stay for Faith Acts programs – classes and choirs for children beginning age 3 (nursery for younger) plus Adult Class -- 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Thank you! Well over 100 LPC members and families have made a faith promise of financial support for our mission and ministry in 2019. If you have not already returned a pledge card, you may drop your card in this morning’s offering plate or mail it to the church office. Need a new card? They are available in the information racks or call the church office. It’s a great time to be at LPC!
COMMUNITY TOY DAY:
Each December for the past five years the deacons have worked with Bucks County Housing Group to host a Community Toy Day at LPC. Needy families make appointments with BCHG to “shop” for toys for their children for Christmas. This program depends on the generous donations of unwrapped toys from LPC and others. Boxes to collect your donations will be set up in the Narthex after Thanksgiving. Toy ages range from 2 years to 17 years. Good choices are books, Superheroes, Legos, Polly Pockets, Barbies, Monster High dolls, My Little Pony play sets, Shopkins play sets, Ninja Turtle dolls, Paw Patrol. For older kids- Eagles or Phillies hoodies (large or x-large), basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, earbuds, Walmart gift cards, nail polish, make up. No craft items, please because they do not go.
HATS AND MITTENS:
Once again we will be collecting new hats and mittens of all sizes, and placing them on the Christmas tree to be set up in Fellowship Hall after Thanksgiving. Items will be distributed to Bucks County Housing Group as part of the December 12th Community Toy Day. This drive has been so successful grateful families have requested its return.
ALTERNATIVE GIFT PROGRAM:
Are you looking for a meaningful Christmas gift for a friend, colleague or loved one? Your Mission Committee has established an Alternate Gift Program (AGP) as an alternative to traditional gift giving. Here is an opportunity to help change the world through charitable gifts to carefully selected agencies serving at home and around the world in the name of Christ. When you purchase an alternative gift, you will receive an acknowledgement of your gift and a unique greeting card that describes the gift you have chosen, which can be mailed or given to the person you have honored. You may have already received an email with the current gift list and order form. If not, please visit the LPC web site or pick up an order form in the AGP gift brochure in the Narthex or Chapel. This season why not consider giving a gift that will change the world! They are gifts of hope and love, empowering the poorest of the poor to sustain life and build a better future for subsequent generations. Place your order form with check in the offering plate or mail to the church office.
ADVENT INVITATION POSTCARDS:
LPC is looking forward to a busy and joyous advent season as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus' birth. Postcards with the Christmas and Advent events are in the Narthex. Be sure to pick up one for yourself and one to give to a friend. Great for family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who don't yet understand the miracle of Jesus' birth!
CRAFT & CHAT / TIES THAT BIND:
Ties That Bind and Craft & Chat groups will be joining forces beginning with a December 8th gathering. If you are currently attending either of these groups, please take note that the next time you will be meeting together is Saturday, December 8th, from 1-3 p.m., in Room D. If you are a crafter, knitter, or crocheter, and you enjoy the company of others as you create, consider coming to this combined group of creative talents! If you have any questions, contact Ginny Aikens.
Christmas Poinsettias can be ordered to the glory of God and in honor or in memory of a loved one. They will be placed in the Chapel, Sanctuary and Narthex during the Christmas Season. Poinsettias are $8.00 each. Order forms are in the turnstiles in the Narthex and on the church website. All orders due Sunday, December 16th.
The Deacons lend a helping hand to the community through our food pantry, stocked by your donations. The LPC pantry is in need of spaghetti sauce, Spam, canned chicken, canned ravioli, kidney beans and individual juice boxes. There is a labeled container beneath the coat racks for your donations. Please check expiration dates. Thanks for contributing.