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          PASTOR'S MESSAGE AND HERITAGE HAPPENINGS FOR DECEMBER 8
  


 
It’s only two and a half weeks until Christmas.  Are you ready?  While the tree trimming and wrapping of presents and holiday parties are all part of the preparation, how have you taken the time to prepare your heart for Christ’s coming?  

 

This Sunday is preparation day!  The Heritage Singers under the direction of Roger Hicks, Janet Norman, our guest pianist, and the Crown of Life Handbell Ringers lead us in “Tell Us! A Christmas Musical Celebration” singing, ringing and inspiring us to joyfully join in the celebration with 19 carols, hymns, and anthems.  Even the children have a special part in participating in the joy.      

 

Invite your neighbors and friends, children and grandchildren for a morning celebration that will prepare your heart for the coming of our Lord!   

 

Blessings,

Pastor Karen 

“TELL US!” A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION is this Sunday, Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. Invite your friends and neighbors to this special service of glorious praise.

 

 THIS WEEK’S ADULT CLASS is “Make and Take Sugar Scrubs” Join Kiana in making the perfect homemade gift for this Christmas.  Look in this Sunday’s bulletin insert for more information and upcoming classes. 

 

BIRTHDAY SUNDAY FOR DECEMBER will be held on December 15th.

 

HELP GIVE CLEAN WATER for those who have none by purchasing nutcrackers of various sizes this Sunday in the narthex.  All donations go to Living Waters.

 

JOY TO THE WORLD, ten Christmas reflections are available on the table in the narthex for personal use or to leave someplace where someone will find it (a shopping cart, doctor’s waiting room, Starbucks, etc.) to share the reason for the season. 

 

POINSETTIA DEDICATIONS now being received in honor or memory of loved ones and to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.  Envelopes are available at the usher stand.  Each poinsettia is $9.00.  Place envelopes in the offering plate or return to the church office by December 15th. 

 

BLUE CHRISTMAS service for those grieving the loss of loved ones this holiday season will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Prayer Garden. Refreshments will be served.

WHAT’S ON TAP TUESDAY?   Men’s fellowship meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Throne Brewery (new name, same place) 67th Ave., just north of Bell Rd.  Bring your Bible.  Next meeting is December 10th.  

 

BIBLE & BRUNCH meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is December 11th at 10:00 a.m. Bring a dish to share.  All are welcome.

 

CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT contribution forms for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY are on the table in the narthex. You no longer need to itemize your charitable contributions to be eligible and the credit reduces your overall Arizona state income tax liability.  Married couples can contribute up to $800 and single taxpayers up to $400.  Send your check with the form or write “Heritage Presbyterian Church” or Presbyterian Coalition in the memo line so your contribution goes toward our next build.

 

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS are available on the table in the narthex.  A wonderful devotional by Rev. Brad Munroe, the Presbytery Pastor, is available on-line at www.pbygrandcanyon.org. Under FILES scroll down to congregational resources to read or download.

 

GROUP GYM MEMBERSHIP through Heritage Church to Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center at 55th Ave. and Union Hills is $200 per person for 2020. Membership includes full fitness center, basketball gym, racquetball courts, indoor track, rock wall, lap swimming, & exercise classes.  Deadline for sign up and payment is Dec. 11th. Checks are to be made out to Heritage Church.  See Rebecca Gray for further information.

 

HART’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST this year includes hooded sweatshirts, throws/blankets, gift cards (Target Walmart, etc.) and personal hygiene items.  Look for the specially marked box in the narthex.

 

THE WIRED WORD will meet in the choir room at 10:45 a.m. to discuss current events alongside the Bible.   

 

NEW OUR DAILY BREAD devotionals for December/January/February are available on the information table.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 10:45 a.m. for Pre-Kindergarten thru 6th grade, Junior & Senior High, and Adults.  The nursery is available for children 3 and under during the worship service and classes. Following is our program for the 2019-2020 school year. Nursery – Music, Play & Stories.  Kindergarten-6th Grade – Living Waters: Bible lessons with stories of countries around the world in need of clean water with different activities each week. Jr. & Sr. High – Interactive Bible lessons for today’s youth.

 

SERVING OUR CONGREGATION brochures are available in the narthex to inform church members about pastoral services, deacon and other ministries at Heritage that serve one another in love.   

 

 

THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP meets at PuraTea Water, 3515 W. Union Hills Dr. #101 every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to knit, crochet items for those who need to be wrapped in prayer.  Beginners are welcome.

 

COFFEE sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex to order JUSTO CAFÉ from a coffee farm co-op in Mexico to support workers and their families.  Each bag is $10.00 and includes cost of shipping.  

 

EYEGLASSES NEEDED for the Lions Club Foundation Eyeglass Program. Look for the box in the Narthex to make your donation.   

 

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