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    December 2017
    WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:00 a.m.
    CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE AT 9:30 p.m.

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    WELCOME! We extend a heartfelt welcome to all who join together this morning in the praise and worship of our Lord. We hope you find this service meaningful and the fellowship accepting. Please sign the "RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP" pad that the ushers will pass out. Bibles are available from the book cart as you enter the sanctuary for your use. Please join us today in Fellowship Hall for coffee following worship service.

    CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP SERVICE:  Sunday, December 24th - 9:30 p.m.    Come and be part of this beautiful and traditional candlelight worship service as we rejoice and light the Christ Candle and celebrate His birth.  The Celebration Singers will enhance this meaningful service with a wonderful celebration of music.  Please note there is only one service on Christmas Eve at 9:30 p.m.


    ADVENT DISCUSSION GATHERINGS ON SUNDAYS - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD at 11:30 a.m. for one hour – classroom behind kitchen.  Discussions led by Pastor Gordon

     TOPIC:  “We Need to Believe in Santa!..  True?..  False?...  (Pick One)”

     Discussion Questions:

      1.  What are the circumstances that could cause, or enable, you to say “I DO BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS.”

      2.  How do you respond to the declaration that “THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH GOOD PEOPLE.”

      3.  If YOU were asked to explain WHERE THE GOODNESS HAS GONE, what would you say? 

      4.  What are some RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS that YOU are acquainted with, and why do you think they happen?  The next Advent Discussion will be Sunday, December 17th.

     

    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICE -Sunday, December 10th - 10:00 a.m.

    As we continue to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child, the second Advent Candle of Peace will be lit during this worship service.  Our church youth will share a Christmas Message “The Shepherd & The

    Lamb.” 

     

    THE WEDNESDAY MENS BREAKFAST CLUB – REUNION!  The Wednesday Men’s Breakfast Club invites ALL men to the Christmas Men’s Breakfast Reunion, Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 a.m. at

     The Original Pancake House, 15256 S. LaGrange Road, OP.  Join us in our 30th year and 1,300 breakfasts!  Bill Smith-708-645-2302.

     

    HOLIDAY CONCERT AT PCOP – Jonathan Beyer & Company
    Thursday, December 21st – 7:30 p.m.  
    Jonathan Beyer, Tammy Coil and Amanda Crider will perform. The program includes selections Classical, Musical Theater and Holiday repertory.  Mr. Beyer is an Illinois native and graduate of Carl Sandburg H.S.  We are so thrilled to welcome Jonathan, Tammy and Amanda to our church.  Tickets are $20 and available on Sundays after worship, see Cindy, and in the church office during the week.


    BROOKFIELD
    ZOO HOLIDAY MAGIC YOUNG ADULT EVENT: All young adults (ages 18 and up) and their friends are invited to join us on Friday, December 29 at Brookfield Zoo for “Holiday Magic,” 6:00-9:00 p.m. Scholarships for entrance fee and parking costs available. Please contact Kate Maas or Cindy Stocker for more information.

      

    PCOP “EXPRESSIONS” PRESENTS SCHOOL OF SEWING  

      Learn to sew or sew for fun -

      December 7, Thursday evening 7 pm -9 pm  

      NO FEE…must provide your own fabric and thread

      Reserve your spot: Contact Cindy Stocker or Nancy Carlson

      You must be 12 years or older

      

    YOGA TO RELAX AND INSPIRE  Classes will be held Sundays, December 3rd  6:00-7:00 p.m.  
    Empower yourself by enjoying two weeks of Sunday Yoga series to restore balance in your body, mind and spirit. Classes will be performed by candlelight in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These classes are free so please consider attending! Please bring mats, blocks and blankets for our journey into this series.  Starting in January, Sunday Night Yoga will return for a full session. Namaste, Debbie Maas! 

     

     

     

    MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS)  Our next MOPS meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. All moms welcome! Child care provided for children ages 0-5 years.

     

    OUR JOURNEY OF FAITH… Our new History Room captures where the Presbyterian Church of Orland Park got its start and highlights our first 40 years as a congregation. But our journey continues and I need your assistance in making sure that we preserve the people and ministry of PCOP for future generations. The History

    Room is in progress, please let me know any suggestions that you have. Please share pictures – past or present – that I might include in the room to help tell our story.
      

    LITTLE FREE LIBRARY  Our Little Free Library is up and is located in the southeast corner of our parking lot (by the mailbox). Please check it out! This is an outreach  to our community. "Take a book. Return a book."
     
     

    ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE WAY… To honor a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion in your life – or perhaps to remember a loved one?  We have a suggestion – sign up to bring flowers for the chancel during the Sunday service or we have a new option for our adults – be the candle lighters for that particular Sunday service to honor or remember your loved ones.  Be an integral part of the worship service.  See Margaret Bertucci with any questions.

    BOARD OF DEACONS – Establishes a Ride-Share Program

    In the interest of assuring that everyone who wants to come to Church on Sunday can, the Deacons are setting up a Ride-Share Program.  If you should have either a temporary or permanent restriction to your ability to drive, please contact the church office at 708/448-8142.  The Board of Deacons, PCOP

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH RECORDING SUNDAY SERVICE:  We are looking for some volunteers to either videotape and/or audio record the Sunday services.  We have the equipment, will provide   training (it’s easy), and it is NOT an every Sunday commitment.  Please see Pastor Scott for more information.

     

    GREETING CARD SUPPLY:   Our Deacons have so kindly provided a selection of greeting cards for our church family to purchase.  The location of the greeting cards now has a new permanent home – in the cabinet in the library (with the lamp on top) between the two chairs has a big selection of card.  Please look in each drawer for what you need.  $1.00 for each card which includes the card, envelope and stamp!  Thank you!
     

    FLOWERS FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP

    We welcome the addition of flowers to help beautify our sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.  Flowers can be brought from your garden or purchased.  Arrangements and vase should be large enough to be visible from the seating area.  Before the worship service, please place the arrangement on the white flower table.  After the service, please remove the arrangement and take it home for your enjoyment, or if you wish, deliver it to a shut-in as a gesture of caring.   A sign-up sheet for Flowers for Sunday Worship is located in the narthex next to the literature rack.  Thank you so much! 

     

    WELCOME TO THE MEN’S BREAKFAST! All are invited to drop in and join the conversation. The group meets at 7:00 a.m. at The Original Pancake House, 15256 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. 


    THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING JONES CENTER A part of our mission focus at PCOP is to help Jones Center. The first Sunday of the month is “Feed My Lambs” Sunday. Please refer to the food list for Jones Center which is printed below and can also be found occasionally in the newsletter. Please keep the list handy for your use, any items you can donate and bring to church are greatly appreciated.

    SUGGESTIONS FOR JONES CENTER FOOD DONATIONS: Canned meat or fish (tuna, chicken, ham, salmon, corned beef, etc.) Canned dinners (i.e. beef or chicken stew, corned beef hash, etc.) Cheese products that don’t require refrigeration until opened Pasta and sauce, macaroni & cheese (Kraft or generic brand) Rice, dried noodles, beans or peas Quick bread mixes (corn bread, muffins, banana bread, etc.) Soups of any kind especially larger sizes Main dish mixes (Hamburger Helper, Lipton noodles or rice mixes) Peanut butter and jelly Pancake mix (the complete kind) and syrup Flour, sugar, oil or shortening Instant potatoes (all varieties) Coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix, powdered milk Canned fruit and vegetables Fruit or vegetable juice Breakfast cereals (cold or oatmeal, Cream of Wheat) Pudding mix or Jello, dessert mixes.

    WHENEVER YOU DO THIS TO ONE OF THESE...... Have you ever attended a party where the only person you knew was the Host? Do you feel a bit left out wishing you had someone to talk to? Almost every Sunday we have at least one visitor in church and it's possible that they too only know the Host -- Jesus! Extending a welcoming hand and introducing ourselves is part of our response to the Gospel message. If you see one person or a couple standing alone during coffee hour, please take a moment to welcome them to the church.

    SOUND ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM: For those who may have difficulty hearing during the service, we have a wireless received that is connected to the PA system. The system operates with a small ear phone and a pocket size received. If you would like to try this system, the hearing devices are located on a rack on the back wall of the sanctuary or please see an Usher. Also available every Sunday from the Ushers are copies of our bulletin and hymns in enlarged print.


     


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