Thank You! to everyone who contributed to making a happy Christmas for the families on our Giving Tree. Please hold them and all the residents of The Tennyson Center in your prayers for healing and development of healthy lifestyles.
Woo-Hoo - kudos to Carrie & Scott Fletcher for their marvelous fundraiser! They had 43 people (and 7 dogs) show up to cut Christmas trees and raised over $600 for Second Wind Fund – WOW!! Thanks to Carrie & Scott and to all the people who supported this neat fundraising event!
Next Sunday, Dec. 18th, we will be privileged to welcome New members to our church family. Please stay after worship service for a reception where you can welcome them to GMPC and get to know them.
If you would like to be part of decorating the sanctuary for Advent with the beautiful poinsettias you may order some at only $10 each and dedicate them to loved ones. Forms are on the Welcome Desk and need to be turned in to the office with your check this morning, please
Advent study groups began last week, discussing the book Names for the Messiah, which will provide the basis for the Advent sermon series by Pastor Gretchen. Everyone is welcome to participate – if you did not previously sign up please call the office.
One of the best elements of the Christmas season is the music, and Sharon Blackstock has such a deal for us: tickets to a concert by her son Steve’s group, Columbine Chorale, on Sat. Dec. 17th at 7:00pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church: 1390 Brentwood Ave. (just east of 14th & Carr). Please see Sharon Blackstock to buy tickets at $15/$12 seniors/$5 students.
Mark your calendars so you don’t miss the poignant Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service here at GMPC tonight at 5:00pm. This is a personal, contemplative service of healing, hope and wholeness to help you appreciate and address the whole range of emotions of the Advent season. Local Green Mountain churches will again collab-orate on this service.
Please feel free to enjoy the new Contemplative Prayer Area on the west side of the sanctuary, where you may relax in a chair or nearby pew for personal meditation and/or light a candle and write a prayer at the candle table.