Thank you …
This is a busy week for me (and I suspect an even busier one for many of you), so I have decided to write an abbreviated Moderator’s Memo. Before I shut down my computer and take a break from technology for a few days, I want to take a minute to thank everyone who has participated in our stewardship campaign so far this year. We are grateful for the financial contributions you make to this church and for the support you provide in so many other ways.
Though we’re getting much closer to our goal, we need every pledge! So, if you’ve been waiting for some holiday down time, here it is. After the pumpkin pie, please take a moment to fill out the pledge card in last month’s stewardship mailing or go online to fill out an electronic pledge card and payment form (both are needed: one to record your pledge, the other to set up online payments).*
One more thing before I go. Some of my friends have begun playing Christmas music already. Although I enjoy Christmas music, I prefer to hear it closer to the holiday. So, I started wondering whether there are any Thanksgiving songs they could be playing instead. I looked on Spotify and found a handful of Thanksgiving playlists. It was interesting to see what songs were included. While some seemed a bit of a stretch, most centered around themes associated with Thanksgiving: gratitude, family, friendship, and community. Here’s hoping you get to experience some of this over the next few days.
* For online payments, please note that you can set a start date via Vanco (direct debit), but payments set up via Paypal start immediately. If you paid your pledge automatically in 2018, those payments will continue unless you change them. Thanks!
Such a creative Thanksgiving Coffee hour on Sunday. Thanks to Julie, Chris, Ren and Daphne Martin!
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Winter Warmth Drive for Friendship Place, thru 11/25—Sunday will be the last day to donate gently used winter coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and blankets (along with new socks and long underwear, L-XXL sizes preferred).
Secret Santas for Shaw Community Center, thru 12/9—As of 11/25, Gift request tags will be on the Mission Bulletin Board in the parlor. Please take a tag, sign the sheet (so Ashley knows whom to contact) and bring your wrapped gift (with request tag attached) to church by Sunday, 12/9. For more information: Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Retreat: Let It Be, 12/8—This time of year we can all use some comfort and joy! Join Pastor Ellen from 1:30 to 5 pm for an afternoon of peace, prayer, poetry and spiritual reflection. RSVP: email@example.com.
Christmas Pageant, 12/16—Our regular Sunday morning service will include the annual “no rehearsal” Nativity Pageant. All children and youth are invited to participate! Please help us plan by emailing Kaylyn if your child(ren) will join us: firstname.lastname@example.org.