Secret Santas for Shaw, thru 12/10—Help create a happy holiday for children and youth at the Shaw Community Center! Look for gift requests hanging on the birch tree in the parlor and bring your wrapped gift and original tag (with the child’s name and request) to church by Sunday, 12/10. Questions? Holst.Ashley@gmail.com
Aging Gracefully & Gratefully, 12/5—Our next tea and discussion gathering will take place Tuesday from 3-4:30 pm in the church parlor. As we approach the holidays, some of us may feel lonely and others in need of alone time. We’ll discuss this episode of “House Calls” with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, entitled “You’re Not Alone in Feeling Lonely.” For more information, email email@example.com.
Three Commandments for Christians in Politics, 12/6—New York Avenue Presbyterian Church invites us to a webinar featuring New York Times columnist David French on Wed, 12/6, at 7 pm. David comes from a conservative religious background and has become one of the most prominent critics of the MAGA movement and what it has done to corrupt evangelical Christianity. David’s columns regularly challenge people of faith to really follow the teachings of Jesus in the political realm. His message is especially important as we prepare to enter what seems likely to be a difficult election year. Register here.
Advent Retreat: A Weary World Rejoices, 12/9—Join Pastor Ellen from 1-5 pm in the Parlor for a restful break from the holiday bustle. We’ll focus on this year’s Advent theme, noting that the season before Christmas is always a time for both acknowledging the pain and sorrow of the world and rejoicing in the Light which breaks through and illuminates our way. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Pantry Collection—Our children and youth continue to collect non-perishable food and toiletry items for St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Soups, stews, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, pasta, and healthy cereals are especially needed. Please bring your donations to our Little Food Pantry in the parlor. Thanks!
Action Alerts for Israel/Palestine—The UCC has created this action alert to urge our legislators to support a ceasefire and take steps toward lasting peace. You can send the same message to the White House. If you live in DC, please send your message to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, House Minority Leader, at 202-225-5936. Jewish Voice for Peace, a national, grassroots organization working towards Palestinian freedom and Judaism beyond Zionism has updated its action alert here. Act now on behalf of peace!