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Life@Morningside for December 13, 2015
Anna Best


Life @ Morningside for December 13, 2015

 

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Welcome to worship at Morningside Presbyterian Church.

•  Today, we celebrate Special Music Sunday

with Jonathan Crutchfield, Organist/

Choirmaster.

•  Large print hymnals and Bibles as well as hearing

aids are available; ushers will gladly assist.

•  Please complete the information in the Friendship

Pad at the end of the pews and pass the pads

down and back again during the Concerns portion

of worship.

•  Worship bags and books for children are in the

narthex and library. Nursery for infants/toddlers

is in Room 105; 2-3 year olds are in Room 012.

•  Children ages 3-10 are invited to exit to the

narthex after the Peace of Christ where their

teachers will take them to their classrooms.

Threes, Fours & fives are in Room 011; K-1st

grade in Room 001; 2nd-3rd grade in Room

003; 4th-5th grades in worship.

 

TODAY’S MUSICAL OFFERING

What is it about angels that fascinates us: A body

of heavenly beings not of this world but able to

communicate with us? Are they just characters in

the Christmas story or are they indeed nearer to

us than we imagine them to be? The music today

reflects the song of the angels, from the angelic

chorus who came to the shepherds with news of

a newborn babe to a single angel, Gabriel, who

visited a mother-yet-to-be. The story is told by

all the choirs today: The handbells, the children,

the youth, the adults, even the organ and you,

the congregation choir. Look for the reference

to angels in the first hymn this morning. Hear

again the news they brought to us all: Unto you

is born a Savior. My grateful thanks are given to

the directors and the singers as they prepared

diligently for this service of worship: Jeff Peters

(handbells), Megan Mashburn (children), and

Ashley Hoffman (youth).

- Jonathan Crutchfield, Organist/Choirmaster

 

Advent at Morningside


Through December 27

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Advent Series

For the classes' Advent service project, they

are leading the congregation in a clothing

drive. The donations will be given to

the ICM clothes closet and Rebecca's

Tent. Please bring adult men’s and women's

clothing items only to the Welcome Center

and put them in the blue and white wrapped

box. Clothes should be clean and in good

condition. A list of requested clothing items

is also in the Welcome Center.


December 16

9:15 a.m. MPP Carols and Coffee

All are invited to attend.


December 20

7:30 p.m. Service of Healing and Hope


December 24

Christmas Eve Services

4 p.m. Family Friendly Service with Handbells,

Young Liturgists, and a Christmas story (nursery provided)

8 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

(doors open 7:15 p.m.; childcare provided)

 

SERVICE OF HEALING AND HOPE

The holidays are wonderful. They are warm and

festive. But for those experiencing bereavement,

job loss, the breakup of a loving relationship - the

holidays can be really a tough time. Morningside

will offer our traditional Service of Healing and

Hope on Sunday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

in the sanctuary. The darkness of the sanctuary

on this longest night of the year provides a comforting

place to receive prayers of healing and

hope and, for those who wish, the laying on of

hands by pastors, elders and deacons. If you are

in need of healing and hope this holiday season,

please come. If you can provide a warm presence

for those whose holidays are darker than they

wish, please come.

 

SHEARITH ISRAEL SHELTER

The women's shelter at Shearith Israel has a new

director - Tasho Wesley - and a new name -

Rebecca's Tent. The shelter has been an important

part of Morningside's Mission Program in

years past. Volunteers arrive at the shelter (1180

University Drive, 30306) at 6 p.m. to warm and

serve the meal to residents as they arrive from

work. Leftovers are prepared for lunches the

next day and put in the refrigerator, and the area

is cleaned up. We leave by 8 p.m. after visiting

with the residents. Men are welcome! We have

scheduled our volunteer dates - January 13-17

and February 17-21. Please sign up to volunteer

on the sheets on the mission bulletin board.

- Phyllis Grimes, Shepherd

 

INTOWN COLLABORATIVE MINISTRIES

Through the month of December, Morningside

will collect food for the ICM food pantry. We

have been asked to put together "food packs" to

give to families for their Christmas dinner side

dishes. Each pack should include stuffing mix,

green beans, fried onions, mushroom soup, cranberry

sauce, yams, and corn and should be

dropped off in the collection baskets or barrel in

the Welcome Center. Our goal is to provide

them with at least 10 packs. As the feasting season

approaches, we will continue collecting a

variety of non-perishable edibles for ICM with

the goal that no one in our community is hungry

for the holidays.

 

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

A number of Morningsiders choose to fulfill their

annual pledge or make special gifts to Morningside

through the gift of stock or other securities.

We are always happy to accept such gifts;

we ask only that you notify MPC Treasurer

Randy Parrish when you initiate a transfer of securities

so that we can make sure you receive

proper credit for your gift. Should you have

questions or wish to make a gift of securities,

email randyparrish@bellsouth.net. We thank

you for your continuing support of the work and

ministry of Morningside.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Children's worship bags are now available in the

narthex for any child to use while participating in

worship. These bags are filled with purposeful

activities for children to help keep their hands

busy and their ears open while they worship with

us. Children can also borrow books from the library.

Enjoy our worship bags, but please return

them when you're done!

 

MPC NURSERY

Our growing infant and toddler nursery at MPC

is in need of additional volunteers during the

worship hour on Sunday mornings. If you are

interested in this opportunity, please contact

Claire Burke at claireneal@hotmail.com for details.

Volunteers are asked to give of their time

on a quarterly basis. Adult and youth volunteers

are welcome.

 

Faith Development at Morningside

ADULT

Next Sunday, December 20 we will continue our series called “Illuminating Advent: Bringing Christ’s Hope, Peace, Joy and Love Into Our Lives.” For the classes’ Advent service project, they are leading the congregation in a clothing drive. This class meets in Room 201 at 9:45 a.m.

CHILDREN

This Sunday, the preschool class will hear about the wise men and their journey.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class

11 a.m. Worship/Special Music Sunday

12 noon Fellowship

12:45 p.m. Christmas Pageant Set-up

5 p.m. Christmas Pageant/Chili Cook-off/Carol Sing

6 p.m. Journey

7 p.m. Youth Christmas Party


MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

9 a.m. MPP

12 noon Arts & Crafts Guild

7 p.m. Mandolin Society

7:30 p.m. Morningside Lenox Park Association


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15

9 a.m. MPP

11 a.m. Yoga

2 p.m. Parkinson Tai Chi

6:30 p.m. Weight Watchers


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16

7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast

8:15 a.m. MPP Yoga

9 a.m. MPP/Carols and Coffee

7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

9 a.m. MPP

11 a.m. Fun with Weights

7:30 p.m. Handbell Choir; Girl Scout Leaders


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

9 a.m. MPP

10 a.m. MPP Creative Movement


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

8 a.m. Virginia Highland 5K Run

9 a.m. Women’s AA Meeting


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class

11 a.m. Worship with Baptism

12 noon Fellowship

7:30 p.m. Healing Service

 

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in learning how to sing Shape Note

music? Come Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m.

to 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall. Watch for

more information in the new year.

 

Giving Update—12/6/15

NEEDED WEEKLY—$16,881

RECEIVED—$27,140

NEEDED YEAR TO DATE—$827,168

RECEIVED YEAR TO DATE—$718,314

Attendance Update

WORSHIP COUNT —197

 

Children are always welcome in the Sanctuary during worship. Should you find that your child grows restless, there is child care available. Infants/toddlers are cared for in the Nursery in Room 105, two year olds in Room 012.

ELDER ON CALL: Kim Nuckols 404.405.1877

DEACON ON CALL: Sarah Chatel 404.502.2884

USHERS: Brenda Fishpaw, George Logan, Van Jensen, Nancy Lane

GREETERS: Cindy Humphries, Ellen Landers, Jane Stack, Nancy Collins

COUNTERS: Lynsley Tyler, Richard Brownlee

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION HOST: Carol Senf

INFANT/TODDLER VOLUNTEERS: Allie Roach, Laura Ulep

TWOS/THREES VOLUNTEER: Leigh Gobbel

4s & 5s VOLUNTEERS: Sue Ballay, Ibby Bailey, Alli Lee

K-1ST GRADE VOLUNTEER: Kelly Anderson

2ND-3RD GRADE VOLUNTEER: Lisa Ladds

FELLOWSHIP: Worship Committee (Susan Oder, coordinator)

 

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7


Keep in your prayers...

Connie Crowley (Hugh Bell’s sister-in-law)

Hamilton family (friends of the Nuckols)

Ann Herndon (Will’s mother)

Penny Hill (Executive Presbyter)

Finley Holaway

Irwin Family

Braxton Jarratt

Friends and relatives of Linda Johnson: Kaitlin Andry, Melanie Donnelly, Ellen Hardeman, Ron and Ann Reggio, Peggy Johnson Smith, Warren Johnson, Sr.

Timothy Johnson (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Vicky Langford (James Beasley’s mother)

Rhett Laurens (Sarah and Richard Brownlee’s neighbor)

Annette Lowery (David Lowery’s mother)

Bobbie McCrackin

Jan McMahan

Marilyn Neforas (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Linda and Mike Robinson (Bill Smith’s family)

Bus and Carmen Ryan (Tyler Ryan’s parents)

Pat Senak (Ericson Harris’ friend)

Greg and Mary Ann Smith and family (friends of the Bach family)

Kent Smith (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Dick Stack (Jane Stack’s husband)

Jennifer and Jason Swafford (Sandy Jones’ friends)

Mike and Amelia Tyler (Lynsley Tyler’s brother and niece)

John Vytal (Katye Watts’ father)

Lincoln Weis (Sienna Weis’s dad)

Please submit prayer requests using the prayer cards in the pew racks.

Last Published: December 11, 2015 7:33 PM