FREE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT Friday, December 8th at 7:30PM Come and hear why students from as far away as Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico come to UK to perfect their guitar skills. Together with some of Kentucky’s formidable guitar talent, these students will deliver an unforgettable concert of solo and ensemble music.
“But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8.28
On this second Sunday in the season of Advent, we’ll reflect on what Paul called a fruit of the Spirit: patience. We call it a virtue, a most admirable character in a person. This time of year it’s often in short supply! But like most things, even patience has a dark side. Matt’s sermon will be based on Romans 8:18-28 and Mark 1: 1-8. Chip Weitkamp will open the service with a lovely piece on the saxophone; the Chancel Choir will sing Come Jesus, Come Morning Star by Linda Shute; plus we’ll have special music featuring musical interns Taylor Wells, soprano and Henry Huetulaga, tenor. Come, let us join together in worship!
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” – Carl Jung
Help is still needed tomorrow (Saturday, December 9) from 12:50pm-3:00pm at the E7 Christmas Shoppe! Come help kids select gifts for their family members and wrap presents. The address is 530 N. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee: Thank you. Your generosity is a wonderful blessing. Those who have pledged to support Maxwell Street in 2018 have, on average, increased their pledges. However, we have not met our goal for 2018. We remain approximately $50,000 short of our pledge goal. How do we get there? First, it’s important that everyone make a pledge, even if you are giving electronically or if you don’t intend to give financially in 2018. There are a number of you who we know are committed to Maxwell Street and have pledged regularly in the past, but haven’t made a pledge for 2018. We think this is an oversight, but we can’t take it for granted that you will continue that support in 2018. Please fill out a pledge card and turn it in to our office or email our Finance Director, Michelle Gardner email@example.com right now and let her know your commitment.
For those of you who have pledged; again, thank you. How might you help? Well, if all those who have pledged contributed an additional $8 per week, that would would make up the difference. You can let Michelle know if you are willing to revise your pledge to help us make up the difference. We’re looking forward to calling a new Associate Pastor and to new opportunities to live out our faith together 2018, but we can’t make a faithful budget without your commitment. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle or Matt.
Also On Sunday
LISTENING FOR GOD – 9:30am
Vincent Harding – In an unsettled political moment, at the end of a divisive campaign, the late, great civil rights elder Vincent Harding is a voice of calm, wisdom, and perspective. He was wise about how the civil rights vision might speak to 21st-century realities. Just as importantly, he pursued this by way of patient yet passionate cross-cultural, cross-generational relationship. He reminded us that the Civil Rights Movement was spiritually as well as politically vigorous; it aspired to a “beloved community,” not merely a tolerant integrated society. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible?
BIBLE STUDY CLASS Ron Eads teaches this Bible study class from the Presbyterian curriculum The Present Word. You can pick up a book in class and read the lesson in preparation for the class, or just show up and hear a good presentation by Ron. Men and women, all ages, are welcome in the Scout Room for this good Bible study. Topic: Faith to Discern (Acts 13.1-12) GREAT ROOM CLASS “How to Start a Gospel?” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all start their gospels in different ways. Why? Over the month of December, Douglas will be leading this class for all ages. It meets in the Great Room with the comfortable couches, downstairs, just off the Church Nursery.
NEW ADVENT CLASS – 9:30am
Just for the season of Advent, Matt will be teaching a class based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” in the Library from 9:30-10:15. Participants are encouraged to read Hamilton’s book, but it is not required. Journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ.
GRACE NOTES CHOIR meets in the Choir Room after worship.
YOUTH will have a Christmas Celebration from 12-1:30pm! Everyone should bring a wrapped gift (costing $5 or less) for our White Elephant Game. Wear a festive Christmas sweater and get excited about decorating cookies!
N.A.D.Y.A. Young Adult Book Group meets from 7:00-8:30pm at Jason & Andrea’s house to discuss the rest of Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitiation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline. Snacks and drinks are provided.
Christmas Eve Services
10:30am Family Friendly Worship Service 7:30pm Traditional Christmas Eve Service 11:00pm Christmas Eve Communion Service
December 11 – 16
MONDAY 8:30am Owsley County Mission Trip 10:30am Meet Matt for Coffee at Coffea – Open to anyone, no appointment necessary and feel free to bring a friend. 5:30pm Trustees 7:00pm Session
WEDNESDAY 10:30am Morning Kerygma Party at the Harpers 5:45pm Fellowship Dinner 5:45pm Cherub Choir 6:30pm Evening Kerygma 6:30pm Chancel Choir 7:30pm Westminster Bells
THURSDAY 6:00pm Neighborhood Meal
FRIDAY 5:30pm Wedding Rehearsal
SATURDAY 9:00am Mahan Woodshop 5:30pm Wedding
Join us Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 pm in bringing some holiday cheer to folks in our congregation who can’t make it to Christmas services! No singing experience or practice required – just meet us at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, and we’ll give you everything you need! We’ll start out with chili and hot cocoa and then head off to bring holiday cheer. CHURCH BREAKFAST – DECEMBER 20
The Church Breakfast in December will have as our speaker Maxwell Street member Josh Pierce. Josh is serving as Vice President of Goodwill Industries in Kentucky. Please try to attend to hear from Josh! It will be held in the Scout Room on December 20th and will, as usual, have doughnuts and delicious coffee for only a dollar. Come before 8:30 a.m. to mix with those others attending. PECANS MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
If you placed an order, see a PW representative in the Punch Parlor. Additional pecans are for sale for $13 a bag.
Please decorate the tree with gloves, hats, and scarves for those in need. Men’s, women’s and children’s styles and sizes are welcome. LESSONS & CAROLS SERVICE – DECEMBER 17
With the arrival of Advent season also comes the array of special services and music at MSPC. This year there is much to look forward to! On December 17 MSPC will be worshiping with a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols. This service will feature special music by the hand bell choirs, children’s choirs, chancel choir scholarship singers, and the chancel choir. DECEMBER 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE
On Christmas Eve there will be a family friendly morning service featuring music by both Grace Notes and Cherub Choir, along with a festive theme celebrating cultures from around the world. The Christmas Eve evening services promise to include the singing of your favorite advent carols and hymns, so don’t miss out on these wonderful opportunities to celebrate. Please note that children are encouraged to join us for these worship services and there will be no childcare provided.
– 10:30 Family Service
– 7:30 Traditional Christmas Eve Service
– 11:00 Christmas Eve Communion Service
CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS
Friday, Dec 22 Church office open 9:00am-1:00pm Monday, December 25 Church office closed Tuesday, December 26 Church office closed Wednesday, December 27 10:00am-2:00pm Thursday, December 28 10:00am-2:00pm Friday, December 29 Church office closed Monday, January 1 Church office closed. Tuesday, January 2 regular hours (9:00am-4:30pm)
Dec. 17 is the Youth Family Potluck (12-1pm) and Westminster Basket Delivery (1:30-3:30pm). For the potluck, all families are encouraged to bring a side dish. Dec. 24 & 31 – no youth group (Enjoy the holidays!) END OF YEAR CONTRIBUTIONS
As the end of the year nears, please remember that all donations must be received by December 31 to be counted for tax purposes in 2017. They must be in the office or postmarked by December 31, 2017. Amounts received after December 31 must be included in the 2018 donations. To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2017 income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. You may lose a deduction for some contributions if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgment. These will be mailed by mid-January, 2018.
CHURCH DIRECTORY PICTURES
If you had your directory photo taken at church and would like to get a print or have the digital file, go to: www.richcopley.com/Site/MSPC2017/n-GVNmT4/. There you can download your photo using the downward pointing arrow above the photo, to the right, and use it as you wish, including for prints. You can also have it printed through the website, at cost. If you have any trouble using the site, contact Rich Copley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-SHIRT SALES CONTINUE
Pick up your own MaxPres EveryOne Counts T-Shirt or get one for a family member or friend so they can share their love of Maxwell Street. If you placed an order, stop by the church office to pick them up. Limited additional t-shirts are available. Adult sizes are $15; children’s sizes are $10. If you would like to purchase t-shirts, contact the office (255-1074 or email@example.com) .Thank you for spreading the joy of “Everyone Counts.”
The Mission Committee will be collecting items for the ThursdayNight Meal Christmas gift bags (gloves, socks, lip balm, small toiletries, individually-wrapped snacks). A box is in the lobby.
We have a goal to meet! We are collecting at least 100 of each item for gift bags for our neighborhood friends.
*If your last name begins with A-D, please bring in deodorant (men’s & women’s). We have 16 currently.
*If your last name begins with E-H, please bring in combs. We have 18 currently.
*If your last name begins with I-L, please bring in toothpaste. We have 17.
*If your last name begins with M-O, please bring individually wrapped toothbrushes. We have 28.
*If your last name begins with P-S, please bring mini-shampoo & conditioner. We have 16 shampoo containers & 5 conditioner containers.
*If your last name begins with T-Z,please bring mini lotion bottles. We have 9.
Other items (wish list) mini packs of Kleenex (We have 22.), razors (We have 3.), chapstick (We have 53!)
Matt McMahan is recuperating from foot surgery.
Tammy Lane is recuperating from surgery.
Sue Shugars is in St. Joseph having tests run.
Tom White is undergoing tests. Please pray for Tom.
Students preparing for final exams and safe travels home for the holidays
BLESSINGIn this season of anticipated birth and new beginning, O God, we give thanks for the opportunity to turn toward you and start again. Empower me to be a messenger of good news, and a leveling influence along the way, as I seek to be one with you in smoothing out the rough places I encounter. Amen.