December 17, 2017
Today – UCC Christmas Fund Offering. Since 1902, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and Emergency Fund – today one of four UCC Special Mission Offerings – has provided assistance to clergy and lay employees who, after years of service to others, now find themselves facing unexpected needs. In addition to pension supplementation, Christmas “thank you” gift checks and emergency grants, the Pension Boards-administered program also grants quarterly health premium supplementation to individuals and families in need.
Come and get it: Our Thrift Shop closed for the season yesterday, and will reopen Jan. 18. Which means we are in the process of completely emptying the shop, so we can clean and restock it. The shop will be open after today’s 10:30 service, so please stop by and take away (for FREE) anything that takes your fancy. Quite literally, all the inventory must go.
Warm Clothing Drive, Saturday, December 16. Curran and the Social Action Team are planning a coat/clothing giveaway and ask for your GENTLY used coats and/or new coats, new socks, and new gloves. It is best to drop them off at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall at 9 a.m. that morning. Let Curran know if you need to make other arrangements. We also need helpers to sort and distribute between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
breathexperience Breath Workshop, Sunday, December 17. Join Margot Biestman for the second of three breath workshops from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is a free event and open to all.
Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:
One morning service at 10:30 a.m.
Please bring finger foods / Christmas treats to share for Fellowship Time after worship service. If you can help with setup or cleanup, please let Patricia Henley know (707-227-2830, email@example.com). As an Earth Care church, we encourage healthy, local food and welcome anything you wish to share.
Farewell Blessing for Tim and Noris – Curran will bless Tim and Noris as they begin their new adventure.
Children’s Christmas Pageant – The children will gift us with this special Christmas offering.
Candlelight Evening Service at 7:00 p.m.
This will be a service of singing and beauty, ending with a candlelit circle. All ages are welcome. Financial gifts will be received for the Pastoral Discretion Fund.