December 3, 2017 

 
 
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Advent Family Nights
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 
Come one and all Wednesday evenings during Advent (December 6, 13, and 20) and join us  for  a light dinner, Bible study, and fellowship, as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. There will be activities for all ages. Pastor Jane is leading the adult study, "Christmas Accounts in the Gospels." Steph will lead the middle school and youth. Barb will be leading the elementary school children. Dinner will be served each evening at 5:30, and the evening will conclude at 7:30. See you there!
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Advent Calendars 
Advent calendars are available  on the table in the narthex. We have adult/family as well as children calendars. Bookmarks are also available. Please take one or two.
Worship This Sunday

Hanging of the Greens

Liturgist: Worship & Music committee and members of the congregation

Music: David Daugherty, Director of Music, Chancel Choir

Chancel flowers are provided to the glory of God by Bill & Diane Goff, in loving memory of Clark Goff, Sr.

Stephen Minister 
Jody Sebben 
will be available for prayer near the chancel after worship  

Fellowship Time immediately follows worship, hosted by: Worship & Music and Deacons

Need a ride to church? 
Call the church office (412) 364-0105 or email before 4pm, Thursday, and we will arrange for a church member to pick you up for Northmont's Sunday service.
This Sunday 
This Sunday, our service revolves around the Hanging of the Greens, decorating our church for the Advent season.  With this in mind, the Deacons would like your help with beautifying the sanctuary with poinsettias. Pastor Jane has gotten the ball rolling by bringing in a couple of them for today's service and we hope that you will get into the spirit of the season and bring a poinsettia plant to Northmont's Sunday service over the course of the next few weeks and place it in the front of the Sanctuary as you arrive. Please contact Julia Zurbach with any questions at jjulia15@aol.com or 412-931-4309 . We can't wait to see how beautiful our sanctuary becomes with this symbol of the Christmas season.

REMINDER: If you ordered holiday greens from Boy Scout Troop 335, please remember to pick them up before or after Sunday worship this week.
Produce to People
The Spiritual Formation and Mission teams would like to invite you to participate in a family (over 12 years of age) mission close to home. Join us as we drive Pittsburgh's North Side and hand out food to help feed the those in need, Saturday, December 16 . Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank sponsors this event. 

The mission of Produce to People is to feed people in need and mobilize the community to eliminate hunger. They are proud members of Feeding America. Their vision is a hunger-free southwestern Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Duquesne, GPCFB receives, repackages and sends out food to distribution centers county-wide.  

You'll find a sign-up sheet in the narthex hallway. Space is limited. Please arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School on the North Side 8:30am to prepare the site and package some produce. The actual distribution starts at 10:00am and lasts till 12:00 noon, with clean-up done by 12:30pm. Dress for the weather! We are under cover but otherwise exposed to the elements. Children ages 12 and over with adult supervision are welcome to sign up.
Ear Candy & Inspiration for a Sunday (or any) Morning

Based on Habakkuk 2:20, and having its origins as a Eucharistic Chant in Greek from the 1st century Divine Liturgy of St. James, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" is one of the best-known advent hymns in many Christian traditions. today, it is generally sung to the hymn tune, PICARDY, as it is here by the Kin Collective. This offers a great accompaniment to the start of your Advent meditation.
 
Click the link to the right and enjoy!

If you have a musical selection you would like to have featured in this space, we'd love  to hear from you! Please send the title (and artist, if it's important to you that we find a  specific version of the music) to Bob Addleman.
From the Interim Pastor
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Advent & Epiphany at Northmont
Advent Family Nights on Wednesdays in December 5:30 - 7:30 On the three On On the three Wednesdays of December there will be something for everyone including a Bible study from The Thoughtful Christian using architecture and design as a way to look at the coming of Jesus in each of the Gospels. The hall will have Advent crafts gears toward the kids but open to everyone. You will find a sample in the narthex at church and in the attached picture.
First Sunday of Advent - your Worship and Music committee has organized a special Hanging of the Greens service in which we all may do something to help prepare the sanctuary. Kathy Wissner assures me we will need plenty of bow fluffers during the service. You will watch the garlands, tree decorations, paraments, and more become part of our sacred space in the sanctuary. We will sing lots of hymns representing all seasons of Advent and the first Holy Night as the decorating gets underway. This will be one service where "quiet" not apply. It will be festive and sacred at the same time. It will be that inclusive and private "we" and us working together. Please join us!
New time for our evening Christmas Eve service - Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year so our family service will be at 10:00 and the  7:30 Christmas Eve service will be lessons and carols - the choir will lead us through the lessons that remind us that God's holy presence is indeed with us - Emmanuel.  As this is a new time for this year please remind everyone of the change and the church office will send out a one-call on Thursday, December 21 to remind everyone.

Jane
Doc's Clef Notes
Watch this space for news and notes about music programs and programming at Northmont. All of our ensembles are hard at work preparing music for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

See you in church,
David (Doc)
From the Spiritual Formation Director 
for Children's Ministry

Children's Footprints ...
Advent is here, the children are excited, and it is a great time to talk with them about the season leading up to Christmas.  I was having a conversation with the Preschool kids during chapel this week. I asked them if they had ever heard of the word Advent and what it means.  We talked about Advent being the time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child and that Christmas was truly only one day: December 25. They looked at me like I was crazy.
Wouldn't it be lovely to sit and actually prepare our hearts, to take a quiet moment every day to be in communion with our Lord. I have tried this many times and fail almost every year. Between baking, shopping, and visiting with friends, it seems to be almost overwhelming. I have a friend who once was in an unfortunate time of unemployment during the holidays. She sat her two young children down, and they created a plan. They made cookies together to give to others. They gave each other gifts they made, but the best part was they spent Christmas at the park feeding the animals at the preserve near our town. They love animals and this fit their family in an unbelievably joyous way!  They came away from that Advent season much stronger as a family unit. I have never forgotten how blessed they were that year, and how much stronger they came out of the season.
There are many ways of communing with God without sitting quietly. Pastor Jane's sermon November 26th was on Jesus saying to his disciples "when you fed me......." The disciples then asked "Ummmmmm.........  When WE fed YOU Lord????? Can you tell us when that was because we don't quite remember that?"  Maybe you won't be sitting down in quiet, but if you are looking for a few ideas here are a few suggestions. Take cookies to a nearby nursing home, rake leaves for a neighbor, shovel someone's driveway as a family and surprise your neighbor! Get creative! I totally love the Salvation Army red buckets! I have taught my children NEVER to go past without putting money in. My grandkids ask me for money to add to the red bucket every time we go to the store. Talk about gratitude, my heart swells! My blessing this week was the woman at the bucket was playing her horn. She was playing a little off key but how wonderful, that she then blessed us with a song and a smile! Grateful! God is so good!  Be thankful for what you have and give thanks fpr God's blessings as you add that change into the bucket.  
Do you have family traditions?  We have many, and one is the red bucket. Another one of my favorites is talking about the tree decorations. We have decorations dating back to the Great Depression in the early 1930's  made out of small, clear, drink stirrers and glass beads. My grandkids love to decorate with me, and they are learning about the family as we go. It always reminds me of the importance of sharing the Bible stories with the children. That may be the most important job we have as adults. Jesus said" let the little children come to me ..." and it is how the stories will continue.
Take time for your families and for praise to God from whom ALL Blessings flow!  Even if you can't sit quietly like one might think, do something that gives you peace as well as a grateful heart. Merry Christmas!
Joyfully,
Barb

Sunday School
Session has approved the recommendation from Spiritual Formation to suspend only  the Elementary Sunday  School hour for the ages of    Pre-K through grade 6 All other Sunday S chool programming will continue as normal for grade 7
through adult. 

Children, please join us for Kids Kirk, immediately following Time with the Children  or Wednesday  evenings for Kids Club  from 5-7pm.  These programs are thriving in the life of the church, and we are very thankful. 

If you have any questions, please contact  Barb Clark .
 
Impact Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Berean Room.
 
Adult Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Mangochi Room.
Kids Kirk Children from pre-K through grade 6 are invited to join us after Time with the Children (during worship) Children from Pre-K through grade 6 are invited to join us after Time with the Children (during worship) in the Christian Education wing for Kids Kirk. Follow along with the Advent season as we explore the coming of the Christ Child. Our teachers will be leading Kids Kirk during the worship hour. We are so thankful for their continued blessings of teaching the Bible stories to children.
Nursery
Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery.

Wednesday Club
Our fall session has come to an end. Come join us in December for Advent Family Nights, and mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 10, when we'll kick off our Winter session with pizza and a movie! All kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to join us from 5-7pm. as we have an evening of faith, food and fun. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Clark at 412-605-7984 or

Youth Group  We had an amazing weekend of fellowship as we contin 
We had an amazing weekend of fellowship as we continued to explore our faith and pray with one another on our retreat! We will not have youth group tonight. See you all on Wednesday night for our first Advent Family Night gathering! 
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Call or text Steph   if you have questions.
Make the holiday brighter for a child in need
Deacons Christmas Gift Ministry
Our Deacons are collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children served by North Hills Community Outreach.  If you'd like to help, please bring your donation to the Church Library now through December 10.  Check our posters located by the doors for some great gift ideas.

Many thanks also to all who participated in Operation Christmas Child. The Mission ministry team collected 40 shoeboxes filled with much-needed items to be distributed to underprivileged children this Christmas.
Spirit Tree 
How would you like to give a gift that is just the right color and size. . . a gift that suits the
recipient's taste to a tee. . . a gift that is sure to bring a smile?  Now is your big opportunity!  This year our Christmas trees are decorated with tags showing the name and address for every household of our church family.  Pick a tag and send your favorite scripture passage or a prayer or a note or a Christmas card.  There are many ways to show you're thinking of someone.   This is one special gift that is sure to be appreciated.

PW Christmas Luncheon
Presbyterian Women's Christmas Luncheon will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, at 11am, in Polley Fellowship Hall. Tickets for the catered luncheon are $12.00, and will be sold before and after worship this Sunday. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing Pat Krotzer, or calling her at 412-364-3767. The day's program will be performed by the North Hills Singers, under the direction of Mr. Shaun Cloonan.
Triangles Christmas Luncheon
Triangles and friends of Triangles, our annual Christmas luncheon and gift raffle to benefit North Hills Community Outreach will be held, Friday, December 15, at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall.  We hope you can attend.  Please email Mary Lou English or call her at 412-487-6619 with any questions.


Tuesday mornings at 8:30
Fellowship Hall


PRESSURE
A burdensome, distressing, or weighty condition

Are you feeling pressure right now? Is it affecting your health, your attitude, or your relationships with your family and friends? Would you like to have someone to talk to, just to help you get through the next month or two? Our Stephen Ministers can help. 
 
Contact Nancy Garver at 724-935-2194, or email her

STEPHEN MINISTER HELEN TRAYNOR
is making hospital calls this week.
She can be reached at
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Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Holiday Concert
This is the weekend for Pittsburgh Concert Chorale's "Sounds of the Season" concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 auditioned voices will transport you from the North Pole to Bethlehem on buoyant holiday melodies and soaring hymns of our faith.

For more information, click here
Please remember in your prayers:
All those affected by the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas
All those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and other natural disasters
All those who must, literally, today pray for their daily bread
Our sister church, Mangochi CCAP, in Mangochi, Malawi
Our sister church, Second Presbyterian Church, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Our global mission partners, the Ludwig family, the Weller family, and Kay Day
The NUPC Pastoral Nominating Committee
Members of the congregation who are seeking employment
The leaders of our federal, state, and local governments
All the men and women of our Armed Forces and our Veterans
Our enemies, as God has called us to pray also for them, even as we may not understand why

As The Piper is posted to the World Wide Web, privacy concerns dictate that we no longer publish the entire weekly Prayer Chain. If you would like to receive the Prayer Chain by email, please contact Jane Nicola or the church office.
Sunday
December
  3
9:00
am Sunday School
9:15
am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00
am Worship Sanctuary
11:00
am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
11:00
am Confirmation Class Library
2:00
pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir rehearsal CWG Suite, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall
4:00
pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir concert Sanctuary
8:00
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall
Monday
December
  4

10:00
am PW Coordinating Committee Mangochi Room
7:00
pm
Boy Scouts
Fellowship Hall, Mangochi Room, Sanctuary
Tuesday
December
  5

8:30
am
NBC
Fellowship Hall
5:00
pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir rehearsal & dinner CWG Suite, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall
7:30
pm Mission Mangochi Room
Wednesd ay
December   6

9:30
am Knitters Mangochi Room
4:15
pm Bell Choir rehearsal Bell Room
5:30
pm Advent Family Night
7:00
pm Chancel Choir rehearsal CWG Suite
7:00
pm CDPC Board
Library
Thursday
December
  7

10:00 am Praying the Psalms Berean Room
6:30 pm Scout Committee Mangochi Room
Friday
December
  8

9:15
am Stretch 'n' Grow Child Development Center
11:00
am
PW Christmas Luncheon
Fellowship Hall
Saturday
December
  9

7:30
pm Belle Voci concert Sanctuary
Sunday
December
10

9:00 am Sunday School
9:15 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship
Sanctuary
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
11:00 am Confirmation Class Library
4:30 pm Youth Group Youth Lounge
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

We'd love to hear from you!

Rev. Jane Esterline, Interim Pastor

David Daugherty, Organist & Director of Music

Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate

Barb Clark, Spiritual Formation Director for Children's Ministry
 

Northmont Child Development Center
Amy Beiber, Director


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Northmont United Presbyterian Church
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