Join in celebrating Gods unconditional love for all people
and practicing unconditional love of neighbor through worship, fellowship and ministry
Church of the Mountains
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Join us Sunday at 9:00 a.m. for Worship!

We have a special worship this week!
Celebrating the 1st week of Advent, Sharing Holy Communion and our Annual Church Conference Celebration.

This special Sunday will be 9:00 - 10:30
~ followed by a pot-luck brunch fellowship. ~
Events & "Going On's"
If you have events or information you would like included in these weekly updates please email me by Wednesday each week and I'll make sure they are included!
Pastor's Study beginning this Sunday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  at the church

The group is a 12 week DVD and discussion entitled, " First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God." It is a 12-episode DVD study (30 mins) of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God, with John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, two of the world's leading Jesus scholars, on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem. I anticipate a check-in for about 15 minutes, a 30 minute DVD, and 45 minute discussion for a total of 1.5 hours. 


We will skip Christmas Eve (12/24) and New Years Eve (12/31). 

If you are interested or need childcare to attend, let me know.

Pastor Donna
Give us your input on Sunday Worship & Sunday school opportunities!
The Leadership Team has heard many folks talk about:
  • Wanting to get to know each other better through small groups.
  • Some are interested in finding ways to involve the kids in worship as well as attending Sunday school.
  • There is also an interest in Adult Sunday School.

The leadership group would like feedback on a few questions to help us discuss further what most people are interested in.  And remember, you as a member of this church, are invited to be part of the leadership meetings!


You are Invited to a Birthday Party for our friend Jesus!

Who: Children Age 5 and up (and adult helpers)

What: Make a Gingerbread Nativity, Pizza and Birthday Cake Lunch, Christmas craft and hear the Christmas Story then goto Reno to See a Christmas Movie: The STAR

When: Sunday, December 17,2017 ~ 11a.m. - 7p.m.
Must RSVP and pay by December 10th


Cost: $25 per child includes craft materials, lunch, movie ticket and movie snack.
MINISTRY
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Truckee Community Christmas 
Coat Drive and Toy Drive
Again this year we are supporting
Truckee Community Christmas    

Now through December 16th bring in clean, gently worn or new coats that will be distributed to local families in need this Christmas Season. Leave them in the downstairs living room ~ blue "warm coat" bin or after hours there is a covered barrel outside.

Now though December 14th  Bring unwrapped new toys for children ages 2-18. This program will provide toys to approximately 500 Truckee children again this year! 


Thank you all who make this ministry a success!

Thank you to those that served & provided food this week: Marissa Castillo, Sabrin Barnham, Mike Holley, Doug & Wendy DeVore, Rick McConn, Charlotte Carpenter, Tim & Sandra Butler.

We serve next:
Tuesday January 30th & Thursday February 1st.
Contact Sandy Butler with questions or sign up downstairs to help in the future! Email Sandra




Our season has begun, we have 2 successful nights under our belt!
For Updates and ways you can participate in this ministry: Link to the current newsletter!


Help us raise funds this holiday season!
  1. Quality Automotive Season of Giving! Follow this link and vote for Emergency Warming Center as the non-profit to will the $1000 prize! Click Here to vote for the EWC
  2. Give Back Tahoe! Give Back Tahoe Donation Page

Check it Out!

During the Advent & Christmas season
we will work together to support Heifer Project 

Through Heifer International a donation can provide an animal to a needy family.   These gifts provide food and a way for them to support their families.  We have “Honor Cards” for you to give as a gift to honor a friend or loved one through a gift to Heifer.    

Judy Jensen will accept checks made out to Heifer Project. Honor Cards & Gift Catalogues will be downstairs next to the sign up's for you to take a look.

Last year we collected $325.28 which allowed us to give 2 goats ($120 each); a flock of chicks ($30) and a trio of rabbits ($60). Visit the Heifer International Website for more information on this life sustaining program:    Heifer International

Together we have POWER over Hunger & Poverty
KidsCan ~ Recycling Project
Please continue to bring your CRV recycling to COM and support our ministry with Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian of turning garbage into good!

These recyclables are exchanged for money which is being donated to International Health Partners and Hands of Hope to provide life and hope for children in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Weekly volunteers needed @ COM


Questions on any of these roles or anything else at the church, can be directed to
Cathie or Pastor Donna
GROUPS & FELLOWSHIP
PRAYER WORKS!
Learn more about the science behind prayer and our
Church of the Mountains "Prayer-Net"
through this link: Prayer Works

Group on hold for the winter ~ but I'll keep including the questions, maybe you'll use them for discussion at other times like I enjoy doing?



Take a look at the discussion questions for this week:   Link Here!
Meets on Monday's 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the downstairs living room of the church. They are studying the book of Genesis. All are welcome! Contact Judy Jensen with any questions: Email Judy here!

This is a small group so the time may change occasionally, if you are interested in being notified of last minute changes please provide your phone number or email to Judy.
Join us for Centering Prayer 
in the Gethsemane House on  
Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
We start with the daily meditation from Pray As You Go which is music, scripture and contemplation for 10-12 minutes, followed by the remaining 18-20 minutes of silent meditation. Here is a link to Pray As You Go for you to check out and use on your own!  Click Here!

The time does change on occasion because we are a very small group, if you're interested give me a call/text or email and I'll make sure you get the updates for any time changes!
comumc@sbcglobal.net or 775-690-7694 
Church of the Mountains fully embraces the Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds slogan of the United Methodist Church.

Expanding on that, this small group opportunity is a step in action towards living into that statement more fully by standing up for and welcoming people of all sexual orientations & gender identities and affirming that ALL people are created in the image of God.

Continue to let Cathie know if this is a ministry you support, and we will meet as a group early in the new year.


California Nevada Conference Website: Click Here!

Nov 16th Conference Newsletter: Click Here!

Message from Bishop Carcano "Advocating for a Clean Dream Act" : Click Here!
Standing with our Immigrant Students & Families in the
Truckee Tahoe Area
There are many community events being held to support this effort, if you would like to receive these email's let Cathie know and she will forward them to you!

CHURCH BUSINESS
 Lay Servant Ministries “Spiritual Gifts”
 
When: Saturday, Dec. 9th, 8am-6pm
Where: Roseville First UMC
 
Advanced registration is required. Please register on the Conference website at  www.cnumc.org/register . Cost of the course is $20 and will include snacks and beverages. Lunch is at student’s expense. Payment should be made at time of registration. 
Monthly COM Leadership Meetings
The 2nd Sunday each month following worship from 10:30 -12:00 the leadership team will meet to discuss the business of the church.

Next Meeting: January 14th, 2018

Meetings are open to all who attend COM, we rely heavily upon congregational leadership!

Community Events


Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is proud to announce this year Holiday Concert, A Season of Peace. Saturday, December 9th & Sunday, December 10th at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Come and enjoy many favorite songs of Christmas. Fun for the whole family! Purchase tickets at  www.truckeechorus.org

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Blessings from the office!   
Cathie Foley | Church of the Mountains| 530-587-4407| Cell: 775-690-7694| comumc@sbcglobal.net | www.churchofthemountains.com