TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

The Christian Education (CE) Board invites you to participate in the Spirit of Christmas Advent Fair, held after worship on December 4 in Guild Hall. The event features a photo booth (get your Christmas card photos!), crafts to make, games to play and a craft and bake sale with proceeds going to Children Rising.


CALLING ALL BAKERS

We are looking for items to sell at our Advent Fair. Items should be packaged to sell, with suggested pricing. All baked goods need to be delivered on Saturday, December 3. Contact Leslie Quantz with information about what you are bringing and for more details.


ARE YOU 'CRAFTY?'

We are looking for individuals to make crafts to sell during our Advent Fair. Proceeds will be donated to Children Rising. Some craft ideas: Christmas ornaments, bookmarks, potpourri sachets, cards and decorative signs. Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org 

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET ONLINE STORE OPEN NOW


The 2022 Alternative Gift Market Fair takes place on Sunday, December 11 from 11am -12 noon in the Courtyard.


Information tables will be set on December 4 and December 18

following worship.


For 19 years, Piedmont Church has sponsored this program as an opportunity for people to support local, national and international organizations dedicated to helping people in need. 

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CONCERT TICKETS ON SALE NOW

'For All This Night', December 17 & 18, 7:30pm


This year, we will gather together again to share this joyous season with a magical evening of music and reception. To celebrate our tenth in-person concert, we will reprise that very first concert and perform 

For All This Night


The concerts will be at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $150 for patron tickets with seating in a reserved section.

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IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREENED


Greening of the church is a fun and easy process when there are lots of lending hands. The Altar Guild is asking members to please come and help this Saturday, November 26, 9am - 12 noon.


Last year we had about 6 folks come and help, and maybe this year we can encourage a few more. Contact Paul Schroeder at pschroeder@slatt.com

We will be working with our mission partner, CityTeam, to adopt 27 families this Christmas season. The Board of Deacons will provide a list of families with names, needs and sizes if appropriate for buying gifts. Participants can adopt a family or share the adoption of larger families with another church family. The need is great with poverty and homelessness facing many of these families.


We will have lists of families to adopt, plus instruction sheets for what is needed, available after worship beginning this Sunday. All gifts must be purchased, wrapped, labeled and brought to the church by December 16. Contact Sue Coffin at pinebox4@mac.com

Photo by Michael Barber

CAROLING, CAROLING


After a 3-year hiatus, we will once again gather in Guild Hall for caroling and refreshments immediately following the Piedmont City Christmas Tree lighting, set for 7pm Wednesday, December 7.

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WORSHIP

LAST WEEK'S WORSHIP MEDIA

Watch It Again, Or For The First Time


WHAT A SUNDAY! We debut the Chrysalis Youth Choir, led by Stephen Main. Chancel Choir also sings, accompanied by organ and brass. Steve Schibsted preaches with special guest Gen Hiller. Don Ashburn delivers our liturgy and Scott Kail provides our pastoral prayer.

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MEET GEN HILLER


Steve Schibsted brings Thanksgiving to worship by interviewing church member Gen Hiller about her gratitude journal.

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BOYCHOIR TO PERFORM DECEMBER 4


Pacific Boychoir Academy will perform music of the season during our 10am worship. The choir will perform prelude, anthem, offertory and voluntary.


The Academy is a GRAMMY-winning, independent choir school for boys in grades three through eight, with after-school choirs for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through high school.

ADVENT PREACHING SCHEDULE

Series: The Gifts Jesus Came to Give Us


November 27 - The First Sunday of Advent

Preacher: Steve Schibsted

Scripture: I John 4:7-12;16-18

Theme: Jesus came to give us love


December 4 - The Second Sunday of Advent

Preacher: Scott Kail

Scripture: John 15:9-14

Theme: Jesus came to give us joy


December 11 - The Third Sunday of Advent

Preacher: Don Ashburn

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30

Theme: Jesus came to give us rest


December 18 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Preacher: Steve Schibsted

Scripture: John 14:27; Numbers 6:24-26

Theme: Jesus came to give us peace

CLASSES

ADVENT GATHERINGS


The season before Christmas is one of waiting and expectation. We call it “Advent,” which means “coming.”


We’re waiting for the coming of the one his parents named “Jesus.” But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men and the angels addressed him by other names; “Lord,” “Messiah,” “Savior,” “Emmanuel,” “Light of the World,” and “Word Made Flesh.” This Advent, you are invited to learn more about who Jesus was in a 3-week series of discussions, to be held in the Chapel from 7 - 8:30pm on December 1, 8 and 15. Refreshments will be served.


Discussions are based on the short book, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, by best-selling author Adam Hamilton. Along with the book, we’ll be using a video produced by the author, to help us examine the names of Christ and the historical and personal significance of his birth.


The book can be purchased online (make sure you get the book itself and not the “leader guide” or DVD), or by contacting Don Ashburn by no later than November 27 at: Don@PiedmontChurch.org


Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 prior to the first session.

BIBLE STUDY TURNS

TO GOSPEL OF JOHN


Whether or not you’ve ever studied the Bible before, you’re invited to a weekly online study led by Don Ashburn. Each Monday from 10 - 11 am, a group of

8-12 people get together to study scripture in light of their own lives.


Please note there is no Bible study Nov. 28. 


Starting this month, the focus is on the Gospel of John. Contact Don at Don@PiedmontChurch.org


Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83296269401

TIME TO TAKE A BREATH


Please note, Just Breathe will not meet December 13


Have you been holding your breath for two years? Join Sara Hirsch and each other beginning with a small stretch then quiet meditation in the Sanctuary each Tuesday beginning at 5:30pm. We provide chairs, but bring your mat if you prefer or a meditation pillow.


Stephen Main, our Minister of Music, will join us from time to time with his meditations on meditation. Face coverings recommended, but not required. Ahhhhh, just breathe. Contact Sara Hirsch at sara1.hirsch1@gmail.com

FROM THE BOARD

NOVEMBER BOARD UPDATE


By Pat Leicher, Church President


The Board of Trustees held a very productive meeting on Monday, November 14. Here are the highlights:


The Communications Task Force presented the plan it has been working on since late summer. 


Here is an overview of what is being recommended:


The plan includes creating a Hospitality Team (done), producing a quarterly brochure and Sunday Messenger for distribution in the Sanctuary on Sunday (done), developing a new up-to-date website, improving communications with the congregation and community around Advent, Easter and Mexico as well as promoting community service opportunities and more. If you would like a more detailed description of the plan, please contact jean@piedmontchurch.org


With the guidance of our operations consultant and much discussion among the Personnel Committee and the Board of Trustees, we are ready to take some steps to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness as outlined in the Mission Study report and desired by the congregtion. First, we are delighted to announce that Jay Foreman, our Doorkeeper, is being promoted to Assistant Director of Facilities. Jay will continue his Doorkeeper role but will be assuming much more responsibility for identifying and supervising a variety of vendors involved in repairs and maintenance of our plant. Jay has been doing this increasingly over the last few months and performing well. He will continue to report to Toni Fischer and will work closely with her, the Buildings and Grounds committee of the Board of Trustees. This move will free Toni up to attend to her Finance and Business Manager responsibilities in more depth, especially as we transition to Planning Center software. Planning Center is a transformational software platform composed of various modules and designed especially for church management. It has been highly recommended by both our consultants who have worked with it in other churches and found it to be excellent. We will be moving to Planning Center early next year.


We also approved the hiring of a Director of Program Development and Coordination. Over the past several years the church has had a publications coordinator, a volunteer and fellowship coordinator and an administrative assistant. We currently have none of these, and our program offerings have declined as a result. There is a wealth of great new program ideas coming from the various task forces, but we need someone to work with existing staff to make the magic happen. Working to support staff and lay members, this new person will be the focal point for implementation and coordination of church programming. S/he will be a right hand for Michael Barber on communications, very involved with community service projects the church sponsors, a facilitator for fellowship events and provide administrative support for the Senior Pastor and the Board of Trustees as well as be the program administrator for the Planning Center software. This is a really key role in moving forward. We have reserves to cover the cost while membership grows and total commitments increase to the level that additional expenses are sustainable. This could take three years, and we will be monitoring our progress closely. If we don't make this kind of investment in our growth by providing the kinds of programming that people are looking for, the church will decline over time. That is not the outcome that any of us want. Keep in mind that the church currently has fewer staff than it has in the past. We are just moving back to having the personpower we need to be a vital and growing church.


The other task forces are hard at work. Spiritual Formation has completed its planning and begun to implement its programming. The Children/Youth/Family task force will be presenting its report and recommendations to the Board of Trustees on December 10. The Mission task force aims to comlete its work by early next year.


Partner Engineering did a walk-through of the entire plant on November 14 and will provide a comprehensive report in early December about repairs and maintenance that can be anticipated over the next few years to the buildings and systems. We want to be able to plan for these expenses.


The Stewardship committee hosted an Ambassador Dinner for church leaders on November 17 to prepare for the Stewardship campaign, which will take place in January. 

CHILDREN & YOUTH

LIVEWIRE WEDNESDAYS


What are your Wednesday afternoons like? At Livewire, we are having a blast and growing in our faith. Bet you wish you could join us.

YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE


Youth Pastor Scott Kail shares his excitement about Youth Ministry at Piedmont Community Church.

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195 STUDENTS HEADED TO MEXICO


Mexico ‘23 is officially full and we are preparing to build homes. We have 195 students signed up to build 15 homes next April. This will put Piedmont Community Church Ofer 350 homes built in greater Tijuana Mexico. We have changed lives for the better in Jesus’ name.

SUNDAY SCHOOL


We have started our new program,

Digging into the Bible in One Year.


Lessons can be found on our website.


Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org

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