Looking Toward this Sunday December 3, 2017
1st Sunday in Advent
The Lighting of the First Candle of Advent-Hope

Scripture: Isaiah 40: 1-11
Sermon: Advent Through Isaiah's Eyes

Claire George-Drumheller will preach at 8:30 and 9:45 in Lingle Chapel and 11 in the sanctuary.

The words of Isaiah 40:1-11 are so familiar to us. Thanks to Handel's Messiah, we can hear the music in our minds when we read God's words, "Comfort, o comfort my people." If we're not careful, the words from Isaiah can become nothing more than standard decorations for the season. If we are careful, we can see how startling these words are - words of comfort from a victorious God to a people who have been living in exile for 150 and words of comfort to us, a people wandering in the wilderness of Advent. 

The Geneva Choir will sing  E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come at the 8:30 service.
The Chancel with Rosemary Klein as tenor recorder will sing Keep Silence at the 11:00 service .

Ten Cents a Meal Offering  will be received at all worship services . Please place your donations in the red baskets. If each family at DCPC contributed 30ยข a day each day for 30 days, that would equal $9 per month.
Offer your Comments    
The Session invites you to offer your comments, your joys, and your concerns.  Click on the "Comments" link at the beginning of this email.  Your email will be directed to the appropriate committee and staff person.
Pledge TODAY and Year End Contributions
Thank you to those who have already made their pledge for 2018.  If you have not yet, please make your pledge today (CLICK HERE). You can also bring your pledge card to church Sunday and place it in the offering plate. If you are not planning to pledge, please reconsider. Invest in the mission of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, for what we are, for what we can become.
In order for your contributions to count in 2017, they must be received by Trish Jones or Harriett Rosebrough in the church business office (room 111) no later than noon on Friday, December 29. Contributions postmarked by December 31st will also be counted toward 2017. Please check the church calendar to see when the office will be open over the Christmas holidays season. To pay your pledge by credit card, go to www.dcpc.org, click on the "Give" tab and click on "Online Giving". Then click on the "Give Online" box and follow the prompts. If you are expecting a stock, donor advised fund, or IRA donation to count toward your 2017 contributions, please contact Trish Jones  or 704-892-5641 x 30.
Angel Tree
DCPC invites you to help sponsor dozens of families from our community during our Angel Tree 2017 project through Wednesday, December 13. The Angel Tree can be found on the bulletin board beside the main office. There will be specific instructions about how to participate in this project on the bulletin board. You may contact Stephanie Rollans or 704-892-5641 ext. 12) with any questions. Please help us make the tradition of gift-giving possible for area families.
Christmas Decorations    
 To contribute to the purchase of the Christmas decorations, please make your check payable to DCPC with Christmas decorations on the memo line. Email Rhonda Boggs  in the church office with your in memory and honor of information (click here) or  forms are available at  the information center. Please return forms no later than December 10. Acknowledgments will be included in the bulletins on Sunday, December 17 and 24 .
Bonus Organ at Davidson    
  For the first time, there will be an organ concert in December featuring music for Christmas. The performer is Michael Lehtinen, organist at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Charlotte and director of the Southern Park Music School. Dr. Lehtinen's program encompasses a broad variety of seasonal music, from German chorale settings by J.S. Bach, to early French variations on a noel, to glorious French Romantic nativities, to favorite carols set by American composers. There is something for everyone.
Save the date: December 11 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and is followed by a meet-the-artist reception.  
Davidson College Cookie Study Break    
Please bake cookies and take them to the back office hallway on Monday, December 11 by 9:00 p.m. Be sure to mark your cookies if they have nut allergens in them so that we can set them out separately.
White Gift Christmas Pageant    
The DCPC White Gift Christmas Pageant will take place at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary on December 10. There will be a collection of food as part of the White Gift Christmas Pageant. There will be a collection of food as part of the White Gift Christmas Pageant.  Just as the wise men took gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child, all are invited to approach the manger with gifts of food (or monetary donations) which will be distributed to families through Loaves and Fishes at the Ada Jenkins Center. We are asking for different kinds of food this year to help keep the Loaves and Fishes shelves full of the  most needed foods:  Please bring any or all of the following:  Rice, Tomato or Pasta Sauce, Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups (no added sugar), 100% Fruit Juice and/or Oatmeal or Grits. (No foods that need refrigeration, please.)  Loaves and Fishes always puts your contributions to good use as the need is great. Join us afterward in the Congregation House for a soup and sandwich supper prepared by Chef Eric. Donations are needed to off set the cost of food.
Congregational Retreat    
Mark your calendar now for our annual Congregational Retreat in Montreat, NC, January 19-21, 2018. Our retreat leader is Jeannie Dubose, wife of Montreat Conference Center's president Richard DuBose and the daughter-in-law of our own Bill & Sally DuBose. CLICK HERE for registration forms. They are also available at the information center in front 
of the church office.
Dinner is at 5:45 in the Congregation House. RSVP's ARE REQUIRED, before noon on Tuesday for dinner. New Kids Club- for information contact Jenny Alexander.

 Faith Formation
Faith Formation Opportunities
****The Covenant Class will meet in Room 201 (not the Congregation House) this Sunday, Dec 3. We will be wrapping up our discussion on Mark while working through the questions Charlie Raynal provide. Coffee will be provide in Room 201!****

Covenant (9:45 a.m. Congregation House)
December 3 -  meet in Room 201 (not the Congregation House) We will wrap up our discussion on Mark while working through the questions Charlie Raynal provides. Coffee will be provided in Room 201!
December 10, 17- John Griffith, President Emeritus of Presbyterian College, will present two sessions on love. Love is a concept we associate with God and Jesus as we seek to understand our relationship to the Divine. In these two sessions, we will explore what the Old Testament and then the New Testament reveals to us about love.
  Maloney (9:45 a.m. Parlor) and The Pines (Marshall Room)
Dec. 3:    Faith in Jesus:  Acts 3
Dec. 10 : Faith to Discern: Acts 13:1-12
Dec. 17 :  Faith to Persevere:  Acts 14; Colossians 2:6-7
Dec. 24 :  Faithful Seekers of the King:  Matthew 2:1-12
Dec. 31 :  Faith to Unite:  Ephesians 4
Jubilee (9:45 a.m. Upper Room) The Jubilee Class will examine the following readings in The Day the Revolution Began , by N.T. Wright, a groundbreaking biblical scholar and theologian:
Dec.   3 : Chapter 11: "Paul and the Cross (Apart from Romans)"
Dec. 10 : Chapter 12: "The Death of Jesus in Paul's Letter to the Romans: The New Exodus"
Dec. 17 : Chapter 13: "The Death of Jesus in Paul's Letter to the Romans: Passover and Atonement"
Dec. 31 : Chapter 14: "Passover People"

Children's Faith Formation Opportunities
Sunday School 9:45-10:45 am
            Preschool (age 3-5)            Room 118
            Kindergarten/1 st Grade      Room 206
            2 nd Grade/3 rd Grade            Room 207
             4 th Grade/5 th Grade             Room 208
Wednesday Kids Club 4-5 pm 
Betty Newbold-home-Hospice

Financial Update and Attendance

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC  28036