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Looking Toward this Sunday December 24, 2017
4th Sunday in Advent
Christmas Eve

One morning service at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.
See below for Christmas Eve service times.


Scripture: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16 and Luke 1: 26-38
Sermon: Advent through Our Eyes

Robert Alexander will preach at 11 in the sanctuary.
        
       How do we prepare for the coming of Christ? As we stand puzzling about this we might find ourselves like the Grinch who stood with his feet in the cold snow and puzzled over the meaning of Christmas.  Is the coming of Christ "wrapped up" in paper and tinsel and holiday lights and Christmas cookies?  Of course not!  We know the answer is an emphatic "No!" These cultural expressions of the season do not make Christmas what it is.  So what does?
            Mary was given a promise by the Angel Gabriel.  "You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus."  She received the message with a bit of fear, and wonder, and thoughtfulness, and...faith.  She said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord."  And then she waited and prepared to receive and carry this gift.
            Our eyes may also be filled with fear, and wonder, and faith.  They may also be filled with doubt and anxiety and dread.  How do we prepare?  Have we done enough?  Will the Lord really return? And when he does what will he think of me?


The Chancel and Youth choirs will sing Thou Child Divine .

This Sunday we will collect funds for the Christmas Joy Offering.  This offering, a Presbyterian tradition since 1930, is divided evenly between the Assistance Program of the PC(USA) Board of Pensions and Presbyterian-related racial-ethnic schools and colleges.  You may give to DCPC with "Christmas Joy" in the memo line or text "JOY" to 20222 to give $10. Thank you for your support.

Christmas Eve Services
4:00 p.m.-Designed especially for children and families
7:30 p.m.- Traditional candle lighting service (nursery available)
11:00 p.m.- Traditional service with communion (no childcare provided)
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Important Pledge Information
With any tax law changes, your tax advisor may advise that your tax bracket will decrease next year.  As a result, if you want to prefund your 2018 pledge this year, please furnish to Patricia Jones  in the office by noon, 12/31/17.

We have gotten a little closer to our 2018 PLEDGE GOAL of $1.45 Million!! We need your help to fully fund our 2018 budget! 299 family units have pledged nearly $1.31 MILLION to the ministry of DCPC in 2018. There are still more than 250 families who have not pledged. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED YOUR PLEDGE PLEASE DO SO TODAY?? PLEASE EMAIL Trish Jones at pjones@dcpc.org to give her your 2018 expected giving. We can reach our goal if everyone on the TEAM does their part! We can succeed with God's help and your pledge! 
Congregational Meeting-January 7   
Congregational Meeting--Sunday, January 7th, 10:40 am, Sanctuary
 
Please mark your calendars! The Session has scheduled a Congregational Meeting at the request of the Nominating Committee for the election of a nine member Senior Pastor Nominating Committee (pictures and bio's of nominees to follow shortly).  All active members are encouraged to attend and vote.  
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!   
It's not too late  to shop at the Alternative Gift Fair!   Give a gift and change the world!  Honor a loved one with a gift to one of our mission partners and they will benefit from your generosity and kindness.  Pick up a brochure today or CLICK HERE .
Congregational Retreat-SIGN UP TODAY    
 
Mark your calendar now for our annual Congregational Retreat in Montreat, NC, January 19-21, 2018. CLICK HERE for registration forms. They are also available at the information center in front of the church office.
 Faith Formation
Will not meet this Sunday, December 24.

Financial Update and Attendance

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC  28036
704-892-5641
www.dcpc.org