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Looking Toward this Sunday December 31, 2017
1st Sunday after Christmas Day

Scripture: Isaiah 61: 10-62:3 and Luke 2: 22-40
Sermon: Holding Salvation in Our Arms

John Ryan will preach at 8:30 and 9:45 in Lingle Chapel and 11 in the sanctuary.
The gospel reading this Sunday describes two senior adults' encounter with the baby Jesus. Simeon and Anna have waited decades for the anointed one, fasting and praying for insight to recognize God's beloved. When the baby Jesus enters the temple, carried by his parents, they see what everyone else misses, God's vision incarnate in a little baby. No doubt many others see the parents and their child, but to them he was just another baby coming to be blessed by the temple priests. In contrast, Simeon and Anna see more than meets the eye. Their active waiting has given them a deeper vision; their practices of prayerful expectation enable them to recognize the Messiah in their midst. They see a child clothed in garments of salvation and divinity in a little baby.

The Geneva Choir and Chancel Choir will sing 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime .
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.
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.  
January Winter Clothing Drive

Once again, Circle 7 is coordinating the January winter clothing drive for Lydia's Loft. Lydia's Loft in Huntersville is one of the biggest clothing banks in the region, assisting thousands of needy families each year.  Please donate gently used or new coats, bed linens, towels and wash cloths, blankets, or new socks and underwear.  Items can be placed in the marked collection bins in the hallways near the church office.  Please contact Vicki Gray at 704-999-4546 if you have any questions.   
Organ at Davidson

Organ at Davidson presents Chase Loomer on January 15 at 7:30. Chase is a fourth-year student at Eastman School of Music and was presented as a Rising Star at the most recent national convention of the American Guild of Organists. He is from Huntersville and during high school was a Stigall Scholarship winner at the Charlotte A.G.O. chapter. See more information and Steepletalk. 
Financial Peace University

Starting in January for 9 weeks, the Adult Faith Formation Committee will be offering the  Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University  classes beginning on Monday, January 8, evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Erika and Phil Batten have volunteered to teach and are graduates of the class.  For a nominal membership fee of $109 (purchased through the Dave Ramsey website,) you will receive all the materials you need to take control of your financial future.  Some of the classes include: Cash flow planning, Real estate and Mortgages, Insurance, Retirement and Planning, and Dumping Debt.  This is the money class that can change lives!  You can begin registering for this class online through the church website mid-November.  Childcare available on request. Please direct any questions to  John Ryan.
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
Adult Faith Formation Opportunities
Maloney (9:45 a.m. Parlor) The Pines (Marshall Room)
Jan. 7:   A Sincere Faith:  Daniel 1:8-21

CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE   January 7. Make faith formation a priority in 2018! All are always welcome to visit children's Sunday School classes, but we will have special refreshments and curriculum displayed this coming Sunday. Parents, this is your chance to linger a bit, too! Plan on visiting with teachers, other parents, and children at open house.
4TH & 5TH GRADERS ARE INVITED  to participate in the 2018 MLK Jr Mission Day. Join us January 15 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will travel to Charlotte Family Housing on the church bus, learn about homelessness, serve lunch, and play with residents. Drop off & pick up is at the congregation house. Please bring $10 and a (non-electronic) game to share. Permission forms are in the Sunday School classroom (room 208).
Joys and Concerns
Alan England-Autumn Care
Financial Update and Attendance

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC  28036