Faith and Families Newsletter
December 15, 2017
In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
A Giving Spirit
Dear Friends,
               Many of you know about the organization in our community known as “A Giving Spirit Foundation.” This organization, birthed from the vision of the late Laura Woodall, has inspired many to give generously to help support those in the community who have received devastating news about illness and disease and need emotional and financial help along their difficult journey. You can read more about this at www.agivingspiritfoundation.org .
              The vision, the work, and the name of the organization are spot on! As we think about this Christmas season and all it means, we are compelled to think beyond ourselves and to give to others. While we are often encouraged to think about what we want (under the tree, in our stockings, in our “shopping carts”) the true Spirit of Christmas is a GIVING one – not a GETTING one! The sooner we can help teach this to our children the sooner they will begin to appreciate the gift of God’s self –Emmanuel – God with us – in the baby named Jesus who was born to Mary and Joseph in the little town of Bethlehem so many years ago.
              Yesterday I had the privilege of delivering a bus load of gifts from many of you to help the survivors of domestic violence who are served by Safe Alliance .  This was the focus of our Angel Tree this year. The 250 families who will benefit from these gifts will know that the folks of DCPC have A Giving Spirit! Thanks for all the ways that you give of yourself to help transform the world! Keep up the good work and know that the God of all Creation – the one who is the giver of all good gifts – is with us and will not let us go.

 To God be the Glory!
P.S. We are still making progress towards our 2018 PLEDGE GOAL of $1.45 Million !! We need your help to fully fund our 2018 budget! 288 family units have pledged over $1.28 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?? We can reach our goal if everyone on the TEAM does their part! We can succeed with God’s help and your pledge! CLICK HERE to make your pledge online!

Upcoming Stuff
Children Still Needed for 4 pm Christmas Eve Service
Children are an important part of the 4 pm worship service on Christmas Eve. If your 2nd-5th grade child would like to have a part in the service please contact Jenny Alexander ASAP at jalexander@dcpc.org

Dave Ramsey-Financial Peace University
If you are burdened by financial matters consider attending the Financial Peace University beginning in January. Contact John Ryan at jryan@dcpc.org  for more information.

Congregational Retreat January 19-21
TODAY is the early bird deadline for the Congregational Retreat. You can save 10% by registering today.  CLICK HERE for a brochure. You may also pick up a brochure at the church office. Registration deadline in December 30th.

Service of Healing and Wholeness – December 17
Christmas is a difficult time of year for some. If you have experienced a recent loss in your life then the holidays can be challenging. Our Service of Healing and Wholeness provides time for you to open up about your pain and struggle and let the Holy Spirit bring you healing from the inside out. Whether you need forgiveness, understanding, or just a safe space to be sad you are welcome to join us on Sunday, December 17 th at 7 p.m. in Lingle Chapel. Pass this along!

If there are concerns or joys that you would like to have listed here please email me at ralexander@dcpc.org  so that we might keep one another in prayer.

Judy Gabel – Judy is Meredith Harris’ mother. She fell recently and injured her shoulder.

Charles Houck and family – Charles’ mother, Elizabeth “Molly” DeLoache, died on December 8 th . We surround Charles and Michele and their family with prayer.

Jon Martin and family –Jon Martin’s brother, Lee Martin, died this past week after a long struggle with cancer. Please pray for Jon and Missy and their family as they grieve. A service for Lee will be held this Saturday in Greensboro.

Cambria Nielsen and family – Cambria’s father, Julius Melton, died on November 20 th . We surround Cambria, her mom Ann, and their whole family with prayer.

Charlotte Neal – Charlotte is recovering from jaw replacement surgery.

Jeff Osman – We continue to pray for Jeff and his family as he awaits a possible liver transplant.

Randy Nelson- Randy’s mother died this past week.

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