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January 8, 2023

10:00am In-person and Facebook Live or replay on Facebook later

As we celebrate the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Feast of Epiphany, we will share the passage from Isaiah 60:1-6 that highlights the coming of the great light and two nativity stories from the Gospel of Matthew that tell of the visit of the wise men (Matthew 2:1-12) and the disturbing scene of the holy family fleeing to safety (Matthew 2:13-23).


Worship bulletin:

We have dedicated our financial pledges for 2023. The Stewardship Commission is eager to receive additional pledge cards/emails. Thank you!

Please participate in worship virtually via our livestream on Facebook if that is convenient for you and/or if you have tested positive for Covid in the last 5 days.

Masks should be worn and respected for in-person worship under the following conditions:

1) You have tested positive for COVID 6-10 days ago and you still have symptoms;

2) You are in a high-risk group and/or have underlying conditions;

3) You are more comfortable wearing a mask.

In order to protect individuals and the wider community, we strongly encourage up-to-date vaccinations and boosters against all communicable diseases.

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Sunday School

Classes resume on January 8.

A Miracle of Innovation and Mass Scale

Pat Wilkins, Sr. Operations Manager

Sun, Jan 8 | 11:15am

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Listening Session

It has been more than six-months since our beloved Barb Kuhlmann’s untimely death. We continue to grieve and give thanks for her. It’s still so hard to believe she is gone.


We are grateful for all of the people who have stepped up to help do the things that Barb did around here. Marsha Peek’s incredible gifts of organizing and shepherding have been amazing. Our children and youth are in very good hands.


As we ponder where to go from here regarding church staff, our Church Council has been in conversation these months – including spending time with a consultant, Reverend John Wimberly, who many of you will remember as the person who walked us through the Vitality Project a few years ago. One of the things he suggested several years ago was not to rush into filling a staff vacancy once one arises. Instead, he urged us to stop, breathe and discern what the church needs next – rather than simply finding another person to fill the same role and job description.


We will continue to be in discernment about who we are as a church today and who God is calling us to be next. We are pondering what sort of additional staff person(s), contractor(s), or uses of resources, can best help us in today’s environment to be more faithful and effective in our mission and ministries.


We need your input! We will host a Listening Session after worship on Sunday, January 22 at 11:15am in the Heritage Room and on Zoom.


A few questions to ask yourself now –

* What do we want to provide for our children, youth, families and adults?

* How can we be more engaged in loving and serving the world around us – near and far?

* How are we unique/distinct from other churches in the area and other churches you may have been to in the past or recently?

* What do we need to make a priority in the next 2-3 years?

* What do we want our young people to say about their experiences at PUCC when they are coming into adulthood?

* Do you envision adding one person to our staff or 2-3 people who could each bring varied expertise to the team and faith community?


We will continue to offer questions so we will be ready for conversation on January 22.


Questions? Feel free to contact Council President Linda Tossing ([email protected]) or Kevin Cameron ([email protected]) or anyone from our Church Council – Lana Biondo, Deb Carter, Lisa Davidson, Kris Impastato, Tom McKenzie, Mark Sableman.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book January 10

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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The Personal Librarian


Marie Benedict

Jan 17 - Mar 7

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Prayer List Updates

The Twelve Days of Christmas... and Blessings at the New Year!

All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far.

Family & friends of Joan Biest - grieving and giving thanks for her.

A Memorial Service will be in the Historic Sanctuary this Saturday...

Visitation 10am; Service 11am; Luncheon in Fellowship Hall at 12pm

Cherie and Mike Stolze - as she is home from the hospital.

Marion Pleis - at Mercy Rehab Ctr after hip surgery; heading back to Cape Albeon 01/06.

Joe and Lana Biondo - he was hospitalized for several days with the flu and pneumonia Christmas week... now improving at home.

Pinky Wilcoxen - home after a few weeks in the hospital and rehab.

Davis Weas - recuperating from shoulder surgery.

Doug and Val Detjen - healing after his hip surgery.

Schulenburgs - Kaylyn & David’s Milo William born 11-30 is in NICU.

breathing with cpap, no more PICC line, weighing 2 lbs, 12.7 oz... lots of skin to skin with parents and cared for by incredible doctors and nurses.

Josh - healing after recent bone marrow transplant (Tarr).

Matt Albers - recent cancer diagnosis (Lori Connors’ friend’s son).

Kevin Ceballos and family - as his father has surgery on January 3.

All impacted by Covid-19.

Families grieving at the New Year.


Three minutes from the Smithsonian Channel about the Wisemen.



The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless someone starts afresh about things, they will certainly do nothing effective. ~G. K. Chesterton



The three wise men walk into a barn...

...and see Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. Joseph asks why they are disturbing them as his wife had just given birth and needed rest. The first wise man said "I have brought gold for the child."

Joseph thanked him but ask that they leave. Then the second wise man said "I have brought frankincense for the child."

Again Joseph thanked him but was getting annoyed as they were interrupting a special moment between him and his wife. He then, forcefully, asked them to leave when the third wise man said "But wait there's myrrh!"

January 2023 Alzheimer's News

Promising news about diagnosis and management of cognitive impairment.

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Please read this piece from our friend John Pavlovitz. He shared it after Stephen tWitch Boss’ death by suicide.


Mental Health Support

988 (new nationwide 3-digit number similar to 911… call or text)

24/7 Crisis Hotline 800-273-8255 (TALK) | 800-SUICIDE: 800-784-2433

24/7 Missouri Department of Mental Health 800-811-4760

Text 741741 and someone will text right back…

Behavioral Health Network of Greater St Louis 314-449-6713

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