December 13, 2019
In This Issue

Sunday, December 15

Brews and Views
Adult Formation
Commons Conference Room

Sunday Worship
Gathering 3rd Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 17
Staff Meeting
Church Office

Worship Planning Meeting
Church Office

COM Meeting
Conference Room

Wed, December 18

Oasis Women's Group
The Parlor

Sunday, December 22
Sunday Worship
Gathering 4th Sunday of Advent

The Church at Prayer
Community Care List
God's desire for us is our wholeness; the Hebrew Scriptures call this shalom. This wholeness incorporates our physical, mental, emotional, and relational being.

PSC's love and joy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Roosevelt on the occasion of their wedding on December 6. Congratulations! 

Please use this list today and throughout the week, praying with special intention for:
  • Out Boulder County and all those in our LGBTQ+ community
  • PSC's Off Broadway Preschool 
  • Those in our Boulder community who suffer from food insecurity and hunger and who are experiencing homelessness
  • All who celebrate joys and those who are distressed in mind, body, or spirit, and members of our spiritual family including:

Our prayers for:
Short term
Barb Fowler
Tom Fowler
Lizzie (Susan Anderson's daughter--stage 4 colon cancer)
Dan Torpy 
Carter Edgerly
Juan and Denise Aragon (PSC-supported missionaries in Chiapas, Mexico--Juan diagnosed with rare condition affecting quality of life)

Long term
Vondell Martin 
Shirley Scott 
Kathryn Stuart
Barb Schuttenberg
Butch Stanko (friend of Polly McDonald)

Brendan Torpy
Iglesia Bautista Central de Villa Las Lomas (church in San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Pete Sprenkle
Jo Judd
Kerry Hassler
Dwight and Aladine Neuenschwander

Missionaries: Lance & Christina Muteyo, Juan & Denise Aragon, Ruth Fox, Pieter & Nora Kalkman

*Please notify the church office
(303-442-6530) or 
t)  if there are people who should be added to
 or removed from our community care list.
A Word from Andrew... This is the Irrational Season...

Dear Pine Street Church Members and Friends,
What an extraordinary Advent Vespers of contemplative worship we shared with our friends of All Souls Church last Sunday night. It was beautiful and sacred. We followed the movements of hope, peace, joy, and love through Taize music, Scripture, poetry, and musical meditations. I'm pretty sure my heart leaped out of my chest a time or two.  
There's just something about the nighttime PSC sanctuary atmosphere that enhanced the meaningfulness of the mingling of light and darkness. As part of our liturgy put it: 
Leader: In this holy season, when the sun's light is swallowed
up by the growing darkness of the night, you renew your
promise to reveal among us the splendor of the sacred, made
flesh and visible to us in the wisdom and life of Jesus.
People: Through the prophets you teach us to hope
for God's reign of peace. Through the signs of the
Spirit, you open our blindness to God's dreams for
a just and good future.
Leader: Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our
eyes behold the vesper light,
All: We watch & wait for Emmanuel, God with us.  Amen.
'Tis the season of watching and waiting for the light that enlightens everyone to break in on our cynicism, despair, boredom, fatigue, fear, anxiety, and monotony. Or as Madaleine L'Engle has written: 

"This is the irrational season when love blooms bright and wild. Had Mary been filled with reason, there'd have been no room for the child."
This week is the traditional Sunday during Advent when we celebrate visible signs of joy that we can see and touch and hear. We keep our eyes peeled and our hearts open for a zazzy God to intrude on the zany and zigzag lines of our life and times. 
Now is a good time to keep open the intellectual and emotional and spiritual space for God's love and joy to bloom bright and wild in our own lives. How might this be showing up in your life in these days leading up to Christmas? 
I hope the "Mason Jar Advent" spiritual practices are helping you prepare the room in your life for such love and joy to find a way to bloom and blossom and grow---so much so that maybe your heart will be so moved to leap out of your chest a time or two. 
Let us keep watch, be strong, and take heart---Christmas is coming. 
With heart,

PS: Save these dates: A few calendar items for Advent at Pine Street Church in 2019:
  • Sundays in Advent @9am - Brews and Views Adult Spiritual Formation
  • Tuesday December 24 @4pm & 6pm - Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with All Souls Church 
WATCH (and share the below video on your social media pages!) 
Mason Jar Advent 2019
Mason Jar Advent 2019

Christmas Eve 2019

The Pine Street Kids have created their own nonprofit for the holiday season! We hope to raise $120 to buy a goat with Heifer International through the sale of ornaments, cookies, and hot cocoa during the advent season. Stop by our storefront "Pine Heads' Christmas Emporium" after Church December 15th, 22nd, and 24th to support this cause.
SUNDAYS 12/1, 8, 15, 22  @ 9AM 

Caffeinated community with farm-to-cup coffee from Boulder's Conscious Coffees and  adult spiritual formation and discussion series based on the book "Christmas in the Four  Gospel Homes" by Cynthia M. Campbell. Led By Pastoral Associate, Becky Gruber.

This Sunday the group will jump into the second chapter "Christmas at Matthew's House". You can participate in the group discussion without even having the book if you'd like to read the Christmas story as found in the Gospel of Matthew:  
Matthew 1: 18-25; 2: 13-15, 19-23

The beautiful poinsettias in the sanctuary were given by...

Betty Eldridge
In memory of Mike and Tom Eldridge

Jerome HadleyDike and Johanna Smith
In celebration of the lives of Karen and Neil

Sabrina Huffaker
In memory of Milton Huffaker  and In honor of all who are missed

Bill and Mary Beth Mankin
In memory of our parents and sisters

Bob and Cindy Owens
In celebration of the Christmas season

Shel and Barbara Schuttenberg
In memory of our precious daughter, Amy

Shirley Scott and Becky Budd
In memory of Gayle Scott

Mike and Carol Simpson
In celebration of the life and ministry of Karen HadleyDike

Larry and Tam Van Spriell
In celebration of the life of Phil Smith
Celebrate 2020 Commitment Cards
Your 2020 Financial Commitment  

Thank you to all who have turned in Celebrate 2020 Commitment Cards! If you have not yet taken a moment to complete your 2020 financial commitment, please do so soon. Every gift matters as we plan responsibly and creatively for our 2020 missions and ministries! 

You may drop your Celebrate 2020 card in the offering box at church on Sunday or mail it to the church office or bring it by the church office. 

Your gift supports every part of our ministry together. Thank you for helping Pine Street Church dream big, and do good, now and into the future.
Sharing and Experiencing  the Sounds of Sunday at PSC

Preaching this week: Rev. Andrew Daugherty
Text:   Isaiah 35: 1-10; Matthew 11: 2-11
Sermon Title: Joy Unexpected: When a Zazzy God Intrudes in Zany and Zigzag Times

Miss a sermon or Sunday? Want to re-live a sermon or musical piece? You can listen, re-listen to, and share sermons, music, and other special elements of our Sunday morning worship services. CLICK HERE to go to our website where you can instantly play previous week's recordings. Even better, feel free to share them with others.

Oasis - Wednesday Women's Group
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Open to all! 
Current series: The Oasis group is discussing Seven Lessons from Heaven, How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life by Mary C. Neal, M.D.  
Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of the Chilean kayaking accident that took her life and sent her on a journey to heaven and back riveted millions of readers.  In 7 Lessons from Heaven, Dr. Neal takes readers deeper into her experience, which included meeting Jesus face-to-face, encounters with angels, and a journey to a "city of light."
Front Range Art Asylum
Spirituality, The Arts. This engaging group meets Third Tuesdays @ 4:00pm in our Art Gallery. Open to All.  Click Here for More Information

Sunday Morning Refreshments
Each Sunday following our worship service we offer refreshments. Coffee is already made, but if you would like to volunteer to provide another beverage & snacks, email [email protected] or call 303-442-6530. Thanks everybody!! -Joann Roberts Stacy & Judy Rothe, Hospitality Team Co-Chairs.

Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Every first Tuesday of the month starting at 7:30 a.m., the men of our church are invited to gather for good food and fellowship at the Parkway Cafe (4700 Old Pearl St. in Boulder, just north of the Larry Miller Toyota dealership). | 1237 Pine St. Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.6530