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CHRISTMAS LETTER

December, 2019

Dear Friends of Orange Park

Presbyterian Church:

Grace and peace to you in the

name of Christ Jesus!

It is a joy for us to offer this Advent greeting! As we continue the ministry that has been entrusted to us, we enter this season of anticipation and expectation. We await the gift of God’s amazing love made full in the person of Jesus Christ.

In the Community of Faith, the Body of Christ, we are able to realize this gift. And our ministry is found in sharing the gift that we have received. This season, may the gift of Christ become even more evident to us, and may our faith be strengthened as we journey together, drawn into the fullness of the Kingdom!

On the reverse side of this letter you will find the schedule for worship and for giving during this special season. Our right response to the gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ includes our joyful participation with the worshiping community. May God bless our faithful fellowship, and enrich us with the hope of the coming of our Lord.

The peace of Christ be with you.

Your Session

WORSHIP

December 1, 8, 15, 22 Advent Sundays

10:30 a.m.

Observe the season of preparation and expectation through seasonal hymns and carols, timely scripture lessons, and liturgies and prayers designed to assist our hearts while we await the coming of our Lord. Please note that our worship service on Sunday, December 15 will be a special “Lessons and Carols” service.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT &

COMMUNION SERVICE

7:00 p.m.

Christmas is often a time of travel as families gather for the holiday. We are reminded of others who traveled, seeking lodging. This Christmas Eve we will explore the theme of pilgrimage and hospitality. Our celebration will include sharing Communion, and Candle Lights. Bring your travelers with you to our celebration.

GIVING

December 22, Morning Worship

10:30 a.m.

Christmas Joy Offering

By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God’s gift of Jesus Christ by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges.

Christmas Eve Offering

7:00 p.m.

Donations made Christmas Eve will benefit Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). PDA responds to serious events nationally and internationally through its various partners to bring a wide range of relief and support. The PDA is currently responding to Hurricane Dorian victims, victims of spring flooding and tornadoes, Missouri River Basin flooding and California fires – just to name a few. Consider sharing your financial blessings to help disaster survivors throughout the world. To learn more please go to https://pda.pcusa.org/.

Office/Music Staff/Diller Family Love Gift

Please join me in showing our appreciation to Pam, Julie, Pheona, Sonja, Vernon, Jon and The Diller Family. We hope to offer their gifts to them no later than December 18.

Feel free to make your contributions with a single check. Simply indicate on the envelope, or on an enclosed note or in the memo section of your check, your desired allocation.

Above all, let’s hold each other up in prayer in order that the true joys of the season may be experienced in its fullness. The angels brought a message of peace and goodwill by announcing the birth of a new age, may our hearts prepare Him room.

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