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Here @First

December 2009

Published monthly for the members and friends of First Presbyterian Church.

Volume 9


First Presbyterian Church of Yakima

9 South 8th Ave Yakima, WA 98902 509-248-7940

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December Events

Sunday Morning Information / Weekly Events / Sermon Series Sunday Morning Class Information Pastors Welcome Fellowship Ministry : Group Life Ministry News Fellowship Ministry : Family Ministries Fellowship Ministry : Senior Adults News Discipleship Ministry : Student Ministry News Discipleship Ministry : Preschool News Discipleship Ministry : Children’s Ministry News Discipleship Ministry Team : Careforce Ministry Discipleship Ministry Team : Women’s Ministry Service Ministry Team : Cristo Vive Ministry Service Ministry Team : Mountain Meadow Christmas at Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp Worship Ministry Team Merry Christmas - The Christmas Story Advent Devotional Excerpt News and Upcoming Special Events Re3: Wednesday Nights


December Events Calendar December 1 Tuesday Worship Min Team Mtg 5:15p Adult Ed Planning Meeting Presbyterian Women Silver Tea 1:00p December 3 Thurday Happy Travelers Meeting 1:00p Senior Adult Ministry 3:00p MOPS Set up 6:00p Prayer Ministry Leader Meeting 6:00p December 4 Friday MOPS Christmas Tea / Garden Room 9:00a December 5 & 6 Spirit of Christmas Sale 9a-2:00p Mountain Meadow Christmas/Ghormley December 5 Saturday Deacon Training Santa / Angel Pictures December 6 Sunday 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Congregational Meeting (Mark Tumney) Childsize Rehearsal 4:00p December 8 Tuesday Preschool Christmas Program 7:00p Session Leadership Team Meeting 7:00p December 10 Thursday Santa / Angel Pictures Discipleship Team Meeting 2:00p Fellowship Team Meeting 6:00p December 11 Friday Santa / Angel Pictures Cristo Vive Crafts 6:30p December 12 Saturday Childsize Rehearsal 10:00a Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:00a December 13 Sunday 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Childsize Christmas Service Carenet Meeting / offsite December 14 Monday Edith Ferry Circle 12:00p December 15 Tuesday Service Ministry Team Meeting 7:00a Kaffee Klatsch 9:30a Deacon/Session Dinner/Meeting 6:00p December16 Wednesday Ghormley Commission Meeting / offsite December17 Thursday Christmas Lights and Cocoa 5:00p December 20 Sunday 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Leadership Development Class 8:00a December 23 Wednesday Temple Choir Rehearsal December 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Services: Contemporary Family Services 5:00, 7:00p Traditional Candles & Carols 9:00p December 25 Friday Christmas Day December28 Monday Church Closed December 29 – 31 Church Office Closed at 1:00p for day. January 1 Friday New Year’s Day / Church Closed

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Sunday Morninginfo

Sunday Morning Services Sanctuary Contemporary Services The Best of Classic Worship RM 102 Childcare Ages birth – 21/2 years Kidzone Sunday School K inder - 5th Grade 2nd Floor

8 & 9:30a 11:00a During Services 9:30 -10:45a

Student Ministries Grades 6 - 12

Ward Chapel (Mid Hi & Sr. Hi)

9:30-10:30a

Adult Education Classes Cristo Vive Hispanic Fellowship

Golden Circle 40 Days of Purpose Adult Ed Bible Class

9:30-10:30a 9:30-10:30a 9:30-10:30a

Ward Chapel

12:00p

Weekly Events at FPC Monday, Wednesday, Friday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Senior Adult Exercise TOPS Over-eaters Anonymous Trailseekers Church Basketball Women’s Bible Studies Spirit Led Life Series Studies with Jean Paulson Men’s Bible Study Women of Action (Prayer) Bible Study Fellowship Worship Rehearsal Temple Choir Rehearsal

8:30a 10:00a 12:00p 2:30p 7:00p 9:15a 9:45a 12:00p 12:00p 9:00a 6:00p 7:00p

Sermon Series December December 6 Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1: 68-78 / “Redeemed” december 13 Child-Sized Service DECEMBER 20 Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1-14 DECEMBER 27 Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:1-20 “Amazing”

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Mark Tumney

*Associate Pastor nominee

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Sunday Morning

classes

KIDZONE (AGE 2 ½ THROUGH 5TH GRADE)

9:30-10:45 / 2ND FLOOR Kidzone helps our children apply biblical truth to their regular everyday experiences. Sonbeams (preschool) 2 ½ to 4 years old meet on L2 Mezzanine in the Sonbeams Room. Cubbies (pre-kindergarten) 4 & 5 yrs old meet in the Cubbies Room on the main floor (right next to childcare). Kindergarten through 5th grades meet on the 2nd floor.

STUDENT WORSHIP & GROUPS (6TH-12TH GRADE)

9:30-10:45 / CHAPEL Following worship, Mid High and High School students separate for time to study and discuss issues of life and faith in smaller groups. Student Ministry is eager to welcome new students, introduce them to others and help them discover the amazing love of God.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASS

9:30-10:30 / ADULT ED / DR. BILL STARR RENOVARE’: Introduction to Spiritual Renewal RENOVARE’ (from the Latin “to renew”) is a program developed by a team of spiritual leaders led by Richard Foster, who is best known for his classic book “Celebration of Discipline.” It is committed to the renewal of the Church of Jesus Christ in all her multifaceted expressions. The mission of RENOVARE’ is to provide individual churches and their members with a balanced, practical, effective strategy for spiritual growth. This class will be based on the RENOVARE’ publication called “A Spiritual Formation Workbook” and will seek to explore the dynamics of a spiritually balanced life with Jesus Christ as its model. Bill Starr will be the lead teacher for this class, and will be supported by Bible studies led by Kathy Mathison, which will be woven into the framework of the class.

40 DAYS OF PURPOSE

9:30-10:30 / MID HIGH ROOM ON THE MEZZANINE STEVE HILDEBRAND / MARSHALL GROVE / FRED MALONEY The 40 Days class continues to study the principles found in Rick Warren's “Purpose Driven Life” book. This class discusses and examines, in a non-threatening manner, the Bible passages used through the book. After several years of study, this group is halfway through the book. You are invited to jump in and join this interesting study.

GOLDEN CIRCLE - PRESENT WORD

9:30-10:30 DAVID FERRY LOUNGE / TOM OLIVA & JIM ERIXSON Originally formed in the 1940's, this class continues to study Christian life together. The Golden Circle class is a caring and supportive class that includes prayer, music and study.

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Dearchurch family, One of my all time Christmas carol favorites is “Silent Night.” Have you ever heard the story of how and why it was written? Joseph Mohr was born in the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria, in 1792. As a boy he was an active chorister in the Cathedral of Salzburg. He was ordained into the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church in 1815 and was serving as an assistant priest at a newly erected St. Nicholas in Obernorf. Father Mohr often lamented that the perfect Christmas hymn had never been written. With this in mind, he received word just before Christmas that his own church organ would not function. Father Mohr decided to write his own hymn that could be sung without the accompaniment of the organ. Upon reading the words of the hymn for the first time, one of his colleagues, Father Gruber, exclaimed, “Friend Mohr, you have found it (the right song) God be praised!” Father Mohr did not intend for his hymn to spread beyond their little mountain village. Yet it has endured to this day and continues to be a favorite of many. I love “Silent Night” because it reminds us that amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, there is a simple yet profound reason for the season. The theme for our Advent and Christmas sermon series is “A Baby Changes Everything!” In fact, Jesus is the baby who changes everything! The Scripture we will unpack is Galatians 4:4-7, which reads: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7, NRSV) I hope and pray that you are able to take a few moments of silence this Advent to reflect upon the grace of God our Father humbling himself and sending His Son as a baby lying in a manger. Through this simple act, this world and your life have been changed forever! As you reflect, please remember these words written by Joseph Mohr: “Son of God, love’s pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.” May God bless you as you move through Advent to the marvelous celebration of Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Pastor Jack

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Dear FPC Family,

Welcoming news

Your Associate Pastor Nominating Committee has been hard at work since the beginning of the year and has been led through a long and comprehensive process. It is now with great excitement that we put forward to the congregation our recommendation for the position of Associate Pastor of Missions and Family Ministry, Pastor Mark Tumney. Mark has a long history of ministry experience, including many years of service with Young Life in Cleveland and Germany. He has also served as the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation in Saratoga, California for three years and most recently served there as the Interim Head of Staff. Mark and his wife Stephanie, have been married for three years and are looking forward to starting a family in the future. On a recent visit to Yakima, Mark expressed his excitement about the mission of FPC, and the committee feels that he will help us carry out our vision to be inwardly strong and outwardly focused. On Sunday, December 6th, Mark will preach at all three services. A congregational meeting will follow the 11 o’clock service and members will vote on the acceptance of Mark as our new Associate Pastor. Please continue in the privilege and responsibility of praying for this candidate and for our church, and be in attendance if at all possible. Finally, we would like to thank everyone for their prayers over the last several months. It has been encouraging to see God’s provision during this process. God has provided us with wonderful support from our families and from leaders such as Jack Peebles, G. David Lambertson and Ed Cummings. Not only that, but He provided us with the person who we believe to be an excellent match for our church family. We are all excited to see where the Lord Jesus Christ is leading us in this next chapter of the life of FPC. Seeking God’s Will, The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

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Fellowship Ministry Group Life / Family / Senior Adult

“Building Relationships that change lives by connecting the community to Christ”

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248-7940, ext. 135 judy.turner@fpcyakima.com

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Find Your place at the table Prodigal God Church Experience is an unforgettable journey of discovering one of the most powerful yet most misunderstood parables of the Bible the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The Prodigal God explores Jesus most familiar parable to find its surprising truth for believers and skeptics alike. On January 17, First Presbyterian Church will embark on a six week study of Tim Keller’s book Prodigal God. We invite your small group to set aside six weeks for this study or if you aren’t currently in a small group, new groups will form around this very interesting book. Pastor Jack will preach a six week sermon series on this study, which will make your small group experience more insightful. The books and study guides are available to purchase this month. For more information contact Shan Trick or Judy Turner at 248-7940. Prepare to find your place at the table to learn about God’s love for us through the story of the Prodigal Son.


Fellowship Ministry Group Life / Family / Senior Adult

FAMILY LIFE news

Our children love celebrating Christmas. I watch their

eyes get a little wider when we see Christmas decorations begin to fill the shelves at Target or Shopko. It’s usually early November when they begin to make their Christmas wish lists and they begin lobbying for whatever gifts they are dreaming of. They also love the various traditions we have established as a family, and look forward to them with great anticipation. As parents our biggest concern of course is that they know the REAL reason for Christmas is Jesus. Each of our children know to say that “Jesus is the reason for the season”, but as parents we know it’s the opening of presents, decorating the tree, baking cookies, and getting together with family and friends that they are really excited about. If I am honest, those things top my list too. I used to worry about this, until we started celebrating Advent in our home.

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The word Advent means “to come” and refers to Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby on Christmas Day. The season of Advent is all about celebrating the coming of Jesus – and we don’t have to look very far into our Christmas traditions to find symbols of Christ. Several years ago we made an Advent wreath and began using the Advent book that FPC Preschool gives out to guide our time as a family. It has become a very special time for our family to connect all of the ways we are celebrating Christmas to the coming of Jesus. It has also relieved our concerns that we were focusing on the wrong things. In fact, our celebrations can lead our families to Jesus if we take just a little bit of time to learn and then teach how a Christmas tree, lights, stars and presents are all symbols of the birth of Christ. I highly recommend that you get a copy of the Advent booklet that our church is giving out, make an Advent wreath and then during the Advent season take time as a family to light the candles together and talk about the ways our celebrating leads us to Jesus. One very special year during an Advent reading in our living room, our oldest son asked Jesus into his heart. I will always be so glad that we took the time to celebrate Christmas with an Advent wreath!

Laura Pickett

Family Ministries Director 248-7940, ext. 125 laura.pickett@fpcyakima.com

Celebrating with an Advent Wreath Purchase an Advent wreath, or make one with a circle of evergreen boughs and five candles. The first purple candle is lighted the 4th Sunday before Christmas. On the second Sunday light the first and second purple candles. Two Sundays before Christmas, light the first two purple candles and the pink candle. The last purple candle is lighted with the other three on the Sunday before Christmas. On Christmas Day, light all four candles and the white Christ candle. 1st purple candle = Hope 2nd purple candle = Peace Pink candle = Joy Final purple candle = Love White candle = Christ

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SENIOR ADULTS news Senior Exercise Class WANTS You!

Jim Erixson

Pastor of Senior Ministries and Congregational Care 248-7940, ext. 130

Christmas is a time of joy and sharing. It also seems to be a time of cookies and other decadent goodies. You can ward off the negative side effects of holiday calories by joining the Senior Adult Ministries exercise class. We meet three days a week at 8:30 a.m. in the gym and are put through our paces by Clover Hildebrande. If your midriff is feeling a little squishy, here’s a fun way to get a bit more toned. Prayer can certainly help with health management. Still, we need to do our part by getting enough rest, eating properly and exercising. So, come join the fun. When January rolls around, you’ll already be well on your way towards being more fit in 2010.

Happy Travelers CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Join us as we go out to see the Christmas Lights! Thursday, December 17 Meet at the church at 5:30p Cookies and hot chocolate to follow! A Night Out We are going to see the play “Almost, Maine” in mid-February at the Warehouse Theatre. Sign up at the Connection Center!

Our very own Megan Antles is the director of this play.

Kaffee Klatsch

Please come enjoy a special moment at Kaffee Klatsch on December 15, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. A real treat lies in store for you. Not only can you enjoy the fellowship of other FPC attendees but you can also enjoy a delightful Christmas concert by the Davis High School choir. These young people have come to us previously and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling uplifted by the joy they share. Be sure to put a star on your calendar so you don’t miss this wonderful event.

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Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

STUDENT MINISTRYnews

December 4, 5, 6 ~ 2009 Ghormley Meadow Christian Cam Sunday School

December 6 December 13 Dec 20 - Jan 3 January 10

Sunday School -Chapel 9:30am. No Sunday School. Join us in the Sanctuary! No Sunday School. Sunday School resumes- Chapel 9:30am.

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Youth Group

Dec 2, 9 Dec 16 - Jan 6 January 13

Special event, see below. No Youth Group. Regular Youth Group resumes. Mid High-6:15-8 and Senior High-7:30-9p.

On Wednesday, December 2nd and 9th, we are mixing it up and getting out of the gym to celebrate the Christmas season together. We will be adopting a family in need-praying for them, preparing gifts for them, and buying and sharing food with them. We’ll fill you in on what you can bring to these special events to help our adopted family. Mid High - Meet in the Gym at 6pm *We will break up into smaller groups and leave the church, returning by 8:00pm to get picked up by parents.

Tyler Van Horn

Director of Student Ministries 248-7940, ext. 106 tyler.vanhorn@fpcyakima.com

Senior High- Meet at the Van Horn’s house at 6p. We will break up into smaller groups and head out from there.

Coming Soon Confirmation Classes for 9th and 10th grade students will begin in January. More information coming soon. Senior High SnowBlast at Ghormley, February 19-21.

Karin Skone

Assist. Dir. of Student Ministries 248-7940, ext. 116 karin.skone@fpcyakima.com

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Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

PRESCHOOL MINISTRYnews Celebrate Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! “A Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord!” Luke 2:11

Rhonda Cardona Preschool Director

248-7940, ext. 119 rhonda.cardona@fpcyakima.com

First Presbyterian Christian Preschool is celebrating Christmas this month! We are planning a big birthday party for our annual Christmas program on December 8th. There is much to be excited for and everyone is practicing hard. This is an important month for our fund raising and we need your support! We are selling our 2010 calendars again this year. They can be purchased either at the Connection Center on Sundays or in the main church office during the week. We also have pocket calendars and greeting cards. Each item sells for just $6. You may also purchase a raffle ticket for just $1 for a chance at many prizes. The drawing for prizes will be on December 8th (you do not have to be present to win). We will have a booth at the Spirit of Christmas Sale on Saturday, Dec. 5th and Sunday, Dec. 6th too. Each of these fund raisers is important for our preschool budget. We have many families receiving scholarships, our Preschool Bible fund is in desperate need of funds and our daily operating budget is always stretched beyond our resources. Your support helps us to continue to provide this outreach ministry to our community. Please keep the preschool children, their families and staff in your prayers. Want your child’s picture with a Jolly Ol’ Santa or a Heavenly Angel? Come by the Spirit of Christmas Sale on Saturday, December 5 and have a picture taken of your child or your whole family! Just in time for Christmas!

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Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

CHILDREN’S MINISTRYnews

It’s just before Christmas and the tree ornaments have been awakened from their yearly hibernation by the movement of their storage box. It’s time! As they begin to prepare for another season on the Watson’s Christmas tree, they are greeted by a rather strange and “un-Christmassy” ornament: A Hula-Girl. The Star, the Snowman, the Angel and others give her a rather cool reception until another significant figure from the mantelpiece shows up to explain to all of them what Christmas is about and how they each have a significance in God’s amazing plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus.

Kathy Eaton

Director of Children’s Ministries 248-7940, ext. 114 kathy.eaton@fpcyakima.com

Join us on Sunday, December 13 as we celebrate the annual ChildSized Christmas Service with “Christmas Hang-Ups”. This humorous and engaging story will remind us all that Christmas is truly a time to celebrate!

Susie Woodin

Assist. Dir. of Children’s Ministries 248-7940, ext. 110 susie.woodin@fpcyakima.com

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Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

CAREFORCEnews

Careforce Winter Schedule Valiant Man (for men only)

Location: Bethel Ridge Counseling Services at Lake Aspen Thursdays / 6-8:15pm January 14,21,28 / February 4, 11, 18, 25 / March 5, 12, 19 Pre-registration required / $35

Kandy Ingersoll Careforce Director

248-7940 ext. 141 kandy.ingersoll@fpcyakima.com

The aim of the Valiant Man Program is to give men a greater insight to their own sexuality and provide them with skills to manage this with integrity. As a result, the women and children they relate to will experience the safety, value, love and empowerment that God Intended.

Understanding Your Valiant Man (for women only) Location: Bethel Ridge Counseling Services at Lake Aspen Thursdays / 6-8:15pm January 14,21,28 / February 4, 11, 18, 25 / March 5, 12, 19 Pre-registration required / $35 The Understanding Your Valiant Man Program follows the journey men take in the Valiant Man Program. All women intersect with men in their world. UVM is suitable for singles and parents.

Search for Life

(classes for women and men)

Location: First Presbyterian Church Thursdays / 6-8:15pm January 14,21,28 / February 4, 11, 18, 25 / March 5, 12, 19 Pre-registration required / $35 Without insight and answers to the human dilemma we resort to inadequate and destructive patterns of behavior to address feelings of low self-esteem, inadequacy, emptiness and insecurity. This program identifies the cause of so many human tensions and introduces participants to the healing power of truth in a caring and safe environment.

We thought you’d like to know how life could be better

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Search for Intimacy (mixed groups)

Location: First Presbyterian Church Sundays / 9:30-10:45am January 10, 17, 24, 31 / February 7, 24, 21, 28 / March 7 Optional: manual fee $20.00 People need more than rules about sex; they need theology of sex that empowers them to live successfully in a highly sexualized world. Sex is a part of life. Managed rightly, it is a profound gift. Managed poorly, it is the source of pain and distress. This program is designed for adults married or single, parents and those “single again”.


Discipleship Ministry Women’s Ministry news

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

BOOT CAMP Holy Spirit Boot Camp: Equipping the Saints for the Days Ahead Wednesday Nights 6:15p – 7:30p Have you ever felt like, “I should know the answer to that question,” or worse yet, have others assumed that you do? In “Holy Spirit Boot Camp” we want to provide a safe place to ask those questions, to learn what the Scriptures say about life in the kingdom of God and to learn to “DO” the stuff of the kingdom. This class will be composed of teaching amd a question and answer time, and will provide an opportunity to put into action what we learned. Perhaps the King of kings is inviting you to enlist in Holy Spirit Boot Camp!

Shan Trick

Women’s Ministry 248-7940 ext., 102 shan.trick@fpcyakima.com

We are planning to have a variety of women teaching these topics. More details are coming!

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Service Ministry Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp / Cristo Vive / Missions

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We continue to find ways to connect with our community through the Madison House. Recently we have embarked on a new outreach : teaching English and computer classes. If you would like to be involved teaching either one, please let us know! We have served our community for the last three years teaching English as a Second Language. The need is huge. We now have a computer lab ready for blast off. We can send a loud message to our community: We want you not only to be able to communicate in English, but also to be better skilled for work.

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248-7940. ext. 133 gustavo.carvajal@fpcyakima.com

Sunday School Teachers Needed We are in serious need of Sunday School teachers! Classes are for groups of 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15 year olds beginning at12:15 p.m. on Sundays. If you are interested, please contact Katrina (x131 or at katrina.carvajal@fpcyakima. com) if God is speaking to your heart to bless the life of our little ones. You don’t have to speak Spanish!

Couples’ Night Saturday December 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Celebration

4 to 7 p.m. on December 19.

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Service Ministry Ghormley Meadow Christian Campnews Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp / Cristo Vive / Missions

Mark Washam

Director of Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp 672-4311 mark.washam@fpcyakima.com

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Prayer Ministry Team

Don Hamrick Worship Director

248-7940 ext. 112 don.hamrick@fpcyakima.com

FPC has the honor of leading our city in festive Christmas Carols at the lighting of the tree downtown at the Millennium Plaza. December 6th. Contact Don for more information. All are welcome!

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Our Prayer Ministry Team is devoted to prayer, believeing in its incredible power. Fundamentally, we believe that God’s Word is authoritative and our prayers must be aligned with His Word, having a solid scriptural foundation. (Hebrews 4:12; II Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 4:4; Book of Order—W-1.1004, W-1.2000)

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Worship Ministry

Seasonal Singers The Temple Choir is working on several projects this year, in addition to the regularly scheduled weekly music. Christmas music for our traditional “Carols & Candles� service is already underway and our Easter project will be The Seven Last Words Of Christ by Theodore Dubois. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Don Hamrick as soon as possible.

Psalms 98:5 NIV

...make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing...


Merry Christmas! In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:1-20

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A BABYCHANGES

EVERYTHING advent devotional

Our very own Janet Krieger has written an Advent devotional that complements our Advent sermons series, “A Baby Changes Everything.” We are pleased to offer this devotional to you and your family at no cost. Pick up your copy today at the Connection Center! Below is an excerpt.

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Day 7

Forever Changed Scripture: Colossians 1:6 Verse for today: “For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!” Ephesians 5:8 When people believe the message of Jesus Christ they are changed. The Good News is not just a message of information but one of transformation. Believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ is about a relationship with our Creator that gives us a new purpose, a new attitude, and changed behavior. A new identity is born. It is no longer about us but about our service to God. Richard Dahlstrom, in his book O2 Breathing New Life Into Faith writes, “Whether I feel warm and fuzzy when I hear the truths of who I am in Christ isn’t important. What’s important is that I believe them and live according to their fullness.” If you want to know what is in your heart---look at what comes out in your life. How has hearing God’s Word changed your life? Where should it change? Prayer: Lord, thank you that I am forever changed because of Your love. May I seek out service during this Christmas holiday where I can reflect Your loving kindness.

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COOKIES AND CANS

Please bring cookies and canned food on your last names’ designated Sunday. December 6 Q-T December 20 A-D December 13 U-Z December 27 E-I

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Prayer Shawl

Do you know someone who is sick, mourning, lonely or depressed?

We are a group of women who knit prayer shawls and pray for the recipients of each shawl we produce. We send shawls to the recipients with our prayers and faith that the shawl will bring comfort and a reminder of God’s love to brighten and sustain them through difficult circumstances. If you know of someone who is in need of this gift, you may request a shawl by filling out a request form located in the Connection Center on Sunday morning or come by the church office.

Newclass

We also would like to ask for donations of yarns that are taking up space in your home. Help us to turn it into physical reminders that God’s love surrounds you at all times. If you have a donation, you may leave it in the basket located by the new badge table in the Garden Room. We also like to welcome new member, to our knitting and crocheting group. If you think you might like to join our group, call Ellen Bartelli at 965-4956.

grief recovery Wednesday nights

Are you feeling stuck in grief over losses from the past? Still suffering from the death of a loved one, divorce or end of a relationship, loss of a job, loss of health, loss from a move, empty nest? The Grief Recovery Outreach Program is a ten-week program developed and endorsed by the Grief Recovery Institute in Sherman Oaks, Ca., and based on “The Grief Recovery Handbook” by John W. James and Russell Friedman. The class will be led by the Rev. Bill Starr, D.Min., MAC, CDP, Chaplain at the Sundown M Ranch in Selah and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. The class is open to the community and will begin on January 6th and run from 6:15-8:15PM. Preregistration is required. Cost for the class is $30 to cover the cost of the book and notebook with handouts. To register or get more information go to the Connections Center or call the church at 248-7940. 21


Spirit December 5 & 6 of Christmas Saturday and Sunday & Advent Festival

First Presbyterian Church Gym

9:00 - 2:00

MISSIONS SUPPORTED: * SERRV * PROJECT MERCY * RIVERSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL * BOOKS BY INKLINGS (PROCEEDS TO FPC MISSIONS) * MOPS * CATHOLIC FAMILY * CHILD SERVICES * CHILDREN FROM CHERNOBYL *HEIFER INTERNATIONAL * FIRST PRESBYTERIAN MISSIONS *TOYS FOR TOTS * HABITAT FOR HUMANITY * MISSION IN CAMBODIA * KIDS R.O.C.K. *BETHEL RIDGE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING & RETREAT CENTER* FIRST PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL * INTERFAITH COALITION *MISSION IN KENYA * *UNION GOSPEL MISSION YOUTH CENTER * CAREFORCE MINISTRIES * HAVEN MINISTRIES*

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Women’s

Christmas Silver Tea

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December 4, 5, 6 ~ 200 Ghormley Meadow Christian

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Dinner

5:15-6:15p

*Suggested donations: $5 per person, $10 per couple, $12 per family.

Devotions 6:00p Class break-out 6:15p ALL ARE WELCOME!

Adult Classes: 6:15p

CLASS

INSTRUCTOR

Philippians Pastor Jack Grief Recovery Bill Starr Preregister / Fee Running the Rapids Tim & Liberty Andis Family Ministries Holy Spirit Boot Camp Kathy Bricel Prodigal God Judy Turner

Children’s Program

NOTES

Kindergarten - 5th Grade Room 217

Returning

January 13!

Childcare

6 month-kindergarten age Available by reservation only (48 hours in advance). Call: 248-7940 ext. 117

Students Mid-High (6-8th grade)

High School (9-12th grade)

6:30- 8:00 7:30-9:00

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Christmas Eve services

Child-Sized Christmas Service December 13 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00a Christmas Eve Family Services 5:00, 7:00p Traditional Carols and Candles 9:00p

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Christmas 2009

First Presbyterian Church / 9 South 8th Ave / Yakima, WA // 509-248-7940 // www.FPCYakima.com

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