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Vol. XXII, No. 25 | December 8, 2012 An image from PCPC’s stained glass windows

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Mark your calendar for all of PCPC’s Advent worship services. See below. Bing, who? PCPC’s Christmas concert will make your days merry and bright. Look right. Looking to be a blessing this Christmas season? Urban ministries has several options.

Why did christ come?

Advent Sundays

December 2, 9, 16, & 23 Why did Christ come? Worship with us Sundays during Advent.

Advent Memorial Service

Sunday, December 16 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 pm, Chapel Join us for this service of remembrance of those family members and friends we have lost during the year.

Christmas Eve Family Service

Monday, December 24, 5:00 pm, Sanctuary Don't miss this joyful family service for worshippers of all ages.

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 24, 10:00 pm, Sanctuary Prepare your heart for Christmas morning by worshipping our coming King Christmas Eve.

Contact or 214-224-2632

Don't miss this poignant evening as the adult, youth, and children’s choirs, joined by symphony orchestra, present the beloved Festival of Lessons and Carols, including the traditional candlelit finale. RSVP for Childcare (birth–five-year-olds) by calling 214-706-2797 by Thursday, December 13, 4:30 pm. Contact or 214-224-2633.

Park Cities Presbyterian Church exists to extend the transforming presence of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Dallas and to the world.

our family

events & announcements



• Hunter Havens Beasley, son of Heath and Scott Beasley, on September 14, 2012 • Nathaniel Wing Millican, son of Venus and Doug Millican, on November 26, 2012 sympathy

• Jessica and Rodney Wren (CC#13), on the loss of his mother; Claire and Nicolas Wren (CC#13), on the loss of their grandmother, Doris Wren, on November 11, 2012 • Cathy and Peter Tippen (CC#06), on the loss of his father; Marshall, Brendan, and Ellie Tippen (CC#06), on the loss of their grandfather, Peter Forrest Tippen Sr., on November 26, 2012 • Sarah and Gregg Hamill (CC#13), on the loss of his mother; Tom and Alan Hamill (CC#13), on the loss of their grandmother, Esther Hamill, on November 27, 2012

pcpc office closings

All church buildings and offices will be closed Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26, boxes of blessing Spread some joy and join us as we pack Christmas in observance of the Christmas holiday, and Monday, Boxes of Blessing, December 8, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 for the New 6100 Cedar Springs. Contact Year’s holiday. or 214-224-2520.

end-of-year contributions


On Tuesday, December 11, 7:00–8:30 pm, Art+Spirit—a spiritual study for creative minds—invites Lyle Novinski, artist, architect, and professor, will be speaking on “The Art of Visualizing Advent.” Register at Contact or 214-224-2739.

Important note: IRS requires individuals to have a giving statement on the letterhead of the charitable organization prior to filing your tax return.

While the church offices are closed in observance of the holiday, please mail your contribution checks rather than hand delivering them. Contributions postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2012 will be included in 2012 need counseling help? giving statements. Then contact the PCPC Counseling Ministry. Our counseling services are fee-based. We continue to offer a complimentary consultation for those interested in If, however, you need to hand-deliver your contributions, external counseling referrals or for those who need use the drop box slot located on the wall to the left of to discuss a reduced fee. Visit to the metal doors on the south side of the building, view a special introductory video. If you would like to marked, “South Parking Entrance” (on the northeast set up an appointment with one of our counselors, or side of the main church parking lot). have questions, please contact Jeff White, counseling@ To donate stock, it is necessary to contact Jean Hagin, or 214-224-2693. or 214-224-2504 by Friday, December 28, 2012. For any additional donation pcpc employment opportunity Youth Ministry job opening: PCPC has a full-time information, contact Jean Hagin. opening for a two-year paid internship to learn and effectively develop the skills needed to minister IRS regulations specify that a contribution is made at to 5th–6th grade middle school students. Student the time of delivery for tax purposes. ministry activities include: Sunday School; small group Bible studies; intentional, relational ministry (one-on- Will be reported as 2012 contributions one contact time). This position requires a college • Checks written in December 2012, deposited in the mail, and postmarked December 2012, but not degree—a biblical and reformed theology education is received until January 2012 preferred. If you are interested and qualified, or know someone who is, please forward a resume to sarah. • Checks written in December 2012 and deposited in December church offerings or 214-224-2762. • Checks written in December 2012 and physically received in December 2012* stories of rescue and more You can now enjoy all of PCPC’s videos online, including the Stories of Rescue and much more at Will be reported as 2013 contributions • Checks written in December 2012 and mailed, but not postmarked until January 2013 • Checks written in December 2012 and deposited in church offerings in January 2013 • Sermons • Checks written and deposited in church offerings in • Videos January 2013

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* Please make sure that all donations are included in the offering on Sunday, December 30, 2012, mailed, or hand delivered to a drop box at the church office by 12:00 pm on December 31. Please note the church offices will be closed December 24-25, and December 31, 2012-January 1, 2013. Thank you for your part in helping us reach our financial goal for the fiscal year 2012–2013. For questions contact Ardie Aldrich, or 214-224-2503.

december 8

Boxes of Blessing, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, 6100 Cedar Springs, 224-2520


Dallas Marathon traffic changes, 8:00–11:45 am, 224-2515


Subjects, 11:00 am–noon, Room 259, 224-2725


Circle 5, 10:00 am, 6814 Joyce Way, 361-4704


Art+Spirit, 7:00–8:30 pm, Oak Lawn West, 224-2739


Center of Hope Childcare, 3:30–10:30 pm, Center of Hope, 638-2988


Advent Memorial Service, 5:30 pm, Chapel, 224-2632



Christmas Eve family service, 5:00 pm, Sanctuary, 224-2632


Christmas Eve candlelight service, 10:00 pm, Sanctuary, 224-2632


PCPC offices closed


PCPC offices closed


PCPC offices closed

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Treasures of Hope 2012, 777-5520



Voice of Hope outreach, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, Voice of Hope, 631-7027


Lessons & Carols, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary, 224-2632

PCPC offices closed

Adkins & Nielson, 5:00 & 7:00 pm, Cambridge Hall, 224-2633

urban ministries


center of hope childcare needed

subjects: pivotal parenting

A special outing is planned for mothers at Center of Hope, Wednesday, December 12, 3:30–10:30 pm. Child care workers are needed in shifts to care for approximately 13–16 children and youth, ranging in age from three-months-old to teens. Contact Hazel Mays, or 214-638-2988.

Kay Wyma, author of Cleaning House: A mom’s 12-month experiment to rid her home of youth entitlements, will lead a discussion concerning parenting, Sunday, December 9, 11:00 am–noon, Room 259. Contact or 214-224-2725.

treasures of hope 2012

circle 5 meeting

Volunteers, both individuals and groups, are needed to help deliver holiday gifts and food baskets to West Dallas families, Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, Voice of Hope. Contact Lori Hudson, or 214-631-7027.

esl needs spring volunteers ESL needs evening volunteers for the spring semester, January 8–May 8, 2013. Contact elizabeth.cunningham or 214-224-2528.

worship & arts musical theater program The Arts Academy at PCPC is excited to announce our new musical theater program, The Park Cities Players, beginning this January. Contact or 214-224-2633.

Park Cities

p r e s b y t e r i a n c h u r c h ( PCA )

world missions

4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX 75219 214-224-2500

urgent east asia mission trip

sunday worship

Calling all volunteers: cashiers, sales clerks, greeters, Circle 5 will have their December meeting, but one servers, and more; we need your help, December week earlier, Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 am, 6814 13–19. This is a Christmas store, social agencies fair, Joyce Way. Questions? Contact Peggy Skidmore, complimentary Christmas Food Boxes of Blessing, and or 214-361-4704. more. Contact, 214-777-5520 or, 214-224-2520.

voice of hope christmas outreach

Did you miss an issue of This Week? You can download past issues in PDF format at Just click on “resources” on the menu bar at the top of the page.

There is an urgent need for seven people to serve on a short-term mission trip to East Asia, January 28– February 10, 2013. If you are interested, Contact Jill Spicer, or 817-233-9840.

community news dallas marathon traffic Leave for church a little earlier on Sunday, December 9, 8:00–11:45 am. The Dallas Marathon will again close many streets to traffic around PCPC, including Lakeside and Turtle Creek. There is no access to the church from Central Expressway south of Mockingbird. Contact or 214-224-2515.

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am communion

Sundays, 8:00–9:00 am Wednesday Vespers, 5:30–6:00 pm 24/7 prayer hotline

214-224-2680 or 24/ general fund budget

2012/2013 operating budget


July 1–November 25, 2012 budget


July 1–November 25, 2012 giving


Budget variance


December 8, 2012   This Week


Baptisms November 18, 2012

Daniel Leonel Mutalibov son of Natalya Kvashnina and Fred Mutalibov

Ella Grace Palmer

daughter of Lisa and Stokes Palmer

Judah Jezreel Russell

son of Stephanie and Andrew Russell


are four words to keep in mind when one thinks of baptism: covenant, family, sign, and seal. “Baptism is the outward sign of the invisible reality of God's covenant of grace. Yet it is more than a sign, it is a seal of belonging in this covenant family, like a signet ring or a seal that is put on a graduation certificate. Baptism is a sign of God's faithfulness in the covenant, His promise that it is His ordinary intention to bring these infants to Himself over time as the parents stay faithful to their obligations to raise their children as those who know Him. It is a sign of God's faithfulness of entrance into the covenant community, of including children in this covenant family. Thus, baptism reminds us of the grace of God, and it reminds us of our responsibilities as parents to do everything we are called to do in obedience to raise our children to know Jesus.” Skip Ryan Why We Baptize Babies, August, 17, 2003

This Week (007-362) is published biweekly except once in December by Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219. Periodical postage paid at Dallas, Texas 75219. POSTMASTER: send address changes to THIS WEEK, 4124 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219‑3152.

Park Cities Presbyterian Church JD Lemming, editor 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219-3152 214-224-2711 • fax 214-224-2711

Vol. XXII, No. 25 | december 8, 2012

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THIS WEEK: December 8, 2012  

bi-weekly newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church

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