9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship 9:30 The Ark, UpStreet, no true: faith 11 a.m. CONGREGATIONAL MEETING The Ark, UpStreet IHN BEGINS 5:30 p.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant, The Christmas HAROLD 6 p.m. true: High School Ministry, Student Activity Center 7 p.m. Foundations Potluck, FMC
9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, library 7 p.m. Disciple 1, library
10 a.m. Icing on the Cake, A 7 p.m. Financial Peace University
5:30 p.m. Dinner @ Wednesday Night Live, narthex 6 p.m. true: tween / true: middle school, Student Activity Center 6:30 p.m. Pageant wrap party, FMC :: Foundations, 7 7 p.m. Praise & Worship team rehearsal, sanctuary
9:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers, FMC 7 p.m. Calvin, FMC :: Cantata Choir, sanctuary
8:30 a.m. FILO IHN Breakfast 10 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for Cantata 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Lunch Bunch
9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship: Bluegrass Christmas 9:30 The Ark, UpStreet, true: faith 11 a.m. The Ark, UpStreet IHN ENDS 5:30 p.m. FILO young adults, library 6 p.m. Family Christmas Carol Sing :: true: High School Ministry, Student Activity Center
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Announcements week of December 4th The Session of Shepherd of the Hills calls for a meeting of the Congregation at 11:00 a.m. TODAY for the purpose of receiving the report of the Congregational Nominating Committee. Nominees for election will include: Ÿ Elders, class of 2014— Greg Williford, Lisa Crawford, Anne Kirsch, Derek Fisher, Gary Gibbs
Ÿ Deacons, class of 2014— Karen Greathouse, Madeline Brock, Sid MacAllister, Candice Valdes
Please plan to attend this brief but very important meeting.
Come one come all! to a Family Christmas Carol Sing next Sunday, December 11th, 6 p.m. Bring the kids for an informal, fun time of singing Christmas carols around the piano in the sanctuary, followed by hot chocolate and wassail. Prizes will be given for the tackiest Christmas sweaters! Now’s your chance — go all out!
A Bluegrass Christmas December 11 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. The worship band will be pulling out the stops! Complete with banjo, mandolin and harmonica, please join us in both services for a Bluegrass Christmas! With old favorites and a few new ones, we will worship in the joy of the season and in the hope of the coming King! Be there or be BLUE! 1
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Come and be one of Santa’s little helpers on Sunday, December 18th after worship. Small groups will be sent out to deliver many of the Angel Tree gifts—or join in an on-campus Christmas card writing campaign to our international brothers and sisters—or join an offcampus hands-on “grubby” project! See you December 18th!
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is now in full swing, which is why we want to do our best this Advent season to slooooooooow down and remind ourselves and our kids about what we should really be wrapped up in this Christmas, which is… loving Jesus and loving others. We’ll be talking a lot about making someone’s day by giving something away, the definition we’re using for this month’s virtue of generosity. To complement the lessons we’re teaching on Sunday mornings in UpStreet, we offer a Wednesday night family experience for all elementary students and their parents (all kiddos must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend). How does it work? We meet in the Family Ministry Center for a 45-minute extravaganza of music and singing, skits, videos and interactive games that all focus on the virtue of the month. And what better virtue to hone in on during the Christmas season than generosity? It’s the perfect way to celebrate God’s amazing and generous gift of love—the Christ child!
Christmas Season Worship Christmas Eve – December 24 Christmas Eve Family Service at 4 p.m. A contemporary service for the whole family. Nursery and child care for ages 0 to 5 is available.
Candlelit Service at 5:15 p.m. This contemporary candlelit worship includes a children’s message. Nursery and child care for ages 0 to 5 is available.
Candlelit Communion Service at 6:45 & 8:15 p.m.
We hope you’ll join us for an unforgettable evening of fun… Wednesday, December 14th, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the Family Ministry Center. And if you have time, join us for dinner beforehand... a buffet meal is served from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the narthex for $5/person (no reservations necessary, just show up).
Communion will be served during this traditional candlelit service.
Christmas Day – December 25 Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Worship at home or join us for a Christmas Day meditative service. No childcare will be available.
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Children’s Ministry Nursery care is provided in Room 3 for children from birth to 24 months of age during the 9:30 & 11 a.m. worship services. The Ark Sunday School 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – noon 9:30 2 yr. olds — Room 1 3 yr. olds — Room 6 4 yr. olds & pre-K— Room 8 11 2 yr. olds — Room 1 3 yr. olds - pre-K — Room 6 UpStreet Sunday School 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - noon 9:30 Kindergarten through 4th grade — Family Ministry Center 5th grade — Portable B 11 Kindergarten through 5th grade — Family Ministry Center
— making someone’s day by giving something away
Children’s Christmas Pageant
All members of the congregation are invited to the Children's Christmas program, The Christmas HAROLD. Please join us for this fun interpretation of the Christmas Story. The 2011 production will be this evening at 5:30 p.m. A reception and photo opportunities with the "cast" will immediately follow.
The holidays bring with them multiple church services, visitors to SHPC, and the opportunity to love on some babies! In an effort to allow our child care staff time with family on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, we are adjusting schedules and offering SHPC members time in the nursery. Anyone interested in helping with nursery care for the 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. services on Christmas Eve, or the 10:30 a.m. service on New Year’s Day should contact Chris Gordon— email@example.com .
All elementary children participating in the pageant should arrive at 4:30 p.m. All preschool children should arrive at 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Chris Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please take a moment to fill a name tag out (or bring yours from home). This is a great way for you to meet someone new and make people feel welcome. Thanks! 3
Angel Tree Update
ANNUAL TAMALE SALE $12.00 / dozen Order today in the narthex!
Angels are disappearing! Hurry to get yours! There are over 150 angels left from last Sunday. More are being added. Refugees are arriving between now and Christmas who will need gift cards for food and blankets and warm clothes. They'll need bicycles for transportation. We expect to get more names of prisoners' children that aren't being served by other churches or agencies. Hurry to spread Christ's love all over the Austin area. Just choose an angel from the tree, fill out the colored card and leave it in the box, then shop, wrap the gift and attach the angel, and,finally, return the gift by Dec. 14. Just remember, we aren't finished until the gifts are delivered. Contact Gay Langston to help with the delivery.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Help for the hearing impaired Did you know that SHPC has hearing assist devices that will make the service sound crystal clear? Now you will be able to hear every word as if it was spoken directly to you. Please see our sound techs in the Sound Room. Cell phone etiquette Please remember to silence your cell phone during the worship service. And remember—unless you are texting God, those text messages can probably wait till the service is over.
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· Join us for the FELLOWSHIP LUNCH BUNCH December 10th at 11:30 a.m. at Texas Land and Cattle (East Stassney Lane and I-35). We’ll have a wonderful Christmas luncheon and Christian fellowship, with Ron & Annie Ward as hosts. Larry & Kim will be joining us. For reservations, contact Annie at 3738803 by Monday, December 5th ( 512-373-8803 or email@example.com ) or sooner to see a copy of the menu. If you need a ride, tell Annie or Ron when you RSVP. GROAN-UPS GAME DAY: Tuesday, December 13th at 10:00 a.m. in Room 7. Join us for Spinner Dominoes or a game of your choice. For more information, contact Stefan Haag at 288-3479. · ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED CHRISTIAN MEN will NOT be gathering this Thursday at 10 a.m. in port. B, due to IHN. Men, mark your calendars for next week and come then! 4
More singing?! You bet! Christmas Caroling at Emeritus All children & adults are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 13th, at 3:30 p.m., for a special “Serve” opportunity. The SHPC Preschool children, the Senior Adult Ministry, and Children’s Ministry are JOINTLY sponsoring some Christmas caroling and visiting at Emeritus Retirement Community at Beckett Meadows. Emeritus is located at 7709 Beckett Road — please meet us there, ready to sing and celebrate the Christmas season. This is a fun, relaxed event that will take approximately one hour of your afternoon. We hope to see YOU there! For more information, please contact Chris Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org . day, December 17th at 4:30 p.m. at the Grove Boulevard Clubhouse (e-mail us for directions). We'll have some food and fun, including a tackiest Christmas sweater contest. So come dressed in your holiday WORST! There will also be a dessert and chili competition with prizes. Questions? Need more info? Look us up on Facebook or email us at email@example.com
FILO is having a busy December! Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our service event for November has been postponed to December 10th. We'll be making and serving breakfast on Saturday morning for the IHN guests, please sign up for what you'd like to bring over e-mail or on Facebook. Breakfast is to be served at 8:30 a.m. Also, we'll be having our regularly scheduled study group on Sunday, Dec 11th, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the church library. Join us for our social event for December as well, a Christmas party! FILO-z Navidad will take place on Satur-
Kuper at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Fri. Dec 9th so she can pre-order the pizza and have it there at 12:15 p.m. Word on the street is many Foundations members will help deliver Angel Tree gifts the following Sunday, Dec. 18th. Have you signed up to be a Shepherd that serves on the 18th yet? We always enjoy meeting new folks and hope to see you there for this fun, casual, family friendly event where you can meet and connect with fellow church friends!
Foundations Fellowship, Service and Fun continues.... One more family friendly Foundations event remains this year. Join us Sun. Dec. 11th at noon in the FMC for an Angel Tree Gift Wrapping Party. Bring the gifts you have purchased for your family’s angel tree recipients and we will wrap them together in a group setting. The kids will be making cards to attach to the gifts and we’ll all enjoy a pizza lunch. E-mail Tracy 5
Christmas Cantata: Tom Fettke and Max Lucado's One Incredible Moment Coming to our sanctuary on December 18th, at 9:30 and 11 a.m.! thyroid surgery—Irene Cunningham, Carol Cunningham’s mother-in-law, perforated colon——Jim Reeves, nephew of Deb & Oscar Erlanson—Jack Lord, father of Mark Lord, pneumonia—guidance as I work on building a better relationship with my son’s father and step-mom—Steve Riddle, health concerns—Gene Shamburger, recovering from gall bladder surgery—Sue Shamburger, recovering from gall bladder surgery—Bob & Carolyn Beardslee’s 10-year-old friend Marybeth Barnes, infection and ruptured appendix—Sharon Daniel, Diane O’Leary’s daughter, recovering from heart attack — Marisa Stromberg, support during the time of her checkup, November 29th and 30th—Bob Barker’s surgery has been postponed—Austin, the city where we’re planted—Pastor Kenneth Muyira and the congregation of Manyamula Presbyterian Church—Pastor Chimwemwe Mhango and his family
Joys—David & Marjorie Parmer’s second grandchild, a boy, Evan Rhett Parmer, was born November 26th to Grant & Lindsay Parmer; mother and baby are doing very well
Sorrows—Joyce Davis’ father, Jim Davis, passed away on November 23rd following a long battle with cancer—Judy Behr’s sister, Barbara Cox, passed away in the early hours of November 13th
Please pray for—Sam Lawrence's 93- year old grandmother, recovering from surgery—Josh Budd, extensive EEG & MRI testing to aid seizure treatment recommendations—Mitch Guile, friend of Eddie & Stacey Reynolds, being deployed to Pakistan on December 12th—faculty and students of Presbyterian Pan American School, just now integrating new students from Rwanda—Carol Cunningham,
Please pray for our leaders and our loved ones in the military… Members of the Armed Forces and all world leaders involved in war zone crises including: Mitch Guile, friend of Eddie & Stacey Reynolds... Teddy Sweredoski, friend of Stan & Jessica Wade... Lynda & Robert Wade’s niece’s husband Dan Ireland... E.J. Session, son of Deb Erlanson's co-worker Roberta Floyd... David Lee Stowbridge, son of Oscar Erlanson's co-worker Robert Stowbridge... Rebekah Frost, neighbor of the Lawrence family... Pattie Lawrence's cousin, Mark Hollahan… Tyler Moser, son of a friend of Dee & Greg Merrell... Temple & Janet Ingram’s daughter Kate Ingram... Christopher Lehmann, son of Mark Lehmann... Larry Roberman, brother of Lori Whitmire... Derek & Kristi Fisher's nephew, John Fisher...
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"Yellow pages" insert for Sunday, December 4, 2011. Updates on the congregational life and ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Ch...