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SUNDAY

20th

9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship 9:30 The Ark, UpStreet, true: faith 11 a.m. The Ark, UpStreet 12 Turkey Bowl! and the Big Wheel 500 6 p.m. true: High School Ministry, Student Activity Center DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Deadline for Nov 27 announcements

MONDAY

21st

9:30 a.m. Disciple 2, library 7 p.m. Disciple 1, library

TUESDAY

22nd

10 a.m. Icing on the Cake, A 7 p.m. Financial Peace University, B

WEDNESDAY

23rd

The office will close at noon today. It will reopen Monday, November 28th There is no Wednesday evening programing.

THURSDAY

24th

Thanksgiving!

SUNDAY

27th

9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship 9:30 The Ark, UpStreet, true: faith 11 a.m. The Ark, UpStreet 6 p.m. true: High School Ministry, Student Activity Center

office phone 892.3580 office email church@shpc.org

Announcements week of November 20th The Session of Shepherd of the Hills calls for a meeting of the Congregation at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 4, 2011 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.

GAME ON TODAY! November 20th. 1 p.m. Students and adults take the field for our annual Turkey Bowl (youth vs. adults football game). This is amazing game to play in as well as watch — students try hard to beat their parents and parents try hard to recover their youth on our very own Fire Ant Memorial Field! It’s time to limber up and get ready for the biggest bowl game of the of the year! Plus this year we’ve added a halftime event: the BIG WHEEL 500. Teams race around the parking lot on Big Wheels/tricycles/kiddie 3wheel bikes for a wacky relay-ish race. A moment NOT TO MISS! And BYOBW (bring your own Big Wheel). 1


Our guests are coming!

Join Us for Gingerbread! Gingerbread House kits are still available! Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:30 am to noon, for our most popular family event! This day of fellowship for parents and children includes building gingerbread houses to mark the start of the Christmas season. Kits are $10 and may be paid for in advance or at the door.

IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) guests are families with children who, because of a crisis situation in their lives, have lost their homes. The program provides for them to live at Austin area churches while they find housing and get back on their feet.

During the week of December 4th — 11th, four IHN families will live at our church and will be fed and sheltered by volunteers at our church. This is your opportunity to help these families through this time of crisis. Tasks performed by hosts (SHPC folk and members of Faith Presbyterian Church and Abiding Love Lutheran Church) include: Move-in: Sunday 12:30 Dinner Preparers: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Overnight Host: 8:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. Evening Host: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekend Breakfast Servers: Sat 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; Sun 7:00 a.m to 7:30 a.m.

To confirm your family, please contact Britta Dukes at britta@shpc.org or 8923580 ext. 107 OR sign up at the tables located in the narthex or on the porch of the Family Ministry Center.

Saturday Hosts and lunch: several shifts Supply Donors: all week Transportation Volunteers and Linen Washers. Move-out: Sunday 6:30 am

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 off-campus hands-on “grubby” project! See you December 18th!

Young children make excellent hosts, because the guests are mostly young children. Sign up in the narthex for this volunteer opportunity or contact Stuart McIntire stuart78704 @ yahoo.com / 788-4455 or Lara Manire 922-3615.

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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

— letting others know you see how they've helped you Elementary Sunday School program! From small group leaders to the box prep teams; from our Host, Steve Crawford, to our worship leader, Amanda Hill, our Storytellers Suzie Bridges and Alex Valdes, and our tech guru, Warren Hyde…we thank you for your time, for your talents, and for your dedication to the children of SHPC.

In Elementary Sunday School, we follow the ORANGE curriculum. This curriculum prioritizes the relationship between the church and the home. We believe that these two entities make a bigger impact when they work together. Each month, we learn a new virtue that helps us understand the CHARACTER of GOD and LIVE OUT GOD's CHARACTER in our daily lives. This month, our virtue is GRATITUDE: letting other know you see how they've helped you.

If you are interested in joining the UpStreet team, please contact Chris Gordon ( chris@shpc.org ).

We would like to share our GRATITUDE with the VOLUNTEERS of the UpStreet

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 held Sunday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. A reception and photo opportunities with the “cast” will immediately follow. For more information, please contact Chris Gordon at chris@shpc.org 3


Angel Tree is Coming! This Advent season we will be providing Christmas gifts in partnership with four agencies—Refugee Services of Texas, Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services, Trinity Child Development Center and Angel Tree of Prison Fellowship. Last year we provided approximately 600 gifts to brighten Christmas for our partnership families. On the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th, there will be a Christmas tree in the narthex covered with paper angels. Each angel will have a recipient's name and gift wish (most in the $25-50 range, but there will also be bicycles). To participate, 1. Choose an angel, 2. Register your choice by putting your name attached card and leave it in the basket,

and contact

info on the

3. Buy and wrap the gift, attaching the angel to it, and 4. Return the gift under the tree by December 14th. Delivery help will be needed. We will be delivering gifts the week of December 1218—see the related item on the Sunday of Service. We will try to deliver Refugee Services gifts Saturday 17th. There will be lots of bikes that will require trucks and trailers and large SUV's. Contact Gay Langston with questions or to volunteer. gclangston@gmail.com .

Smiling faces with firm handshakes needed to serve as greeters for the 11 am service

(512)607-6516 or

SAM NEWS!

(Senior Adult Ministry)

MARY-MARTHA CIRCLE invites you to a Christmas luncheon Thursday, December 1st, starting at 11 a.m. We will enjoy a program and music along with our catered meal. Call Diane O’Leary, 263-5592, by Tuesday, November 29th to reserve your meal!

If you can show up 15 minutes before the service 1 to 2 times per month please contact Dale Shumaker — 512-415-1862 or daleshumaker@ gmail.com — for more info on how you can be part of this important ministry.

· ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED CHRISTIAN MEN will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday. Join us next Thursday at 10 a.m. in port. B. Men, mark your calendars and come!

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Thank You for Caring!

ANNUAL TAMALE SALE

We rejoice in these recent contributions to the Caring Forever Endowment :

$12.00 / dozen Choose from savory pork, jalapeño pork, bean, & chicken

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In memory of Madelaine Heath: Elizabeth Flynn

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In memory of Brent Harper: Elizabeth Flynn

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In memory of her mother, Virginia Haskett: Elizabeth Flynn

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In memory of Maurice Essary: Beth Everett

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In honor of Greg & Dee Merrell’s 10th wedding anniversary: Marty & Kimbol Soques The Caring Forever Endowment Fund is a permanent fund that is used to spread Christ's love in mission and ministry.

Signups are coming in the narthex—be watching! Orders must be placed by DECEMBER 4, 2011.

Reminder from the Finance Office All contributions for the 2011 tax year must be at the church by December 31, 2011 or mailed in an envelope postmarked no later than December 31, 2011. Anything received or postmarked January 1, 2012 or later will be credited to 2012. Also, any 2011 pre-payments for your 2012 pledge should be marked as “2012” in the memo line.

Payment is due at time of order. HELP US PLACE THE LARGEST ORDER TO DATE! Join the Senior Adult Ministries in collecting

Christmas Boxes for Seniors. These will be distributed to seniors and disabled adults who Meals on Wheels has identified as needing something for Christmas. Many will receive nothing for Christmas nor will they have much to celebrate. A Christmas Box will show them that someone cares.

kids or grandchildren shopping for the items to go in the basket. Have them help pack the basket. Get the kids to write a note, sign the Christmas card or even draw a “Christmas scene” For other suggestions and ideas, see our article on the next page or

These boxes should include a Christmas card, a few small decorations, a small wrapped gift, and some everyday things we take for granted, but are luxuries on a limited budget.

members.shpc.org/sradult/XmasBoxes.php

SAM will collect these containers on —cost is not the important thing! Help November 27 and December 4. Consider some of our neighbors remember that making this a family activity. Take the someone cares. 5


Ideas for Christmas Boxes for Seniors

fits in a a shoebox or cardboard box – decorated

a small plastic storage box - decorated packages inside

Please keep the box under 20 pounds and about 2 cubic feet. Remember, volunteers have to transport these in addition to their normal food deliveries. A plastic box labeled as less than 10 gallons or 40 quarts will work. A cardboard box less than 12” x 18” x 16” will work. Please do not place bows or other decorations on the outside of the box. They make it difficult to transport without crushing the bows or decoration. Please be sure that the boxes close. This makes it easier for the volunteers to transport. IDEAS FOR CONTENTS Ÿ A Christmas card – write a line or two. Sign it. The most cherished gift! Ÿ Small decorations that will fit into the basket Ÿ Non-perishable food Ÿ Coffee & artificial sweetener Ÿ Sugar-free hot chocolate mix

Ÿ Apple cider packets

Ÿ Plastic Christmas tablecloth

Ÿ A calendar

Ÿ Small canned ham or tuna

Ÿ Christmas place mats

Ÿ Envelopes & stamps

Ÿ Christmas dishtowel

Ÿ Scarf

Ÿ Canned vegetables, fruit or soup

Ÿ Small fruit cake

Ÿ Lap blanket or throw

Ÿ Christmas coffee mug

Ÿ Facial tissues

Ÿ Box of tea bags

Ÿ Instant oatmeal pack- Ÿ ets Ÿ Ÿ Jars of peanut butter and jelly Ÿ

Sugar-free candies

Ÿ Hand lotion

Tin or package of cookies

Ÿ Shampoo

Gloves or mittens

Ÿ Knit cap

please return your boxes on november 27th or december 4th

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Ÿ Notepad & pens

Ÿ Shaving cream & disposable razors


Joys—James Crowder, friend of Tom & Mike McNelley, has returned safely from Afghanistan—Eric Huerta, Mike McNelley’s co-worker’s nephew, has returned from Kuwait—1st Lt. Robert Beardslee, USAF, grandson of Bob & Carolyn Beardslee and husband of Jenna, has returned safely from Kyrgyzstan; he and Jenna are now stationed at Randolph AFB, near San Antonio—James & Jennifer Moore (and 2-yr-old Jessica) happily announce the birth of Janette Amber Moore, who arrived October 30th; the rosebud on the communion table today is in her honor—Cora Gotcher, the 5-month-old baby sister of SHPC preschoolers, back home since November 4th

Sorrows—Lou England, mother of Joyce Stewart, passed away November 5th Please pray for—Mike McNelley’s co-worker’s husband William Otero Sr., physical healing—Dick Klusmann, recovering from successful 4th hip surgery—Carl Luttenbacher, back at home and feeling well following hospitalization for unexpected blood loss—Judy Behr’s sister, Barbara Cox, terminally ill—Karen Cox, good news following liver scan—Gene Shamburger, husband of Sue, recovering from surgery to repair his back, broken in four places—the Gilchrists’ friend, Curt Burns, now suffering a gall bladder attack and blood clot in his leg—the family of Benjamin Jones of Kingwood, TX, who passed away very unexpectedly November 6th—the grandmother of preschool teacher Rebekah Arredondo passed away November 4th —Vic Barnett remains in rehab following a stroke—Austin, the city where we’re planted—Pastor Kenneth Muyira and the congregation of Manyamula Presbyterian Church—Pastor Chimwemwe Mhango and his family

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: 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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