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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

MONDAY

28st

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

TUESDAY

29th

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

WEDNESDAY

30th

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 Rehearsal, FMC :: red/blue, library :: Foundations, 7 7 p.m. Praise & Worship team rehearsal, sanctuary

THURSDAY

1st

9:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers, FMC 10 a.m. Mary-Martha Circle, sanctuary :: ARCM, B 7 p.m. Calvin, FMC :: Cantata Choir, sanctuary 7:45 p.m. Worship Choir, sanctuary

SATURDAY

3rd

9:00 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for pageant 10:30 a.m. Family Advent Craft Day: Gingerb

SUNDAY

4th

9:30 & 11 a.m. Worship 9:30 The Ark, UpStreet, 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

office phone 892.3580 office email church@shpc.org

Announcements week of November 27th 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.

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 4th 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 . more Advent events...

A Bluegrass Christmas December 11 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. Christmas Cantata December 18 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. 1


Home at Jesus’ House

Join Us for Gingerbread!

SHPC will be hosting IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) the week of December 4th. Come share your time with our guests and extend to them our SHPC hospitality. This is an opportunity to get the whole family involved! Children make great hosts for our young guests and give parents the opportunity to watch their children interact with others.

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.

Sign up in the narthex or contact Stuart McIntire stuart78704 @ yahoo.com / 7884455 or Lara Manire 922-3615.

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.

Thank You for Caring! We rejoice in these recent contributions to the Caring Forever Endowment : ·

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

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

The Caring Forever Endowment Fund is a permanent fund that is used to spread Christ's love in mission and ministry.

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. 2

Signups are coming in the narthex—be watching! Orders must be placed by DECEMBER 4, 2011. Payment is due at time of order. HELP US PLACE THE LARGEST ORDER TO DATE!


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

Holiday Cuddles...

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 ( chris@shpc.org ).

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.

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. 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 3


Join the Senior Adult Ministries in collecting

Angel Tree is HERE!

Christmas Boxes for Seniors.

This Advent season SHPC 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.

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. 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. For other suggestions and ideas, see our article on page 5 or

Starting today, the first Sunday of Advent, 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,

members.shpc.org/sradult/XmasBoxes.php

SAM will collect these containers TODAY and December 4th. Consider making this a family activity. Take the 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!” Help some of our neighbors remember that someone cares.

1. Choose an angel, 2. Register your choice by putting your name and contact info on the attached card and leave it in the basket, 3. Buy and wrap the gift, attaching the angel to it, and 4. Return the gift under the tree by December 14th.

SAM NEWS!

Delivery help will be needed. We will be delivering gifts the week of December 12-18—help out on our 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.

(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! · ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED CHRISTIAN MEN will be gathering Thursday at 10 a.m. in port. B. Men, mark your calendars and come!

Contact Gay Langston with questions or to volunteer. (512)607-6516 or gclangston@gmail.com . 4


and potluck contribution information. Sun. Dec. 11th at noon, join us in the FMC for an We wrap up our fall semester this week Angel Tree Gift Wrapping Party. Bring with the 2nd session of our Advent Study. what you purchased for your family’s anWatch for info on spring 2012 dates when gel tree recipients and we will wrap them we will be learning more about many of together in a group setting. The kids will the parables. Even though our study is done, the fun and service isn’t! Join us for make cards for the gifts and we’ll all enjoy a pizza lunch. E-mail Tracy Kuper to RSVP either or both of these family events. Sun. by Dec 9th so she can pre-order the pizza! Dec. 4th right after the children’s ChristWe always enjoy meeting new folks and mas Pageant we will gather for a Christboth of these are fun, casual, family friendmas Potluck Party in the FMC. E-mail Tracy Kuper at kupers@austin.rr.com so she ly events to come and connect with fellow can send you the e-vite invitation for RSVP church friends! Foundations Fellowship, Service and Fun

Ideas for Christmas Boxes for Seniors 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 fits in a a shoebox or cardboard place bows or other decorabox – decorated tions on the outside of the box. They make it difficult to transport without crushing the bows or decoration. a small plastic storage box -

Please be sure that the boxes close. This makes it easi- decorated packages inside er for the volunteers to transport. Please return your boxes by december 4th 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 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 Apple cider packets 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

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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—Cora Gotcher, the 5-month-old baby sister of SHPC preschoolers, back home since November 4th

Sorrows—Judy Behr’s sister, Barbara Cox, passed away in the early hours of November 13th—Lou England, mother of Joyce Stewart, passed away November 5th

Please pray for—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—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—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—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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