UPCOMING EVENTS. . .
Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship
Choir Practice 8:30AM
Communion served 1st Sunday of Month
Every Wednesday - Bible Study with
Rev. Lou Kilgore 2-3:15PM
Bell Choir Practice 7-8PM
Thu 12/18 Bible Study 2PM(Note: Date Change for this week only)
Fri 12/19 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM
Sun 12/21 Longest Night Service 7PM
Wed 12/24 Christmas Eve Service 8PM Music begins at 7:45PM
Office closed 12/24-1/2
The Longest Night
December 21st is the longest night of the year. Christians often associate the darkness of the nighttime with every-thing that is hard in life. The coming of the night is a time of vulnerability and sometimes aloneness. When the night is long it reminds of our fears and losses.
Christmas is a celebration of light in the darkness. But sometimes we can’t get to the celebration because the grief or loss is overwhelming us. This may be the first year at the holidays without your mother or your husband. Perhaps you have lost your job, experienced a divorce, or you or a friend are fighting for life against cancer.
This year we will set aside a time to acknowledge the hardship and the loss that comes in life. You are invited to come to a service of prayer, poetry, encouragement and comfort. During the longest night service you have per-mission to be sad, or depressed. This is
a place where you can be honest about how it feels to be surrounded by the signs of wonder and joy when you just don’t feel that way.
This service is not for everyone but it may be just what you need. Even though it takes place in December, it is not a Christmas service. This service may be just the thing to help you or your neighbor or your friend who is wondering how they are going to make it through the holidays.
Mostly in times of hardship and grief we need to know that we are not alone. Come to the longest night service and you will discover that you are not alone. Bring someone who needs some encouragement and prayer.
Sunday, December 21at 7PM. The service will last for one hour & there will be a time of refreshment to follow.
New Jersey Hand Bells
Celebrate the beauty of Christmas by attending the 11th annual "Heavenly Christmas Bells" hand bell concert on Friday, December 19th at 8PM. The Jersey Jubilation Hand Bell Choir will be performing at Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, in Ridgewood, NJ.
This is our BIG thank you note to all the kids, youth, adult leaders and volunteers who participated and supported the Nativity Pageant. Thanks to many of you who were constantly offering suggestions and ideas about costume designing and on how to make a more dynamic performance, made our job much easier and rewarding. The excitement and energy many of the cast members brought to each rehearsal was fantastic. It was an awesome experience preparing and working with you all. Again, thank you for your work and support to the Christian Education program of the church. I have included a few pictures for you to enjoy. We well post more on Facebook and on our website as soon as they are available to us.
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. We’ll light the fourth candle, the
candle for LOVE. The lighting of the Advent candles these past three weeks
have helped us to grow in the excitement and anticipation of the birth of Jesus, God with us. The last candle, which is the Christ candle, is lit on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ birth. In this last week before Christmas the focus Bible reading is Luke 1:26–38. We will read of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she will give birth to a special baby. Surprised by this announcement, Mary finds comfort in the knowledge that her relative Elizabeth, thought to be barren, is also pregnant. Gabriel’s words not to be afraid provide evidence that God is present with us without fail. At our time together we’ll highlight God’s faithfulness, ever present love and care for us as well.
Patricia Pastás, Amanda and Maddie Lembo will be leading and assisting at Faithworks this Sunday.
· Confirmation Class 2015 and retreat: March 13 to 15. Please mark your calendars. All youth from 6th to 12th grade are invited to join the Confirmation Class of 2015. This new program is an eight-week opportunity for youth to explore their faith. We believe that faith is a gift from God, and that discovering and growing your faith is a journey. If the Christian faith and growing in your relationship with God are important to you, your children and your family, you may want to give it a try! Program details will be available soon but feel free to email Patricia Pastás at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (201)891-0511 if you have questions or need additional information regarding the confirmation class.
The family of HMPC member Bill Graham wishes to thank the entire High Mountain Presbyterian Church family for all their prayers, kindness, and support for Bill’s sister Kathy, who succumbed to a brain aneurysm over the weekend. Bill and the family are deeply grateful to everyone at HMPC.
Bible Study Invitation
HMPC members and friends meet every Wednesday from 2-3:30 with Pastor Lou and read a section of the bible and discuss how it relates to their everyday lives. If this sounds good to you, please consider joining us; coffee and cookies usually accompany the discussions. Everyone is welcome!
A Mission Christmas Card
The Mission Outreach Team is inviting everyone to post ONE Christmas card on the bulletin board in the Covenant Room. That card will be for everyone in the church instead of sending one to each family. We ask that the money you would spend for many cards and stamps be given to a charity of your choice. We hope we can make a difference in the lives of many people that need our assistance now more than ever.
Sunday Bulletin Prayers & Announcements Announcement for the Sunday Worship service should be emailed to the church office. Your announcement will appear in the next Sunday bulletin. Deadline is the Wednesday before that week’s bulletin comes out.
If you would like the community to pray with you for a person or circumstance please call the office no later than 2:30PM on the Friday before, and we will add this to our Prayer Concerns List. Office number is 201-891-0511