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President's Message - December 2023

Have you noticed? Can you feel the energy? If you’ve attended worship lately, you’ll see numbers in the sixties each week!

We’re planning two sessions for folks who would like more information about how the church works – in anticipation of joining. Sessions will be on Sunday, December 10th and 17th after coffee hour.

Decorating for Advent will commence with Hanging of the Greens on Friday, December 2nd at 5:30 PM with a chili supper, decorating all around and then carols ‘round the grand piano in the sanctu- ary. Don’t forget to order your poinsettias and bring in your children’s hats, mittens and scarves for the mitten tree in Beecher Hall.

Charlotte’s annual Advent Organ Recital will be featured at our Sunday, December 17th worship and then offered again to the community on Thursday, December 21st at 12:10 PM with the traditional Park Church Lunch to follow. Please invite your friends to come hear our fabulous Shantz organ and all of its 2832 pipes and enjoy Charlotte’s curated musical program – see flier in this edition of Cross Currents.

And on Christmas Eve, since it falls on Sunday this year, we’ll have three services! In addition to our normal 10 AM worship, we’re setting a new time for A Family Service: Lessons, Carols and Candlelight at 4 PM; and then at 10 PM Rev. Gary and Brent Stermer will offer a new late-night service with guitarist, Addison Turner.

And last-but-not-least: On Sunday December 31st we’ll have a New Year’s Eve breakfast and carol sing in Beecher Hall at 10 AM instead of our regular sanctuary worship. Watch for a sign-up sheet for reservations and dish-to-pass offerings.

Here’s a new phrase I’m trying out on you: “The Park Church, Where Love Works Overtime” Wow – I can feel the Spirit! Jenny

P.S. Thanks to Team Brent Stermer, Connor DeLaney, Brian Smith, Angel Juero and Kevin Dwer for the amazing make-over of rooms 200 and 204 – readying them for use by new church/partner activities! And have you seen how great the kitchen looks with new paint?

Jenny Monroe


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