Advent Sermon Series Announced

During Advent his year, we'll look at the classic elements of Advent: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. We begin Sunday, December 1 with Hope. You won't want to miss a single Sunday!

Gift Giving

By Pastor Phil Cooley As a parent, I spend a lot of time thinking about the gifts that I give my children at Christmas. Some of the presents I give are the latest toy that has whipped my children into a frenzied state. (This category includes everything that has batteries solely for the purpose of making noise.) Other presents I give are chosen to communicate how well I know them. All of them are chosen with great intention as gift giving is an opportunity for me to express my deep love for them. We see the power of gift giving to express love in God’s loving act of sending His son Jesus to us as a baby, truly the greatest gift of all. As we approach the end of 2019, I want to take a moment

PEP 55+ Christmas Party

We have one last hurrah for 2019 and that is our PEP Christmas Dinner. It is on Saturday, December 7th, 5pm, Rudat Hall. The tickets have been sold ($15 per person), but we are certainly taking names for a waiting list. There are always last minute cancelations. To sign up, call the office at 916.635-5992 or speak to Pastor Susan.

Women's Minstry

By Pastor Susan Wright Operation Christmas Child 2019 was another year of success. A big round of thanks goes to June Sweitzer, Kathy Riordan, and Dona Myers for their leadership. Of course we send thanks to each of you who helped with sewing, crafting, buying, praying. donating money, and packing boxes. Our crafting/sewing group packed 53 And as a church we packed 128 boxes. Dona Myers said this year’s boxes were bigger, heavier, and better packed. It was evident that “great effort [was] put forth for which we are very grateful.” Last women’s Reading Group meeting in 2019: Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm at the home of Gillian Rouge. We are reading The 13th Gift: A true story of a Christmas mir

KidMin Leading Worship!

Our kids, from PreK through 5th grade, will be leading worship during the service on Sunday, December 15. This will be a family-friendly service and the children will stay in the service the whole time. We are so excited to have the children join us for service! Parents, please have your child(ren) in the elementary room, room 4 in the KidMin wing, by 10:15 am that morning. We want to make sure voices are warmed up and we are ready to sing. If possible, please have your child(ren) wear red, green, or some other festive Christmas clothing. If you want words to the songs so you can practice at home, they are in the classroom. Just ask any teacher for a copy. If you have any questions, contact

Christmas Cookies for workers on Christmas Eve

It’s become our tradition to spread some Christmas love by delivering Christmas Cookies at midnight on Christmas Eve to folks who are working the night shift. If you like making Christmas cookies, consider baking a dozen or two for this project. Cookies can be dropped off at the church office by December 22.

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service is one of the most special services of the year. The community gathers to hear the Christmas Story, sing songs and light candles. Come join us Christmas Eve, December 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

More PEP 55+ December Events

There are some more regularly scheduled events for this year: Thursday Morning Breakfast: The breakfast is every Thursday, 10:00 am at Perko’s Café. The address is 9647 Micron Ave. The Circle of Friends Book Club: The December book is Reindeer and Robberies by Hope Callaghan. Meet at The Waffle Shop on Tuesday, December 10, 2:00 pm. Check out the PEP bulletin board for more details. If you have questions, contact Pastor Susan at 825-0184 or

Advent: Celebrating the birth of Jesus

By Pastor Phil Cooley How has your year gone? I would expect that, as is true for me and my family, your year has been a mixed bag of moments that you wish will never end and moments that you are thankful they have ended or that you hope will end soon. Such is life. But it’s the reality that our lives are not all that we hope them to be that makes the season of advent so significant. Advent reminds us that our present reality is not our future reality. We celebrate the birth of Jesus for who he is but also for what his arrival represents. During this advent season we will explore how Jesus’ birth changed the world. We will explore this change through four words that carry great meaning for b

Women's Events

By Pastor Susan Wright A huge thank you! Thanks so much to the dozens of people who made the October Neighborhood Meals a success. People brought food, helped the night of the event, made/brought scarves, socks and hats. We blessed many people in our community. Four events to finish out 2019. 1. We are having an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on Thursday, November 7 in Rudat Hall at 2:00 pm. If you’d like, bring some items to pack into the boxes. You can also donate money to pay for shipping for a box ($9). FYI – Turn in your completed OCC shoe boxes no later than Sunday, November 17. 2. Gratitude Mug and Muffin is Saturday, November 9th in Rudat Hall from 9:30-11:00 am. During our

PEP 55+ News

By Pastor Susan We have two big events that require your RSVP. 1. The November Fourth Sunday Meal is on the November 24. We will be meeting at Kim’s Chinese Restaurant. This is a popular event. Please be sure to sign up by Sunday, November 17, if you want to have a seat with the rest of the group. 2. Save the Date: PEP Christmas Dinner - December 7, 5pm, in Rudat Hall We’ll have a ham dinner prepared by Rusty Bloomquist and Roger Liebich. There will be a choice of pie for dessert. We will be treated to a musical program by Jon Robertson and crew. The cost for both the dinner and entertainment is $15. RSVP no later than Sunday, November 24.  Tickets will be on sale the beginning of November.

Circle of Friends Book Club

The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM at the Waffle Shop, 10433 Folsom Blvd.  Looking forward to our next meeting! Here is the latest update of our books: November 12  At The Back Of The North Wind, by George MacDonald December 10 Reindeer And Robberies by Hope Callaghan All adults are invited.  Come, even if you haven't had time to read the book of the month.  If you have questions, contact Edward Strom at 916-812-5290 or

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