Advent 2016 — Visions of Peace

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Soup Supper and Advent Workshop
Tuesday, November 22
5:30 pm Supper begins (come when you can)
Light Soup Supper (there will also be a child friendly option)

After supper, there will be  an activity for Preschool children and their families or make Advent Candles suitable for elementary age and up, or head to the sanctuary with Pastor Dean and Ned to learn more about our Advent theme  and scriptures.  At 7:00 PM we will all gather in the Sanctuary for a short closing as we  prepare for the Advent Season together in peace.

Advent Organ Recitals

The SCPC Advent Organ Recital series continues in 2016 with three recitals:

  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14

The recitals by State College area organists begin at 12:15 pm in the sanctuary.  After a short recital, a simple lunch is provided in the Social Hall.  These recitals are intended to share our fine organ with the community and to provide a time out from our regular schedule for music, quiet an fellowship as we prepare throughout the Advent Season.

Angel Tree 2016

The Angel Tree and accompanying boxes of angels will be on the bridge starting Friday, November 18.  The Mission Ministry Unit of SCPC has collected “wish lists” from several angel treelocal agencies including, Youth Service Bureau, Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Park Forest Preschool, Windy Hill, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and many others.

We hope you’ll take a moment to stop by the bridge (by the front of the sanctuary) to check out the tree and make a gift to one of these great agencies and the many people they serve in our community.  Detailed instructions for signing up to provide gifts and how to label them will be included in an upcoming bulletin insert and will also be posted by the tree on the bridge.  Please note: If a request asks for several items, you only need to purchase one of the items listed, but you may purchase more if you wish.

Please drop off your gifts to Diana’s office (on the ground floor) or the main office no later than December 12.  The elves will sort and deliver the gifts the following day.

The Angel Tree has been a wonderful mission effort from our church family to the local community for many years.  Please join us and help support our neighbors during this advent season.

Gracious Giving Holiday Market

Save the date!  This year’s Gracious Giving Holiday Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th and Sunday, December 11th between services. As in the past, the sale will feature gifts from the SERRV, Thai Village, and Equal Exchange organizations.  We hope that you will join us,  do some Christmas shopping, and maybe even pick up something for yourself!

Christmas Candlelight Services

candles_1132aPreparations for the 89th annual Christmas Candlelight Services are underway. Rehearsals will continue on Sunday evenings through December 11 and there is one final rehearsal on Saturday, December 17, 10:00 am.  This year we are preparing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen.  All interested singers from high school age on up are invited to join us.  The 201closeERROR: No results were found for your search.closeERROR: No results were found for your search.6 Christmas Candlelight Services are Sunday, December 18, 4:00 and 7:00 pm. Contact Ned Wetherald (238-2422) for more details.