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WHITE ROCK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

THE OVERLOOK
December 21st, 2019
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
Worship Leadership Today:  Rev. Deb Worley is our Pastor, Jennifer Holmes is our liturgist, James Ro is our technical maestro, and Rheta Moazzami is our pianist. Thank you to all!
Scripture Reading for Sunday
Isaiah 7:10-16
Matthew 11:2-11
ALL ARE INVITED! Advent Discipleship Opportunity:  The book Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent, by Walter Brueggemann, will be available for anyone who would like a daily devotional to use during Advent. Each week during our Sunday School hour we will gather to share and discuss what struck us from the previous week’s readings. Come if you’ve read none, one, seven, or anything in-between as we talk about our experience and celebration of abundance! All are invited and encouraged to participate!
 

Blue Christmas: Please join us for our Blue Christmas service today at 3:00 pm. This will be a sacred space created within a worship service, for anyone living through a dark time (grief, depression, anxiety, illness, uncertainty, etc.) in this season of supposed joy and light. It will be a reflective service, offering acceptance for wherever people really are, focusing on the comfort and companionship God offers, and holding out the invitation of healing, hope, and transformation through God’s unconditional love.

 
Advent Vespers: All are invited to a new worship service each Sunday evening during Advent. We will gather at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary for a brief (30 minute) service of meditative singing, scriptures, silence, and prayer. In the midst of all of the festivities and stress at this time of year, we hope this service will provide a time, place, and sacred space to breathe. Come and experience the presence of God in stillness.
 
Christmas Eve:  Please join us for our Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24, at 7:00 pm. We will have a time of fellowship after the service. Feel free to bring desserts or snacks to share.
 
 
Christmas Joy Offering: This offering contributes to the Assistance Program of the Presbyterian Board of Pensions, schools and colleges equipping communities of color and leadership development for people of color. Look for more information and offering envelopes in the bulletin insert and the pews. 
 
Thanks to a $3000 grant from Presbyterian Mission Agency Restricted Funds, WRPC and Nihitaa' Binaanish, Our Father's Business, will be able to improve housing like this one on the Navajo Nation south of Gallup.  Look for opportunities to serve on this project in 2020.  And Praise God for his faithfulness as we partner with Fred and Lorraine Thomas and the House of Fellowship in community self-help ministry.
Church Office Hours: The church office will be closed from December 26-30.
Call for New Logo Submissions- The Presbytery is  accepting design ideas for a new logo. We invite you and any creative types in our congregation to consider offering artistic visions that could be incorporated into a new logo for the Presbytery of Santa Fe. They will be receiving designs until February 7th  at which time they will be prepared for a review process at the February Presbytery meeting,
Greetings from Washington! Recently, Jennifer and Ken were able spent a beautiful day with Al M in Marysville, WA.
Mailing address for Al M.: c/o Lisa Navarrete, 8924 47th Dr. NE, Marysville, WA 98270.
 
Winter Coats for Refugees:

 Interfaith Los Alamos collected more than 75 coats! Thank you to everyone for your contributions!
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Operation Christmas Child!
 
Church Directory: 2019-2020 church directories are available in the hallway. Feel free to take one
 
  Coffee from Café Justo: NEW SIZE! Just in time for the holidays, 4oz gift size bags. $4 each or three bags for $10. We still have 1lb bags for $13 in the hallway. Please pray for Café Justo growers Marcos Velazquez and Renato Velazquez and for the work of Frontera de Cristo, the Presbyterian Border Ministry that supports Café Justo. 
PRAYERS

The Weekly Prayer Gathering meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Aspen Ridge. Please call Jennifer Holmes for specific location information. Everyone is welcome!  Prayer Requests

Prayer Cards:  Prayer cards are in the chair pockets. Please drop your requests in the offering plate - they will be delivered to the Prayer Team; or send to Prayer@wrpchurch.com.
Praying for neighbors in White Rock:  Pastor Deb invites anyone to join her in a prayer walk each Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. We meet at WRPC and go as the Spirit leads.
Office Hours”:  Pastor Deb will have office hours this week on Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Pig + Fig for anyone who would like to chat. Coffee and pastries are her treat! She is also available to meet with you, Tuesday. Call 695-6423 or email (pastor@wrpchurch.com) for an appointment.
Coffee Fellowship: Please remember to sign up to help with refreshments for Coffee Fellowship.
 
“Journeys in Faith”:  Our WRPC Science and Faith Dialogue meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Reinovskys’. We are studying Alister McGrath’s book “The Great Mystery:  Science God and the Human Quest for Meaning.” Contact Selma or Bob Reinovsky for information. There is no meeting this week.
 
Talk 'n' Treats (TNT):  WRPC’s bi-monthly women’s fellowship time will next meet in January.

PM in the AM
 
Men’s breakfast, Fridays at 7:00 a.m. at the church – great food and fellowship! There is no gathering this week.
AED Available:  
We have recently installed an Automated External Defibrillator near the kitchen entrance. An AED is a rescue device to aid in a cardiac emergency. 
Invitation to Serve in Worship Leadership:
  The Worship Ministry Team is always happy to offer an opportunity for members and friends to participate in worship leadership, such as by filling the Liturgist role. Contact Joyce, Selma or Bob if you would like to share your gift of leadership.
First Sunday/Food Sunday for LA Cares 
Please bring food and other donations for LA Cares on the first Sunday of every month. Thank you for helping neighbors in need!
Out-to-Lunch Bunch: 
The “Out-to-Lunch Bunch” goes the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited!
Featured PC(USA) Mission Co-workers for December is Sharon Bryant, serving in Thailand.
Learn about Sharon and her ministry on the electronic bulletin board or
 HERE.  
Sunday in the PCUSA Mission Yearbook
 
 Today in the PC(USA) Mission Yearbook:  The focus for December 22st is Minute for Mission: Christmas Joy Offering, for more information, please see our electronic Overlook newsletter or the electronic bulletin board or Click Here. 
Were you sick or on travel Sunday and missed church?  Catch up on the sermon(s) you may have missed here.
Ann Heaton    23
Megan Kelley    28
Mary Diaz    29
    
You can help WRPC earn dollars by using AmazonSmile to make your Amazon purchases. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
LEARN MORE. 
Ask Rod McCabe if you would like help setting up Amazon Smile 
Smith’s Inspiring Donations Program

Smith’s Grocery donates 0.5% of every eligible purchase made by rewards card holders, to the organizations of their choice. Re-enrollment is required each year. Please consider supporting WRPC by signing up for the program and shopping at Smith’s!
Sign up HERE.
WRPC MONTHLY CALENDAR

Want to know what's scheduled on the WRPC calendar?  Click HERE to see the monthly calendar on the church's website.
WRPC Calendar
     December 22-29, 2019
     

Sunday (22)        9:15 a.m.    Worship
                  10:30 a.m.    Coffee Fellowship
                  11:00 a.m.    Adult Discipleship Discussion
                   3:00 p.m.    Blue Christmas
                   5:30 p.m.    Advent Vespers
Monday (23)        7:00 p.m.    Prayer Gathering (Aspen Ridge)
Tuesday (24) 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Deb’s Office Hours                                      @ Pig & Fig
                   7:00 p.m.    Christmas Eve Service
Wednesday (25)                  Merry Christmas!

 
Overlook Articles, Corrections, Etc.

If you would like to submit an article for the Overlook, or if you have an idea for an article, or if you spot an error, please contact the editor, Rod McCabe (noahandnathansdad@yahoo.com, 505-309-1633).  Thanks!
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

― C.S. Lewis
Contact Information

White Rock Presbyterian Church 
310 Rover Boulevard 
Los Alamos, New Mexico  87544

www.wrpchurch.com
Fax 505-672-3681

James Ro, Office Manager
Office 505-672-3682 
officemanager@wrpchurch.com

Office Manager's Hours
Tuesday-Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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