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What’s Happening at CofC: Week of 11/15/15

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ADULT FAITH FORMATION –Join Pastor Dave in the Library about 10 minutes after the service, until 10:55.  Today we continue our study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s magnificent book, “The Cost of Discipleship”.

SHARE YOUR CRECHE – Do you have a crèche or nativity set that you would be willing to share with your church family for the seasons of Advent and Christmas? This year, we’d like to display several different nativity sets in the Sanctuary from November 29 to January 3.  Of special interest would be sets from around the world representing different cultures. While we will take great care of your loaned crèche, they will be on display, so very valuable or fragile sets are best shared at your home.  But if you have a set of any size that you would be willing to share for the season or for one Sunday, please contact Pastor Dave pastordave@cofclc.net

ADVENT SMORGASBORD – Sunday, November 29 at 11:30 am join us after our 10am Reunion Sunday Service for the Advent Smorgasbord.  Sign- up sheets are in the narthex.

THANKSGIVING EVE OFFERING – Each year at the Inter-Religious Covenant Thanksgiving Eve service, an offering is collected in support of local charities.  Recent recipients have included The Sophia’s Way women’s shelter, Hopelink community action agency, and Hearts & Hammers for home repairs and rehabilitation. This year you are invited to contribute through a Thanksgiving “Change for Change” offering. Bring your loose change (paper money and checks will be accepted, too!) to the baskets at the back of the Sanctuary and Narthex during the Sundays in November before Thanksgiving Eve. A $200 donation – given to Cross of Christ by Temple B’nai Torah for use of our parking lot during High Holy Days in September – has been designated to start the giving and thanks giving. Let’s see how much our loose change will add up to support services in our community! The service will be hosted this year by the Temple, on Wednesday, November 25, at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

COAT DRIVE – The Cross of Christ Youth are holding a coat drive.  Please bring your gently-loved coats to the Narthex between now and December 6; they’ll be keeping Bellevue-area families warm this winter.  Thank you for your support!

A CHRISTMAS INVITATION – The Larks invite you to Pacific Lutheran University’s awe inspiring annual Christmas concert on December 7 at 7:30 pm at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  Tickets are available now; general admission $30 and 55 or older starting $25, parking is $14 per ticket. We can carpool or take the bus. Signup sheet is at the Information Desk.  Please indicate your interest, and we will try for a group ticket price.  Extra brochures are available.  Holiday Season is coming up quickly. Contact Heidi Fine 425-885-6750 or finealso@comcast.net .

LWR SCHOOL KITS/ QUILTS – A big thank you  to all who contributed money for supplies and helped buy, assemble and  pack 104 Lutheran World Relief School Kits. These will go to children in refugee camps where they are much needed.  A total of 64 quilts were shipped to the following agencies: Baby Corner, Compass Alliance, Sophia’s Way, and Lutheran World Relief.  Thanks to all who help with this endeavor.  Are you interested in helping next time?  It starts now and will finish in May.   Then we do it again.  Someone always needs a quilt.  Call Sandra Volkman, 425- 644-9604.

EASTSIDE WINTER SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES – Schedule change:  From October 15 to mid-December the shelter will be at Redmond United Methodist; mid- December to March, 2016: St. Peter’s United Methodist; March – end of April: Overlake Park Presbyterian. The shelter provides dinner/breakfast and sleeping mats.  Twin fitted sheets are needed and can be dropped off at the Redmond United Methodist Church.  If you would like to provide a meal, please sign up at: www.tinyurl.com/wintershelter15-16.

LABELS FOR EDUCATION – We collect Campbell’s soup, Franco American, Swanson broth and Campbell’s beans labels to benefit neighborhood schools.  Leave your labels at the Information Center.  All that is needed is the small portion from the back of the can with the words:  ‘EARN 1 POINT’ and include the barcode next to it.  The front label is no longer used.  Contact :  Dorinda Otto for more information.

LOST AND FOUND – As we near the end of the year, we’ll be clearing out the Lost and Found and Will Call drawers in the Information Desk, as well as donating any unclaimed coats and jackets to charity.  Please claim any items that belong to you!