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What’s Happening at CofC: Week of 11/22/2015

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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 Join us next Sunday at 11:30 right 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, this Wednesday, at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

ADVENT EVENSONG – As we usher in a new church season Cross of Christ will be hosting an Advent evensong experience on Friday, December 4, at 8pm. This will be an evening of music, poetry and liturgy all centered around our waiting and anticipation for the coming Messiah. The music will be provided by professional musicians from the greater Seattle area, many of whom have contributed to worship here at Cross of Christ in the past. Admission is free! Any donations, while not required, are welcome and will all go towards the Cross of Christ Music Ministries.

 

MUSIC MINISTRIES – Thank you again from the Music Ministries at Cross of Christ for your support of our work. Anyone who feels encouraged to give towards our efforts going into Christmas and Easter, please designate your gifts to the Music Ministries at Cross of Christ, either on your check or envelope. Thank you and God Bless!

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 .

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT DEADLINE – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday the bulletin announcement deadline this week is Tuesday at 11:00 am.

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!

MANY THANKS – to all who donated items to the Congregations for the Homeless toiletries drive.  Thank you for Living Generously and supporting the CFH ministries. –The Community Outreach Committee.

 

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!