November 2, 2014
Being the church is an astounding gift that takes energy, imagination, intelligence and love. God provides the gifts of worship, prayer and study to nurture us for the journey of faith in the midst of our hurting and broken world. Here are some of the opportunities that will help us be nurtured for the journey:
Communion Celebration: We will celebrate the sacrament of communion today, and November 16th. Communion will be by intinction at the 8:30 a.m. service today. The 11:00 a.m. service today and on the 16th will be served in trays in the pews.
Inquirer’s Class Are you wondering about the Christian faith? The Protestant Church? What is a Presbyterian? What it means to be a member of Cottonwood? If so, join us on November 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in room 5 for a time of investigation and asking questions. We hope you will risk checking out the inquirer’s class.
Prayer Group – Meets each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the prayer room of the church. You are invited to gather with others in a time of focused prayer. These gatherings last about an hour.
John’s Gospel - I hope you have enjoyed our journey through John’s Gospel. We will end our journey on November 23rd. I encourage you to continue making John’s Gospel a daily part of your life. Take a few minutes each day and read the verses for the upcoming Sunday or continue reflecting on the verses we have just studied. I look forward to seeing how the Holy Spirit uses the Gospel of John to continue nurturing our faith life.
Celebrating Stewardship - God provides all the gifts and talents we enjoy. God provides the astounding gift of creation that supplies our needs and stimulates our senses. God gives us the ingenuity, strength, and gumption to work hard and provide financial support. God provides all that we need. Today and on November 9th we continue to celebrate stewardship, responding to God’s faithfulness to us through the stewardship of our time, talents and resources. Please join us on Consecration Sunday, November 9th when we bring our pledges to God.
Re-dedication of the Building - Wow! All the work we hoped to accomplish on the building is done. Join us in worship on November 16th for a special service re-dedicating the building to the service of God’s Kingdom. Please note there will only be one service at 11:00 a.m. on November 16. A lite lunch will be provided following worship service. Come and join in the celebration.
Congregational Meeting will be held November 23rd for the purpose of renewing our call to Rev. Tom Abbott. It will be immediately after the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
Hanging of the Greens - Help us decorate the church for Advent and Christmas after worship on Sunday, November 23rd. Immediately following the congregational meeting we will order pizza for whoever wants some. All are welcome and needed. If you can help get the decorations out on Saturday, please come to the church.
PW Needlework – will meet on Wednesday, Nov 5th, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1. If you are interested in learning how to knit or crochet or have done it in the past, please come see what we do. We have a supply of knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn for your use. We supply shawls for the Shawl Ministry as well as giving a shawl to whoever needs one.
Church Women United World Community Day Celebration will be held on Friday, November 7th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, located at 2375 East 3300 South. The theme for the celebration is “Through God Our Hands Can Heal.” This is a wonderful ecumenical celebration shared worldwide - offering an opportunity to learn and grow spiritually and personally. Registration fee is $1.00 and lunch is $4.00. If you are interested in doing some Christmas shopping, there will be a “World Community Bazaar.” For lunch reservations, please contact Phyllis Allen at 801-298-7197 by Monday, November 3rd. If you would like to carpool, please call Adele Ta’afua at 801-755-4764.
Women’s Lunch Bunch - will meet Thursday, November 13th, at 11:45 a.m. at Paradise Bakery – located at 1400 E. Fort Union Blvd. Call Virginia Hartsook 801-274-0489 before noon on Wednesday, November 12th, to reserve your place.
Big Bargains! Last day of the Book Sale is today after both services. All proceeds goes to Crossroads Thrift Store.
Drivers for Club Vision are needed to drive the blind once a week on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. If you are available and willing to help with this much needed service, please call Donna Switzer
Crossroads Urban Center foods of the month for November are canned soup and canned vegetables, but all non-perishable food and beverages are appreciated, especially food in snack-size containers and single–serve beverages. Water in plastic bottles is always needed in addition to food and beverage items. Crossroads Thrift Store is in need of blankets and coats.
For Children and Youth
Pajama Party & Pizza – Friday, November 7th at the church from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Kids come in your PJs for a fun night of pizza, games and movies!
Kid’s Choir! Today the kids will begin singing with Miss Jeannette Flynn at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School will follow at 10:00. Bring those beautiful voices and praise God!
Children’s Thanksgiving Mission- Family Promise “House of Change” - Our hope at Cottonwood is to have our children grow in faith and have a sincere understanding of other’s needs. The Cottonwood Children’s Fall Mission Project will be to support the Family Promise Center for homeless families. Family Promise is an interfaith alliance helping families in our community achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
Starting today at Cottonwood the children will start the “Houses for Change” project. The children will be taught about homelessness and charity. Then the kids will have a hands-on opportunity to make a difference. They will decorate a gift box to look like a house. Today and Sunday, November 9th the children will be in the halls and during fellowship asking for your “change donations”. The week prior to Thanksgiving, the children will then take their boxes home with donations from family and friends and continue to fill their boxes with loose change. Save your change to help our kids fill their boxes.
Give from the heart, honestly and happily!