NOVEMBER 30, 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:
For Worship Today – Children 2nd grade and above are welcome to stay for worship service today. They may either sit up front on the comfy chairs or sit with their families. All younger children are asked to go to the nursery during worship. Our Church School teachers are all out of town for the holiday weekend.
Celebration of Life for Kevin Martin, husband of Sue Martin, will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Starks Funeral Parlor, located at 3651 South 900 East. Please continue to keep Sue and family in your prayers.
Right Now Media - As a church we belong to Right Now Media which gives every one of us access to thousands of spiritual growth resources that can be used wherever you have internet access. There has been a large increase in the Children’s Library – check it out for your kids and grandkids. If you want to have access to this vast library of resources send Pastor Tom your e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send you the needed invitation to participate.
Preparing for Christmas - Have you ever wondered about the history of Advent and why it is a special time of year in the Church calendar? We will spend the four Sundays of Advent talking about how to prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord. There are many ways to heighten our spiritual experience as we move through this season. Join Connie Silliman in Room 1 at 9:45 a.m. on November 30, December 7, 14, 21 and then on January 4 for Epiphany. Class will not be held on December 28.
Celebrating Stewardship - As we seek to follow God’s call into the future, knowing a ball park figure of what you or your family may share with Cottonwood financially helps us dream and plan. If you haven’t turned in a pledge card for 2015 but would like to, please do. Also if you are able to complete your pledge for 2014 before the end of the year or if you are able to make an added financial gift before the end of the year that will help us end strong, ready to begin 2015. It is exciting to see how God is at work in us, among us, and through us. Sharing our financial resources fuels our joint ministry and mission.
Usher Needed - An usher is needed for the 5th Sunday of the month in which it occurs. This happens but four times a year, so you will usher only four times a year!! Usher duties come with reminders and written instructions. If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity to serve Cottonwood, please see Bobbie Ivey or call her at 801.272.7838.
Communion Celebration - We will celebrate the sacrament of communion on December 7th, and December 25th. Communion will be served by intinction.
Poinsettias will decorate our Sanctuary for services on Sunday, December 21st and for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services. If you would like to purchase a Poinsettia(s), please complete the red form that was passed out today and put it in an offering plate or return it to the church office by Wednesday, December 17th. Cost is $6.00 per plant. Make checks payable to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church.
Handel’s Messiah - The Oratorio Society of Utah will present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 20th, at Libby Gardner Hall, 1395 President Circle, University of Utah – cost $10.00. The Messiah will be performed again at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church on December 21st at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for this concert at CPC but you may make a donation at the door if you choose. The Oratorio Society of Utah would like to thank Cottonwood Presbyterian Church for letting them use our church for their practices.
Christmas Eve Worship - This year we will have two Christmas Eve services at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The first service will be designed more to connect with children. The choir will sing at both services and both services will include candle lighting and the singing of Carols. This is another great opportunity to invite people to be with-you.
Christmas Morning Worship - I am excited to invite you to join together in worship on Christmas morning at 10:00 a.m. What better way to celebrate Christ’s birth than gathering with the community in worship! Dress will be casual and communion will be served.
One Worship Service - Please mark your calendars. We will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 28.
CD’s of CPC Choir are available today during Fellowship Coffee. The Cd’s are free of charge but if you would like you may make a free will offering
Ladies enjoy High Tea and Fellowship at Grand America Hotel on Tuesday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $26.00 per person. Enjoy a selection of beverages, finger sandwiches, English scones and assortment of afternoon tea pastries.For reservations, call Karen Jurgens at
Advent Tea – will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 5th, 2014. Church Women United will hold their annual Advent Tea at Mountain Vista United Methodist Church, 8931 S 3200 W, West Jordan. The afternoon begins with a worship service led by Olga Hard, followed by the Advent Tea. This is a beautiful, meaningful way to spiritually start the holiday season. For reservations, please sign up after church service today, 23rd, and 30th, or contact Carol Shutts at 801.274.1781 or Sherry Tyler at 801.944.3827.
Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet Thursday, December 11th, at 11:45 a.m. at La Sage Bistro – located at 6831 South 1300 East. To reserve your place, call Virginia Hartsook by noon on Wednesday, December 10th at 801-274-0489.
Mission and Outreach
The holidays are upon us again and we are continuing the projects that our congregation has supported so generously in recent years. With our church facilities now bright and cleaned up on the inside, we can shift our focus to the outside world through our continued support of the following activities:
The Mitten Tree project is intended for adults and children at the Family Support Center, which has provided crisis/respite child care, classes and support to families in crisis – 24/7 every day since 1977. Many of these people show up at one of their 2 centers with only the clothing they wear and what little they could carry from their home. The unwrapped mittens, gloves and scarves you place on or under the Mitten Tree in the hallway will be delivered in time to help keep somebody warm this winter.
Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program (formerly known as “White Gifts”) continues to provide gifts for needy teenagers in Utah. Many of these youngsters are overlooked by other programs that target smaller children. After our Hanging of the Greens, look for a list of gift suggestions under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary and place your unwrapped gift there by December 14 for delivery that week.
The Cottonwood Family Treatment Center gifts (formerly Sub for Santa) will bring holiday cheer to more than 30 needy women and children at the center in Murray. Young mothers there are learning to escape drug addiction and crime while caring for their children. Look for our table during Coffee Fellowship in December, select the gift(s) you wish to purchase, wrap and bring to the church on December 21 for a Christmas Eve delivery.
Save those extra 2015 calendars and bring them to church. There will be a collection box in the hallway for delivery to Crossroads Urban Center and distribution to people in need. As always, if you have an interest in joining the Mission Committee or helping with projects that we sponsor, contact the church office.
For Children and Youth
Kids Christmas Play – The title of the play is "Too-oo-oo-oo Busy!!" It has many parts for children ages 3-14 -- and lots of singing as well. The date of the pageant will be Sunday, December 14th during the 11 a.m. service. Your child is invited to participate in the play. It is simple and easy, so it will not require a ton of work -- but most importantly, it will be fun!
The two rehearsals times at CPC are:
We are so blessed to have such a fun and energetic group of kids at CPC. We look forward to their participation in the pageant! Please let Gretchen Ratzlaff know if your child (children) is going to be in the play or if you have any questions and concerns.
Kid’s Choir! Each Sunday the kids will continue singing with Miss Jeannette Flynn at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School will follow at 10:00 a.m. Bring those beautiful voices and praise God!