December 3rd Newsletter

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Happening This Week at First Presbyterian Church of Troy


8:30 Adult Sunday School

10:00 Worship

11:15 Advent Discussion

12:00 Korean Worship


10:30 Handbell Rehearsal

6:30 Strategic Planning Committee Meeting


6:00 Women’s A. A

7:30 Korean Worship


11:00 Worship Committee Meeting

12:30 GEMS, Troy High School Choir

7:00 Choir Rehearsal

8:00 Narcotics Anonymous


10:00 A. A. Group


8:30 Adult Sunday School

10:00 Worship

11:15 Advent Discussion

12:00 Korean Worship

Movie Morning
Please join us Wednesday, December 13th. We will be going to the MJR Theater (at Maple and Livernois, time to be determined) to see “Wonder”, a new movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Then, it’s on to Olive Garden for a festive holiday lunch. Hope you can join us. Oh, yeah, there will probably be some trivia at lunch!

Advent Happenings
There are Advent Devotional booklets available for these weeks of Advent. In the short introduction, Magdalena J. Garcia writes: “Advent is the time when we remember that God sent Jesus, the Logos, the Word Incarnate, to speak more eloquently than ever before about God’s vision and ways…May Advent teach us to embrace each other’s stories and to speak the language of love.”

Adult Discussion For Advent – 11:15 On Sundays
Pick up a snack and coffee and then join us for sharing time. We will meet three Sundays, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th! Ann will lead the discussion on the 3rd around the subject of “Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?” and simplifying the holidays. On the 10th and 17th, we are inviting you to bring your devotional booklets and share your questions and/or a reading that was especially meaningful.

Per Capita Update
As we near the end of the year, this is a reminder for those of you that have not yet paid your 2017 per capita. Our per capita payment supports the Presbyterian Synod and General Assembly, as well as the Detroit Presbytery. Per capita pays for administrative costs and also supports many grants that are directed back to individual congregations. You can check with the church office to see if you have paid your 2017 per capita.

Christmas Cards
Please consider bringing in a Christmas card, signed by your family, and placing it on the Mission Winter Gift Tree!

GEMS: God’s Elegant Mature Servants
GEMS will meet on Thursday, December 7th at 12:30 p.m. (Please note the time change for this date only.) Once again, the Troy High School Choir will be singing Christmas carols. Lunch will include ham, turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. There are two sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the narthex. Please sign up if you plan to attend, and if you can bring salads, vegetables, and desserts. And as always, extra cookies are requested for the hungry singers!

Christmas Eve Sunday
We will have just one service on Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m. (There will be no morning service.) The Worship Committee felt one service was best so that we may celebrate the coming of the Christ child with friends and family.

Sponsored by Troy-Area Clergy and led by Kerry Price, this will take place on Sunday, December 10th, from 4:00-5:15 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 3061 N. Adams Road (just north of Big Beaver), Bloomfield Hills. Refreshments will follow.
A free-will offering will be collected for Troy Citizens Concerned.

Mark Your Calendar with these Upcoming Events:
-December 7th, GEMS, 12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
-December 10th, Troy-Area Clergy Group Christmas/Advent Program, 4:00 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church, 3061 N. Adams, Bloomfield Hills, 48304
-December 13th, Movie Morning, Details to come
-December 24th, Christmas Eve, one service at 5:00 p.m.

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