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HART Pantry News

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The volunteers, staff and Board of Directors of HART PANTRY have a busy December ahead of us. First of all, our Christmas program is well underway. We will be providing a Christmas gift bag to 102, number so far, at-risk and homeless teens in the Peoria, Dysart and Glendale school districts. Where ever we live HART PANTRY is likely helping kiddos in the area. We are hoping that the donors who have always been so loyal will again provide the hooded sweatshirt jackets, socks, knit hats, throws, toiletries and gift cards that put smiles on kids’ faces who likely will get nothing more. We are asking the merchants to provide free fast food gift cards for their restaurants; we hope to have donations enough to provide each teen with a $25.00 gift card to WALMART or TARGET to get a new pair of shoes. Gift items and cards can be directly provided to HART or checks for your purpose can be provided and volunteers will do the shopping. Everything has to be in by December 9th so we can wrap and deliver on time.

The new location of HART PANTRY at the Lions Foundation campus is proving to be just wonderful. We have storage for our food, clothing and bikes. There is ample room to pack our 240-250 food bags every week. Come visit us any Thursday morning; we love to show off our quarters.

2017 has been a year of change and growth for HART PANTRY. We have added new Board of Director members; new grant writer/advisor; new Facebook Editor, new volunteers, new warehouse/packing facility and new financial advisor. Growth has been phenomenal with the addition of more schools and a whole new district. WE are constantly looking for new donors as we thank our present donors. Grants, corporate donations, support from the community and of course the support from our churches have been outstanding. We could not begin to meet the needs of the teens in need without all of them.

Thank You and Merry Christmas, Ruth Langford for HART PANTRY

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Ken Suggests

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Ken Suggests
At the recent Thanksgiving meal a couple was sitting at a table by themselves. There were not our newest members but newer members. I was already seated with Karianne when the couple sat down. Several people walked by them for another table. This couple keeps telling how they love our church. My opinion is, if we want to keep hearing this, we need to visit with our new people and get to know them. The same applies to the coffee hour if we see someone sitting by themselves, lets sit with them. I finally left my sweetie and joined them. I found out information that I did not know. Barbara Swicegood joined us. Thank you Barbara. End of the Saturday night sermon, Ken Johnson

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Session News

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  • Discussion on request for membership transfer to Orangewood Presbyterian Church.
  • Plans are being made to have a blood drive with the Veterans of Foreign War (WFW) using our facilities in the near future.
  • Some discussion was held about Session taking part in the Habitat for Humanity. No action taken until Session has more information.
  • Pastor Terry reported on the recent meeting of Presbytery. The treasurer’s, Deacons’, and all committee reports were received.

Kenneth P. Johnson Clerk of Session

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Preschool News

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Christmas & Happy New Year!
Wow we can hardly believe it’s Christmas time already. The first half of the school year has gone by so fast and the kids have been doing great! We finished our Butter Braid fundraiser and with everyone’s help we were able to raise additional money! Thank you to all who helped make this possible.

We are planning a Christmas Program and teaching the kids about the Birth of Jesus and the reason for the season. The kids focus is what’s under the tree and we want them to know that our Lord and Savior was born on this very special DAY, so they may be coming home singing and telling you the good news that our Savior was born.

We have a lot of fun things planned for this special time of year so please keep a lookout for upcoming dates.

  • December 19th ~ Christmas Program @ 6:00pm in the Sanctuary
  • December20th ~ Class Party/ Pajama Day, Gift Exchange, Polar Express
  • December 25th & 26th ~ No School

From All of us, we would like to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Best Regards,
Sunshine Tinker, Director

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Christmas Joy offering

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Each year our church participates in the Christmas Joy Offering program which is observed Dec 3-24. With Christ at the center this holiday season, we can follow in his example of servant leadership by serving our brothers and sisters in faith. Through the Christmas Joy Offering, we are able to support those in our community and give them the gift of hope.

Funds from the Joy offering help the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provide critical financial assistance to eligible works in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families and to qualifying retired church members and their families.

This fund also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to creating opportunities and environments for racial ethnic students built on a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, both secondary schools that ready students for higher learning. It also benefits Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be available in December church bulletins. If you would like to contribute, please place your donation in the envelope provided and place it in the offering plate. Additional information regarding this wonderful program with be in the December bulletins.

Mickey Gilsdorf, Worship Committee

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In the bleak midwinter

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My favorite Christmas carol is “In the Bleak Midwinter.” The lyrics are by English poet Christina Rossetti and was first published, under the title “A Christmas Carol” in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly. The poem first appeared set to music in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst. Holst is best known as the composer of the tone poem “The Planets.”

Harold Darke’s anthem setting of “In the Bleak Winter” was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008. Here are the lyrics:

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan;

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone;

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

Snow on snow,

In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him

Nor earth sustain,

Heaven and earth shall flee away

When He comes to reign:

In the bleak mid-winter

A stable-place sufficed

The Lord God Almighty —

Jesus Christ.

Angels and Archangels

May have gathered there,

Cherubim and seraphim

Thronged the air;

But only His Mother

In her maiden bliss

Worshipped the Beloved

With a kiss.

What can I give Him,

Poor as I am? —

If I were a Shepherd

I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man

I would do my part, —

Yet what I can I give Him, —

Give my heart.

Rossetti opens “In the Bleak Midwinter” with a simple yet powerful description of winter. Her personification of the moaning wind gives the first line a child-like tone. Rossetti pairs up natural elements for straightforward similes: “Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.” The simple couplet rhyme scheme, which continues throughout the poem, gives us the sense that Rossetti is telling a familiar and much beloved tale. The phrase “Long ago” adds to the nursery-tale tone.

Rossetti does not introduce Christ and his human incarnation until after the first stanza. When she finally does, it clearly becomes the focal point of the poem. The second stanza encompasses the core of Christian theology: Christ must be born on earth, live and die as a human, and then be resurrected and return at the end of the Earth. In the midst of this complex theology, Rossetti includes the repetition of her opening line, “In the bleak midwinter,” as if to bring comfort to such mysterious and detached theological doctrine.

In the third verse, Rossetti contrasts the magnificent divine with the humble circumstances of Jesus’ nativity. She borrows the biblical phrases “Angels and archangels” and “cherubim and seraphim,” allowing the internal rhyme sounds to enhance the poem’s melodic meter. She emphasizes the importance of Christ’s humanity through the image of Christ’s mother kissing her baby. In this verse, Rossetti also celebrates the unique value of human love.

In the final stanza, the poet places herself in the poem by wondering what gift she would offer the baby Jesus if given the chance. Her repetition of “If I were” and “what can I give Him” in this stanza add to the child-like earnestness of the poem. In general, Rossetti limits her poetic devices to the song-like aa bb couplet rhyme scheme. However, her restraint speaks volumes about her attitude towards divine mysteries that require a child’s innocent and sincere faith. The final words in the last line suggests the poet’s decisiveness in her desire to give her heart to Jesus.

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Christmas Joy Offering

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Each year our church participates in the Christmas Joy Offering program which is observed Dec 3-24. With Christ at the center this holiday season, we can follow in his example of servant leadership by serving our brothers and sisters in faith. Through the Christmas Joy Offering, we are able to support those in our community and give them the gift of hope.

Funds from the Joy offering help the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provide critical financial assistance to eligible works in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families and to qualifying retired church members and their families.

This fund also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to creating opportunities and environments for racial ethnic students built on a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, both secondary schools that ready students for higher learning. It also benefits Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be available in December church bulletins. If you would like to contribute, please place your donation in the envelope provided and place it in the offering plate. Additional information regarding this wonderful program with be in the December bulletins.

Mickey Gilsdorf, Worship Committee

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The Dreaded Annual Stewardship Campaign

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To the wider culture the most significant date in November is Thanksgiving Day. But to the church the most significant date is Stewardship Sunday! Churches live and die by their financial wherewithal. So pastors and Administrative Boards fixate on Stewardship Sunday with the question, “Will we have enough income to operate the church for the next twelve months?” I don’t know of any pastor or church member who truly enjoys stewardship season. It’s like a trip to the dentist–it must be done, it must be done regularly, but it’s rarely enjoyable.

On November 19 we will ask all of you to bring in your pledge for 2018. We did well last year with an increase of $9300 in pledging And our finances have been healthy most of this year. As of this writing we have a $7000 positive variance of income over expenses.

Barbara and I are tithers. At the end of every year we tally up our income and take ten percent of that and give it away. We do so because tithing is a Biblical mandate. We do so because we believe it helps. We do so because we believe God has put us on this earth to make a difference.

I suggest to you all that if you haven’t already, you begin the grand adventure of becoming a tither. Figure out your annual income and multiply that by ten percent. If you can’t give ten per cent away next year, pick out some amount that you are able to contribute–say 3, 4 or 5%. And then the following year increase that percentage by 1%. Over time you will inch upward toward a tithe. As you inch upward you will learn at least two things. There is real joy in giving. And, you can’t out give God.

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Preschool News

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November News:
We can hardly believe, we are 4 months into the school year! We have had a great start this school year, so much going on in the classrooms. We have some exciting things coming up. We are going to have a Dessert Social on November 21, @ 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. We ask all Preschool Families and Church families to come and enjoy some Desserts/Refreshments and some good old Fellowship. We know this is the start of a busy time of year but let’s take some time to be Thankful and enjoy all the many blessing the Lord has blessed us with. With that being said, we are going to be talking with the kids about being Thankful and all of God’s blessings.

  • Picture Day! November 15th starting at 9:00am we will be having picture day. So come dressed in your best and don’t forget your smile!!
  • No School: No school November 23rd-24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

We have a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming months, so please keep a look out for information..

Last but not least a BIG thank you to all the families and church member who are supporting the Preschool. This is a mission of the church and we are so grateful to be a part of this mission. Every donation is a blessing and is very much Appreciated! I personally think, without a doubt, this has been a great year for the preschool. So keep those prayers coming because God hears them all!

Best regards
Sunshine Tinker, Director

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