December 23, 2021
December 24 - Christmas Eve Services
Family Service with Spontaneous Christmas Pageant - 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to join us this Christmas Eve as youth and children lead our lessons and carols worship service. Children in attendance will be invited to dress as sheep, shepherds or angels and participate in our spontaneous Christmas pageant. We will collect donations of baby items wrapped in white tissue paper for Eastern Area Community Ministries "Good Start for Kids" program.
Candlelight Service - Music from our choir accompanied by strings, violin and organ begins at 8:30 p.m. Call to worship at 9 p.m.
December 26 - Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. We will not be live-streaming or recording this service in order to give our video technician some time off.
No Communion - Due to Covid concerns, for the safety of all church members and visitors, the Session, in concordance with the Covid Response Task Force, has voted that we will not celebrate communion on Christmas Eve or on January 2. Concerns were a result of the fact that masks must be taken off to partake of the elements.
Sunday School Note - There will be no children’s and youth Sunday school this week or next week.
As you know, the combination of the winter months and the holiday season make for a time of great need in our community. We have been proud to support Eastern Area Community Ministries (EACM) for years, and we have a couple of ways to support them right now during their busiest time of year.
Each Sunday, we invite you to bring canned goods to worship, to be collected during the offertory, for the EACM food bank. Right now the biggest need is for:
canned vegetables and fruit
canned meat - including tuna
Also, on Christmas Eve, we will continue our tradition of donating items for little ones. We invite you to bring a gift for EACM Good Start for Kids (diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes) to worship. Be sure to wrap it in white tissue paper like the picture below.
To learn more about this important ministry visit www.eacmonline.org
Clean up continues in Western Kentucky, and we've been asked by many how Anchorage Presbyterian can help. First, please take a look at this link from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding Prebyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) for the area.
The Outreach Committee voted to send $1000.00 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to assist with recovery in Western Kentucky from the tornados. If you would like to make a personal donation, you can send a donation online here: https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000015/.To give by phone, call 800-872-3283.
To send a check, please designate DR000015 in the memo line and mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264
Also, John Kupar will be organizing a team to respond to the needs of those impacted by the storm. PDA will notify us when they are in need of volunteers. Email John if you'd like to help.
MESSAGE FROM DINSDALE
We are proud to sponsor students from Pathlight International like Dinsdale. He frequently expresses his gratitude to APC for the generosity of its members for supporting his educational journey. Below, he shares a Christmas message to our faith community.