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ANCHORAGE ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 23, 2022

SESSION NEWS

Since Tara reminded us on Christ the King Sunday that Advent begins the new liturgical year, your Session Co-Clerks are taking on a new year’s resolution to post regular updates from Session meetings to the congregation. The APC Session is comprised of twelve active elders and our two pastors as moderators. Church treasurer Larry Cashen and office administrator Kathie Carman also regularly attend.  

 

MEMBERSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP
At the November 14, 2022, Session meeting, the church membership register was updated to confirm 286 members and 70 baptized children. Larry Cashen as treasurer reported that he expects the historical trend of fulfillment of the current year’s pledges in the final weeks of the calendar year to hold true. The stewardship campaign for 2023 pledges continues with pledge cards coming in and phone calls from elders and congregational emails serving as reminders. 

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
J.B. Williams attended the meeting as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee to present that committee’s hard work on an updated Emergency Response Plan. The plan includes multiple categories of emergencies such as medical, weather, intruder, and structural events with specific recommendations for responses. Pat Welsh, currently our parish nurse, was approved as Session designee to continue to serve as head of the Emergency Response Team, with thanks from the Session to her and the team for their dedication to preserving the health and safety of our congregation. 

 

A PLACE AT THE TABLE
John Kupar and Anne Harryman, representing A Place At the Table Committee, reported on activity initiated by that group both with donations and service.  The Hope Village laundry shed funded by APC members to serve some of the homeless population in our city is now operating. Small groups of volunteers have provided party helpers and materials for two monthly birthday parties at Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Others have provided one hot meal and many boxes of snacks for students at the West End School as well as weekly volunteer hours working in classrooms at the school. More volunteers are encouraged to join these efforts.  

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS
John Kupar announced plans for a fun, holiday-themed youth fundraiser on December 16 to be combined with a youth lock-in that night. Stacey Torgerson encouraged more sign-ups for the December 9 holiday progressive dinner, back as an event for the first time since 2019, that includes appetizers at members’ homes, main course and dessert in Fellowship Hall, and entertainment by the Ballard High School Madrigal Singers. Church members and friends alike are invited with a reminder that this is an excellent time of year to invite new friends to share our APC hospitality. 

 

The next meeting of the session will be held December 12, 2022. 

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NEW MEMBERS CLASS

Are you, or someone you know, interested in joining the Anchorage Presbyterian Church family? If so, we welcome you to a conversation with our pastors during the faith formation hour (9:45 a.m.) on Sunday, December 4.

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CONVERSATION WITH THE FOUNDER OF THE HOPE BUSS

ou're invited to a conversation with Rev. Stachelle Bussey, founder of the Hope Buss, a nonprofit organization addressing numerous aspects of poverty. The event will be Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Earth & Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, next to St. Agnes Catholic Church. 

Rev. Bussey will discuss hardships faced by many in our community who struggle with access to healthy food, safe housing, and healthcare, and whose health and mental health often suffer as a result. We’ll also learn about the innovative, grassroots work she’s doing to address this need.

Stachelle bought an old school bus that she has dubbed, The Hope Buss. In the beginning, The Hope Buss offered rides to grocery stores and to the polls on election day. As Stachelle saw more need, she expanded its services to now take fresh food into neighborhoods on set days each week. The Buss also provides health screenings, mental health counseling, and other resources. 

We'll help "pack the Buss" that day. So, please bring canned goods, white rice, brown rice, flavored rice, flavored noodles, beef/chicken ramen, pasta, pasta sauce, stuffing mix, jiffy cornbread mix, pancake mix, syrup, oatmeal, grits, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, jelly, individually wrapped snack items, and any other non-perishables. The Buss also needs diapers, feminine products and household cleaning supplies.

RSVP at this link:

https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/stachelle-bussey/

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FLOWERS FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP

Each Sunday, flowers are placed in the sanctuary for worship. If you would like to bring an arrangement, please sign up at the link below: 

 

www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48a4af2ea5f49-flowers

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DIRECTORY APP IS LIVE

The online directory app for APC is now live. If you can't get to your hard copy, or want convenient access on the go, you can now access the church information you need through a directory app. You should have received an email with a unique ID to log in. If you didn't get a unique ID email and would like access to the digital directory, give the church a call.