Message from Pastor Diane, Dec. 16: Book Discussion tomorrow at 7pm, Alternative Gift Market & Christmas Joy Offering, Christmas Eve Services and Welcoming Pastor Grimes and his family

Join for a discussion of the lovely book, Christmas Comes Alive, by Geneva M. Butz. This book is out of print, so contact Raelyn in the church office, and she will forward a pdf to you.  Our discussion will be held on Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm, by ZOOM. The author, Geneva Butz, will be joining us for our discussion! The zoom link is:
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Meeting ID: 864 3825 9150 Passcode: 250863         Phone – +1 929 205 6099
Thanks to Gary Garletts, the choir and musicians for a wonderful afternoon on Sunday. We could not have had better weather for our OUTDOOR Advent Celebration. Glad we could safely gather, sing, and get into the spirit of Christmas! If you have not seen the decorations and wooden signs (as pictured above) on our fence, what a beautiful way to proclaim the messages of our faith. Thanks to all who made this happen!
Christmas is a time for giving. Hoping you will consider sharing donations to some wonderful organizations that can use our support now more than ever – and share that message of generosity with a loved one. The Mission Awareness Committee is offering gift-ready cards for six different efforts. You may give online, and all the information is here for you!
This month, we are collecting the Christmas Joy Offering, which helps Presbyterian colleges and Presbyterian clergy. More information is available here.
There is no doubt this year has been challenging. Christmas Eve will not be what we are used to at APC, but we can join our hearts in worship, and our spirits in rejoicing as we celebrate the coming of the Christ Child! We are hoping to offer two options for worship this year – we will decide by this Friday, 12/18:
1.      At 4 pm, we will gather outside for a brief service for all ages, with scripture, carols, singing and candlelight – all with masks and socially distant. In the case of bad weather, the service will be streamed live.
2.      A traditional service of Lessons & Carols is being recorded, that all may safely enjoy from home, a service with a rich variety of music and scripture shared by church members.
How can we welcome Rev. Grimes and his family and introduce ourselves in the midst of COVID-19? Here are TWO ways –
1.     Create a brief video of you (and your family), sharing your names and a bit about who you are. Or write up a brief account of you and what you love about APC. Email your video or written account to Tony Fragale, and he will compile them into a video to share with Jason and his family. Please submit by Friday, 12/18.
2.     Send a Christmas card of greeting to Jason and his family for the holiday –
The Grimes Family, 6998 South Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA, 24578
Hoping you stay warm and safe and dry during the storm,
Pastor Diane
Transitional Pastor