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***ONLINE GIVING***

Online Giving! Now it’s easier than ever to support the mission and work of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Simply go to our website www.lasplacitaschurch.org and click GIVE. Every gift helps. Your continued generosity helps us do what we do!

DID YOU KNOW?????

We are now equipped to take any credit card at all LPPC functions and events, including MDO dues! Our Square Readers are up and running. Participating in all the fun and helping the church has never been easier.

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***Church Office Hours***

Monday thru Friday 9am-1pm

Telephone: 505-867-5718

*** Safety Reminder***

For everyone’s safety, when parking please do not leave valuables in your vehicle in plain view and remember to lock your doors. Thank you!

ADVENT WREATH

CLICK HERE WHAT IS AN ADVENT WREATH AND WHAT DOES

IT SYMBOLIZE?

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

Third Sunday in Advent

8:30am Early Worship Service

9:15am Adult Forum: THE SANTERO’S MIRACLE

By Rudolfo Anaya

10:30am Worship & Choir: Sanctuary

*** A CHRISTMAS TO BELIEVE IN: Our Children and Youth***

Nursery is provided

***POINSETTIAS AND LUMINARIAS***

Time to order poinsettias and luminarias. Place the form in the offering plate, mail to LPPC, or to the office by today.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday in Advent

8:30am Early Worship Service

9: 15am Adult Forum: HOW HOLLYHOCKS CAME TO NEW

NEW MEXICO by Rudolfo Anaya

10:30am Worship & Choir: Sanctuary

Nursery is provided

***The Christmas Joy offering will be collected today***

DECEMBER ADULT FORUM

Advent and Christmas are storytelling times, and New Mexico has a treasure-trove of such tales. During December the Adult Forum will be hearing four children’s stories that speak to the faith and wonder of this land. Beginning with an “emergence” legend (i.e., “creation story”) from a book by Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara Pueblo, we will then move on to three stories by the beloved Hispanic author, Rudolfo Anaya. Families and youth are particularly welcome to join in this series. The Adult Forum meets at approximately 9:15 a.m., following the early service, in the Upper Room.

December 2 – “The Stars” from OLD FATHER STORY TELLER, by Pablita Velarde

December 9 – THE FAROLITOS OF CHRISTMAS by Rudolfo Anaya

December 16 – THE SANTERO’S MIRACLE by Rudolfo Anaya

December 23 – HOW HOLLYHOCKS CAME TO NEW MEXICO by Rudolfo Anaya

December 30---NO CLASS

***POINSETTIAS AND LUMINARIAS***

Time to order poinsettias and luminarias. Place the form in the offering plate, mail to LPPC, or to the office by Dec. 16th.

LPPC WINTER SOLSTICE

On Friday December 21, 2018 at 7 PM, the Winter Solstice Celebration and 21st Annual Candlelight Poetry Reading will take place at LPPC. The readings will be followed by refreshments and book signing by the poets. Raffle tickets for a photographic banner created from a panoramic photograph of the Sandia Mountains taken by Placitas resident and award-winning photographer Mike Edminster will be on sale. The banner was used in our Earth Day celebration service in April 2018. The raffle drawing will take place after the readings. The event is sponsored by the LPPC Earth Care Fellowship.

125TH ANNIVERSARY

125th Anniversary – February 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The Session has begun conversations about how we might celebrate this important anniversary. Would you be willing to be a part of team to help plan for our 125th Anniversary? Please talk with Drew Henry our pastor or Carl Allen our Clerk of Session. Thank you!

CLICK HERE FOR 125th CELEBRATION DAY SAVE THE DATE

Monday Night Group

We've chosen Century of Faith, the history of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. If you'd like to purchase a copy for $15, contact Jennifer Vargas in the church office. Proceeds from the book's sales help fund LPPC's youth program.

Bible Study Group at LPPC!

Bible Study Group: Join us for a relaxed and always stimulating

conversation. No previous experience required!

We meet the 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of each month at 10am

in The Church Library.

Next Meeetings: December 20, 2018 **

** Because of Holidays **

Choir Rehearsal, Thursdays at 7pm.

Our Chancel Choir sings at the 10:30 am service every Sunday (September through May). The choir is directed by Elliot Smith and accompanied on the piano by Mindy Sampson. Rehearsals are held every Thursday night at 7:00 pm in the church and before each service on Sunday morning. Everyone who wants to add their vocal talents to the Chancel Choir are welcome!

LPPC EARTHCARE FELLOWSHIP

CLICK HERE FOR CERTIFIED EARTH CARE AWARD

***FROM THE LPPC MISSION COMMITTEE***

Mission Committee is gathering items for people in need, especially:

Cooking utensils: large knives, spatulas, serving spoons, ladles

Deodorant: men and women

New pillows

Electric alarm clock

New cutting boards

New brooms, mops and dust pans

Furniture: small couches, loveseats, chairs and coffee tables

Small dressers and nightstands

Kitchen tables and chairs

Twin and full beds, full sets only –very gently used

Also $25 Walmart gift cards are very handy, since we take

clients there for work clothes,

shoes etc.

Let me know if you have any questions! ~ Jeannine Potter

Please save Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education to support Menaul School. Give them to Geri Escarcida or any Mission Committee member. ~ Sue Hoff-- 505-404-1705.

LPPC CENTURY OF FAITH BOOK

~ CENTURY OF FAITH ~

By Suzanne Sims Forrest

First published in 1995 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1894 founding of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC), this award-winning history book has been significantly revamped to include:

Additional historical information and many more photos throughout the book.

An afterword written by The Reverend Drew Henry to cover the years after 1994.

Century of Faith is being available at LPPC for $15. (It is also available through Amazon.com for $22.95.)

Weekly pledge envelopes for 2019 are now available in Fellowship Hall. If you’d like a box, please take one, sign your name and note the number of the box you chose. Pledges can also be mailed to the church office in the pew envelopes provided, or in regular envelopes, of course.

CLICK HERE FOR GHOST RANCH INFORMATION

HELP FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL

Thanks to your generosity through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering collected on Easter Sunday, the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is already providing for immediate emergency relief in Nepal. Our Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Mission Committee voted to send an additional $500 from their budget to PDA to help with this effort. If you would like to know about additional ways in which you can give, act, and pray, and please continue reading:

The need for response is great. “God’s people are once again called on to stand in the GAP – Give. Act. Pray.“

Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be made by phone 800.-872-3283, by mailing a check to PCUSA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700,

or online http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/nepal-earthquake-april-2015/.

Act: Learn how you can help families who have lost everything in the devastation visit www.pcusa.org/pda

Pray: Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.

“Be the presence of God with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for the people of Nepal.”

HEARING AID ASSISTANCE

Hearing Aid Assistance Available: If you know someone who needs hearing aids and can’t afford them, Starkey Hearing Foundation’s HEAR NOW program provides help. Call 800-328-8602 to discuss eligibility with a HEAR NOW representative or email hearnow@starke.com.

Starkey will also take your no-longer-used hearing aids for repurposing.

The Comfort & Joy Prayer Shawl Circle reminds you that if you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time such as illness, injury, death of a loved one, or some other challenge in life, you can request a prayer shawl. Simply contact any of the Deacons, Pastor Drew, or our Administrator.

CASA ROSA FOOD PANTRY

Casa Rosa is in critical need of clean, gently used, casual clothes for men. No office-type attire, please. Also, many of our clients have pets, and since we do not spend funds on pet food, if you are a pet lover and would like to donate specifically for our clients' furry friends, we would welcome cat or dog food or designated funds to purchase them.

Casa Rosa needs brown paper grocery bags every week. Please save them for us and place

in the blue collection bins whenever you can.

Casa Rosa is in need of the following food items for the Deacons’ Thanksgiving Baskets:

Instant mashed potatoes - packets or boxes

Canned pumpkin

Stuffing – boxes or packages

Your donations are greatly appreciated

Donations of the following items are always appreciated:

Canned Fruit Tooth Brushes (adult and child)

Canned Meat Tooth Paste

Jelly or Jam Mouthwash

Plastic Grocery Bags

Egg Cartons (that hold 12 vs 18 eggs)

Gently-Used Clean Clothing—especially for men

Baby items: clothing, equipment, etc.

Donations can be dropped off:

At LPPC in the blue bins outside the Administrative Office during office hours from 9am-1pm Tu-F in summer and M-F rest of year.

Or At Casa Rosa when volunteers are there on Friday and Saturday mornings.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CASA ROSA DOES NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONICS.

AmazonSmile donations are very helpful to Casa Rosa, so please remember to do your online Amazon shopping through smile.amazon.com (after you have signed up one time and selected Las Placitas Presbyterian Church as the charitable organization, which results in the Amazon Smile Foundation depositing quarterly donations equivalent to 0.5% of your total purchase costs directly into Casa Rosa’s independent checking account).

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church Closing Policy:

CLICK HERE for Church/Event Closing Policy

  • Attention any Mentors and Sponsors for new Members: the Membership committee would like to match up our new members with a current member to help them feel at home quickly at LPPC. If you are interested, please contact Wendy I. through the church office at 867-5718.
  • Interested in becoming a member of LPPC? The Session of LPPC meets the Second Sunday of each month to receive new members. That meeting is held in the Upper Room following the 10:30 service. Please let Pastor Drew or any of our leaders know if you are interested in becoming a member of this congregation or if you have any questions about the church at 867-5718.
  • LPPC recycles used cell phones year round! All used cell phones brought to the church will be mailed off to PHONERAISER to be recycled. More information on recycling efforts at Phoneraiser.com. There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall for your contributions. Any proceeds will be split 50/50 between our general fund and Casa Rosa. Thank you to all who have made donations in the past. Our last shipment brought in $25 (1 used cell phone ). Thank you and please pass the word!
  • LPPC sermons are online! If you missed a Sunday sermon here at LPPC, don't worry. Click here and you can listen to the digital recording or read an electronic copy at your leisure! There you will find a library of previous recordings and electronic files. Please contact our website manager at "webmanager@lasplacitaschurch.org"
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