Life of the Church and Prayer & Praise
SUNDAY DECEMBER 20, 2020
Approaching Year End: Budget Update #2
We are in December, and December is always a month when the congregation is especially generous. The month got off to a good start, but we have a way to go before the end of the month. By DEC 31 we hope for additional gifts in excess of $450,000 for Ministries & Operations (M&O) and $350,000 or more for Missions. It is usually the case at this time of year that the church receives about 25 percent of yearly gifts, which is three or more times the amount in the average month of the year.
Please give as you are led for the purposes of furthering the Gospel and helping those in need. Remember that gifts for Missions must be designated or identified as such. Most important, when you pray about how you might give of your financial resources, please give cheerfully, knowing that God loves a cheerful giver.
*For donations to be tax deductible for 2020, all gifts must be received or postmarked by end of day Thursday, December 31, 2020.
2021 Annual Meeting Candidates
Next year’s Annual Meeting will take place on WED FEB 24. View the names and biographies of this year’s candidates here.
Even though we are unable to meet in person, Woman’s Benevolent Society is still gathering on Zoom for prayer and fellowship. We remain grateful for your gifts of used Christmas Cards and postage stamps. You can bring cards and stamps to church, mail or drop them off, or just hang onto them until we are all together again! In the meantime, let us know if we can be praying for you.
(Note about stamps: When you cut the envelope around the stamp, please leave a large border on all sides.) Thank you!
"Love Thy Neighbor" Grocery Delivery
Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Fireside Lunch | Fri, Dec 25
FRI DEC 25, 12:30 PM. Join Elder Charles Peltz for Fireside Christmas Lunch on zoom, at 12:30 on Christmas Day! We will eat together, read scripture, pray, sing and tell stories. All are welcome!
REGISTRATION NOTE: If you have already attended a Fireside Chat this year and can still find your invitation, there is no need to register again. If you have never attended or can’t find the original invitation, register at the link below and you will receive a personal email from Greg with your very own link.
Separated or divorced? Find hope and healing at DivorceCare. Presented from a Christian perspective. New class starting Thursdays 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM January 14, 2021 to April 15, 2021 on ZOOM.
Write [email protected] to register and obtain ZOOM link.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Learn about missions firsthand in this extraordinary course. Perspectives is a 15-week course designed around four “perspectives” on missions – Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic. You will have 15 instructors with a breadth of global experience. The first two classes are free! Email [email protected] for more information.
This spring’s course offerings in New England are:
- Avon, CT – virtual and in-person on Tuesdays starting JAN 19
- Cranston, RI – virtual on Thursdays starting JAN 21
- Danvers, MA – virtual and in-person on Mondays starting JAN 25
Introduction to Disciple-Making Movements
SAT JAN 9, 3:00–5:00 PM
Learn about Disciple-Making Movements (DMM), also known as Church-Planting Movements (CPM). DMM aims to catalyze God’s Kingdom disciples to make new, obedient disciples who then make new, obedient disciples, and so on. Such Kingdom movements of disciples making disciples and churches planting churches are taking place all around the world today, through ordinary people, many in some of the hardest to reach places. Can you dream of God starting such a movement in your city or neighborhood, not just in some distant land? Through you? Come and let us dream together! This introductory session will be followed by a 6-session (bi-weekly) workshop for those interested in pursuing further. Contact Carol at [email protected] for more information.
Details about these and other events can be found on the events page!
Live over Zoom after each service:
This link will be live immediately after the 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM services.
Prayer & Praise
Pray for the Congregation
- “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (Psa 95:6);
- Do good to everyone, as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10);
- Be ready, Jesus Christ is coming (Lk 12:40);
- Let the world know us by our love (Jn 13:35).
Pray for the People
- For our Global Missionaries, Zane and Elisse Kang: for the timely processing of their visas, so that they might depart soon for Japan;
- For our Elders: leading of the Holy Spirit in prayerful consideration of the identity and vision of PSC;
- For our Staff & Congregation: marvel and delight in the celebration of Christ’s advent and the glory of God’s love;
- Help, support, and hope for those feeling lonely, haunted by fears, debilitated by worries, or cornered by addiction;
- Consolation for the brokenhearted, solace for those grieving loss of various kinds, and enduring faith in God’s love;
- Comfort, strength, and healing for the sick or recovering from iillness or the coronavirus;
- Wisdom, grace, and perseverance for all serving and caring for the suffering and vulnerable in our homes and communities;
- Emotional and physical strength and resilience for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic;
- Compassion, dignity, and love for neighbors who are disheartened by unemployment or anxious due to poor health, food insecurity, or housing uncertainties;
- Wisdom, righteousness, and faithfulness for all in positions of authority with responsibility for leadership.
Pray for Grace
- To follow the paths illuminated by God’s light;
- To seek the welfare of our communities, city, and nation;
- To share the light and love of Christ with every person we encounter.