Please bring your prayers to worship on Sunday afternoons. Please direct all prayer network requests for immediate crises during the week to
or to the CCP office by phone 802-862-1898.
Worship Planners meets most Tuesday afternoons in our space in the lower level of St. Paul's. If you have ideas for how we could enhance your worship life - in music, liturgy, themes to be explored in the context of worship - please attend our meetings or speak with one of us. For more information call 658-4169.
This week's word is "MAGNIFICAT". Please share photos on this theme by emailing them to Sophia at office(at)christchurchburlington.org
Soup-in-a-Jar (new recipe); packets of 8 cards (also new selection), each item is $10. Alternative Giving cards will also be available, for the amount of your choice. ALL MONEY goes to support JUMP! We’ll be selling these items on Dec. 10th and 17th.
As you’ve probably noticed, Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year. So we will be observing the 4th Sunday of Advent and celebrating Christmas Eve all at the same time.
We will gather in our space at 6:00pm for a service of readings, reflections, carols and
candlelight. (Please note: There will be no Sunday service at 4:00pm on December 24 so as not to conflict with St. Paul’s annual Christmas pageant.)
At 7:00pm we’ll begin a time of fellowship and refreshments. A potluck of Christmas goodies, provided by all of us and orchestrated by John Steele’s hospitality team, will consist of “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, snacks, finger foods, and holiday sweet treats. Ham and beverages will be provided. Reminder: No dishes with onions please!
The festivities will end by 8:00 to give our St.Paul’s friends time to prepare for their 9:30 service.
You are encouraged to invite your family and friends to join your CCP family for a cozy Christmas Eve. If you have your own dinner plans that evening, plan to come just for the service. A heavy dose of your favorite and long-anticipated Christmas carols will get your holiday celebrations off to a good start.
We are seeking 6-8 poinsettias to grace our space on Christmas Eve. If you are interesting in donating a poinsettia or money to purchase one, please contact Sue Brooks in person or at suebrooksvt(at)gmail.com.
Christmas Joy. The annual Christmas Joy Offering will be received on Sunday, December 17. 50% of your gifts provide critical financial assistance to retired church workers and their families with financial and housing needs. 50% supports opportunities for racial ethnic students at Presbyterian schools.
JUMP. CCP's monthly offering for the Joint Urban Ministry Project will be received on Christmas Eve. Donations provide food and services for poor and marginalized families in the Burlington area.
First Night festivities in Burlington will begin in the afternoon on New Years Eve. Burlington will be hopping, so there will be no 4:00pm service at CCP that day. And in that vein, a plea from the Treasurer to complete your pledges for 2017 by December 24th.
Beginning in January 2018 The CCP Social Issues Forum will be focusing on a seven-part discussion series developed by a group that included Frank Sadowski. It is called, “Sacred Conversations, Connecting our Spiritual Lives with Our Work in the World”.
The premise of this discussion series is that we know when our work (which includes much more than paid employment) is satisfying the expectations of customers, supervisors, and stakeholders, and when it is not. But rarely is someone helping us to think deeply about what it means to be accountable to God for the work that we do in the world. These conversations provide a way for people of faith to connect in small communities of support and accountability and help each other grow into deeper understandings of what it means to live faithfully in the world. These seven conversations are the fruit of many interviews conducted by pastors who spent time visiting parishioners at their work sites. Without exception, each of the pastors was deeply inspired by parishioners’ willingness to struggle with the complexities of their work responsibilities in light of their deepest convictions.
These discussions will cover these questions and more:
• Who or what has most powerfully influenced or shaped the work you are doing today?
• How are you uniquely gifted for the work you do?
• Where do you find the deepest meaning in your work?
• What does faithfulness look like for you at work?
• What obstacles prevent you from integrating your life of faith with your life in the world?
• Where and with whom do you have meaningful conversations on the relationship between faith and work?
• How does the concept of Sabbath or renewal help you work faithfully in the world?
In order to maximize participation, the groups for this seven-session series will have a maximum of 8 participants. Frank Sadowski will lead a group in the nursery space at St Paul’s Sunday afternoons, beginning at 2:00. John Owen will lead an additional daytime group at his home during the week. A third group will be created if needed. The series will begin the week of Sunday January 7.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Frank at fhsadowski(at)comcast.net. If you are interested in participating, please email John Owen jrowen18(at)gmail.com and indicate whether you prefer the Sunday or weekday group. If you prefer a weekday group, please indicate the times during the day you are available. There will also be signup sheets available at the CCP worship space.
During the month of January, the Hannaford Cause Bag program will benefit JUMP! Pick up a Fight Hunger Bag with the message “This bag helped feed someone in need” and JUMP will receive $0.25 for each bag purchased at one of the participating stores:
1127 North Avenue, Suite 11, Burlington VT
217 Dorset Street, University Mall, So. Burlington VT
218 Hannaford Drive, So. Burlington VT
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