The Monelli Memo
People get ready! Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. Are you already stressed, overbooked, or worried? If you have a job and children and extended family, this time of year can be difficult. But I hope you will take heart and follow the lead of the church (and our children) by taking time to take stock, rest and pray, and respond to all around you with joy. Sunday mornings can be islands of peace and renewal during this busy time of year in addition to helping us all keep everything in perspective – yes, it really is about Jesus. And even though schools and extracurricular programs all seem to cram every possible concert, tournament, and more into these few short weeks, is that really such a burden? Remember, your children are only young for a very short period of time, so find other activities to give up (like cleaning the parts of your home no guest will ever see or baking every cookie your grandmother made) and enjoying these events with your kids. So, as we are all called to get ready during this Advent season, let’s do so by grounding ourselves in the knowledge of God’s love and the willingness to share that love with one another.
For His Sake,
People Get Ready
The Advent Event
Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00am in Fellowship Hall
We will begin this event with a brief presentation for everyone in the Tree of Life room. Then, 7th and 8th grade students will retire to the Teen Room for activities and projects with their mentors; 6th grade confirmation students will go to the kitchen for their Advent experience, and Fellowship Hall will provide everything needed for creating Advent Wreaths along with other crafts and activities for children and their parents and other adults. There will be something for everyone to begin this special season of preparation!
All are welcome to the annual no-rehearsal, joy-filled Nativity pageant on Sunday, December 17 at 10:40 (ish) am in Fellowship Hall. This festive retelling of the first Christmas is put on by the children in preschool through fifth grades and is offered for parents and all members of the PRLC community.
The Phinney Phlames
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
All youngsters in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to this lively youth group experience. This month we will be doing all things gingerbread, with decorating completions, games, and much, much more. Lunch will be provided and participants should expect a sweet and messy experience. Please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Calling all Families with Children
Ring in the New Year with food, games, and more on Sunday, December 31st from noon until 2pm (midnight in Jerusalem). The event will begin with lunch and feature family games and competitions along with the opportunity to start the new year with fellowship and fun. We will even “drop a ball” that we will make ourselves. Sign up sheets will be available soon. If you’d like more information or would like to help with this event, please contact Nancy at email@example.com.
Programs and Activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry
The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY, December 17, 2017 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will be discussing the special demands and joys of caregiving during the holidays. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.