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LFPPC Weekly Newsletter
A Note from our Pastors...

The holidays can leave us with mixed feelings. We love the pumpkin pie, the apple pie, the pecan pie (ok, what we really love is pie) but sometimes we feel loss and grief even more acutely around holiday tables. We miss people who were always there at our side, or we feel the loneliness of being in a family where we feel like we don’t belong. 
There is much to celebrate this weekend - turkey and mashed potatoes and getting together with people we love, but if you feel tinges of grief or sadness, that’s ok too. Family is complicated; it is beautiful, it is a gift, but it comes with heartache, misunderstanding and grief too. 
That’s why I love the opening chapter of Matthew, a genealogy of the person of Jesus. Genealogies are not known for being particularly interesting, but what it does say is that Jesus was part of a family. This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called “From Generation to Generation.” Jesus comes in the midst of our stories of husbands, cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters. Jesus goes right to the heart of where our deepest loves and losses lie, to our families. As you are sitting around the table this weekend, remember that you are not alone because his family tree is just as complex as yours.

Pastor Andrea

Advent Starts Nov. 27th!
 
Devotionals are available at the Welcome Center
OR
a Digital Devotional can be sent to you- just email jhenning@lfppc.org. 

CHRISTMAS
JAZZ VESPERS! 

It's back! 
December 11th, 5PM

Save the Date 
Holiday Happenings


Dec 11th- UGLY Sweater Service -and- Christmas Cookie Fellowship

CHRISTMAS   Jazz Vespers - 5PM

 Dec 16th- 10AM- Pepitas Christmas Concert


Dec 18th- 7PM - Holiday Sing-a-long

December 24th- 5PM- Christmas Eve Service


Christmas Day!- Virtual Worship Service Available 
Church Office will be closed Thursday November 24th, Thanksgiving Day and Friday November 25th.  Jamie Henning will also be gone on Monday November 28th. 
Looking for dancing kids for a special piece for Christmas Eve. If your child would like to learn a choregraphed dance to add to our worship on Christmas Eve please contact Jessie Elenbaas  jessie.elenbaas@gmail.com. 
Pastor Nominating Process
YAY Update--
Introducing our Pastor Nominating Committee: Reid Schmadeka, Scott Holt, Laura Reed, Bob Doolittle, Chris Bozick, and Mollie Merkley. For now, if you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Laura.
Family Choir Sundays after church Family Choir will meet in the choir room (Rm200) after worship Sunday to prepare songs for worship on Sunday 12/18 and on Christmas Eve. All are welcome to lend a voice!

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1
 
Adult Education

 Join us at 9am in Heritage Hall for a great time of study and discussion.
All are enthusiastically invited and welcome to come once or every week!
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Nehemiah: Rebuilding and God's Calling to Us
November 20th, and December, 4th, 11th, 18th
Led by Anne Kalkbrenner

The setting of Nehemiah involves a group of people who have been through a huge “pandemic” of change, including a war, an exile, and now an opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild both the physical walls of the city as well as their spiritual identity as a community of believers who seek God. Although the details of our “pandemic” differ – the need for vision and for direction about how to rebuild our lives and once again see God’s Gracious Hand at work in our generation remains the same. Come join us as we learn from the remarkable and humble leadership of a man who believed that nothing is too difficult for God. 

Faith in Action
An ongoing event led by Donna Bensley. Do you wonder about the story behind the news? During this portion of the class, we will hear from several people in our community who came to the U.S. from distant places, such as Afghanistan and Ethiopia. They will share their stories and help us put our faith into action.
 
Volunteers Wanted
“The nursery is open! We are using a co-op model which means that you can sign up to help in the nursery. Please contact Vanessa Gelvin (vcgelvin@gmail.com) if interested and get a volunteer application and background check from Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org). We are also still looking for a Childcare Lead. If you are interested in the position please contact Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org)
Sound and A/V-- We always need more volunteers to be trained to help with Sunday worship sound as well as the occasional funeral or special event.

Exploring Faith: If you would like to lead once a month in the 4th and 5th grade room, please contact Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org)
Love Your Neighbor

Food Pantry
Our Little Food Pantry is getting lots of action. Grab-and-Go items seem to be the most popular such as: granola bars, individual size nuts, pop-top cans, beans etc. Items that require significant preparation are less utilized. Donations can be left in the bin across from Fellowship Hall.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor
Neighbor-to-Neighbor is our Deacon's sponsored program to support our congregation members with meals or rides as needed. We currently have a larger number of folks willing to provide meals but would appreciate a few more volunteers to provide rides to occasional medical appointments. If you are able to help, please contact Rocky Meredith at 206.310.6399 or rocmer@comcast.net.

Prayer + Care
Please be in prayer for the following individuals: Garry Arnold, George Dewey, Hannah Tran, Waldher family, Kathryn Heley, Kathleen Tade, Robin Gabbert, Loretta Edwards (for her daughter), Travis Zapalac (home and responding well to treatment), Bunnie Jorgensen (recent cancer diagnosis). Please contact the church office at 206-364-2712 or your pastors if you have prayer requests.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is now meeting monthly. If you would like to be part of this ministry and knit or crochet or if you know of someone going through a hard time that would enjoy receiving a Prayer Shawl, contact Anne Gowing at 206-910-8505.
Contact
Office Hours
The Church Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 to 1pm and by appointment. 
Rev. Laura Terasaki, Interim Pastor + Head of Staff (laura@lfppc.org)
Rev. Andrea Chaumont, Associate Pastor for Families (andrea@lfppc.org)
Tim Cromeenes, Director of Worship (tim@lfppc.org)
Kim Herbert, Director of Youth Ministries (kim@lfppc.org)
Melissa Robertson, Director of Pepitas Preschool (info.pepitaspreschool@gmail.com)
Jamie Henning, Office Administrator (jhenning@lfppc.org)

Session Elders: Stacie Johnson (Finance), Jessie Elenbass (Personnel/Presbytery), Carol Lyons (Nominations/Growing Young), Reid Schmadeka (Personnel/Children/Youth), Bob Henning (Buildings + Grounds), Sheri Holt (Children/Youth), Gina Walton (Personnel)
Clerk of Session: Lois Linzy
Interim Deacon Moderators: Randy Routh + Angela Templin
Calendar
You can find our current calendar here: http://lakeforestparkchurch.org/resources/calendar/
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