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CAROLS AND COOKIES

Hankering for a little Christmas music in your life? Stick around after worship this Sunday for a Christmas sing-along!

ST. ANDREW'S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The St. Andrew scholarship program is one that all can take pride in.  Like other St Andrew mission programs, much is accomplished by our relatively small congregation.  The scholarship program is unique in that it focuses on helping students from St. Andrew with financial support in attaining an undergraduate college degree or attending vocational school.  Since the program was first started in 2001, a total of 28 scholarships have been awarded.
 
For the current 2016-2017 school year, scholarships were awarded to three of our St. Andrew youth – Claire Anderson in her fourth year at Western Washington University, Madeleine Jones in her third year at Western and to Davis Delfin in his first year at Seattle Pacific University.  Please read what Claire and Madeleine write about the program.
 
Claire writes -   “The Thomas and Newell scholarships have been a huge help in supporting my education through Western Washington University. Most recently this scholarship helped my family pay for a field course on human/land relationships in the state of Montana. This opportunity allowed me to meet with numerous environmental activists, ranchers, miners, as well as the Northern Cheyenne and Blackfeet Tribe to talk about current environmental issues. The people in my course are on similar educational tracks as I am and helped expose me to several career paths I could continue down after I graduate college.
 
These scholarships have helped pay for tuition at my university as well as aiding me in pursuing an alternative form of education where I gained extremely beneficial experiences and wonderful friendships. Please consider making a financial donation to these wonderful scholarships.”

 
Madeleine writes -  “College has become a huge financial investment and the high cost is by far the biggest reason for people dropping out.  My family is fortunate enough to have the means to pay for it, but I know that it is stressful for my parents, especially since by the time I graduate, my brother will be in college. When I'm sitting in class and  thinking about the cost of every minute I'm spending, I feel better knowing that with the Thomas Scholarship, at least they have a little bit of help, and by the end of the four years, it will add up to a big chunk of money that they didn't have to pay. I highly value any help that I can get because each class I take and each new thing that I learn brings me a step closer to a career in serving people, and that is what is most important to me.”
 
The scholarship program was initially funded by an endowment from the family of Kay Newell and a second endowment from the family of Pam Thomas. However, all are welcome to participate in helping the program to continue.  All contributions are both welcome and appreciated, and are put to good use helping the youth of St. Andrew. This winter, the scholarship committee will begin accepting applications for scholarships for the next school year which starts in September 2017. Scholarship applications will be due on March 1, 2017.
 
This scholarship program brings to life the Mission of our church   -  “St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, through God’s grace, is a loving, accepting, inclusive congregation serving others and fostering spiritual and personal growth for all ages.”  If you would like to contribute, donations may simply be marked “Scholarships” and included with normal church offerings. If you have any questions about the scholarship program, please contact one of the scholarship committee members:  Derona Burkholder, Karen Mullen, Lezle Resor or Don Patterson. 

Doofer's will be ready for us on Tuesday, December 13th at 5:30PM. Come, good friends, and join us for good conversation, good fun, and good food! Happy Hour prices are honored until 6 PM but  come whenever your schedule allows. Just look for our reserved tables in the dining section to the left when you enter this favorite watering hole!
ANNUAL DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE

For the past six years youth group has been heading downtown around Christmas for a scavenger hunt and associated Christmas fun! We always welcome others to join in what's become a Youth Group Christmas tradition..

If you are interested please let Maggie or Derona know. This year we will meet at the church at 1:00PM on December 17th and then head to town via the light rail. 
LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE?

Toni Ball, ARISE Advisor, contacted CJP to see if we could help support Kennydale with dinner for the men. As a team, we decided that it is important to support our neighboring churches.  We have signed up for Sunday, December 18th. We are looking for you to sign-up to donate a part of the meal by preparing it and bringing it in. We are also looking for a few to attend Kennydale to help serve and clean-up the dinner. This is your chance to help 25 men from ARISE by providing them with a warm meal during the Christmas season.  Please contact Derona, Laurie or Shelia for more information.

CHRISTMAS APPRECIATION GIFTS

St. Andrew Church is blessed with creative, caring, talented and committed employees: Scott, Maggie, Julie Kae, (pastoral staff),  John (musician), and Bounsy (custodian). To show our love and appreciation for them, we will be accepting cash gifts throughout the month of December. If you are interested and able to contribute, look for the Santa Gift box on top of the refrigerator in the church kitchen. At the end of December the monies collected will be dispersed equally among all five employees. Please contact Pattie Holt with any questions. Thank you!

DEACON POINSETTIAS
St. Andrew deacons have provided the beautiful poinsettia plants to enhance our décor during Advent.  If you would like to designate a plant in honor or memory of someone, please complete the designation form made available in the worship aid and put it in the offering plate along with your $15 donation to the Deacons’ Fund. Alternately you can send an email or note to us in the office indicating in whose memory or honor you would like to designate the gift.

The Northwest Chamber Chorus under the direction of Mark Kloepper, brings beauty and peace in their annual Christmas concert that includes a traditional carol sing-along (do you recognize that guy in the upper right corner?). Click here for tickets for December 10, 7:30pm.

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Leonard Bernstein’s poignant words in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy echo defiantly today. As we approach Christmas, a season of love, empathy and peace, we draw inspiration from Bernstein’s pledge. We believe that the passion and power of our music can bring forth hope and faith, and that the fear and anger in our world can be overcome by a true Season of Peace.

READINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
Isaiah 35:1-10 • Psalm 146:5-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11
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