Join us this Christmas season!

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Friday, November 30 at 7 pm
Join us for a fun-filled night of Christmas songs, homemade cookies, children’s story and the third annual lighting of our Christmas tree!

“CAROLING, CAROLING” CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday, December 16 at 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of Christmas carols, solos, duets, choral gems and a sing-along as the PCC Choir and The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers share the joyous sounds of the season. Bring the family for a musical night that will be filled with the warmth of His blessed birth and a celebration of the King of Kings.

CHRISTMAS SUNDAY
December 23 at 9 & 10:30 am
Worship the coming of Jesus, our Savior.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
December 24 at 3:30 & 5 pm
Enjoy the quiet of the evening as we celebrate the arrival of God’s Son to our world. These family services fill up quickly, so come early. Childcare for children 5-yrs and under are available by reservation.

My heart overflows with praise today. Yes, a lot of us are exhausted, but God is at work among us and our hearts are full of the sacrifice of our praise. Or at least the sacrifice of a full day of work yesterday. Recount with me all the answers to prayer among us (and there are more, believe me).

We now have a Director of Children’s Ministry in place — Colleen is putting in many, many hours crafting a course for our ministry to children. With VBS around the corner, her plate is full.

We now have a Director of Student Ministry. Yippee! This morning we officially welcome Andrew Staffieri to Peninsula. He’s had one Wednesday night under his belt and is going to make a huge impact on our students and us. I am impressed with his humility, passion, and vision for youth. Our students are in good hands.

You may have missed it, but we now have a Special Events Coordinator working in the office. Brooke has a welcome banner ready to be flown on the patio (we must be fair) but with holidays and schedules — it continues to gather dust. But she isn’t gathering dust. We (she) is planning a movie night and baptism celebration in July. And, of course, we have our annual picnic. Her creativity is motivating.

And then there’s the new Bible study beginning Thursday for college students. Did you know we have close to 20 college students home for the summer? Wow. What a huge opportunity to invest in lives. So, the Sheckmans will organize the first study (they already have volunteers to help — and maybe even take it over). Exciting!

If all went well on Saturday, we are ready to begin our renovation project in the Education Building. Creating updated classroom space for our children is a huge task — and we are ready to make a huge mess over there. Your faithfulness to the Daring Faith commitments is allowing us to move forward and the plan is for a September grand opening and tour of the facility.

This morning we have a team in Guatemala serving at the Village of Hope (orphanage). We have students on their way in a month to lead the middle school program for the students of farm workers in Thermal. We have maybe 30 heading to the Uganda medical clinic in August. And, that clinic will mark our tenth in Bombo.

Let’s be careful to acknowledge the hand of God at work among us right now. Some of these things will force us to change, but may that change bring growth. Growth in many ways. Here’s your praise list for this week:  Colleen, Andrew, Brooke, College, Dust, Guatemala, Thermal, Bombo. Oh, and it’s not a bad prayer list either.

Paul put what I’m trying to say this way, “I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine.” Amen to that.

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