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Advent & Christmas 2018

In This Issue
From the Rector
Worship
Parish Family Notes
Vestry/Annual Meeting
Outreach Opportunities
Children & Families
Youth Ministry
Discipleship Opportunities
From the Rector
Rand Reasoner+
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Thoughts borrowed from N.T. Wright's Advent for Everyone.
 
As Christmas has become more exhausting and commercialized, many people find that keeping a preparatory season of Advent helps them stay focused and recover something of the mystery and excitement that Christmas ought to have. This year at Prince of Peace, we will have a special Advent Evening Prayer service Tuesday nights to help with this focus. As we approach the darkest time of the year (in the northern hemisphere), Advent offers a gleam of light and hope.
 
But Advent can also be puzzling. Advent means coming or arrival. Hymns and readings this season are about two quite different things: waiting for the first coming, the birth of Jesus, and waiting for his second coming to put everything right. How do you make wise, prayerful sense of it all?
 
The early Christians develop the church year as a way of telling, learning and reliving the story of Jesus, which stand as the heart of our faith. In Advent we think back to the ancient people of God, the call of Abraham and his family as the start of God's rescue operation for a world in ruins and a human race in chaos. We follow Israel's hope, a hope that refused to die no matter what terrible things happened; a hope that the first Christians believed had become human in the baby Jesus. This rescue operation had begun but was not yet completed. Jesus launched God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven through his life, death, and resurrection. But it was clear that the mission was ongoing and that Jesus' followers, through humble loving service, would carry on God's work until the time when Jesus returned to finish it, to put all things right, to banish evil and death forever, and to bring heaven and earth together.
 
We live in the time between the first and second advent. Advent is a time where we go back to check our bearings and to go forward on the path as people who follow Jesus.
 
May we be an Advent people who bring light in a darkened world, people who bring hope in times and places of despair. May we be a people who follow Jesus.

 
In Christ,
Rand Reasoner
 
 
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The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First (Coming) Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second (Coming) Advent.   Read more about Advent, Christmas and Epiphany  
 
 



 The Handbell Ringers  Bells
Of Prince of Peace Church  
Invite You to Their Annual  
Twelfth Night  
Handbell Concert  
Sunday, January 6, 2019
6:00 PM

Featuring:
Alchemy  
Neapolitan
Tintinnabulation
Jubilate
Sine Nomine 
 
$5 Suggested Donation 
 
 
Parish Family Notes

Baptism
The Next Baptism
will be Sunday, January 13, The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.   If you are interested in the Sacrament of Baptism for yourself or are inquiring for someone else, please contact the parish office at 818-346-6968.
 

Prince of Peace is a busy place. Sometimes busy is used as a badge of honor, but sometimes busy is a disease, something that happens because we are running away from the still small voice of God that wants to call our attention to changes that need to be made.

We are busy as a community, but it is usually busy running toward something, the Kingdom of God. This time of year, let's be thankful for all that God has done and is doing in and through our community of faith, and let us re-commit to working toward bringing all people into the orbit of his Kingdom.

ECW
 
 
 
Secret Prayer Partners 
The women who join Secret Prayer Partners (SPP's) are asking for prayers and seeking spiritual growth through prayer for others. The SECRET is that you don't know who is praying for you until the reveal at the annual Christmas party.  This year's party is Saturday, December 8 at 12pm in the Family Center. 
 Read more.

International Brunch
Sunday, January 6 after the 10am Worship Service
When we gather on Sunday to worship, we are a bit like the United Nations (without all the arguing). On Pentecost it is fun to have people read the Bible in their native languages. We have people who come from Iran, Egypt, England, The Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Uganda, Rhodesia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Hungary, Russia, Macedonia. We are blessed to be an international faith community.  On Sunday, January 6 after the 10am service, we will celebrate our unity in Christ as we celebrate with an International Brunch. Read more.

Vestry News and Annual Meeting
 
The Annual Meeting will follow the 9am Worship Service on Sunday, January 27.   At this meeting we will present the 2019 budget, share ministries and elect new members to the Vestry (Board of Directors). Please plan to attend and take part in the counsels of the church.
 
Congratulations to our Vestry nominees: Richard Muniz, Rebecca Packer and Joyce Prescott. Learn more about them here.
   
Rand Reasoner
  
From the Senior Warden
As Senior Warden, I am so grateful for the many blessings of fellowship, insight, and commitment of the parish members who share their time, talents, and treasure to help shepherd the POP community through the challenges of "living life together" as Jesus guided us. Whether it is considering the many facets of the budgeting process, or deciding how to welcome our neighbors while limiting their activities on our beautiful campus, these fellow travelers are intentionally meeting and praying together to keep us safe and maintain our aging buildings and infrastructure. Working together like this has been a big part of growing my understanding of The Way of Love that our Bishop has set out to guide us in following Jesus.
 
My personal path this coming year will represent a change from "filling in" for our wonderful Katherine Geeslin, to assuming the duties of the Office Administrator as Katherine works from home in a newly defined role as Communications Director for the parish. How blessed I am to have this amazing lady see her path lead to a new way of serving our parish and be able to work alongside her. I am grateful for the time and opportunity to work through this evolution for the support of our wonderful church family and Father Rand. Please pray for us as we work together in these new roles.
 
Appreciatively,
Ann Gillinger, Senior Warden✞

Outreach Opportunities

Prince of Peace Outreach News
Prince of Peace and its parishioners engage in high level of outreach to others - locally, nationally and internationally. Several different congregational groups sponsor these many efforts Take a look at the impressive list of Prince of Peace's Local, National and International involvement.  
 
 
Here are just a few highlights:
  
Christmas Outreach
Let's help make this Christmas special for families in the West Valley!  
*Make a donation of new, unwrapped toys for a child or a teen gift card to Walmart, Target or iTunes
to the Food Pantry by Thursday, December 13. Drop your gift off at the Pantry before noon, Monday-Friday. 
*ECW and POP jointly sponsor some of our church families and individuals. Monetary donations gratefully accepted. Checks can be made payable to Prince of Peace with "Christmas Outreach" in the memo line and placed in the collection plate on Sundays.  
*Alternative Christmas Faire will be on Sunday, December 9. There will be gift cards available for purchase and a Christmas card to write a note on at each table for Haven Hills and Angels Way. There will also be the opportunity to make a donation for "Our Little Roses", a home for at risk young girls in Honduras.   Checks for the above can be written to Prince of Peace with a memo directing them to one of the organizations above.      
 
 
Advent /Christmas Offering
 
This year, our Advent/ Christmas offering will support
The Community Dinner 
 
Beginning Advent 1, December 2, and continuing through Christmas, the large glass jar will be in the church's main aisle. All monies including Christmas envelope donations and the loose plate offering at Christmas services will be used to support the Community Dinner Ministry at Prince of Peace. The mission of the Community Dinner is to reach out in love to our neediest friends and neighbors in the West Valley On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, volunteers and guests come together over delicious meals & heartfelt hospitality.
 
   *"West Valley Food Pantry" for toys and gift cards.
   *"Holiday Baskets" for outreach to POP families.
   *"Christmas" for the Community Dinner Ministry.

Children & Families Ministry
From Linda Sawyer
 
Thank You! You Are the Greatest!
"And do what you learned and received from me. Do what I told you and what you saw me do. And the God who gives peace will be with you." Philippians 4:9
Because of your donations, 90 children will experience God's Love by receiving a Christmas Shoebox this year. Of these, 61 were from our 'Adopt-A-Box' program, teaching our children about service to others. The boys and girls who receive these boxes will be invited to learn about Christ through lessons in a discipleship program.  
 
Advent wreath
This Advent Season
our children will be learning the meaning of Advent and lighting our Advent wreath during class each week.  
   
 
Upcoming Events!
It's Time For the Pageant!
The play this year is "The Christmas Window." Any adults that would like to help with the pageant or costumes are welcomed! The pageant will be performed on Sunday, December 16 at 10am. It will be followed by a Christmas party for the children.
 
 
EXTRA SPECIAL REHEARSAL after the 10am service on Sunday, December 9. Please plan to attend! This helps your child understand how to move during the play and gets them more comfortable being at the altar.
 
Christmas Pageant & Party on Sunday, December 16.
All children must arrive by 9:15am. After the pageant our children will have a Christmas party in Taylor Hall.

Parents, to make this Christmas Party special, please bring one plate of the following for each of your children;
  • Last names A-S: 1 doz. cookies cookies
  • Last names R-Z: 1 doz. finger sandwiches
No peanut butter or nuts please, several children have allergies. Thank you!
 

Beginning January 13, 2019
Our Prince of Peace Children will begin a five week series called 'Wake Up!' that centers around five impactful stories that required someone to wake up. This is themed in a Wake Board extreme water sport atmosphere with medal champion's sharing their faith in Christ. Our children will be introduced to life changing principles that will make their faith Wake Up and come alive.



Save the Date  
for Family "Pretzel" Sunday, March 10
Begins 9:30am for breakfast.
 Lent is a season of Prayer and Devotion. Your children will begin their Lenten season by making pretzels for the congregation. We do this to remind ourselves how important prayer is. The dough is formed into the shape of two arms crossed in prayer
 
Complete Champions Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Calendar
 

    
A Special Thank You 
goes to our devoted Champion Leaders who lovingly donate one or more Sundays a month to share God's word with our POP children.
 
Champion Leaders;
Alma Fountain, Kevin Fountain, Patty Papps, Connie Bartz, Marge Stanton, Richard Muniz, Nova Heiss, Susan Bishop, Karen King, Elizabeth & Caroline Bates. Preschool: Mike & Margie Pavlowsky.

 
Youth Ministry
 
 
Greetings Youth and Families!
 
I know you are looking forward to spending some quality time with family and friends this Christmas! Here is a list of upcoming dates for Youth Group meetings, activities and volunteer opportunities!  Invite your friends to any of these -- we would love to meet them!!  
 
10AM Sunday School:
Dec. 9   Video Series and Discussion:  Wish List
Dec. 23  NO CLASS. Enjoy your Christmas Break!
 
Community Dinner Outreach- Saturday, December 8
Meet in Main Parking Lot at Prince of Peace from 4-6PM for 
Essentials and Goodies Distribution.  
** The POP Community Dinner feeds those in need twice a month. On December 8, we will also be handing out a bag of items that they could use and some nice treats as well. A sort of early Christmas gift!! **
 
SAVE THE DATE!! Saturday, January 5:  
POP Youth Christmas Party!
Details forthcoming.
If anyone would like to host, please call me at 818-694-9289
 
Other Volunteer Opportunities for Youth (earn volunteer hours for school!):
1) Christmas Pageant: if you are interested in participating or helping in any way, contact Linda Sawyer, our Children's Ministry Director at family@popwh.org.
 
2) Heart 4 Uganda Celebration: experience the wonderful culture of Uganda!  If you would like to come help set up on Saturday, December 1, contact me or come help at the celebration on Sunday, December 2 after Worship and ask for Alma Fountain.
 
3) Acolytes: still in need! Call the church office if you are interested: 818-346-6968
 
Blessings and Peace to you all!
 
Dave Dumas
Youth Director
 
 
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Discipleship
 
Advent Season Evening Prayer 
 
 From 7 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, November 27, December 4, 11, and 18, a service of Evening Prayer, brief meditation on the upcoming Sunday Gospel lesson, spiritual direction, and music will be offered. It will be an hour to come away from the business that can capture this time of year and will offer an opportunity to focus on what was spoken about in the From the Rector article. Hope to see you in the stillness of the Chapel Tuesday Evenings in Advent.
View From the Pew
 
Boude Moore has served in Music Ministry at Prince of Peace for 30 years.  He shares his thoughts about the "Why" of worship: 
 
 
Let's start at the very beginning.
 
Why are we here?
What is our purpose?
Who are we, what are we to do and why?
What is the most important thing?  
 
When asked these things, Jesus' response was "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
soul, mind and strength; and your neighbor as yourself."
 
The establishment of any ministry in this place is an expression of the desire to fulfill this, the great commandment. Programs at Prince of Peace are many and varied but all have one thing in common. They are all a means for us to love the creator and his creation. Read more. 
Health Ministry
 
 
MODEL FOR HEALTHY LIVING - FRIENDS & FAMILY
 
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching 
(Hebrews 10:24-25).
 
Sharing God's love though community has always been central to our faith. We give each other strength as we come together. We build a foundation for our life through a network of friends and family. This foundation supports our mind, body, and spirit. Many studies have shown the medical benefit of having strong relationships.
Prince of Peace Church

is called to know, love and serve  

 Jesus as Savior and Lord,  
 to share His healing and transformation
with all people.  

 

 

Prince of Peace Church

5700 Rudnick Avenue

Woodland Hills, California  91367 

(818) 346-6968

office@popwh.org