For Sunday’s worship service. Pray for our worship this Sunday as we hear God’s Word. Ask the Lord to bless Guest Pastor Mike Powell, as he prepares his sermon, "Children of Promise” in the Sermon series: The Book of Galatians from Galatians 4:21-31.
Newcomer Reception — 4th Sunday morning during fellowshipThursday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Thursday Friday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Other FridayCombined Christmas service December 17
Adult Sunday school is not meeting Sunday, November 26, in order to allow time for other ministry-related meetings to take place at RRC. Children and Youth Sunday school will meet as usual. The new Sunday school quarter will begin next Sunday (course descriptions listed under the Adult Education section of this bulletin). Please note that all evening activities are canceled for tonight in light of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Senior Christmas gifts—APC is happy to be a part of The Lincolnian Assisted Living Senior Care Facility. This Christmas we are blessing 50 seniors with Christmas gifts through “Operation Christmas Senior.” All seniors have been matched. Please bring back gifts to one of the APC sites no later than December 3. Fresh Start Box for the Homeless due today. Please remember to return boxes this morning in the Fellowship Hall. Andrea will deliver your box to Central Union Mission in DC.
Sponsor a Child in Paraguay—An exciting outcome of this summer’s APC missions trip to Paraguay is a new school that will be opening early 2018. To make it happen, we need sponsors for students. $50/ month will provide a child with an excellent Christian education, healthy food, and clean water to take home each day. To sign up or learn more, contact APC member Joy Henrichs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent and Christmas at APC.
Join us for worship this Christmas season as we await the dawn of Christ’s coming! Our special Advent services will culminate in a special Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 17, “Let Earth Receive Her King.” This joint APC service will feature the APC choirs, Praise Team and instrumentalists in a festive proclamation of Christ’s birth.
On Christmas Eve, December 24, we will hold both morning and evening services. The morning service combines both APC campuses to worship together at 8:50am at the Russell Road Campus. The West Braddock Road Campus will host the evening service from 5-6pm. Childcare will be provided at all services.
Advent services: Sunday, December 3 and 10 (Services at our Russell Road Campus at 8:50am and West Braddock Road Campus at 11am)
“Let Earth Receive Her King” special Christmas service: Sunday, December 17 (Joint service at our Russell Road Campus at 8:50am with choirs, Praise Team and instrumentalists)
Christmas Eve services: Sunday, December 24 (Joint service at our Russell Road Campus at 8:50am and at our West Braddock Road Campus at 5pm)
Gracious Gatherings. Due to the positive response from the last round of Gracious Gatherings, we are excited to share that several ladies are hosting brunches, evening events and afternoon teas between now and December 17! Please look for the sign up in the Fellowship Hall or email erinawilliams09@ gmail.com for access to the Signup Genius. We look forward to connecting with you!
The Thursday Ladies Bible study will begin an Advent study entitled “The Songs of Advent” this Thursday, November 30. All women are invited to join us. We meet weekly from 9:45 -11:30 on the 3rd floor of the adult wing at Russell Road. Childcare is available. Please sign up at the Info Booth or email Lynn Streett at email@example.com to let us know your childcare needs and to make sure we have materials for you. Please drop by the church office and pick up a notebook if you have not already, so that we can discuss the first lesson on November 30.
Join us for an African Friends dinner at WBRC on Saturday, December 2 at 6pm. Preferably bring a favorite African dish to share. Please help spread the word and extend this invitation to others. RSVP to Bashar at Bashar.firstname.lastname@example.org. Unity not Uniformity Dinner & Discussion.
Politics and religion—two topics that polite people are supposed to avoid, right? But shouldn’t the Body of Christ be a safe place to discuss even divisive topics? We are meant to be united in Christ, yet not uniform in our opinions on every issue. If you tire of political and social debates, yet long to learn and love—even when you disagree—please join Pastor Chris Sicks for two nights of dinner and discussion at the West Braddock Campus, Sunday Dec 3 and 10, from 5-7pm. It’s a potluck, so bring an entree or side dish to share. APC will provide drinks. And, please do your advance reading: Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics, by Harper and Innes. Questions? Contact: email@example.com.
Painting Day at WBRC. The West Braddock Road campus is excited to announce a Bible class for 2-5 year olds during the service starting this January. In anticipation of this new offering, we will be having a Painting Day to brighten the children’s rooms at WBR! We invite you to sign up and help paint on Saturday, December 9 in time slots from 9:30am-1:30pm or 4:30-6:30pm. Please contact Athena Selim at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out with painting or childcare during that time. You can also sign up at the Information Table at WBR after the service.
Sonship begins January 7. The APC Sonship course combines group lectures/videos with small group interaction and meets for 12 Sunday evenings from 5-7pm. Sonship is designed to help you take some of the glorious theological truths of the gospel—truths that you may know in your head—and apply them to the nitty-gritty reality of daily life. You’ll find that as the gospel re-makes you, not only will you experience a growing Gospel view of yourself, but you will also find a greater joy and desire to share the wonderful news of God’s loving kindness with others. Sign up at the Information Booth after worship.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
Nursery Volunteers. The nursery is an important ministry to our littlest ones. Volunteers typically help out one worship service per quarter.
Contact: Sue Edwards, Office Manager; or Sarah Field, Nursery Coordinator
Coffee Ministry. The Coffee Ministry serves light refreshments each Sunday during fellowship time. We need new team members to serve on teams of four. Likely, you will only be scheduled one Sunday per quarter. Contact: Vicki Wolfe, Building Manager
Ushers: As an usher, you help the Deacons collect tithes and offerings and give a big smile to the folks in the pews as you pass the collection bags. With a few more ushers added to the team, this is a five minute task done in three months spread throughout the year. Contact: Lee Matthews
Social Committee. Community requires connection, and the Social Committee’s role is to foster that connection by dreaming up and planning fun events for the whole church. The committee typically meets 4-6 times per year to enjoy a great meal and plan events big and small. Contact: Josh Diack, Pastor of Congregational Life
Bus Drivers. APC’s bus ministry is looking for a few more drivers to attend to our seniors’ ministry and other church events. Driving the bus requires a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL). Contact: Mike McMullen, Deacon
Communion Setup Volunteers Needed. Are you interested in preparing the elements for APC’s monthly celebration of the Lord’s Table? A few more volunteers are needed to serve quarterly. All the elements are on hand, and your role would be to prepare them for service. Contact: Sue Edwards, Office Manager
Openers Ministry While APC has grown considerably, and we are in need of additional volunteers to join the team that opens the building each Sunday for worship. Contact: Tom Mood
Fellowship Hall Re-set. We are in need of volunteers who are willing to “reset” the Fellowship Hall after Sunday School, in preparation for Sunday night ministries. This typically takes 10-15 minutes each Sunday, and involves putting all chairs and tables back into the storage room. It’s quick, it’s easy, and could use your leadership. Contact: Tom Mood
Audio: The audio ministry requires a heart for ministry, a mechanical mind, and an ear for music. Volunteers run sound once a month on Sundays and possibly serve for special services. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
Photography: Photographs of APC events are desired for the newsletter, Facebook, videos, etc. and require a photographer with an artistic sense and their own equipment. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
PROTAS/Youth Volunteers. Consider joining APC’s kingdom-building youth ministry by coming alongside teenagers as a friend and discipler. Cross-generational ministry is hard work, but what teens often more remember is the person who earned their trust.Contact: Adam LeRoy, Director of Youth Ministries
Explorers and Children’s Church Volunteers. Investing in the future is what volunteering in Children’s Ministry is about. Would you consider investing in our children at Children’s Church or Explorers? A few more pairs are needed for leading Children’s Church for 45 minutes during worship. More leaders—particularly men—are needed to lead Explorer classes from 5-7pm Sundays, including game time, dinner and a lesson.Contact: Leslie Bridge, Director of Children’s Ministries
Every Sunday, 8:30am — Chapel. Praying for our Worship Service.Second Saturday of the month, 9:00am — Room #104. Praying with our Elders for our church.Fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:00pm — Chapel. Praying with our church community.Intercessory Prayer Team — Contact Pastor Tom Holliday for details.
Contributions July through April 30, 2017: $1,519,799Budget: $1,570,982Difference: $51,183 (97% of budget)