CLP eNews

December 5, 2021

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARIAS - VOLUNTEER TO HELP, READ THEIR HISTORY, AND SEE PHOTO BELOW

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Donuts & Coffee on Celebration Sunday

Join us for donuts between worship services in the breezeway as we celebrate communion with children in church this first Sunday of December. Coffee and ice water are available every Sunday morning between the 8, 9:15 and 10:45am worship services in the breezeway. Our hope is to provide an opportunity for attendees of all services to get to know one another.

Thank you, Amy Burns

Amy announced earlier this week that she feels it is time for her to step down as the Worship Leader for the casual service at CLP. Her last service leading worship at CLP will be Christmas Eve. Please be sure to thank Amy for her faithful service. She will be missed and is wished nothing but the best, including continued healing and strength. God bless you, Amy!

Angel Tree Project

The Angel Tree Project has been a tremendous success. All the Angels have been taken from the tree. But for those who didn’t get an angel, gift cards and checks are always welcome for the students who didn’t give us their wish list. All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 12. Questions? Stop by the breezeway between services.

CALENDAR AND EVENTS

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Orpheus Male Chorus Concert

Sunday, December 5

Tickets available for 7pm only

CONCERT at 3pm IS SOLD OUT

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix is offering two performances (3pm & 7pm) at The Church at Litchfield Park on Sunday, December 5. The Holidays with Orpheus concert will feature traditional and contemporary holiday songs along with our audience sing-along featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas carols. Tickets can be bought by calling 602-698-7890, online at orpheus.org/shop, or onsite before the 7pm concert if any remain.

TICKETS: ADULTS $25 | SENIORS & STUDENTS $20 | CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE

Parade Fun at Christmas in the Park

A group from our church will be walking in the Christmas in the Park Parade here in Litchfield Park on Saturday December 11. We will meet near the lake at 240 Laguna Royale. The parade gathers and starts across the street from where we meet at the Vastago Epicentro Phoenix Church, 477 Old Litchfield Rd. The parade ends near the library in Litchfield Park. We will gather at 9:30am, the parade begins at 10am. We are looking for walkers of all ages to be part of our parade sharing with the community what a wonderful church we do have! We are to wear red or green tops or Christmas attire. Signups will be in the breezeway between services or call the church if you would like to participate in this event.

Ladies' Christmas Tea

Women's Fellowship is hosting a Christmas Tea, Angels on High, on Saturday, December 11 from 2-4pm in Souers Hall. Women and girls of all ages are welcome! Tickets are $5 per household and will be available in the breezeway between all three Worship Services on Sunday, December 5. You can also sign up online. There will be plenty of sweet treats (including gluten-free and sugar-free), a mission project, live musical entertainment, and everyone will create a special take-home keepsake.

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Christmas Poinsettias

Would you like to remember a loved one, honor someone, or simply spread the spirit of Christmas with a poinsettia? We will be accepting poinsettia plants (6” pots, please, any color) in the church office during regular hours (9am-4pm) Monday-Wednesday, December 13-15. The poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary and Souers Hall December 19-26 with the honoree's names listed in the bulletin on December 19. (See the story of Poinsettias under HIGHLIGHTS below)

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Sunday, December 19, 8 and 9:15am

The Chancel Choir will present The Thrill of Hope, by Bob Krogstad, in the sanctuary during worship. This collection includes narration of the miracle of our Savior’s birth accompanied by beloved Christmas carols and original music. Join us in worship for this beautiful Christmas celebration!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Sunday, December 19, 10:45am

The Worship Band will present a Christmas concert in Souers Hall during worship. More information will be forthcoming.

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MINISTRY TEAM OPENINGS


TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

(New position)

The Church at Litchfield Park is searching for a part-time (8-12 hours/week) Technical Director to assume responsibility for CLP technology and production requirements in all worship services and events that require audio, video, lighting (AVL), streaming, and broadcasting leadership. Please email the church office for a complete job description if you are interested: info@clp.church


WORSHIP LEADER

The Church at Litchfield Park is searching for a Worship Leader. This part-time ministry position involves leading a weekly rehearsal, the 10:45am casual worship service, and occasional services throughout the year. The Worship Leader is to assume responsibility for selecting and distributing the music to those involved in leading worship and communicating necessary details to ministry leaders and staff. Please email the church office for a complete job description if you are interested: info@clp.church

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Please be sure you are recording your volunteer hours on the link provided here or on the CLP website (link found under SERVE tab, track time and talent). 2021 volunteer hours will be closed out at the end of the year! You can still record hours you have served for the whole year! Recording your volunteer hours help us to plan for our service needs when we do events and projects at church and in our community! We appreciate your willingness to do this! https://forms.gle/zYf4EUFvYL17id3Q6 Happy Holidays!

Sunday School Helpers

We need volunteers to help with Sunday School. If you can spare even just an hour a month it would be so very appreciated! The curriculum is provided to you, there is no planning involved. Aimee does this for you! We are putting together a rotation of volunteers. Our hope is to get a team of people to volunteer once a month. We need help for preschool age, and 3rd-5th graders. Sign-up using the link that follows, or email info@clp.church or awickersham@clp.church. Youth are welcome to volunteer as well! Sign Up Here

Thrift Shop open December 4 and 18

No more donations until 2022! We have just two sale days left in 2021 but will not be accepting donations until January 2022. Saturday sale dates are December 4 and 18 from 8am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer on a sale day, please sign up at: Thrift Shop Volunteer Sign-Up

Luminaria Help Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help make our Christmas Eve Services beautiful! If you would like to help prepare the luminarias that light the sidewalk, please sign up here or speak with Dolores Broski. Thank you! (See the story of the Luminarias and Christmas Eve photo below under Highlights.)

Ushers Needed

We are looking for ushers. If you’re interested in serving for any of the morning services, see Rob Gimbl, or click on the following link: Volunteer To Usher. Thanks, and we will be in touch!

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CHILDREN/YOUTH MINISTRY

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NURSERY

For newborn-3 years old each week during all worship services.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

Children will stay in service today with their families as we celebrate communion.

Nursery is provided for children ages newborn - age 3.

Sunday School for pre-K-6th grade will resume next week at 9:15am in classroom 6.

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Youth Group today 11:45-1pm.

Bring gifts for the Angel Tree kids we adopted.

Eating, hanging out, planning our Christmas party next week!

CLP YOUTH INSTAGRAM

We are live!

If you want to follow us, you can find us @CLPyouth.

Lots of informational stuff and some silly youth leader antics as well.

Give us a follow!!

COMMUNICATION UPDATE

To get updates on upcoming events or other news from Aimee about youth group:

YOUTH - text @clpyo to 81010

PARENTS - text @6kcdgh6 to 81010

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ADULT EDUCATION

HOME GROUP

Every Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am

This group is led and hosted by Judy Mercy in her home. We are currently working through If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat. This study helps us answer Christ's call to a greater faith and trust in Him by relating the story of Matthew 14 to life today. A study guide is provided, and group discussion follows a video. We begin each session with a time of fellowship and start our study at 10am. Call the church office for details or speak with Judy for directions.

KNITTERS' LIFE GROUP

Every Friday, 1-4pm

This group is led by Joan May in her home. Join us if you knit, crochet, craft, belong to the Prayer Shawl Ministry, or would like to learn any of the above. Each session begins with a Bible verse and a wonderful time of fellowship is enjoyed by all! Call the church office for details.

MEN'S LIFE GROUP

Second Tuesday of the Month, 6:30-8:30pm

Led by Greg Clement in Fireside Room North, the Men’s Life Group meets next on December 14. We will be in chapter eight of Agents of the Apocalypse by Dr. David Jeremiah, which includes DVD presentations. Join The Men’s Group Here.

WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP GROUP RESUMES

We begin anew in January: January 26 at Bella Luna; February 23 at La Loma; March 23 at Eagles Nest at Pebble Creek; April 27 TBD.
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HIGHLIGHTS

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The Story of Luminarias

Tradition has it that a luminaria (light, luminary) lit the way for Mary and Joseph in their search for lodging in Bethlehem. Other writers place the tradition back even earlier, linking it to the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, when people mark the miracle of the container of oil that was only meant to last one day but lasted eight.


However, luminarias were first mentioned by name in a December 3, 1590, journal entry by Spanish explorer Gaspar Costaño de Sosa. He wrote about the small bonfires his cohorts had lit to guide a scout back to camp while following the Pecos River Valley through what would become Texas and New Mexico.


In the 16th century Spanish people also lit bonfires along the roads to guide people to Midnight Mass on the final night of Las Posadas, a festival to reenact the story of Mary and Joseph's quest for lodging in Bethlehem. These small campfires were used as luminarias until the 18th century when Chinese lanterns were introduced to North America. The lanterns were not as convenient to use since they were fragile and costly. When paper bags were invented in 1872 and brought west on the Santa Fe trail, people discovered that they could put sand in the bottom of the bag and insert a small candle in the sand. This option was much cheaper than the lanterns and became the tradition that continues today.


Historically there are disputed differences in terminology. Small stacked bonfires of crisscrossed pinon branches which were traditionally built in three-foot squares are known in New Mexico as luminarias. There, farolitos (little lanterns) are the original name for what most people now refer to as luminarias, or candles in paper bags.


A tradition for years in the southwestern United States, the luminarias have been displayed rain or shine and are enjoyed by visitors from across the Southwest Valley - a beautiful way to celebrate the Advent season. Each year, volunteers at The Church at Litchfield Park gather on Christmas Eve to assemble luminaria bags that will line the church walkways. They will be glowing and ready to greet guests at the conclusion of the 5pm service and burn all the way through the last service. If you are interested in helping with this special ministry, please contact the church office: 623-935-3411. (See Christmas Eve photo below.)

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A House of Prayer for All People

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

8 and 9:15am in Sanctuary, 10:45am in Souers Hall


OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Thursday ~ 9am to 4pm

Closed on Fridays

The Church at Litchfield Park

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Proud history since 1938 ~ Embracing diversity ~ True community church

Mainline Christianity ~ Relational messages ~ Contemporary thought

(Photo by Ned Hannah)