CLP eNews

January 9, 2022

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SUNDAY SERVICES & COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

Coffee and ice water will be served this 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.

THRIFT SHOP OPEN SATURDAYS IN JANUARY

The Church at Litchfield Park Thrift Shop will be open from 8am - 12pm every Saturday during January in the Watt House, located at the northwest corner of the church campus. Donations are welcome on the Fridays prior to sale day, from 8 - 11am. Volunteers are appreciated anytime! Please sign-up to help.

NEW ONLINE GIVING PLATFORMS

The Church at Litchfield Park has transitioned to a new Online Giving platform called Breeze. When Vanco announced changes to its own platform, we decided to look for a more integrated database and giving approach. We believe you will find Breeze intuitive and informative. Below is where and how to give through Breeze:


Church Website - The website Give page is: https://www.churchatlitchfieldpark.org/give.html. Instructions and links will be updated on January 1.


Online Breeze Form - https://clp.breezechms.com/give/online. Step-by-step instructions are provided. This option also gives you the ability to create a member account through Breeze. More to follow on the benefits of that opportunity.


Text to Give - The text to give number is 623-321-2393. Simply text that number with the amount you want to give with a dollar sign in front of the number. For example, $25.


Breeze App - Click on your phone’s platform at this link: https://app.breezechms.com/app. When you open the app, it will ask you for a subdomain, which is: clp.breezechms.com. In addition to giving, you can update family information, see your giving reports, and check pledge progress on the app. Breeze automatically recognizes you by connecting your phone and/or email to your church database account.


If you have any questions, or issues, please call the front office or email info@clp.church. We will make sure to get you the help you need to make the transition seamless.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER & ACTIVITIES

Join us on Wednesday evenings, beginning January 12, for dinner and activities! We kick off each week at 4:15 pm with handbell practice. There’s a catered dinner at 5:30pm. Nursery, Go Kids, Adult Bible Study, and Choir Rehearsal begin at 6:15pm. We also have a Parents of Children and Youth Life Group at 6:15pm on the first Wednesday of the month. All are welcome! Just make sure to register for dinner by noon on Monday before the meal.

CHILI COOKOFF - FRIDAY, JANUARY 28


Think you can make the best chili this side of the Rio Grande? Bring it hot and ready to serve on Friday, January 28, for the Second Annual CLP Chili Cookoff! All varieties are welcome: meatless, spicy, white, and even submissions with super-secret ingredients. The Fellowship Team will also have full pots of chili to make sure everyone enjoys plenty. Contestants should arrive by 5pm. The event begins at 6pm in Souers Hall. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a contestant to enjoy all the chili flavors! Sign up online or in Souers Hall between worship services. See you there!

MINISTRY TEAM OPENING

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 or visit the Indeed link: https://www.indeed.com/q-Worship-Leader-jobs.html?vjk=33eb7d6c1c86b39c.


INTERIM WORSHIP LEADER

Jim Pond has graciously agreed to serve as the Interim Worship Leader for the 10:45am service, beginning January 9. He will lead worship through February, and we are both blessed and grateful. Please extend both a warm welcome and a word of appreciation when you see him!

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STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Happy New Year, everyone! As we close out 2021 and start off 2022, our Stewardship Pledge Campaign has received 148 pledges totaling $401,750. That is 83% of our 2022 budget pledge goal of $480,000. Thanks to all who have been able to pledge so far; we so much appreciate your generosity! Anyone wishing to pledge can contact the church office for a pledge card. We look forward to a successful 2022 Pledge Campaign. As you know, stewardship is comprised of time, talent, and treasure. In future stewardship updates, we will be highlighting the various ministries that CLP is involved with and that provide many opportunities for our church family to share their various gifts and talents with others. Stay tuned!

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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 Here

Ushers aLWAYS 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'S MINISTRIES

Children entering pre-K through 5th grade are invited Sunday School

January 9 during the 9:15am worship service.

Sunday School starts for all ages in classroom 6 near the nursery.

Nursery is provided for newborns-3 years old each Sunday during all worship services.

YOUTH MINISTRIES

No Youth on January 9!


Ice Skating - January 15

Meeting up at 10:45am at Westgate. Cost is $20 for skating and lunch at Johnny Rockets.

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 about youth group:

YOUTH - text @clpyo to 81010

PARENTS - text @6kcdgh6 to 81010

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CALVIN UNIVERSITY SERIES STARTS JANUARY 10

Join us each weekday at 10:30am in Souers Hall for the Calvin University January Series. The lineup for the week of January 10-14 follows. If you can't join us in person, you can watch digitally on demand each day until midnight PST on your own device. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear fabulous lectures and experience a piece of Calvin University right here in Litchfield Park!


Monday, January 10 - Angela Williams Gorrell

The Gravity of Joy

In her book The Gravity of Joy, author and professor Angela Gorrell pulls from her own search for authentic Christian joy as she reflects on our collective need for a counteragent to despair. In her talk she will articulate a vision for communities that yearn for joy in response to tragedy and work together to find it.


Tuesday, January 11 - L. Gregory Jones

Trusting Institutions: Rediscovering the Power of Christianity’s Surprise

Known for his books on forgiveness, Christian leadership, and social innovation, L. Gregory Jones is passionate about reshaping cultures within and across organizations. He will be discussing the significance of institutions in the spread of Christianity and why trust is so important in renewing them (and developing new versions of them) today.


*Wednesday, January 12 – Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

Keeping it Nuanced: How to Have Grace-Filled Political Conversations

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers are popular podcasters and authors who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum but have proven that people from opposing political perspectives truly can have calm, grace-filled conversations about politics.


Thursday, January 13 – Reuben Miller

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Like he does in his book Halfway Home, Reuben Miller will help us explore the American justice system with a critical lens as he shows how parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised and leaves men, women, and communities fighting a system designed for them to fail. He unpacks laws, rules, and regulations that extract a tangible cost not only from those working to rebuild their lives, but also our democracy.


Friday, January 14 – Rick Steves

Why Travel Makes Us Better Global Citizens

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, best-selling guidebook author, and outspoken activist who encourages people to broaden their perspectives through travel. For over 40 years he has been traveling, researching, and teaching and will share his experiences as he talks about being better global citizens.


*Available for the Adult Bible Study at 6:15pm after dinner on Wednesday, January 12.

NEW! COME AND DINE: THE FEASTS OF THE LORD

Every Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am

Join us as we begin a new study January 11, Come and Dine: The Feasts of the Lord. Feasts discussed include Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, and others. We will focus on the purpose of each feast (for Israel), the prophetic picture (how Jesus was seen), and the practical application in our lives. This book and video study, written by Jill Rhodes, will be facilitated by Judy Mercy in her home. The address is provided after signup. The group begins with a half hour of fellowship, and the study starts at 10am. We will begin with an introduction of the study on Tuesday, January 11, and begin the first lesson on January 18. Signup online, call Judy or the church office.

NEW! 24 HOURS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

TUESDAYS AT 10:30AM - WEDNESDAYS AT 6:15PM

Join Rob Gimbl from February 8 through April 6 for this 7-week study focused on the events that occurred during the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life. We will look at geographical and historical settings of events. We will also watch a video in and around Jerusalem that retraces the steps of Jesus in the Holy Land, bringing the last 24 hours that changed the world. signup online.

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WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP LIFE GROUP

Fourth Wednesday of each month, 11:30am-1:30pm

We resume Women’s Friendship Life Group on Wednesday, January 26, at Bella Luna in the Safeway Shopping Center at Litchfield Road and Indian School at 11:30am. We will order from the menu, and Jane Holdcroft will host. Come prepared to discuss the Upper Room devotional for January 26. We also meet on February 23 at La Loma, March 23 at Eagle’s Nest in Pebble Creek, and April 27 at a location to be determined. signup online or contact the church office for more details!

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 or signup online.

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 January 11. We will be in chapter nine of Agents of the Apocalypse by Dr. David Jeremiah, which includes DVD presentations. Call the Church office or signup online.

Sunday's scripture reading is John 2:1-11

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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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Mainline Christianity ~ Relational messages ~ Contemporary thought

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