Lantern Lite

For the week of December 21st

Merry Christmas!

From the staff at PCR, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Are You In On the Conspiracy?

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I've already heard from some about how their holidays have been different because of the Conspiracy. How about you? Share your stories! Also, it's not too late to join the conspiracy. Even if you haven't done anything up until now - commit to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all for the next week. Take the challenge and give a portion of what you spent on Christmas to help others. Or give the gift of a donation to an organization that helps others. Christmas is still changing the world. Be a part of how Christ is changing our lives and the world. For more information: Advent

Devotion - The Light Shines in the Darkness

Isaiah 9:2

Isaiah spoke to a people who knew the darkness well. Their lives had been shattered. They were in exile, separated from family, loved ones, community, homes, and felt as if they were separated from God. There are times in our lives when we feel separated from loved ones, from our community, and even from God. But Isaiah’s promises have been fulfilled in Jesus. This Advent let us focus on the light that shines in the darkness.

Song: Aaron Shust, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

In our lives: Have you ever walked into a dark room after being in a lit one? Do your eyes strain to see in the dark until they adjust? I am not a morning person so every morning when I wake up, I refuse to turn the lights on, but stumble around straining to see in the dark. Eventually my eyes adjust and eventually I wake up. But it takes a while! I imagine an eye doctor would tell us that the eyes do indeed take time to adjust to darkness - our pupils have to do the work of growing larger to allow more light in before we can see through the shadows. The light of Christ is the same way. We have seen the light - we just need to work to continue to see it and find our way by focusing on and following the light.

Joy Offering

Joy Gift Offering taken Sunday December 21st

A Presbyterian tradition for seventy years, the Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to provide congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need. Fifty percent of the receipts of the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports leadership development and education at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

Watering the Poinsettias

We need help watering the poinsettias after church on Sunday the 21st. There are 49 Poinsettias, and having a few extra hands will make the work light!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

Our Christmas Eve service is at 6:00p.m. on December 24th. This is a Candlelight service with Communion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Financial Contributions

All financial contributions should be turned into the office by Sunday January 4th in order to receive credit on your 2014 contribution statement.

Office Closed

The office will be closed from December 24th until January 5th. The office will open back up with regular hours on January 5th.

Prayer Concerns

Please be in prayer this week for:

Maggie Chewning, recovering from cataract surgery

Dan Morgan, recuperating from pneumonia

Tommy Wallace, having cataract surgery

Marilyn Gladue, cardiac issues

Judy Watkins, recuperating at home

Jean Rush, friend of Charlene Morgan, Stage 4 lung cancer

Tori, friend of Johanna Cleland, upon the death of her mother

Aunt Jean Ghee, at home with home health care

Papa Kidd, father of Judy Watkins, aneurism in stomach

Billy, Judy Watkins’ brother-in-law, recovering from back surgery

Penny Hill, Executive Presbyter, diagnosed with cancer

Betty Turner, Eloise’s cousin, diagnosed with breast cancer

Randall Brannon, Daphne’s friend, recovering from surgery and skin grafts

Katie, Faye’s sister, having appendix removed and also has pneumonia

Rose Marie Sapp and Joann Bryan, Daphne’s co-worker’s mother and her sister, having cancer treatment

Irma, Freeman’s sister-in-law, heart surgery scheduled for December

Jay Morgan, Dan’s nephew, cancer in right lung and kidney

Rev. Bill Weston, friend of Daphne and Mike Nash, chemo complications

Margaret Davis, friend of the Gladues, health problems

Susan Rahinsky, Mary Jo Dowling’s niece

Molly, Mary Scheaffer's cousin, multiple health issues

Roxy McNeil, Daphne Nash’s friend, pregnancy complications

Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry

Shut Ins: Tom Bennett, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Bob Wallace, Hope Woodruff

Yellow Brick House: Freeman Barber

Serving/Working Overseas: Marcus Walker

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About PCR

We are a welcoming, caring congregation, strong in fellowship and faithfully committed to worshipping God. Traditional in organization and open in worship, our mission is to share the love of God by serving our neighbors, whether we meet them around the corner or around the world.