CLP eNews

November 21, 2021

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Coffee Fellowship

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. The first Sunday of each month donuts will be served as part of Celebration Sundays.

2021 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting for the church will be on Sunday, November 21, at 11:45am in Souers Hall. We are installing new deacons, voting on bylaw changes, the 2022 budget and new officers. The meeting is open to everyone, but only church members may vote. Your attendance is important in the planning for the future of our church, and a quorum of the congregation is needed. The 2021 Annual Report was emailed to members. Copies are available in the sanctuary and church office if needed.

Annual Food Drive

The Missions Committee will sponsor our Annual Food Drive for St. Mary's Food Bank through November 24. St. Mary's goal is to relieve hunger throughout the State of Arizona, distributing food to smaller food banks, including the Agua Fria Food Bank in Avondale. One in three children in Arizona live at the poverty level. St. Mary's also funds school lunch programs and after school programs, to make sure our children are well fed. Please leave your nonperishable food items in the Sanctuary. The offering from our Thanksgiving Eve Service will be designated to St. Mary's.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

We invite you to attend the Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30pm, Wednesday, November 24, in the sanctuary. A monetary offering will be taken and given to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Hanging of the Greens

Join us on Saturday, November 27, from 9am-noon as we decorate the sanctuary, Souers Hall and campus for Advent and Christmas. This is always a great time, and we will have plenty of decorating for children to do, as well. See you (and your family) there!

Holidays with the Orpheus Male Chorus

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The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix will resume live performances this fall, taking measures to do so as safely as we can. After a year of only performing virtually, this will be a wonderful opportunity to come re-experience Orpheus and enjoy the unique sounds of the chorus. Loyal audience members will tell you, and even “first-timers” will agree, attending an Orpheus performance is not just a choral concert, it is an emotional music experience. Our singers hear from audience members, sometimes in tears of happiness, describing the energy, passion and commitment to excellence. During our holiday concerts, more than one of our patrons has remarked that our music “makes their Christmas” or helps get them into the spirit of the season. Our “Holidays with Orpheus” concert will feature traditional and contemporary holiday songs along with our audience sing-along featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas carols.

TWO PERFORMANCES

Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 and 7:00 pm

The Church at Litchfield Park - 300 N. Old Litchfield Road

Buy tickets now! Call 602-698-7890 or go online: orpheus.org

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

ANGEL TREE FOR HOMELESS YOUTH CONNECTION

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to provide a Christmas gift to a homeless youth? This holiday season The Church at Litchfield Park is supporting Homeless Youth Connection’s "Holiday for Teens" program. We will have a Christmas Tree in the breezeway between services November 21-December 12. The process is easy:

  • Select an Angel from the tree. This Angel will provide you with the first name, gender, size.
  • Leave your name and telephone number on the signup sheet.
  • Return your gifts on or before December 12. Gifts may be returned to the breezeway between Sunday services or to the church office Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm.

The teens also love to receive gift cards. Notes and holiday cards are always welcome. Questions? Stop by the table in the breezeway.

CHRISTMAS TEA FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES

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 mornings November 14 - 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.

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.

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.

Thrift Shop Open 11/20 and 12/4

The Thrift Shop is open every Friday from 8am-11am for donations. The next scheduled sale day is Saturday, December 4, 8am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer tp help on donation day or on a sale day, please sign up at: Thrift Shop Volunteer Sign-Up

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Calling all vocalists!

Weekly Chancel Choir rehearsals are being held from 6:30-8pm Wednesdays in the sanctuary. The Chancel Choir sings at the 8 and 9:15am services on Sundays through May. All are welcome; no need to sign up in advance. Please come join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord!

Ushers needed

We are looking for ushers; anyone is welcome to participate. If you're interested in serving for any of the morning services click on the link that follows or see Rob Gimbl. Thanks, and we will be in touch. Volunteer To Usher.

PARENTS OF YOUTH

We need your help! Each week we provide “lunch” to the kids during youth group. It helps to encourage fellowship and let's be honest—kids love food! Nothing fancy (no pizza, please) this could be sandwiches, hot dogs, tacos, anything would be much appreciated. Please sign up using the link that follows or on the CLP website. Thank you! Sign Up Here

Can you help in Sunday School?

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

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CHILDREN/YOUTH MINISTRY

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Just for Kids - Sunday School

Children entering Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to attend Sunday November 21, during the 9:15am worship service. Sunday school starts for all ages in classroom 6 near the nursery. Nursery is provided for children ages birth to age 3 for all services and during Annual Meeting.

NO Youth Group ON Sunday

Hope to see you in worship before Annual Meetings. Youth are invited to the Annual Meetings at 11:45am in Souers Hall.

CLP Youth on 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!!

Get Text Updates from Aimee

COMMUNICATIONS 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

This group is led and hosted by Judy Mercy in her home, each Tuesday from 9:30am-11:30am. 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. Join the group online for directions to Judy’s home, or speak with Judy for directions.

BIBLE APP LIFE GROUP

On the go? Want to connect with others but find it hard to commit to in-person groups? Then the Bible App Life Group is the place for you! Currently, 21 Days to Cultivate a Grateful Heart runs through November 27. Join the group for links to each study and for updates on future studies.

MEN'S LIFE GROUP

Led by Greg Clement, the Men’s Life Group Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm in the Fireside Room North. 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.

KNITTER'S LIFE GROUP

This group is led by Joan May in her home each Friday from 1-4pm. 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! Join the group online for directions to Joan’s home, or speak with Joan for directions.

WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP GROUP

Women’s Friendship Group will resume in January - Led by Mari Riggins, Donna Gray, and Diane Piehl at 11:30am on the fourth Wednesday of each month, destination to be decided by each hostess. We will be using the devotional “The Upper Room." Please read the Wednesday verse and reflection about that day.

PRAYER GROUP

Led by Pastor Adam, the prayer group currently meets online through Microsoft Teams each Thursday at 5:30pm. Join the group and click on the Upcoming Events date to pray with us. If you would like to begin or lead an in-person prayer team or event, contact Pastor Adam at aroe@clp.church

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HIGHLIGHTS

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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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