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This Sunday at CPC, December 1, 2019

Worship: Sunday, December 1, First Sunday of Advent

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room)

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Lighting of the First Advent Candle

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Scripture   Matthew 3:1-6

Sermon   A Christmas Carol – Revisited: Marley’s Gift

Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge and how he came to learn the true meaning of Christmas is our Advent sermon theme. Each Sunday we’ll focus on the gift offered by one of the spirits that visited Scrooge on the fateful Christmas Eve when his future is in the balance. You will recall that before the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future come to call, there is another ghostly visitor: Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner. In a way, Marley is a figure of John the Baptist. How? Come and see…

The Christmas Angel Tree is here. Choose an ornament (or two) make your purchase and return it with the ornament attached by December 15 for distribution before Christmas. Your gifts for needy families at La Mirada School will make Christmas happen!

Tickets for the Women’s Christmas gathering, Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m., are available after worship or on line: https://christ-pres.church/sign-up/   Sign up on on-line to host a table https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc  The Rev. Fairlight Lower, moderator of San Diego Presbytery, is our guest speaker. A CPC tradition!

This Sunday at CPC, November 24, 2019

Worship: Sunday, November 24, Thanksgiving Sunday
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)
 
Scripture   Romans 12:1-2
Sermon   Questions People Ask: How do we follow Christ in an “instant gratification” world?
We eat fast food, drink instant coffee, and possess an astonishment of entertainment in our cell phones. Yet so many things worth having take time: acquiring a skill, nurturing a friendship, raising a child. Is there a shortcut on the walk with God? Or is faith, as Eugene Peterson observed long ago, “a long obedience in the same direction?” Last in our series on questions you have asked; listen to the others on our website.
 
Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.”
 
Tickets for the Women’s Christmas gathering, Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m., are available after worship or on line: https://christ-pres.church/sign-up/   Sign up on on-line to host a table https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc  The Rev. Fairlight Lower, moderator of San Diego Presbytery, is our guest speaker. A CPC tradition!
 
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday): pack food for La Mirada School All ages take on a fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids who don’t get much food on the weekend at 10 a.m. We still need your non-perishable food donations — see the pink list in the lobby.
 
Ushers needed, especially for the 10:45 service. Serve once a month; simple but vital role in welcoming people to worship. Email amyk@cpclacosta.org or ask a pastor!
 
New singers welcome to join the choir for the Christmas season. Rehearsals are Mondays, November 18 through December 16, 7:00 p.m. plus Thursday, December 12. Details: Oleg Shikunov, mailto:olegs@cpclacosta.org
 
Thanksgiving Worship
Wednesday, November 27  San Dieguito Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 7:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Encinitas. A gathering of many faiths with one message of gratitude, expressed in word, song, and fellowship. Last year CPC hosted this unique service and all who attended thought we should encourage everyone to be part of the experience. Greg and Kathy Bostrom are telling a story during the children’s time. A pie-fest follows!

This Sunday at CPC, November 17, 2019

Worship: Sunday, November 17
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)
 
Scripture   Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 46:10a
Sermon   Questions People Ask: Is there another way to pray? Contemplative Prayer (And why do some songs repeat themselves over and over?)
There are many ways to pray, but sometimes we think the more words, the better. Those who have gone before us in the faith offer some other alternatives for connecting with the God who is, after all, beyond words…  We’ll also address why some songs we sing repeat themselves (hint: why might these two topics go together in the same sermon?).
 
Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.”
 
Sign up on on-line to host a table at the Women’s Christmas Gathering https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc  Tickets available soon for the event on Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. A CPC tradition!
 
Ushers needed, especially for the 10:45 service. Serve once a month; simple but vital role in welcoming people to worship. Email amyk@cpclacosta.org or ask a pastor!
 
Sister Faiths Film: Harmonia, TONIGHT, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. NOTE  NEW TIME!
A modern retelling of the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Fellowship afterwards with our Muslim and Jewish friends.

This Sunday at CPC, November 10, 2019

Worship: Sunday, November 10
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Matthew 27:45-54
Sermon Questions People Ask: How do I reconnect with God when I feel abandoned?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday): pack food for La Mirada School All ages take on a fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids who don’t get much food on the weekend at 10 a.m. We still need your non-perishable food donations — see the pink list in the lobby.

Fall Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for young enlisted families, through the Camp Pendleton YMCA.  Return your groceries or donation envelope this Sunday.

Sign up on on-line to host a table at the Women’s Christmas Gathering https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc  Tickets available soon for the event on Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. A CPC tradition!

Sorelle San Diego, a women’s chamber chorus, in Concert at CPC, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. A free will offering will be received that will benefit the Safe Harbor Network, the San Diego-based non-profit assisting legal asylum seekers.  It was Safe Harbor who brought the Ivanov family to CPC.

This Sunday at CPC, November 3, 2019

Worship: Sunday, November 3

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   John 14:1-3

Sermon   Questions People Ask: What about heaven? Will we know people? Is it boring?

The Bible has many images for what comes after death. The scripture in John is one of them: a house with many rooms where God has prepared a place for you. All of them are images, word-pictures, parables of a reality that is more than we can describe or imagine. Still… let’s try!

All Saints Day Communion:  We will read the names of those who have gone to be with our Lord since last Nov. 4. A Dia de los Muertos display will fill the chancel as we give thanks for those who are now at the great feast in the presence of the Lord.

Courageous Conversations: A Hands of Peace Forum, Sunday November 3, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the youth room. Courageous Conversations with Hands of Peace’s Israeli and Palestinian Regional Managers. Hear how HOP’s three managers build bridges for peace in Israel/Palestine, recruit the next generation of inspiring youth leaders and support HOP alumni. Refreshments, a short program, and Q&A..

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

Fall Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for young enlisted families, through the Camp Pendleton YMCA.  Return your groceries or donation envelope on November 3.

Sign up on the patio this Sunday to host a table at the Women’s Christmas Gathering (or online at: https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc). Tickets available soon for the event on Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. A CPC tradition!

This Sunday at CPC, October 27, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 27

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Psalm 139 (selected verses)

Sermon   Questions People Ask: How do we face death graciously?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

Fall Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for young enlisted families, through the Camp Pendleton YMCA.  Pick up a bag/shopping list or donation envelope on October 27 for return on November 3.

Sign up on the patio to host a table at the Women’s Christmas Gathering October 27, November 3, or online at: https://tinyurl.com/y5vss2rc Tickets available soon for the Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. event. A CPC tradition!

This Sunday (and every 2nd & 4th Sunday): pack food for La Mirada School All ages take on a fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids who don’t get much food on the weekend at 10 a.m. We still need your non-perishable food donations — see the pink list in the lobby.

This Sunday at CPC, October 20, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 20

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship: Hymn Sing (first verses of your favorite hymns)

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Jeremiah 9:23-24

Sermon   How do I talk about faith with good, smart people who don’t believe?

We all know people – good people – who do not believe in God. Sometimes their lack of belief stems from intellectual doubt, at other times from what they perceive as the hypocrisy of believers (a hot button issue for Jesus as well). How do we converse with such folks – friends, family, acquaintances – in a way that might open a door? 

October 20 is Jubilee Sunday:  CPC is a Jubilee USA congregation, a gathering of 650 religious communities and 75 institutions addressing structural causes of poverty particularly in the developing world. Areas of focus include debt, financial transparency and corruption, consumer protection, and trade. Jubilee was one of two non-profits to address the United Nations on financing development in September. We will pray for the work of Jubilee during worship; Betsy Barnhart will be in the lobby after worship with details. 

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

An Inquirer’s Class for those interested in becoming members or learning about what Presbyterians believe will be held Sunday, October 20, 10:15 – noon in the youth room. A light breakfast and child care provided. RSVP helpful but not required at mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org

This Sunday at CPC, October 13, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 13

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship: Hymn Sing (first verses of your favorite hymns)

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Matthew 25:31-32, 46; John 12:32; Romans 5:18-21

Sermon   Questions People Ask: Would a loving God condemn anyone to hell?

When someone asks this question, occasionally they’re looking for interesting conversation, but more often there’s a deeper question: what about my friend or my uncle who died without any faith I could detect? We’ll find that on this issue, as with many, the Bible is multi-vocal, to use Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann’s phrase, and we may be surprised by what we find there.

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

The Peacemaking Offering will be shared between Presbyterian efforts in the US and around the world and the efforts against human trafficking of San Diego Youth Services, providing help and healing for at-risk youth and survivors up to age 24. Services include a drop-in center, mental health clinic, and the county’s only overnight emergency shelter for minors as well as transitional housing. Use the peacemaking envelope or give online (CPC website: “Give,” scroll to “Give Now”).

Care Packages for College Students are sent by our Deacons every fall so they know their church family cares for them.  Send your student’s address & e-mail to mailto:amyk@cpclacosta.org by Sunday Oct 20. Stop by the lobby display to choose items for return on Oct. 20; donations needed too

This Sunday and every second and fourth Sunday: pack food for La Mirada School All ages take on a fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids who don’t get much food on the weekend at 10 a.m. We still need your non-perishable food donations on the second Sunday—see the pink list in the lobby.

Come to CPC’s Enchanted Block Party this Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.!This is our vital outreach to our neighbors, and a great opportunity to introduce them to our church. Come hang out, greet people, and enjoy the fun! Mary Poppins will sing songs, and meet the characters of Toy Story, the Little Mermaid, Captain Marvel, Coco, Superman. pirates and circus performers (face painters! balloon artists!). It’s not a haunted house – it’s an Enchanted Block Party! Food truck, DJ, bounce house, lawn games (cornhole!) and much more! Invite your friends! 

This Sunday at CPC, October 6, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 6  World Communion Sunday

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

World Communion Sunday  We welcome our children to the Lord’s Table. Breads from around the world remind us that we share this feast with people of faith of every language, in every place, on every continent.

Scripture   Colossians 1:15-20

Sermon   Questions People Ask: Are we to seek God’s universal truth, or just our own version?

In what is often called a “post-modern” world, is there such a thing as “universal truth?” We of the Christian faith look to an eastern Mediterranean peasant as our leader, not to mention our Savior. How can a faith that arose in such a specific, particular location following a specific, particular person possibly reveal a truth that is for everyone?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

The Peacemaking Offering will be shared between Presbyterian efforts in the US and around the world and the efforts against human trafficking of San Diego Youth Services, providing help and healing for at-risk youth and survivors up to age 24. Services include a drop-in center, mental health clinic, and the county’s only overnight emergency shelter for minors as well as transitional housing. Use the peacemaking envelope or give online (CPC website: “Give,” scroll to “Give Now”).

Care Packages for College Students are sent by our Deacons every fall so they know their church family cares for them.  Send your student’s address & e-mail to mailto:amyk@cpclacosta.org by Sunday Oct 20. Stop by the lobby display to choose items for return on Oct. 20; donations needed too

Blessing of the Animals in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, noon. Bring your pets to this brief, outdoor service, and invite your friends, too!

This Sunday at CPC, September 29, 2019

Worship Sunday, September 29

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Romans 8:35, 37-39, 15:13

Sermon   Questions People Ask: How do we trust God in the face of suffering?

When times are tough for ourselves or those we love, how can we continue to trust in a loving God? For some, God seems absent in the tough times, but for others, God seems most near. What makes the difference?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room next to the sanctuary. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” Share your perspectives about the questions. 

Pack Food for La Mirada School: all ages are invited to a new, fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids at La Mirada School who don’t get much food on the weekend. We’ll pack 120 bags on Sunday September 29 at 10 a.m. Come to the old choir room next to the kitchen; it’s easy! Time expected: 25 minutes. We still need your non-perishable food donations! Pick up a list of what’s needed in the lobby.  

Homeless Veterans Initiative: Bring your supplies for “move-in packs” for homeless vets receiving housing. Choose items to purchase from the lobby display, or donate funds (memo: Vets or online at our website/Give/Give Now). In two years CPC and four Presbyterian Churches in North County combined with Interfaith Community Services to house 122 veterans, 7 spouses, and 17 children!  CPC alone has donated over $7000 and 60 “Make-It-A-Home” packs. Furniture in good condition is needed anytime; call Interfaith (760) 215-9637 to schedule home pickup.   

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be on the ground in the Bahamas and other places devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Make your check out to CPC with the memo “Dorian,” or go online to our website, click “Give,” scroll down to “Give Now” and choose Mission: Hurricane Dorian.