November 2005



I praise God that each year so many within our Church family give sacrificially of their time during the busy Holiday Season.

Need For Volunteers: We do have a need for volunteers this year. If you can help with any of these ministries either as a helper or in a leadership role, please contact Steve Heath or Brett Jones.


Thanksgiving Service: We will be celebrating Thanksgiving during the AM and PM services on Sunday, November 20. The evening service will begin at 6 pm and is a much different format that what our congregation is used to during our AM services. The Word will be preached, but time will be preserved to allow for extra special music, corporate praise and prayer, and the reading of the "leaves" of our traditional Thanksgiving Tree.


Operation Christmas Child: This ministry is taking place right now. Instructions are on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Due date: Sunday evening, November 20.


Angel Tree: Dorothy Ornee has once again volunteered to oversee Angle Tree (688-4339). Details are forthcoming.


Missionary Christmas Cards: One of the most critical roles we are to play is to encourage the morale of missionaries who are separated from their family, country, and friends on the "front lines" of spiritual battle. Pat Fisher is in charge of this important ministry. November 27 is the deadline to place your greetings in the boxes located in the foyer.


Missionary Christmas Gifts:  There will be a basket on the Holiday Table to collect funds toward Missionary Christmas gifts. It is our plan to send monetary gifts to the Kleis, James, and Smith families.


Church Decorating & Pizza -- Sunday, November 27: Harriet Heath is in charge of this ministry. We will meet at the Church at 4 pm, decorate, and then share pizza.


Lutheran Home Christmas Service -- Sunday, December 4: At 4 pm our monthly worship service will take place at the Lutheran Home. Please pray for Jay Fisher who will be preaching the Christmas message and Janette Swanson who will be leading the Children's Choir.


Evening Mid-Week Prayer Meetings: We plan to meet in Los Alamos at Marilyn Park's home on Wednesday, December 7, at 7 pm and at the Church on Wednesday, December 14, at 7 pm. I urge you to make a special effort to join us as we pray for the work of the ministry and as we seek God's blessing on our outreach activities during the Holidays. Child care is provided at both meetings.


Sunday Morning Church Prayer Meetings -- 9 am: We will continue to intercede together each Sunday morning, including Christmas morning. Our corporate intercession is the most important activity of all since other ministries are dependent upon the power with which God responds when the Church calls out to Him for His blessing.


Meals For The Needy: We would like to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners to needy families. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a Holiday Dinner, please contact the Church office (688-2012).


Christmas Caroling/Chili -- Sunday, December 11, at 4:30 pm: This year we plan to sing in a couple of Buellton neighborhoods. Afterwards, we will return to the Church for chili, dessert, and fellowship. Don't forget to bring a flashlight and a warm jacket.


Christmas Party -- Sunday, December 18, at 6 pm: We will gather at the Church for a dessert potluck and then enjoy a special Christmas program which will include special music, congregational singing, and a Christmas devotional from God's Word.


Christmas Worship Service -- Sunday, December 25, at 10 am: We will be gathering together on Christmas morning for our traditional Christmas Worship celebration. Please pray that many unbelievers will respond to our special newspaper advertising and attend our service. Pray also for God's blessing on the preaching of His Word -- that Christ will be exalted and that the gospel will lead sinners to Him in saving faith.


Christmas Newspaper Article to the Community: Dennis will be writing the Christmas letter to the community. Pray the gospel will be presented clearly and lovingly and that many will respond through His Spirit.

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Community Church of the Santa Ynez Valley
240 E. Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427