ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM NASHUA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
HAPPY ADVENT! Today is the first day in Advent - the time of year when we anticipate and prepare ourselves to remember and celebrate again the coming of God into our lives: Emmanuel!!
ADVENT DEVOTIONS are out for you to take home!!
NEED A BIBLE?? Gift Bibles are out and available for you to take home or give to a friend. A gift from your Church Family!
ADVENT POTLUCK & EVENT Let’s Celebrate!! Next Sunday (Dec. 8th), after worship we will celebrate Advent with a Potluck meal (bring your favorite Christmas food!) and an hour of creating symbols to help us remember our Lord’s birth! Sign up today!!
ADVENT SOUP SUPPER & STUDY You’re invited to join us for a soup & bread supper on the three Wednesdays during Advent beginning this week, December 4th at 6:45 PM. Please do not arrive before 6:30 – Yoga is here. After supper (7:15-8:15 PM) we will be looking more deeply at the Praise Passages for Advent.
TRAINING FOR OUR ELDERS & DEACONS Next week Saturday (the 14th) from 9-11, our Elders & Deacons will be meeting at the church to get more training on what it means to lead the church in mission & ministry. They will also be looking ahead to set our priorities for 2020. Please hold us in prayer as we meet. Thanks!
THANK YOU for all the wonderful gifts which you collected for our Angel Tree. You made the lives of some of our neighbors so much brighter for Christmas this year!!
PRESBYTERY MEETS ON SATURDAY in nearby Lowell at Eliot Presbyterian Church 9:30 AM – 3 PM. These are open meetings and you are welcome to attend whenever you are available. We will be welcoming Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly She will be delivering the sermon during worship at the beginning of the meeting, which will include communion.
Pastor Sally’s Office Hours this week are Tuesday 11:30 – 1:30 or by appointment. Rev. Sally’s days off this week are Thursday & Friday Announcements for the bulletin must be emailed to the church by noon on Wednesday.
CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNION SERVICE On December 24th at 7 PM we will gather for our annual service of Lessons and Carols as we celebrate the sacrament of Communion while we rejoice in the coming of God’s salvation in Emmanuel, God-With-Us.
CHAIR YOGA Chair Yoga class at the church will continue! It will meet every Tuesday at 10 AM and cost $8 each time you come. It’s a Drop-in class so come when you can!
SMALL GROUP meets on Monday’s at 7 PM You’re welcome to join them!
SECURITY Please note that in addition to changing the key to the church to a new non-duplicateable one, we have had ADT install a motion detection alarm system. If you need to get into the church after usual hours, please call Sally or Doug to make sure the system is not alarmed.
DISASTER RESPONSE This year, instead of taking a special offering after a disaster, our Missions Working Group chose to send a general gift to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as well money directly from our Mission Budget to be used by PCA for: Hurricane Recovery in Haiti and Puerto Rico, as well as for Relief after Hurricane Dorian. Your support of the Mission Budget makes a difference both here in Nashua and around the world.
HOUSING FACTS FOR NASHUA The NH rental vacancy rate is less than 1%... though in the Northeast it is 5% ( the rate needed for a “balanced market”.) Rents in Hillsborough county for two-bedroom apartments have gone up 26% in the past five years. A family needs $58.2k/year to afford Hillsborough county’s median rent of $1,456/month… but only 12% of available units are affordable for the 50% of households below the county’s median income of $44.7k. To say that another way: 50% of the households in Hillsborough county are competing for 12% of available rental housing. * All data from NH Housing Finance Authority’s 2019 Residential Rental Cost Survey *
YOUTH GROUP will meet this fall on November 10; and December 8 – always at 3-5 PM Please speak to Rev. Sally if you know of a teen (grades 7-12) who would like to join us.
If you wish to support the disaster responses of the PCUSA’s PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), which is our ministry to those around the world whose lives have been torn apart by disasters, you can do so online at: pda.pcusa.org PDA has already begun its response to those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
REGULAR EVENTS AT NPC 8:45 AM Sunday morning Bible Study Choir Rehearsal 11:30 on Sunday Small Group meets Monday evening at 7 PW Circle – noon on the second Friday Men’s Breakfast 8 AM at Denny’s on the second Saturday Book Group at 11:30 AM on the fourth Tuesday Youth Group once a month Check the calendar page to see exactly when activities are being held. Speak to Pastor Sally if you would like to know more about any of these activities.