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IT'S SHOEBOX FILLING TIME!
It's time to fill a Christmas shoebox for a needy child through Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program of Samaritan's Purse. Last year our congregation, along with individuals at Gloria Dei Manor, filled 120 shoeboxes. The Deacons' goal for this year year is to send 200 shoeboxes from HVPC! Please consider how you and your family can help us to achieve this goal.
Here's how the project will run at HVPC:
- Sunday, November 11: Last Day To Get A Box! -- Pick up an empty box from the lobby of church. Fill it according to the guidelines in the enclosed information brochure, tuck in a $9 check for shipping (optional but suggested) and return the filled box to church.
- Sunday, November 18 -- This is the final day to return your filled boxes
- Monday, November 19 -- The boxes will be delivered to the local collection site.
Here's what happens once the boxes leave HVPC:
Once boxes arrive at the collection site, volunteers inspect and prepare the shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes while volunteers pray for the children who will receive the boxes.
Long before the shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients.
For more information talk to any Deacon or contact Deb Jack (215-947-8028; email@example.com).
THANKSGIVING SERVICE & SIMPLE MEAL
Please join us Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. for a meal, and then at 7:00 p.m. for a casual service giving thanks to our great God. We will be sharing a simple soup, salad, and bread dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Boyer. This is free and open to all. From 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. we will sing, worship, read scripture, and share stories of how God has been working in, through, and around us. For more information contact the Church Office (office@HVPC.org; 215-947-5500).
MISSIONS REPORT: B4U Run/Walk for Urban Promise Update
October 13th threatened rain like so many weekends this fall. But God blessed the intrepid walkers and runners with generally dry and pleasantly brisk weather. The 5th annual B4U Run/Walk for Urban Promise 5K run and 2 mile walk went off without a hitch.
Approximately 40 walkers and runners left the church parking lot at 8:10 a.m. and made their way down Welsh Road to the Pennypack trail entrance and along the beautiful trail where they were cheered on by nine Abington High School volunteers who marked turn around points and insured everyone safely completed. Thanks also to the Lower Moreland Police Department who stopped traffic on Welsh to get our gang across in one piece!
First place finisher was Ian Pavkov who received a gift certificate donated by Be Well Café, Rosie Morrison finished 2nd, and Anna Fluder 3rd. The inaugural Kids Fun Run, organized by Tammy Herwig, was enjoyed by a dozen future 5K runners! Thanks so much to the pancake breakfast crew, led by Deb Jack. And it is true that Bob Herwig flips a mean pancake -- there were no leftovers!
Over $1700.00 was raised to support the work of Urban Promise, thank you to all who walked, ran, bought a T-shirt, volunteered or prayed -- it was a day of being blessed and blessing others!
CURRENT SERMON SERIES
Beginning Sunday, January 7, we will be looking at Romans for the entire year. You can always catch up on the latest sermons online by clicking here.
"The Book of Romans is primarily a work of doctrine and can be divided into four sections: righteousness needed, 1:18–3:20; righteousness provided, 3:21–8:39; righteousness vindicated, 9:1–11:36; righteousness practiced, 12:1–15:13. The main theme of this letter is obvious of course—righteousness. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Paul first condemns all men of their sinfulness. He expresses his desire to preach the truth of God’s Word to those in Rome. It was his hope to have assurance they were staying on the right path. He strongly points out that he is not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), because it is the power by which everyone is saved."
"The Book of Romans tells us about God, who He is and what He has done. It tells us of Jesus Christ, what His death accomplished. It tells us about ourselves, what we were like without Christ and who we are after trusting in Christ. Paul points out that God did not demand men have their lives straightened out before coming to Christ. While we were still sinners Christ died on a cross for our sins."
-- Source: GotQuestions.org
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
This fall the adult Sunday school class is exploring Christian Disciplines. Join us!
- 11/11 - Worship
- 11/18 - Gratitude and Celebration
- 11/25 - Fellowship
- 12/2 - Evangelism
- 12/9 - Prayer
- 12/16 - Stewardship
- 12/23 - No Class
- 12/30 - The Spiritual Disciplines (Summary)
SMALL GROUPS ALWAYS OPEN
HVPC small groups are happening! Not in a group? It's never too late to join! To view a list of active groups, go online to www.HVPC.org/small-groups. For more information contact Karen Nyirjesy (firstname.lastname@example.org; 215-886-7824). A list of the groups with contact and meeting information is located at the back of the sanctuary.
Sunday Bulletin Deadline. Need to get something in the bulletin? All information for each bulletin must be received by noon the Wednesday prior. Email submissions to news@HVPC.org. No email? Then type or write your information legibly and give it to Dana Fluder or Stephen Clark.
HVPC News Email Newsletter Deadline. HVPC News emails are sent on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. If you have items to be included, please email them to news@HVPC.org by the Wednesday prior to the issue date. If you have any questions, contact Stephen R. Clark (communications@HVPC.org, 216-333-3172). No email? Then type or write your information legibly and give it to Dana Fluder or Stephen Clark.
If you have a request you would like added to the prayer list, please call the church office at (215) 947-5500.
PAYPAL ONLINE GIVING
When giving money to HVPC using the online PayPal service, please note that PayPal deducts a 3.2% per transaction fee. As a result, your year-end giving statement will reflect the reduced amount rather than the face value of the amount given. If you wish to give online and avoid using PayPal, please check with your bank. Most provide free online payment services, both one-time and recurring.
GIVE AS YOU SHOP!
Do you already use Amazon.com? Great! By taking a couple of simple steps, you can ensure that 0.5% of every purchase goes to Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church.
Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and login to your account as you would normally.
Search for and select “Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church” as your preferred charity.
Shop! It’s that easy.
You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see the Amazon Smile info in your browser’s tab, and see the message “Supporting Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church” under the Amazon search window.
Going forward, all you need to do is always start your shopping at www.smile.amazon.com.
Still have questions? Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com/about for complete details.
And, yes, there are apps for your phone and other devices. Complete information on these apps and more can be found at www.smile.amazon.com/about.