Week of 12/19: Christmas Eve & Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving
Every year at Christmas, Servant Church likes to give a gift for Jesus’s Birthday.  This year we’ll be donating to three organizations: Teen Reach Adventure Camp (local), Dieke Community (Africa), and Highland Support Project (Guatemala).  Each of these organizations provides the ability for people in poverty to take advantage of opportunities that will encourage, equip, and support.  Find out more from our flier and video that we shared on Sunday during worship.

We raised over $1500 at ‘Carols at the Cafe’ on Sunday night!

Save the Dates for the Holidays

Abby helped create a video to orient our Advent Journey.  The journey of preparation for Jesus’ coming concludes with our Christmas Eve service this Sat night at 5:30 (see details below).

  • Christmas Eve Worship gathering: December 24th 5:30-6:30pm (more info below)
  • No Sunday worship service on Christmas Day (December 25th)

Christmas Eve Worship: Sat. 12/24, 5:30-6:30pm

Instead of worship on Christmas Day, we’ll have a Christmas Eve service that will be a very Servant Church/Best Christmas Pageant Ever evening with a traditional worship service including lessons and Christmas carols. RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends; we hope to see you there!

“Servant Church Aspires” Update
What are we grateful for, in our corporate and individual lives?  What are we dreaming with God of becoming as a church?  And how can we give our gifts to help us move toward those dreams and aspirations?  We’re collecting 2017 ‘estimates of giving’ for the rest of 2016.  You may fill out the Servant Church Aspires form both at Servant Church or from your home at www.servantchurch.org/give.

We aspire that 100% of those committed to Servant Church prayerfully consider to give something financially (we happily received an estimate of $1/week).  We also aspire to support you in all of the non-financial ways you serve with your time, talents, and ideas. Talk to Dusty Harshman at langhugh@gmail.com if you have any further questions about the Servant Church Aspires series or church finances.

Servant Church is Hiring!

Servant Church is hiring! We are looking to fill two part-time positions, a Communications Coordinator and a Financial Administrator. Please submit a cover letter and resume for either (or both!) positions to ApplyServantChurch@gmail.com. Check out the preliminary job descriptions for each: Communications / Financial.

Spread the word, and contact Elysia Van Deusen at eelisseeuh@gmail.com with any questions. Thanks!

Evensong with Holy Communion: Returning Sun. 1/8, 5:30-6ish
Our contemplative Sunday evening worship will return in the New Year. We’ll share a simple liturgy, a few songs and readings, times of silence, and communion. By joining together to quiet ourselves, we hope to connect with God, recalibrate our spirits, and prepare for the week ahead.

There won’t be childcare, but there will be art materials. If your kids are noisy, that’s ok – Evensong will be rough around the edges anyway! Older children are encouraged to join in. If any of them would like to lead a prayer or reading, we’d be honored to hear from them. Contact Ben Wright if you have questions.

Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 1/14; 5:30-9pm
We’ll have childcare workers available on January 14th. Drop off your children at the church and have a beautiful evening to yourselves. Feel free to invite friends not connected to Servant Church to enjoy a night of babysitting with you.

There’s a suggested donation of $25 for the first child and $10 for all other children, up to $40 per family. Sign up online by Wednesday, January 11th to reserve your spot.

Save the Date – Welcome to Servant Church Lunch: Sun. 1/22
New to Servant Church? Please join us for lunch on Sunday January 22nd after our worship gathering. This will be an opportunity to meet the pastors, to hear Servant Church’s story, and to share your own. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP by 1/18. Questions? Email Valerie.

New East + South Life Groups

We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups:

East: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm – at the Vogt’s – down the street from the church space. Email Valerie for more info and RSVP on the Facebook event.

South: Every Monday, 6-8pm, meeting at The Thicket at 7800 S. 1st St. (they’ll rotate houses when there’s bad weather). The group will be reading Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road By Walking. Email Catherine Harper for more info.

Save the Date! Rethink Leadership: Feb. 4, 2017 
Mark your calendar for the annual “Rethink Leadership” training event that offers workshops and resources for Capital District laity and clergy. Workshops will offer resources connected to JFON immigration clinic, FreeStore, youth ministry, social media in ministry, as well as personnel, facilities and finance teams.  Talk to Eric for more info.