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9124 Sappington Rd
St Louis, MO, 63126
United States

314-842-9329

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Mid-Week Announcements

Check here for mid-week updates regarding events and announcements related to our church.

December 13-17, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 17 - Morning Worship - 9:30 am
                          - Third Sunday in Advent
                          - Sunday School for all ages - 11:10 am

                          - Christmas Lessons & Carols Service - 6 PM
Sunday, Dec. 24 - Morning Worship - 9:30 am
                           - Fourth Sunday in Advent
                           - Sunday School for all ages - 11:10 am

                           - Christmas Eve Service - 7 PM
Sunday, Dec. 31 - Morning Worship - 9:30 am
                           - Sunday School for all ages - 11:10 am

                           - New Years Eve Prayer Service - 6 PM
You can also find the “official” calendar on the Providence Church web site.

Christmas Lessons and Carols Service FINAL UPDATE — I will be sending a separate email with the details for the Lessons and Carol’s Service this Sunday evening.  Or you can access it here.

Christmas Gifts for Missionary Children — Every year we take up a special offering on the night of our Lessons & Carols Service. All the gifts go to the parents of the missionaries we support so that they can buy their children a special Christmas gift from Providence.  Last year we gave enough to give 18 children $53 each. This year we have 19 children to provide for. Please consider a generous gift on the night of our Lessons & Carols Service or just designate a gift for “Missionary Children.”

Christmas Eve Service — We will have our annual Christmas Eve candle light service on Sunday, December 24th at 7 PM.

The Maney’s are Moving — Drew has accepted a call to be the Assistant Pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana. They are leaving on the 18th and welcome any help loading the moving truck on Saturday, the 16th, starting at 9:00. They also welcome any additional help that week (11th-15th) in packing. Please let Drew or Ashley know if you can help. Drew's phone number is 850-499-7680, and Ashley's is 850-499-7807.

Officer Nominations — During the month of November and December, the session will be receiving nominations for elders and deacons. The forms for making a nomination are on the table in the foyer at church. There are no deacons concluding their 3-year terms.  There are two elders that are up for nomination for new 3-year terms: Tom Hanley and John Moore.

End of Year Tax Reminder —  For a contribution to Providence to be considered a gift in 2017, it must be received or postmarked on or before Sunday, Dec 31, 2017.  Any contribution received or postmarked after 12/31/17 will be considered a gift in 2018.

Advent Season Readings — I have a pamphlet this year for family Scripture readings and devotions, if you are interested.  There will be a printed copy on the table this Sunday. But you can also download it here.

Contact Numbers — You can reach the church secretary, Jennifer Vermeer, via email (vermeerjenniferl@gmail.com) or her phone (208-899-9123).  Make sure you get your announcements to her by Wednesday evening each week to ensure they get into the Sunday bulletin.  You can reach Pastor Meyers at jeffmeyers@me.com or his phone (314-374-5258). 

Facebook & Website — Check out our Facebook page for links to interesting articles and other information.  Our church website is providencestlouis.com.  You can find sermon files and the directory there in the “members only” section.  If you’d like the password to that section, please contact Pastor Meyers (and you don’t need to be a member to get the password, just a regular attender).

Please Remember to Close the Doors — Recently, there have been a number of instances at church where entrance/exit doors have been left open after everyone has left.  When this happens we are putting people and the building at risk.  Whether you are locking up or leaving the church after the doors have been locked, please be sure the door you are locking or exiting is shut completely.  Thanks for your attention to this matter.  –The Deacons

The Week’s Scripture Passage — John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

– Pastor Jeff Meyers

December 6-10, 2017

Randy Stone

Providence Event Calendar
Wednesday, Dec. 6 - Choir Practice - 7 PM
Thursday, Dec. 7 - Rooted Meeting at Church - 7 PM
Sunday, Dec. 10
- Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                           - Second Sunday in Advent

                           - Evening Service - 6 PM
Sunday, Dec. 17 - Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                          - Christmas Lessons & Carols Service - 6 PM

Sunday, Dec. 24 -Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                           - Christmas Eve Service - 7 PM

Sunday, Dec. 31 -Morning Worship - 9:30 AM
                          - New Years Eve Prayer Service - 6 PM

You can also find the “official” calendar on the Providence Church web site.

The Maney’s are Moving — Drew has accepted a call to be the Assistant Pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana. They are leaving on the 18th and welcome any help loading the moving truck on Saturday, the 16th, starting at 9:00. They also welcome any additional help that week (11th-15th) in packing. Please let Drew or Ashley know if you can help. Drew's phone number is 850-499-7680, and Ashley's is 850-499-7807. Thank you very much! Although they are excited to go, they are also sad to leave the dear members of Providence.

Officer Nominations — During the month of November and December, the session will be receiving nominations for elders and deacons. The forms for making a nomination are on the table in the foyer at church. There are no deacons concluding their 3-year terms.  There are two elders that are up for nomination for new 3-year terms: Tom Hanley and John Moore.

End of Year Tax Reminder —  For a contribution to Providence to be considered a gift in 2017, it must be received or postmarked on or before Sunday, Dec 31, 2017.  Any contribution received or postmarked after 12/31/17 will be considered a gift in 2018.

Advent Season Readings — I have a pamphlet this year for family Scripture readings and devotions, if you are interested.  There will be a printed copy on the table this Sunday. But you can also download it here.

The Women's Book Discussion Group — will take a break in December and will meet again on January 8, at 7:00 pm to play Bunco to give us more time to read our next book.  The next book discussion will be on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 pm.  We are reading the book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone.  You can get the book from Amazon for $19.  Both January and February meetings will be held at the home of Maggie Montgomery, 741 Hawbrook in Glendale.  All women are invited to join us for Bunco and for the book group.

Pastor Meyers Out of Town — Pastor Meyers will leave immediately after the morning service today to catch a flight to Birmingham, AL, where he will be teaching a class on Jeremiah early this week at the Theopolis Institute.  He will be home on Wednesday.

Christmas in Crestwood — There are a lot of interesting events in Crestwood during the Christmas season.  Our own Mary Berkholz is a key member of the Christmas in Crestwood committee that plans, organizes, and oversees these activities.  If you want to know more, please go to the Christmas in Crestwood Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Christmas Lessons and Carols Service UPDATED — Sunday evening, Dec. 17 at 6:00 P.M., with the Young Musicians' Prelude beginning at 5:45.  This glorious service features Scripture readings, carols and hymns, choir anthems, and an extended prelude by our children and youth.  It's a great opportunity to invite extended family, friends, and neighbors to hear the Christmas story read and sung.  The service is followed by a reception with refreshments.  Some important notes: 

1.  Offering for Missionary Families – During the service we will take an offering for Christmas gifts for our Missionary families.  If you cannot attend, please bring an offering that morning.

 2.  Sunday School Music Rehearsals – This Sunday and next, we will run through the entire program.  All participating students must attend, including Lesson Readers.

    • Preschool and Elementary report to their usual music rooms.
    • High School reports to class and will join rehearsal at the appropriate time.
    • Adult Choir meets in the Sanctuary.
    • Sunday School ends at 12:15 for High School and Adult Choir. 

3.  Young Musicians' Prelude – This Sunday is the last day for students to sign up to play a short sacred carol.  Students can practice in sanctuary this Sunday and next during coffee break.

4.  Reception Help - Please sign up this Sunday in the narthex to help with Reception setup, food serving, cleanup, or teardown.  There are still a few spots to fill.

5.  Schedule for Sunday, Dec. 17 (Lessons and Carols day): 

11:05-12:15  Full Program Rehearsal

4:15-5:00  Adult Choir rehearsal

5:00-5:30  High School rehearsal and line up

5:30  Prelude participants report to choir loft

5:45  Young Musicians' Prelude begins

5:45  Preschool and Elementary report to classrooms to line up

6:00  Service begins

Sandwiches will be available beginning at 4:30 for singers and accompanying family members required to come at 5:00 PM or earlier.

6.  Dress Code for High School Choir (Grades 7-12)

Ladies: Black tights, and EITHER all black (black dress or black skirt & top) OR black skirt and white and/or black tops (layers are OK).

Gentlemen: White dress shirt (long-sleeved is best), necktie, black/dark pants, dress shoes.  

(No special dress for Preschool or Elementary.) 

Questions?  Please contact Bill Hoover (314-540-2427, billhoover@fastmail.com).

Contact Numbers — You can reach the church secretary, Jennifer Vermeer, via email (vermeerjenniferl@gmail.com) or her phone (208-899-9123).  Make sure you get your announcements to her by Wednesday evening each week to insure they get into the Sunday bulletin.  You can reach Pastor Meyers at jeffmeyers@me.com or his phone (314-374-5258). 

Facebook & Website — Check out our Facebook page for links to interesting articles and other information.  Our church website is providencestlouis.com.  You can find sermon files and the directory there in the “members only” section.  If you’d like the password to that section, please contact Pastor Meyers (and you don’t need to be a member to get the password, just a regular attender).

Please Remember to Close the Doors — Recently, there have been a number of instances at church where entrance/exit doors have been left open after everyone has left.  When this happens we are putting people and the building at risk.  Whether you are locking up or leaving the church after the doors have been locked, please be sure the door you are locking or exiting is shut completely.  Thanks for your attention to this matter.  –The Deacons

The Week’s Scripture Passage — 2 Peter 3:13

But according to his promise we are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

– Pastor Jeff Meyers