The Chosen Word Newsletter: February 8, 2017

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building”              (I Corinthians 3:9)

“Kind is…Radical Hospitality” by Soul Pancake (December 2016)

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“THANK YOU”
from the Middle Youth Group for making our Souper Bowl of Caring collection a success! PHPC generously gave $584.16 in donations and 263 non-perishable food items, which will be given to The Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op.

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“THANK YOU”
from the Middle and High School Youth Groups for contributing to the Special Offering this past Sunday for the PHPC Youth Scholarship Fund. The congregation gave $800 that will help offset the expenses of summer youth trips: HS Montreat Youth Conference, MS Mission Trip with Raleigh Youth Mission, and HS Mission with DOOR-Atlanta.

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Save The Date, VBS “Hero Central” June 12-16
Save the Date! Vacation Bible School dates are set for June 12-16, 9am-12pm. Come join us at Hero Central where we will discover our strength in God. Registration will open later in the spring. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennie at jennie@pleasanthillpc.org.  

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Called to Children’s Ministry?
Raise your hand if you feel called to serve the children of our church!
We have two fantastic opportunities for you:
1) Extended Session Leaders are needed to hang out and play with our 3-year-old-Kindegartners who go to one of the Pre-School classrooms following the Children’s sermon at 11 am worship. To sign up, contact Michelle Wilson at mjnwilson@comcast.net.
2. Nursery Worker Subs are handy when our regularly employed nursery workers are out of-town or call in sick. If you’d like to help out, please contact Rev. Jennie Sankey at jennie@pleasanthillpc.org.

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Hot Cocoa After 11 am Worship, Sunday February 12
It’s a crazy, stressful world out there. Following worship, don’t rush out the door in a hurry to get things done. Take a moment to slow down, drink some cocoa, provided by the Membership & Fellowship Committee, and visit with others.

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JOY (Just Older Youth, 55+), Wednesdays February 15 and March 1

Preschool/Senior Shenanigans!
Feb. 15
10:30 am–12:30 pm

Gina McGuire, Director of the PHPC Pre-School, brings joy to JOY as we celebrate Valentine’s Day week with the pre-school children by doing craft activities and games!
(RSVP by February 8)
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Ash Wednesday
March 1
10:30 am–1:30 pm

 We’re meeting two weeks early for special Ash Wednesday programming. The Rev. Jody Andrade will lead us in Bible study as we prepare to enter the season of Lent. After lunch, we’ll have the opportunity to attend the 1pm Ash Wednesday service. Invite your friends!
(RSVP by February 22nd)

In addition to the lunch meal, we are offering the opportunity to order additional meals in a “To-Go” box. (Suggested donation for lunch and/or To-Go boxes: $5 per meal). Please RSVP to Janice Breckenridge @ seniorministry@pleasanthillpc.org or 770-447-1673.

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Third Thursday Theology , February 16
Who is Jesus? (What a Difference a Lens Makes!)

So far, we’ve had an exciting tour through the Gospels and the letters of Paul in our Third Theology series on “Who is Jesus? (What Difference a Lens Makes!). This month we will be exploring how the book of Hebrews answers the question, “Who is Jesus?”.  Written in the mid to late 1st century, Hebrews is more than a letter. The unknown author is a dynamic preacher and teacher whose eloquent testimony to the significance of God’s revelation in Jesus is a source of encouragement to people whose faith is under attack. Let’s reach across the centuries and listen to what he has to say about who Jesus is. Join us from 10 am to 11:30 am in the Small Fellowship Hall.

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“Just As I Am” Church School Class: Presbyterians 101, Sundays through Feb. 19
All are invited to the final session of our Just As I Am series “Presbyterian 101” on Sunday Feb. 19 to hear Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel teach about how we respond to God with our lives. Fahed is a Palestinian-American pastor, former moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the PC(U.S.A), and Atlanta resident. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

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Afternoon Book Club, Wednesday February 22
First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards! It is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. Join for a discussion of the book from 1-2:30 pm in The Bride’s Room.

 

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  Lent Event, Sunday February 26
Mark your calendar for our Lent Event on February 26. All children of God, ages 3-300 are invited to come to the fellowship hall to learn about what Lent is all about and create the resources you need for your Lenten journey this year.
 
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Lenten Season
Worship
Ash Wednesday March 1

1 pm and 6:30 pm Worship Services
Palm Sunday April 9
8:30 and 11 am Worship Services
Maundy Thursday April 13
6:30 pm Worship Service with Communion

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