It’s Christmas, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Merry Christmas (and happy Friday), everyone!

Robert and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous pastoral gifts. Thank you for caring for us and our families in such a tangible way. Being called to serve as a pastor is a high privilege and weighty responsibility. Thank you for allowing us to serve you as we we all serve one another in the body of Christ.

Just a reminder: this is the last Sunday to contribute NEW underwear and socks for children ages 4-18 to Hope’s Community Closet. Please bring your donations to church and put them in the box provided near the bulletin table. If you have any questions, please see Zsuzsi Khoury or Teresa Misiti.

Have a great weekend and blessed Christmas!

In Christ,
Eric Landry and Robert Recio

It’s Friday…but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

It was the Friday before Christmas and all through church things were pretty quiet! I hope that things are relatively quiet for you too as the kids conclude school before their Christmas break, as you finish up projects at home and work, and as you prepare to travel or to host family and friends.

This Sunday is our tenth annual Lessons and Carols service, which has become a beloved tradition in our church. Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors, who may not have a church home, to hear the story of Jesus told from the Old Testament that prophesied his coming and the New Testament that recorded his birth and ministry.

We also have three opportunities for you to help the less fortunate this Christmas season:

  • Hope’s Community Closet is a local agency that provides new and gently used clothing to children in need. We are partnering with them to provide NEW underwear and socks for children ages 4-18. Please bring your donations to church and put them in the box provided near the bulletin table. If you have any questions, please see Zsuzsi Khoury or Teresa Misiti.
  • We are also going to take up a special offering for our friends at Olive Branch Ministries THIS Sunday. Please plan on writing a separate check that day or marking a cash gift for Olive Branch Ministries. The money will go to several needy families in that congregation who would not otherwise be able to buy Christmas gifts for their children.
  • You may have heard that the Temecula Food pantry was broken into last night and more than 400 toys were stolen, which they planned to give to local needy families. If you have a chance to pick up a toy to donate to the pantry, please drop them off at the pantry, which is located at 28922 Pujol Street in Temecula.

Finally, please remember our friends Rob and Kate Olson in prayer this weekend. Their daughter Lena, who had been hospitalized for months after having unexplained swelling in her brain, had to return to the Orange County Children’s Hospital. You can read the details at their Love for Lena Facebook page. Please pray for their entire family and their church family at Grace Presbyterian in Yorba Linda (where Rob serves as an elder).

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s Friday…but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Some fun events are coming up this weekend:

  • The Women’s Christmas Brunch is Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Marsh home (39832 Aladdin Circle in Temecula). To get there, go east on Rancho California Road toward the wineries. Turn left on Anza (the roundabout), then right on Brenda (turns into dirt road), then right on Aladdin Circle. Their home is at the end of the cup-de-sac. If you get lost or need more information, please call (951)541-3147.
  • The Youth Christmas Party is Sunday, immediately after the worship service at the Recio home. For more information, please contact Pastor Robert.

We also have two opportunities for you to help the less fortunate this Christmas season:

  • Hope’s Community Closet is a local agency that provides new and gently used clothing to children in need. We are partnering with them to provide NEW underwear and socks for children ages 4-18. Please bring your donations to church and put them in the box provided near the bulletin table. If you have any questions, please see Zsuzsi Khoury or Teresa Misiti.
  • We are also going to take up a special offering for our friends at Olive Branch Ministries on December 20th. Please plan on writing a separate check that day or marking a cash gift for Olive Branch Ministries. The money will go to several needy families in that congregation who would not otherwise be able to buy Christmas gifts for their children.

Finally, please remember that our Lessons and Carols service is coming up on December 20th. Please share the Facebook post from the church’s Facebook page and invite unbelieving friends and family to this service. It’s a great opportunity for them to hear the story of redemption from the Old Testament to the New Testament, along with singing some familiar Christmas carols.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Guys! Don’t forget that our men’s Bible study is TOMORROW at the Recios. Please let Pastor Robert know if you are coming so that we can have enough food for breakfast. This Saturday at 8AM, we’ll be looking at Mark 4 and Jesus’ teaching the crowds using parables.

Don’t forget that the women will be celebrating Christmas with a special brunch on December 12. Our youth will be celebrating with a party immediately after the worship service on December 13.

Our Lessons and Carols service will be December 20th. Think about inviting unbelieving friends and family to this service. It’s a great opportunity for them to hear the story of redemption from the Old Testament to the New Testament, along with singing some familiar Christmas carols. If you want to learn more about the service structure, visit The King’s College Cambridge website.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,
Eric Landry

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