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Sunday, November 27th, 2022

The Hope of Christmas

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Some of my favorite memories from Christmas were when the kids were young and we went to Toys “R” Us (may you rest in peace) to pick out a Christmas gift for each one. It’s fun to give to others. You love to see their face light up with a smile. You love thinking and planning about what to get them. For others maybe gift-giving or gift-receiving causes anxiety and worry. When someone sends you a gift on the outside you look happy but on the inside you’re like, “Agh! Why? Now what am I going to get them?”

As I searched for a verse that lifts up home, that lifts up giving. I fell on one verse that reminded me of what Christmas and gift-giving is really all about.

John 3: 16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This is probably the most famous verse in the entire Bible. It’s the first verse I can remember memorizing. It has never really struck me before as being about Christmas. This verse is about the most important gift ever given- and this verse is also about the character of the giver. The God of the Bible is a God who gives.

What will you give to God? There are only two options—the first is nothing. If you like life your way, if you prefer the gifts to the giver, it is a life that never reaches the fullness of its creation. Giving God nothing leads to being short-changed.

The second option is to give yourself to God. God wants to know you. God gave his son out of love for you. That means God wants to be in a loving relationship with you. Part of giving yourself to God is reflecting God in all that you do, iincluding how you give gifts. When we give this Christmas, root your gift-giving in relationship.
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This Sunday

Ken will be preaching on John 3

Music by
Katherine Edison, soprano
Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, piano
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Small Groups

Men's Bible Study
The Men’’s Bible Study continues the study of Revelation with assistance from N. T. Wright’s book Revelation for Everyone.

Men’s Bible Study meets Thursdays at 10:30am, in the Multi-Purpose room & ZOOM

For more information or zoom link contact Bob Axley.
Women's Insights on Faith
Women's Insight on Faith meets
first and third Thursday's.

The next meeting is:
December 1st, 4:00pm.

Hosted by Mia Jarick at her home in Pacific Grove.

For more information contact
Mia Jarick
Bible Study
Bible Study is held each Sunday at 9:00 am in the
Multipurpose Room where the topic is the sermon
Bible lesson of the day.
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Offering Envelopes

Assigned personal numbered offering envelopes for 2023 are available for individuals and families.
Contact Adam Hale at
adamhale@churchintheforest.org
to sign up to receive yours.
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The Church Board has asked Carle Mowell to coordinate an opportunity for interested persons to participate in a festive, fun and life enhancing project. CITF has connected with the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County to participate in their

ADOPT-A-FAMILY

Help Support Kids in Need

This Holiday Season

With your generous donation, each sponsored child will receive 2 pants, 2 shirts, pajamas, a sweatshirt, undergarments, socks, shoes, a jacket, a book, and a special gift request. Gift tags will be available on “Giving Garland” Thanksgiving Sunday, November 20. All gifts will be safely stored in the multi-purpose room and delivered to the Boys and Girls Club on Monday, December 12.

Join us in spreading the joy this holiday season by sponsoring a child today.

Tags will contain the specific item needed (ie Size 10 girls pink tennis shoes). Detailed instructions will be available when you select your gift tag(s).


Tags will be availble beginning Sunday, November 20. All items MUST be returned by Sunday, December 11.

Annual Clothing Drive

Marge Moore is gathering gently worn clothes, especially WARM clothing, for distribution to various mission outreach groups in the Valley.

Donations can be left in the multi-purpose room, or Marge will stop by and pick them up. You can reach her at margemooh@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 3:00PM-5:00PM
Donation Box
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Shoe Drive

Needed well-loved shoes, especially warm ones.

As the season changes the homeless have special needs for shoes.

Annie Slautterback has teamed up with Marge Moore to collect shoes in good condition for distribution to our neighbors in need.

Shoes can be brought any Sunday, or dropped off to
the church office now till the weather warms.

Thank you for sharing!
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Carols in the Forest

Savor the ambience of the forest outside and the warm music inside as we revisit the memories and moods of Christmas through music. Jubal, Cathryn, and Janneke will perform your favorites, with a special appearance by the Peninsula’s own Cypressaires, a chapter of the
U.S.-Canadian Barbershop Harmony Society.


Invite your family, neighbors, and friends to enjoy
treasured Christmas songs in celebration of the season, wrapped up with a festive carol sing-along, wine, and cheese board.


Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, organ and piano
Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm
Cost: $20
Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

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Save the Date
November 27
First Sunday of Advent, when we will celebrate Holy Communion

December 4
The Second Sunday of Advent
with I Cantori

December 18
Carols in the Forest
Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, organ and piano
Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm
Cost: $20
Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

Saturday
December 24
Christmas Eve Services 4:00 and 6:00 pm
A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday
December 25
Christmas Sunday – Celebration of Holy Communion

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