FAIR TRADE FAIR – Sunday, December 8, after both services
Shop for friends and family at the Lewinsville Fair Trade Fair Sunday, December 8 after both worship services. We will have items from HOPE Fair Trade which is in partnership with one of our missionaries in northern Thailand, Ellen Collins. HOPE Fair Trade designs, develops and produces marketable fair trade products. HOPE strives to make long-term commitments to the sustainability of the production process, as well as to respect the cultural heritage of the groups with whom they work. Items for sale include scarves, jewelry, bags, small gift items, chocolate, coffee and tea. The food products will be from Equal Exchange, a fair trade company based out of Rhode Island. Get all of your Christmas shopping done at church from artisans who are paid a fair wage. Any surplus received from the fair will go back directly to our missionaries in Thailand.
SECOND SATURDAY SET CHRISTMAS PARTY – December 14th
Mark your calendars now and get out your glad rags (black tie optional). It is time for the Second Saturday Set's annual Christmas Party, Saturday, December 14, 6:00pm, at the home of Ann and Gary Baise. It is our special holiday dinner, so please bring a generously portioned dish to share. In addition to your food and festive selves, please bring a white elephant gift, one per household, that someone else may cherish or desire and a donation for Christ House (hats, gloves, underwear, socks, etc.) that someone really will use. Our hosts will provide liquid refreshments. Call 703 534-1753 or email Ann, email@example.com, to join the festivities and get a food assignment.
Painting/Drawing Group, Saturday, December 14
The Painting / Drawing Group will meet Saturday, December 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 103. Bring your own painting or drawing materials if you have some. We will work on greeting cards or paintings of the season. Bring ideas and photo references. All ability levels and guests welcome. If you have questions please contact Vivian Attermeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 703-560-2016, cell 703-647-0260.
ADULT CLUB LUNCHEON – Sunday, December 15, 12:30 pm
We will meet at Four Provinces Restaurant in Falls Church at the corner of Broad Street and Lee Highway. Call Jean or Charlie Mertz, 703 356-9251, to RSVP and directions.
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE
In 2014, Lewinsville celebrates its 25th year of ministry and service through the Summer Mission Project. In preparation, we will hold a fundraising bake sale on Sunday, December 22, in St. Andrew’s Hall after each worship service. You are invited to take delicious sweets, breads, and bake goods home. In return we ask for a generous donation of your choosing to help support Summer Mission Project.
COLLEGE STUDENT LUNCH
The annual College Student Lunch will be Sunday, December 22 at Rocco’s in McLean We are so excited to welcome the college students back home at Christmas time. You all are missed when you are away. As you prepare to return, we would like to invite all college students to lunch on December 22 at Rocco’s in McLean. This is a great time to see each other and catch up with one another while you are home on break. We will gather after the 11:00 worship service and head over to lunch or you can meet us at Rocco’s at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to Kate at Kate@Lewinsville.org if you are able to join us. We look forward to having you back home and catching up with you.
STRATEGIC PLANNING GROUP PLANS CONGREGATION-WIDE SURVEY
One of the first effects of the Draft Strategic Plan will be a congregational survey to determine what gifts and skills God has brought to our congregation in its members and friends. What are people in our congregation passionate about? What do they do best? How are they interested in pursuing ministry within and beyond our congregation? The Strategic Planning Group presented this idea at the recent Session retreat. The Session heartily endorsed it. The Strategic Planning Group and the Session understand that a wonderfully crafted strategic plan will go nowhere unless there are dedicated, capable, generous disciples to carry out the congregation’s ministry. As our weekly worship bulletin indicates, the ministers of Lewinsville are the members of the congregation. The survey will inventory the gifts, skills and interests of the congregation. The results will be compiled in a new church database made possible with expanded church management software. Such an inventory will ease the recruitment of disciples for ministries for which they are particularly gifted and interested. It is hoped that this survey can be completed in face-to-face interviews early next spring. The Session will be asked to appoint a Survey Oversight Group to develop and oversee the survey project, including developing the survey instruments, recruiting and training interviewers, compiling and analyzing the information received, and giving guidance on how to best utilize the information for Christ’s ministry. Watch for more information in the new year.
The Older Adult Council Highlights “At Home Choices” on Sunday, January 26
Chesterbrook Residences and its member congregations, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, Temple Rodef Shalom, and Immanuel Presbyterian Church will launch a new program, “At Home Choices,” on January 26, 2-4 p.m. at Chesterbrook Residences. Jewish Social Service Agency’s (JSSA) Senior Services Specialist Rebecca Porter will share tips and strategies for “aging in place.” At Home Choices focuses on a longer, safer, healthier, happier and more independent life style for seniors, whether they prefer to remain in their own home or in a senior living home like Chesterbrook or Lewinsville Retirement Residences. They offer referral services, caregiver support groups, counseling, consultation and assessment and educational services. Mark your calendar and come to Chesterbrook to learn more about this exciting new program available to Lewinsville families.
November 29, 2013