Letter from Pastor Denise

Dear Ones, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and those you love and to our enemies too! 2018 was a challenging year for the Gundersen's. We sold our house, moved to a condo, talked about returning to Maine, reviewed our finances, consulted with a spiritual director, our Bishop, financial professionals and the Lord Almighty. It was a hard decision for me to relocate again. But after our vacation in Maine, it is clear to me it’s time to go home to Maine. I’ve been away for almost 30...
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Fontanini Nativity Set at SJ Open House

Sat. Dec 8. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fontanini Nativity scene with over 200 pieces will be the focal point for this event. Buy tickets for drawings on 27 gift baskets. Pick up some goodies in the bake sale. Buy a cup of soup and cookies for lunch. All proceeds support SJ’s 60th Anniversary celebration in January.
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Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

6:00 p.m. Mon. Dec. 24 @ SJ 8:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 24 @ POP Celebrate the Birthday of Jesus, Our Savior! Children, Choirs, Candles, Family, Friends and You - Together we proclaim the Good News of Great Joy to all People. This day our savior was born in city of David, he is Christ the LORD! Into the darkest night the Light of Christ shines bringing faith, hope and love
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Lessons and Carols for Christmas

10:00a.m. Sun. Dec. 30 @ SJ Featuring The Twelve Days of Christmas. In times when Christians were persecuted, they taught their children the catechism with the wacky images of birds, dancers, musicians, and other assorted gifts from God who truly loves us still. This will be Pastor’s Denise last worship service before retiring. Come and give her a good bye hug! Also please note—the Parish is having only this one worship service on Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at SJ
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Christmas Open House

Fontanini Nativity Set at SJ Open House Sat. Dec 8. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fontanini Nativity scene with over 200 pieces will be the focal point for this event. Buy tickets for drawings on 27 gift baskets. Pick up some goodies in the bake sale. Buy a cup of soup and cookies for lunch. All proceeds support SJ’s 60th Anniversary celebration in January.
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BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

 After ringing the bell at Walmart for many years we now will be doing it at Sparkle in Cortland  and only for a short period of time.  Prince of Peace is responsible for one hour shifts on Friday, December 7 from 3:30-7:30.  That is only 4 shifts!!! Please let Jean Bolinger know if you can take one shift-3:30-4:30, 4:30-5:30. 5:30-6:30, or 6:30-7:30
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LOAF THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND SERRV SALE

  Tuesday, Nov.. 20  at 7 PM at Prince of Peace. Our annual community worship service will be followed by a SERRV sale, an opportunity to support artisans and farmers from around the world who make a fair wage and create beautiful gifts.  This is an opportunity to help them and to find unique and reasonably priced items for those special people on your list
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ADOPT A FOOT

We needs your donations now. We have been assisted by the Cortland Rotary and Cortland Lions and have requested money from the Cortland Salvation Army unit. We are about 2/3 of the way to our goal of $3600. The children will shop the week before Thanksgiving. Shoes are again $30 per pair. Any donations  are welcomed. Checks need to be made out to Prince of Peace with “Adopt a Foot” or “shoes” on the memo line.
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REMEMBER THE POOR

November 15 at SJ We are collecting non-perishable foods of any kind but specifically cereal, peanut butter, and tuna These items will be distributed in the Champion Thanksgiving Food Baskets. Monetary donations are also welcome as each recipient receives a gift certificate for shopping at Sparkle.
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GIVING TREE

November 20 at POPLC November 18 at SJ You are invited to make Christmas special for a local child in need. Please take a tag from the giving trees at church. The children POPLC buys for are served by the Cortland food pantry or attend Maplewood School. The children SJLC buys for are from the Champion community. Return your gifts in one big bag with the tag firmly fixed to the bag. Gift wrapping is optional. More information will follow in the December Post
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COOKIE EXCHANGE

Sunday, December 2 Each participant will bake and package cookies by the dozen and exchange them with other bakers. Sign up in your fellowship hall to participate.
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SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE

Friday, Dec 7, 3:30-7:30PM at Cortland Sparkle The parish is looking for volunteers to ring the bell for Salvation Army annual fund drive. If you can help, please see Jean Bolinger. All money collected at Cortland Sparkle and the middle door of WalMart during December weekends will stay in this area. The local unit of the Salvation Army is located at Cortland Christian Church. A family may be given up to $250 to pay for emergencies like utilities, medicine, and fuel.
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CALLING ALL SINGERS!

Our community will come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus through music of the season! Our free concert will take place Monday, December 17th at 7:00 PM at Lakeview High School. This event stars the much loved Cortland Community Band and features the Community Choir. Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship (LOAF) plays a supporting role in this production. CHOIR REHEARSALS Saturday, Oct 27th -10:00AM @ St. Roberts Saturday, Nov 10th – 10:00AM @St. Roberts Wednesday, Nov 28th – 7:00 PM @ La...
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