The Community United Presbyterian Church

 

                          

The Serenity Prayer

              God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the  difference.

Though this prayer is widely known as a prayer used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step addition recovery programs. However, this prayer was originally written by Reinhold Wiebuhr for one of his sermons.

              It has served as a positive reminder for many along their Christian journey.

When I think of these words, they remind me that though God does not promise us that our lives will be easier as Christians, God does promise that we will never be alone. God’s presence gives us the peace, the serenity, that can

 only be found in Him– even in the midst of struggle.

              Take courage and stand firm in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

              Give God control over what we are powerless to change. Take courage in God’s promise that we are not alone when we need to stand firm and facilitate positive change.

We prayer for wisdom to know the difference.

May God’s peace be with you Always,

Grafton

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CONGREGATION MEETING, DECEMBER 9:

The session has called a Congregational Meeting for December 9 at 12 PM , for election of Elders, Deacons, and Nominating Committee by the congregation and for the appointment of the Auditors for 2018.

January 20, 2019 at 12 PM:

Installation and ordination of Church Officers and Congregational meeting.

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Dates to Remember:

           Communion:  November 4 at 11 a.m.

                                  December 2 at 11 a.m.

                                  December 24 Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m.

                                  No Communion in January.

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November 11, 2018—100th Anniversary of Armistice Day ending World War 1. Church bells (or carillon) will be rung in commemoration. A moment of silence will be observed as the bells are rung, and veterans will then be recognized  by asking them to stand. No names will be announced. History Committee will have a display in the Narthex. There will be special Patriotic music

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St Andrew’s Day, November 25

The History Committee will create a display for the case in the Narthex. Learn about the Scottish heritage of the PCUSA.

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After the Worship Service on November 25, we will decorate the church for the Chr1stmas Season.  The  Recruitment Committee will provide cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. The congregation is invited to help decorate. The children will decorate their tree with ornaments that they made.

 

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Advent and Christmas Events:

              Lighting of Advent candles:  Volunteers are needed for the readings and candle-lighting.  Family groups or                                    individuals.

             Christmas program presented by the Sunday School and Choir on Sunday,

              December 16 followed by the annual covered dish dinner.  New choir members are always welcome to join.

            Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, at 7 p.m. will be a service of carols.

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OUR NEXT SEPTEMBER MEETINGS

  • The PROPERTY COMMITTEE:  Monday, November 5 at 6 PM
  • The DEACONS: Sunday, November 18 at 12 PM
  • The MISSION/STEWARDSHIP/FINANCE: Monday, November 12 @ 7 PM
  • The SESSION: Wednesday, November 14 at 7 PM
  • The CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Sunday, December 2 @ 12 PM
  • The HISTORY COMMITTEE: Monday, November 5 at 10 AM
  • The RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE:  Monday, November 19 at 10 AM
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Up Coming Events

Please join us for our  Activities!

All are welcome!

  •    Nov. 4:      Remembrance Service with Communion at 11 AM,
  •                          Day Light Savings Ends
  • Nov. 11:       100th Anniversary of Armistice Day , 11-11-11
  •                         Samaritan Purse Boxes are due
  • Nov. 18:     Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM
  •                         at No Walls
  • Nov. 25:     St. Andrews Day, Christmas Decorating,
  •                         Refreshments after
  • Dec. 2:       Advent Services  begin at 11 AM with Communion
  • Dec.7:        Christmas Kick off, Live Nativity at the Community Center, 6:30 -7 PM

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The first Sunday in October, we heard from speakers Mr.  & Mrs. Tim & Betsy Kruel. They shared personal experiences about working with Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox project. Let’s pack more boxes or donate $9 per box so they can be shipped to children all over the world. The deadline for the boxes is November 11th.

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On October 21st, we heard from Pastor James and Deaconess Shoal from South Sudan. They  explained that American mission has been involved in Sudan since the 1950’s but there is more work to be done. They asked us to continue to pray for peace for their country.

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