For Sunday’s worship service. Pray for our worship this Sunday as we hear God’s Word. Ask the Lord to bless Pastor Tom Holliday as he prepares his sermon “The Light in the Darkness”, from Luke 1:67-80.
Newcomer Reception — 4th Sunday morning during fellowshipThursday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Thursday Friday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Other Friday
Christmas Candlelight Service is this Saturday, December 15, 6pm (brass and harp prelude at 5:45 pm) at RRC. Join us and invite a friend for a celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth. This Lessons and Carols service titled “A Promise Fulfilled” features the APC choirs, brass quintet, and carol singing by candlelight. Childcare will be provided, including activities for children through age six. There will not be a reception afterwards, but we encourage you to gather together in homes or other locations for fellowship.
Advent and Christmas Eve at APC. Join us for worship this Christmas season as we await the dawn of Christ’s coming! Our remaining special Advent services are December 16 and 23 at both campuses. On Christmas Eve, December 24, the West Braddock Road Campus will host a service at 5pm. Children are welcome in this family-friendly service. Nursery will be available for children ages 3 and under.
Explorers is on break for the holidays, and will resume January 6. PROTAS youth ministry is meeting this Sunday and will be on break starting the following week.
PROTAS Christmas Party: Friday, December 21, 6-9pm, WBRC. Join us as we celebrate Christ's birth in community. Come in Tacky Christmas attire, bring a White Elephant gift to exchange (under $5 value), come hungry for Chick-fil-A, play some games, be drawn to Jesus as we retell the story of Jesus’ birth, and celebrate the start of Christmas break together! Consider bringing a friend, it’s gonna be a party!
Year-End gifts to APC. As you plan a year-end gift to APC, keep in mind that the church office will be closed December 24-January 1, and the last worship service of the year is December 30. Gifts received in the mail the first week of January—if dated and postmarked in 2018—will be included in your 2018 year-end giving statement. You may also make your year-end gifts through APC’s online giving portal. In addition, if you would prefer to donate stock or do a transfer direct from a 401(k) account, to APC’s general fund or building fund, please contact Vicki Wolfe at vicki.wolfe@ alexandriapres.org and she can give you the information needed to make a transfer. Although we have not yet begun the capital campaign for our new building, if you would like to designate a special year end gift to that effort we would be happy to accommodate your desires. If by check, simply annotate the memo section “Building Fund” and either mail to APC or put it in along with your regular offering. Please keep in mind as you make your giving decisions, we need to be able to maintain our budgeted giving in order to qualify for a building loan next year. Thank you for considering APC in your year-end planning.
Call to Prayer— January 2019. As we embark on a New Year, the elders invite you to join them in APC-wide prayer opportunities: Wednesday, January 2, 7:30pm in the RRC Chapel; Sunday, January 6, 5:15pm at the West Braddock Road Campus; Saturday, January 12, 9am at RRC in Room 104. Mark your calendars to attend at least one of these three corporate prayer times. Childcare will be provided for Sunday’s prayer meeting.
Sonship begins January 13. The APC Sonship course combines group lectures/videos with small group interaction and meets for 12 Sunday evenings from 5-7pm. Sonship is designed to help you take some of the glorious theological truths of the gospel—truths that you may know in your head—and apply them to the nitty-gritty reality of daily life. You’ll find that as the gospel re-makes you, not only will you experience a growing Gospel view of yourself, but you will also find a greater joy and desire to share the wonderful news of God’s lovingkindness with others. Sign up at the Information Booth on Sunday or contact Pastor Holliday for more information. Childcare will be available for all ages.
Communicants Class for Children and Teens. The class will likely begin Thursday, January 17 from 4:30-5:30pm at APC and run for eight weeks. Parents, please talk with your child/teen and consider whether or not you think they are ready to join the church as a communicant member. All are welcome to take the class. To find out more information, preview the workbook, or to sign up, please contact Pastor Tom Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam LeRoy at email@example.com.
Newcomers’ Fellowship Dinner, Saturday, January 19, 6-8pm. If you’ve been attending APC for one week or several months, Maggie Cho invites you to her home, 16 W. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301, for food and fellowship. You’ll have a chance to meet church officers and staff, ask questions and learn more about the ministry God is building here. Childcare is provided. Please RSVP to Office Manager Sue Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up after worship on Sunday.
SUMMER Teen Missions 2019, APC Adults Wanted. Two opportunities are developing for adults and mostly High School teens. If you are interested, please contact Adam LeRoy at email@example.com. Applications for teens are outside Adam’s office and are due January 6. A few details:****Paraguay: This will be our 2nd trip. We will serve alongside the church and stay in church members’ homes while possibly engaging in teen camp, ESL classes for teens & children, street evangelism, light construction at 2 different church properties, and supporting the Barrio Parque church/school. Please visit projectparaguay.org for more info. Paraguay Trip = 12 days in the first 3 weeks of July 2019 ****Young Life Capernaum: For the past 3 summers, PROTAS has partnered with this ministry to teenagers with handicaps, seeking to give them the best camp of their life and leading them to Jesus (many for the first time). We walk one-on-one alongside campers for a week at Rockbridge Young Life Camp. Please visit fxcapernaum.younglife.org for more info. Young Life Capernaum Camp = August 10-14, 2019
Giving at a GlanceYTD Giving (July-November 2018) $675,665YTD Budget (July-November 2018) $729,176Difference $-53,511 (93%)
needs and prayers-
Manna Meals for Field and Carrie Ragan. The Ragan family recently welcomed baby Eliana.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
Nursery Volunteers. The nursery is an important ministry to our littlest ones. Volunteers typically help out one worship service per quarter.
Contact: Erin Furgerson, Nursery Coordinator, or Sue Edwards, Office Manager
Coffee Ministry. The Coffee Ministry serves light refreshments each Sunday during fellowship time. We need new team members to serve on teams of four. Likely, you will only be scheduled one Sunday per quarter. Contact: Vicki Wolfe, Operations Manager
Ushers: As an usher, you help the Deacons collect tithes and offerings and give a big smile to the folks in the pews as you pass the collection bags. With a few more ushers added to the team, this is a five minute task done in three months spread throughout the year. Contact: Marc and Ramona Smith
Greeters: Greeters assure that members, regular attendees, and every person who visits APC are warmly welcomed at each service. They also assure that visitors receive information about the church and ministry opportunities. Greeters are scheduled in teams of 4-5 people for 2 weeks at a time, typically 2-3 times a year.
Social Committee. Community requires connection, and the Social Committee’s role is to foster that connection by dreaming up and planning fun events for the whole church. The committee typically meets 4-6 times per year to enjoy a great meal and plan events big and small. Contact: Josh Diack, Pastor of Congregational Life
Bus Drivers. APC’s bus ministry is looking for a few more drivers to attend to our seniors’ ministry and other church events. Driving the bus requires a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL). Contact: Mike McMullen, Deacon
Communion Setup Volunteers Needed. Are you interested in preparing the elements for APC’s monthly celebration of the Lord’s Table? A few more volunteers are needed to serve quarterly. All the elements are on hand, and your role would be to prepare them for service. Contact: Sue Edwards, Office Manager
Openers Ministry While APC has grown considerably, and we are in need of additional volunteers to join the team that opens the building each Sunday for worship. Contact: Tom Mood
Fellowship Hall Re-set. We are in need of volunteers who are willing to “reset” the Fellowship Hall after Sunday School, in preparation for Sunday night ministries. This typically takes 10-15 minutes each Sunday, and involves putting all chairs and tables back into the storage room. It’s quick, it’s easy, and could use your leadership. Contact: Tom Mood
Audio: The audio ministry requires a heart for ministry, a mechanical mind, and an ear for music. Volunteers run sound once a month on Sundays and possibly serve for special services. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
Photography: Photographs of APC events are desired for the newsletter, Facebook, videos, etc. and require a photographer with an artistic sense and their own equipment. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
PROTAS/Youth Volunteers. Consider joining APC’s kingdom-building youth ministry by coming alongside teenagers as a friend and discipler. Cross-generational ministry is hard work, but what teens often more remember is the person who earned their trust.Contact: Adam LeRoy, Director of Youth Ministries
Explorers and Children’s Church Volunteers. Investing in the future is what volunteering in Children’s Ministry is about. Would you consider investing in our children at Children’s Church or Explorers? A few more pairs are needed for leading Children’s Church for 45 minutes during worship. More leaders—particularly men—are needed to lead Explorer classes from 5-7pm Sundays, including game time, dinner and a lesson.Contact: Leslie Bridge, Director of Children’s Ministries
Every Sunday, 8:30am — Chapel. Praying for our Worship Service.
Fourth Sunday of the month, 5pm - prayer meeting at Russell Road in the Chapel
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00am — Room #104. Praying with our Elders for our church.
Intercessory Prayer Team — Contact Pastor Tom Holliday for details.
YTD Giving (July-November 2018) $675,665YTD Budget (July-November 2018) $729,176Difference $-53,511 (93%)