December 8, 2019

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Welcome to Shepherd of the Valley 
You will find an attendance card in this announcement folder, please fill out as much information as you are comfortable sharing, so we know how to welcome you, contact you and/or pray for you.  Ushers will pick them up during the service.

ACTIVITY BAGS for children under age ten are in the cabinet in the lobby.  One of our ushers would be happy to provide one for your child upon request and then please return them at the end of service. 
FRONT PEWS ARE RESERVED for those who have trouble coming up to the Altar for communion, please feel free to sit in the front rows.  Speaking of sitting, we stand at times during our services, please stand or sit as you are comfortable. 
SUNDAY SCHOOL for all ages will be between services at 9:30 am.  Check with an usher to direct you to the correction location. 
STAY CONNECTED:  If you would like to be added to our prayer chain, phone tree, email announcements, or monthly newsletter please contact the office.
SERMON NOTES: Fill-in-the-blank notes are provided with the worship bulletin for a more interactive note-taking experience.  Answers can be found in the lobby after service. 
THE CHANCEL CHOIR meet on Tuesday nights at 5:45 pm.  For more info call Rosslynn Medina.
BLOOD PRESSURE screening between services on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, in the hall. This is provided by our Parish Health Minister.

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MORENO VALLEY CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  This afternoon at 4:00 pm.  Come and enjoy the Christmas season through music.  Hope to see you there!
ADVENT SERVICE & SOUP SUPPERS continue on December 11th & 18th.  We’ll have Soup Suppers at 5 PM prior to the Midweek Advent Service which starts at 6 PM.  If you can bring soup, bread, or dessert for any of the suppers, please sign the clipboard that can be found on the cabinet in the church lobby on Sundays or in the church office during the week!                     
SEE’S CANDIES: Today is the last day to make your See’s Candies purchase. Thanks for supporting this fundraiser to get new chairs for the Fellowship Hall.  You will be contacted when your order is ready for pick up, between December 13th -15th.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS order forms (green) are in your announcement folder this week.  If you would like to donate towards Christmas flowers, return it with your donation to the office or to the offering plate by December 18th.  Thanks!
FOOD BOXES:  Christmas is just around the corner.  Please see the announcement under social ministry for the items needed for the Christmas boxes.  If you can donate a ham, please let the office know. We’ll need them by December 18th.  If you know someone who could use a food box for Christmas, please fill out the form found in the church lobby. Thank you all for your support of this ministry!
SOCIAL MINISTRY:  December items needed:  Applesauce, hot and cold cereal, syrup, Jell-O, cake mix & frosting, spaghetti noodles & sauce, canned soup, gravy, peanut butter & jelly.  Thanks for your support!
→ADVENT DEVOTIONALS:  We have printed copies of the Lutheran Hour Ministries devotion books for Advent 2019.  Please take one and feel free to grab one for someone else.  We have a few copies of them in large print also. 
→PRAYER PAL REVEAL potluck dinner is tomorrow night.  Looking forward to a wonderful evening of sharing. 
WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY is this Friday, today is the last day to sign up.  Be sure to bring a $10 gift to share at the party.  Be ready for good food from Olive Garden and great laughs.  Merry Christmas! 
LESSONS AND CAROLS  at Immanuel Lutheran Church.   We are hosting a special Lessons and Carols Service which will include a musical debut of a commissioned piece based on the Malcolm Guite poem, “I See Your World in Light”.  It’s free, and we’d love to have you and your congregants join us.  
E-GIVING IS HERE: You can now make a contribution to our church through a mobile app or through your computer. Ask the office for more information.  New ways to pay online have been added.  Go to our website and look under give or download the Give Plus app and see how convenient E-giving can be. 
2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES are in the church lobby. If you don’t have offering envelopes and would like a booklet, mark your attendance card or call Marlayna at the church office 924-4688. Thanks!
SCRIP YOU have been asking and guess what… SCRIP has some $5 cards and different $10 cards until December 8th.   I will only be ordering those particular cards when asked for.  So those will take the whole week to get to you.  Yet I do have some popular ones on hand now.  Make your list early and shop early then enjoy the rest of the season.
GREEN ONION.  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:00.  Lunch is $10 per person. We’d like to invite anyone who enjoys fellowship and good Mexican food to please join us.  Talk to Bud, or the office if you have any questions. 
PRAY FOR THE KIDS: We are still looking for people to pray for kids at our school.  If you’re interested in participating or would like another child to pray for, please contact the office. 
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR BELONGS UNATTENDED.  We had a theft reported during one of our church services. It has been a sad realization for us that our personal belongings aren’t safe, even at church. 
GROWING IN GRACE BIBLE STUDY will be studying the book of Hebrews.  We meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 PM in the church conference room. Come and join us. Eunice Kang.
SAVE your Boxtops for Education found on many products .Each coupon is worth 10¢! This is a great way to raise funds for our school!
PICK-A-BILL. This has really been a blessing to our church.  So many have participated and supported the church office with this program.  Thank you!
THE January – March PORTALS OF PRAYER are available in the church lobby. There are also a limited amount of large-print copies if you need one.  DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR COPY TODAY!
SCHOOL NEWS: We have an on-going School Improvement fundraiser to help with much needed school repairs. Put your donation in the envelope at the church entrance and turn it in with offering or to the office. Please continue to pray for our church and school. Thank you for your generous gifts. Linda Williamson.
2020 FLOWER CHART:  If you’d like to donate flowers for the altar, sign up on the board hanging in the lobby. Indicate what the flowers are for - anniversary, birthday, in honor of or in memory. Take a slip with ordering instructions. Flowers are ordered by you from Moreno Valley Flower Box (653-3171) and they deliver them to church. Each large bouquet is $26. Small bouquets for the altar are $19 each. For info call the office
DO YOU LIKE TO SEW? The Quilting Group would love to have more folks sewing quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief. If you can sew pieces of fabric into a rectangle, we need you! Contact Linda Olson  for info.
PLEASE SAVE your aluminum cans & plastic recyclable bottles for recycling. Please remove pull tab (for support to Ronald McDonald House), bring items sorted in plastic bags. Proceeds from cans and bottles will go to the Quilting Fund. Thanks!
PRAY FOR OUR SOLDIERS: In the church lobby is a box full of plastic army men. Please take one home with you and place it somewhere to remind you to pray for our men & women who are serving our country.

INVITE OTHERS TO OUR CHURCH AND SCHOOL! Business cards are available in the church lobby. Take a pack and pass them out to friends & neighbors who need a church home or a preschool for their children.
JOSEPH PROJECT - Community (Citywide) Food Bank - provides food for the needy every Thursday from a distribution center at the Koinonia Evangelistic Center at 21866 Brill Rd., Moreno Valley (951-867-3050). Volunteers are needed to help out in various ways such as distribution, sorting, clean up, etc. at the center. Please pray for this ministry. Contact Larry Alexander to find out how to volunteer!

PASTOR PAUL is in the office Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.