Volume 56 Issue 11 December 2010
Embrace the Unexpected!
Given what is on television right now, watching is babies was a joyful surprise on the birth day.
often little more than a guilty pleasure. There are Mothers of multiples didn’t know that they were
many shows that are so bad, they are good. So having more than one baby until they arrived.
many shows entertain for a moment, but leave me How many truly joyful surprises are there in life?
feeling empty. Aside from “Ancient Aliens,” the show
Our theme this Advent is “Embrace the unex-
that makes me guffaw the loudest has the not-so-
pected.” Each Advent, we turn to the story of
subtle title, “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.” If you
another unexpectedly expecting young mother,
haven’t watched this show before, you can catch it
surprised by the news that she will soon give
on Discovery Health Channel.
birth. Each year, as we contem-
Much like on “Unsolved Mysteries,” plate the advent of Christ, we
the first-person stories on this show seek to experience Mary’s kind of
are interspersed with re-enactments surprise. Theologian Stanley
by actors who are usually more Hauerwas writes, “It’s hard to
attractive or polished than the real- remember that Jesus did not
life people they play. In each epi- come to make us safe, but
sode, some unsuspecting woman rather, to make us disciples,
discovers during labor that she is citizens of God’s new age, a
about to have a baby. Some of the kingdom of surprise.” What a
women on the show have been told lovely way to think about the
that they are not fertile, so when community of faith: we are citi-
labor pains hit, they imagine that they are having zens of God’s kingdom of surprise!
back problems or kidney stones or appendicitis.
“How can this be?” Mary asks the angel. “How
Some worry that the baby is a fast-growing tumor.
can this be?” we ask God’s messengers among us.
In every case, at least for the purposes of the show, Can it be that God will fill the hungry with good
all of the unexpectedly expecting mothers are things? Can it be that God’s promises will tip the
delighted with their surprise babies. Only one couple unjust balances in our world? Can it be that God’s
is so caught off guard that they name their Hallow- promises never fail?
een-born baby Jacklyn, in reference to Jack-o-
This Advent, let us each embrace the unexpected,
Lanterns. Nothing wrong with the name Jacklyn, but
trusting the promise that where we are is where
it isn’t exactly like naming a Christmas baby Noelle,
God comes to us, that the place where we belong
is God’s kingdom of surprise.
Aside from the fun of wondering, “How could she not
Grace be with you!
know?”, the appeal of this show is in the element of
surprise. It hasn’t been so long since the gender of Katie
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All ages are welcome in worship! Activity books are available in the back of the
Sanctuary. A children’s Guide to Worship, The Mouse Book is available in the pews
Nursery Care for Infants and Toddlers begins at 8:15 a.m. The Nursery is down the hall
from the main entrance, past the church office.
Children age 8 and younger are welcome to stay with their parents or may go to story time
after the Time with the Children in worship. Story Time is in the room next to the Nursery
Joining Hands: New Mission Facilitator
Chenoa Stock leaves in January to start as the new
companion facilitator in Bolivia. She will complete
six months of training at the language school in
Cochabama to develop her Spanish skills before
starting her work with UMAVIDA. Chenoa served in
this same role for four years in Sri Lanka and is well
Who Donated Over 100 Volunteer Hours To
versed in the concept of Joining Hands. In addition
the Outdoor Sanctuary??????
her mother is active in the Peru JH and has done
extensive research on mining.
This generous person serves as the Chair
of Community Ministries, helps organize fundraising
The Presbytery of the Cascades Committee (of
for MPC, and participates as a member of the Green
which MPC is a member) met with Chenoa in Bend in
Team. But on top of that he used his building
late October. Following the meeting she went with
contractor skills to create a new bridge in the
several members to visit a mining area in Idaho and
wetlands. Walk down on the property to see John
talk with the owner, community people, and an
environmental group as JH tries to become more
knowledgeable about mining issues.
John submitted a detailed design used in the Nature
in the Neighborhood grant application. He scraped,
Afterwards Chenoa traveled through Cascades
sanded, and painted boards reclaimed from the
Presbytery, speaking at several churches. One of her
original family home on his acreage. With the help
stops was staying for a night with Shirley Stageberg.
of a few church members, but mostly on his own,
She attended MPC’s Halloween party and had lunch
he laid the foundation and erected the bridge. In all
with Pastor Katie. She walked through the Outdoor
John contributed 116 hours and much of his own
Sanctuary and heard
money to finish the bridge.
about our wetlands
project as well as
On one of the last days as he finished the project,
going to Multnomah
John looked up to see a young coyote a ways off in
Falls where the
the trees watching him. We think the coyote was
salmon were running.
admiring John’s efforts.
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Sun, Dec 5th - Poinsettias arrive for pickup
Sun, Dec 5th - 9:45-10:45 a.m. - Sunday School
Sun, Dec 5th - 12:30-2 p.m. - Middle School Youth Group
SPECIAL EVENTS Sun, Dec 5th - 7-9 p.m. - High School Youth Group
PoinsettiasA arrive! - Sunday,
December 5th - 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. The Sun, Dec 12th - 9:45-10:45 a.m. - Sunday School
poinsettias that were ordered during
Sun, Dec 12th - 6-8 p.m. - All Church Caroling Party
November will be available for pickup on
Sunday December 5th, between and after
Sun, Dec 19th - 9:45a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Christmas Boxes
services. If you are unable to pick them
up at that time, please contact Josh to Tues Dec 21st - 10a.m.-3 p.m. - Parent's Day Out
setup another pickup time.
Sun, Dec 26th - NO YOUTH GROUP
All Church Caroling Party - Sunday
December 12th - 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - MPC Sun, Jan 2nd - 12:30-2 p.m. - Middle School Youth Group
Youth will again be hosting an All Church
Caroling party. It’s a great opportunity to
carol to some of our homebound congregational ON-GOING FUNDRAISERS FOR THE
members. This event is open to the whole church.
Christmas Boxes - Sunday December 19th - Technology Recycling - Green Bin in Schmidt Hall
9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - The Youth will help fill boxes - We now offer an inkjet cartridge/toner cartridge/
and load cars during our big Christmas Box cell phone/iPod/laptop recycling program at MPC. If
distribution day. This is a service project for the you bring any of your used up cartridges, your old
Middle School and High School youth. cell phones or iPods, or your old laptop, and put it in
the green bin in Schmidt Hall, the Youth Group gets
Parent's Day Out - Tuesday December 21st -
a small donation from every item that is recy-
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - On this day the youth will once
again be providing babysitting services for the
families of Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, so that eScrip - If you shop at Safeway or shop online, then
parents can finish some last minute shopping, wrap you should signup for this program. eScrip gives our
presents, or just enjoy some time away from the Youth Group a percentage of the proceeds from
kids. Your kids must be potty trained in order to every item you purchase online, at Safeway, or many
enjoy our babysitting services, and please pack a other local retailers and restaurants. So if you can
lunch/snack for your child to bring. This is a help us out please go to the eScrip website, signup
fundraiser for the 2011 Caravan Trip so there is a and register your Safeway Club Cards and your
recommended donation of $10 per child. I f you credit/debit cards so we can start earning towards to
have questions please contact Josh. our next Youth Group Caravan Trip! Website -
http://www.escrip.com Group Name - Milwaukie
Presbyterian Church Group ID# - 9612872
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· Children are welcome in worship. In both worship services,
parents are invited to have their children sit with them during all of the worship service. Alternatively, we
offer “Story Time” in the room next to the nursery for 2nd graders and younger, and for 3rd to 5th graders,
parents can have them sit in the back row of the sanctuary with a volunteer “Worship Buddy.”
· Be sure to look at “A children’s Guide to Worship, The Mouse Book, ” now in all pews.
Adult Bible Study & Discussion in The Fireside Room
Join leaders Harold Kulm and Bill Marquam to discuss the lectionary theme of the day and build
relationships with other adults.
December/ Early January Christian Ed Schedule
“Embrace the Unexpected!”
Dec 5: 9:45 a.m.
• Sanctuary: children with Kevin in rehearsal for Christmas Pageant
(No classroom Sunday School)
• Schmidt Hall: Adult Ed Hour with Sam Cole “Ways We Grow & Communicate Our Faith”
Dec 12: 9:45 a.m.
• Sanctuary: children with Kevin in dress rehearsal for Christmas Pageant
(No classroom Sunday School)
• Schmidt Hall: Adult Ed Hour, Guest Speaker: Anne Kister, Providence Hospital, “Get Me Through the
Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping With Loss on Days That Hold Special Meaning”
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Dec 19: Christmas Boxes in Schmidt Hall
• No Sunday School or Adult Ed Hour. Everyone, including children (under supervision) is encouraged
to help with Christmas Boxes.
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas
Dec 26: Single worship service at 10:00 a.m.
No Sunday School or Adult Ed Hour
Jan 2: Single worship service at 10:00 a.m.
No Sunday School or Adult Ed Hour
Jan 9: (back to two services) 9:45 a.m.
• Schmidt Hall Come one. Come all! “Intergenerational Baptism Workshop”
For all children and adults
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Concert Scheduled for December 5th at PSU 21 Adele McMurry
Two Portland State University choirs will share a concert on
Sunday afternoon, December 5th. The PSU Women's Chorus, 23 Sally Cushman
directed by Kevin Lambert, will join the Madrigal Choir, directed
24 James Spears
by Debbie Glaze, head of Music Education. Music will span five Bryan Coover
centuries, from English Renaissance composer Thomas Morley
to the Austin, Texas-based female trio Dixie Chicks. The con- 25 Jon Cottrell
cert will be held in LH 75, in the basement of newly-renovated William Ely
Lincoln Hall. This is a beautiful performance space that seats Sharon Smith
240 people and features excellent acoustics for singing. The
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concert is free and will begin at 4:00pm, lasting approximately
75 minutes. Lincoln Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue) is located at 28 Mary Cottrell
Market Street between Park and Broadway. Doors off Market
Street on the north side of the building are ADA accessible and 29 Mark Neher
enter directly at basement level.
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A New Venturing Crew 376
meets the First Sunday each month in
Milwaukie Presbyterian Church has added a Scout Ventur-
the Narthex before and after services
ing Program, Crew 376, as part of its overall program for
for fellowship & knitting or crocheting.
youth and families. The Charter was signed November
Our group is making scarves to be distributed next
11th, 2010 at the regular meeting of Session.
winter in the Christmas boxes. Come join us. Call
Marilyn Barnes @ 503-659-9837. Venturing is a co-ed youth development program of the
Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are
Women’s Book Club 14 (completed eighth grade) through 20 years of age.
Watch for more information on Venture Crew 376 meets twice a month, on the first and
which book is being read and when the discussion will third Monday at 6:30 at MPC (the same time and place as
be. Scout Troop 376), and plans their once per month outing.
Coffee Bar Helpers Needed Recent outings have included
Sign up on the Congregational Ministries bulletin board · A weekend Backpack trip into a mountain lake,
to help with set up or clean up of the coffee bar. · Climbing outing and campout at Smith Rock, and a
· Pumpkin carving party.
Eat Pray Love Book Group:
Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to
Watch for the next book and
help young people mature and to prepare them to become
meeting time. Contact Heather
responsible and caring adults. It is a program of exciting
Decker for more information at
and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their
503-786-2886 or special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and
firstname.lastname@example.org become good citizens.
MEN’S BREAKFAST MPC chartered Boy Scout Troop 376 in March of 1976,
Every Tues. morning 7:30 at Libbie’s in downtown and the program is very active today. Over 20 boys from
Milwaukie. the troop, together with their adult leaders, attended the
National Jamboree for a week this summer, the 100th
.Meals on Wheels Drivers anniversary of Scouting in America. Since its beginning,
Needed Troop 376 has promoted approximately 90 scouts to the
highest rank, Eagle Scout. We wish the same kind of suc-
Reach out to your community. It only takes
cess to Venturing Crew 376.
about 1 1/2 hrs. per week. For more information Call
Kathy at the Senior Center, 503-654-3030 or Helen Please feel free to contact the leaders named below for
Ellis at 503-654-5987 more information.
Adult: Venture Crew Advisor – Brian Snook,
PW Bible Study meets in the Fireside Room on cell 971-235-6802. email: email@example.com
the Third Tues. of the month @ 10:00 a.m. In the Youth: Venture Crew President – Bradden Cappoen,
Fireside Room. We are studying the book of Revelation cell 503-442-9394 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
in "Journeys Through Revelation Apocalyptic HOPE for
Today" . Come join us for fellowship, a lively Submitted by Rusty Garrison
discussion or two, and maybe a snack. All ages Chartered Organization Representative, BSA Troop 376
welcome. Study guides are available. Contact Mary
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2416 SE Lake Road
Permit No. 41
Milwaukie Oregon 97222-7731
We seek spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of
We invite everyone to join us in living by these values.
At the core of our faith are the qualities of love, peace,
We are an open, loving, and welcoming congregation
God’s purpose in our lives through worship,
guided by our faith in Jesus Christ.
charity, and stewardship.
education, and service.
Sunday Services—8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-2 :00 p.m. (Closed Monday)
The Rev. Katie Pate, Pastor
Phone: 503.654.7782 ♦ Email: email@example.com December 12th
Direct voice mail: 503.727.3166
Emergencies: 503.367.7682 11:00 a.m. Children’s Program
Sam Cole, Christian Ed. Director
Wed. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cell: 503.423.7111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00—8:00 — Caroling
Kevin Lambert, Music Director
Cell; 614-270-9950 E-mail: email@example.com
Joshua Dunham, Youth Director
Tues. & Thurs., 1-3:30 p.m.
Cell: 503.501.6519 ♦ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Blog: milwaukiepresyouth.blogspot.com December 19th
The Rev. Kristen Hamilton-Sutherland, 8:00—3:00
503-803-6923 E-mail: email@example.com Pack and Deliver Christmas Boxes
Our web address: www.milwaukiepres.org December 24th
Our Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Christmas Eve Services
Dan Meares, Accompanist ♦ Ann Waterman, Office
Coordinator/Bookkeeper ♦ Marilyn Barnes, Office
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Assistant/Custodian www.milwaukiepres.org 7:00 & 11:00 p.m.
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