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Bradford Woods Community Church

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

December
2014
Issue

An Epistle from Ed
By Ed Cadwallader, Pastor
By the time you read this the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers will be running out and we will officially
be inside the season of Advent. Black Friday will have passed and the mad rush toward the merriment
of Christmas will have begun in full force. By the time you read this you will already have begun
planning holiday strategies to allow for the completing of decorating, shopping, baking, card sending
and cleaning - all prior to the must finish date & time associated with each of these categories of
frustration and delight. Sleep will be shortened, emotions may become raw, moods could become
cranky and our patience will tend to falter as we join in the mad rush toward the merriment of
Christmas in full force.
As I was considering our participation, as the people of God, in this seasonal test of both endurance
and tenacity, I was thrilled to discover something that might just be a positive about what is usually
painted as a kind of end of the year rat-race that ruins the holiday for many people. It occurred to me
that all the cleaning, mailing, cooking and wrapping are just various acts of getting ourselves ready
for the coming of Christmas. Similar to getting ourselves ready for the day ahead or a trip to a friends
home for dinner, the extra activities of November and December are merely a larger scale of getting
things ready.
This season of the Church, Advent, takes it name from a Latin word that is usually translated as
approach, or come near. There is, however, an aspect to the ancient word that is related to
anticipation. That is, not just waiting and expecting something, but anticipating, preparing for and
even taking events into hand ahead of time to ensure success in the coming event.
It pleased me to consider that all the flurry of the season is NOT a bad thing depending on why
were doing it. Keeping up with the lighting display of the neighbors across the street, outdoing our
baking rivals by creating the most cutting edge cookies, posted on Pinterest, seeking out the gaudiest
of holiday sweaters to feign a complete lack of concern for the holidays, and spending to prove the
depth of our emotions are NOT the work of anticipation to which I was referring. Rather than
struggling to do everything for a rat-race that will leave us feeling empty, we can be about the happy
work of preparing for the advent of our Lord. Rather than arriving at 12/25 bitter and burned out, we
can feel the joy of having planned and prepared for a festival celebrating a child that we welcome and
love. Like the fun we have planning and preparing for someones surprise birthday party, that fills us
with anticipation and glee, Advent can be a time that fills us with joy, peace and wonder while we
do all the things we decide we want to do to welcome the birth of our Lord in our hearts anew!
Think about it.

Live Nativity
By John Liebenguth
Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 14 for our annual
Live Nativity. Continuous programs run from
6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Stop by the front lawn
for five minutes, or the entire two hours! Cookies
and hot chocolate will be served, free of charge,
in between the shows.
Im pleased to say that without any phone calling, the cast is mostly filled-up! We still need two kings
for the late show and singers for both shows. Please give me a call at (724) 934-0731 if you can
participate.

Crche Construction
By John Liebenguth, Property Chair
The crche and sanctuary tree will be constructed on Saturday, December 6 at
10:00 a.m. Any helpers are welcome.
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Mens Advent Pancake Breakfast Dec. 7


By Cait Kowal, Office Manager
Come by on Dec. 7th for a warm, delicious breakfast! The men in our congregation will be
serving up pancakes, sausage and fruit after service to celebrate the second Sunday in
Advent. We still need a few more men to help set up, tear down and clean up afterwards. If
youd like to help out please contact Jeff Kowal or the church office at
bwcc@consolidated.net. Thank you to all our men for your hard work and support. There is
no charge for the breakfast but feel free to contribute to our free will offering basket!

Christmas Pageant Dec. 21


By Norma Liebenguth, Christian Education Committee
The youth of the church will present a Christmas program during morning worship on Sunday,
December 21. Please plan to attend! Following, the Christian Education Committee will host
coffee hour with a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. Thanks to Pennie Cadwallader, Carla
Liebenguth, Shelly Muhlenkamp and Melanie Verbaarschott for helping with the kids.
Christian Ed also welcomes Jenn Hudak on the committee beginning in January! I will move
into the role of Sunday School Superintendent.

Youth GRAPE News


By Ed Cadwallader, Pastor
The newly restored BWCC Youth program has been meeting weekly and welcomes any youth from
6th through 12th grade who want to learn more about our God and like having fun with their friends.
We meet each Sunday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and share together with fun, food and
learning. The goal in Christianity is to grow come out on Sunday evenings and develop!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services


By Cait Kowal, Office Manager
Join us for a beautiful candlelight services on Dec. 24. Together we celebrate the first
night when the angels announced the news of Christs birth to the shepherds on the
hillside near Bethlehem. There will be two services on Christmas Eve, the first one will
be at 7:30 p.m. and the second one will be at 11 p.m. The 11 p.m. service will also
include a celebration of Holy Communion, which is open to members and non-members alike.

Order Christmas Poinsettias Now!


By Cait Kowal, Office Manager
Make Christmas beautiful by ordering your poinsettias now! Festive 6 to 6.5 foil wrapped pots
from Bauerle Greenhouse are available for only $8 each. Pick from: red, white, pink or marble
colors. Order forms are in the church library or you may order online by clicking HERE. You
may also dedicate your poinsettias in honor or memory of someone special or for a special
occasion. Deadline for orders will be announced at a later date. For more information please
contact the church office at bwcc@consolidated.net.

"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. ~ 1 John 5:11
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2015 Pledges
By Jane Siefers, Assistant Treasurer
The pledges are coming in for 2015! If you have not yet dropped off your pledge slip, please
consider making a pledge and submitting it by the end of the month. Your slip may be placed in a
regular offering envelope and left in the plate, dropped off in my church mail box, mailed to or
dropped off at the church office in an envelope labeled Attn: Assistant Treasurer, you can also
email: djsiefers@consolidated.net or phone 724-935-4028 me with your pledge. OR you may (like
one of our trustees) accost me on the street and hand over a slip of paper. The method and amount are up to you, and no
one but you and I will know! The trustees are hoping to reach a goal of at least 40 pledges for 2015.

Cookies!
By Jane Siefers, Hospitality Committee
Cookie baking is a part of almost every familys Christmas traditions, and we have several
opportunities to share that tradition with others.
Franklin Park police officer, Kim Boucek has been sending homemade cookies and other
goodies to our overseas troops since 2008. Womens Club has been supporting Bouceks
Battalion for several years. Jane Siefers will be delivering cookies to the drop off site on Sunday,
December 7 and has offered the church kitchen as a drop-off location. If you would like to
support this project, please drop off your donated cookies before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.
For complete details of types of cookies and proper packaging, please check out the website at:
http://www.bouceksbattalion.org.
And, of course, we also need plenty of festive Christmas cookies for our appreciative audience at the Live Nativity on
December 14. You can drop off your cookies in Kehew Hall at church Sunday morning, or leave them in the church
fridge earlier in the week. FYI, this year we will not be selling cookies at the Live Nativity, but we will follow our
tradition of free cookies and cocoa after each performance!

Missions
By Jean Hipwell, Missions Committee
I would like to thank everyone for our big undertaking of helping to give shut-ins a homemade
Thanksgiving dinner. A big thank you to all who helped by calling, baking pies, cooking turkeys
and delivering the meals on Thanksgiving. Everyone was very appreciative and thankful.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~
John 3:16

Worship Leaders and Acolytes

Treasurers Report as of 11/16/14

If you would like to volunteer to be a worship leader, please contact


Pastor Ed. Thank you for your service.
Dec. 7 Melanie Verbaarschott, Ben Cadwallader, acolyte
Dec. 14 Jenn Hudak, Amber Swann, acolyte
Dec. 21 John Liebenguth, Mac Coltharp, acolyte
Dec. 28 Paul Swann, Beth Muhlenkamp, acolyte

Pledge
Plate

YTD
Actual
$24,789
$25,800

YTD
Budget
$45,833
$18,333

TOTAL:

$50,589

$64,166

Total Year Budget

$70,000

November Happenings

A good team, set to make a great


Thanksgiving feast for many seniors!

Chloe, Mac & Ben finish wrapping things up with Beth at a Youth
GRAPE meeting. The group worked to learn about how being
covered in sin makes it difficult to get around as we would like!

Melanie V with one turkey who


didn't make it to the pan!
A beautiful solo by Corinne Swann.

There is always something to be thankful for.

At Salem Methodist church preparing cranberries for Thanksgiving delivery.

Thank you newsletter photographers: Doug


Atkinson, Pastor Ed Cadwallader and
Shelly Muhlenkamp!

4836 Wexford Run Road | P.O. Box 421


Bradford Woods, PA 15015
(724) 935-3135

Serving Bradford Woods and surrounding North Hills communities.


Visit our website: www.bradfordwoodschurch.org | Contact us: bwcc@consolidated.net

ICCC Mission Statement


Bradford Woods Community Church is a member of the ICCC (International Council of Community Churches) whose
mission statement is: As people devoted to following Christ we are committed to community, to treasuring diversity, to
living our faith in service and love.

Events for the Month of December:


December Birthdays
3 Kris Hayhurst; 7 Greg Hendrickson; 10 Linda
Tessmer; 12 Dirk Verbaarschott; 15 James
Hayhurst; 17 Sarah Grguras; 17 Donna Spec; 22
Missy Johns; 22 John Astarb; 27 Don Siefers

Prayer Concerns and Praise


Stevie Bachman, Sue Bayer, Joel Bonzer,
Joseph Bossman, Chad Brown, Cathy
Carter, The Davenport Family, Jody
Dentici, Diane Dilanni, Al Dinello,
Margie Douttiel, Christine Feagin,
Martha Finley, Kevin Fredrick, Katherine Gardner,
Laurie & Joe Gillespie, Jenn Hudak, Doug Ice, Ron
Liguori, Mary Love Nast, Carol OBrien, Jennifer
Rihtarchick, Myleigh Smith, Doris Stokes, John
Valley, and The Waldron Family
Ushers Needed
Please volunteer to handle the duties of ushering any Sunday.
Greeting new guests, handing out bulletins, and collecting
contributions during service is all thats needed.

December
6 Crche and Sanctuary Tree Set-Up, 10:00 a.m.
7 Mens Advent Pancake Breakfast, 12:00 p.m.
10 Trustees Meeting, 6:15 p.m.
10 Church Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
14 Live Nativity, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
21 Childrens Christmas Pageant, 11 a.m.
24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:30 p.m.
24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with
Communion, 11 p.m.
Ongoing:
Advent Sunday School Series: Every Sunday, 10 a.m.
Morning Worship Service: Every Sunday, 11 a.m.
Youth GRAPE: Every Sunday, 7 p.m.
Choir Practice: Every Monday, 7 p.m.
AA/NA: Every Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Coffee Hour
Please sign up to handle the duties of
coffee hour any Sunday. Preparing coffee,
a cold drink and an (optional) refreshment
is all thats needed. And, its appreciated!

If you are new to our congregation, please pass your information to Caitalyn Kowal in the church office, regarding your
address, phone number, email address, etc. so we can keep our records up to date and keep you up to date. Thank you.
Please help us with our mailing list costs. If you could view this newsletter via email or online, please
contact us at 724.935.3135 or bwcc@consolidated.net.
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