The Bumbershoot: December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018
The Bumbershoot
The purpose of children's ministry at TPC is to give specific thought and attention to the way children grow in their understanding of Christ's Kingdom and what membership in that Kingdom entails.

This Sunday, December 16th, will be the last CE of the Fall Semester. As this week is also the week of Advent that focuses on humility, this would be a wonderful time to write a note or make a picture to thank your teachers who humbly serve our church each week in CE. Classes will resume January 13. 

All ages are invited to attend prayer services each Sunday evening at 6:00 during the season of Advent. Advent guides are available on the table to the left of the Sanctuary doors. 

During Hanging of the Greens, children were given Family Advent Guides. There was an error in the times of services printed in that edition. Please note that all Advent services, including the Christmas Eve service, will begin at 6:00pm.

praying child PLEASE PRAY: 
Please continue to pray that God would bring complete healing to Ms. Shawn. If you would like to make a get-well card or if your family would like to provide a restaurant gift card for the Lee family, please bring it by the office this week.

  2nd & 3rd grade Christmas Photo

It appears as though some joyful Christmas elves invaded our CE classes yesterday! 4th & 5th grade Christmas photo



"Come Light Our Hearts" by Sandra McCracken is the song of the month. 

Click here to listen.

Yesterday’s worship training lesson was, "Committing To God's Kingdom" and next week will be "Listening To God's Word." Click on the title to read the lessons for further discussion at home.

Yesterday's passage began like this: "You have wearied the Lord with your words." Now, if you are like me, that is a little scary and definitely not what I want to hear the servant of The King say to me. In fact, those are words that would make us want to find a deep dark hole where we could hide because we know his words are true. We know we have sinned and sin is embarrassing. Sin is heavy. Sin makes us feel icky. And when we hear Malachi, the prophet's next words: "The Lord is coming," I know I need to find that hiding place fast!  Because if the Lord, who is holy and tired of our sin, is coming, what do we expect him to do?  Get angry. Scream and yell. Punish us, right? But Malachi's answer to what God will do when he comes is not what we would expect. He says God Himself is coming, NOT to punish, but to RESCUE us! He is sending a rescuer who will refine us and wash us from all the icky sin we have brought on ourselves. If we hear and believe the prophet that Jesus is that Rescuer God sent, we must stop trying to hide FROM God and instead hide IN the Rescuer who is Jesus. When we hide IN him, he makes us clean and teaches us how to stop sinning so we can look like him - clean and holy - because there will be a day when Jesus comes back again. And on that day, the only people he will rescue are those who have stopped hiding FROM God and instead hidden themselves IN Jesus. 

King Jesus, I know I am a sinner. Please help me to stop hiding from you and instead hide in you so I can be made like you.

“But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.” Malachi 3:2

Q: Why are we baptized even as little infants?

A: Because God includes the children of believers in his covenant and marks them in baptism.
Q: What did Jesus say about little children?

A: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

DECEMBER 16: Last Fall CE class

DECEMBER 16: Advent Prayer service from 6-6:30

DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve Service at 6:00

If you have questions about anything pertaining to children's ministry at TPC or would like more information on any events, please email Neecia Eggar at