NEWS & NOTES
Christmas Eve Service
There will be an in-person Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24th at 6 PM. We are also planning an online service for Christmas Eve. More details will follow.
Mark and Evelyn Ewig have provided roses at the front of the auditorium in memory of their daughter Katherine’s birthday. Please take one of these and share it with a friend or family member to spread the joy that Katherine embodied.
Thank you to Tanya Tesseyman for donating the poinsettias on the sides of the stage in memory of Barbara and Gerald Locke.
We extend our sympathy to Ralph Baldwin at the loss of his brother-in-law, Rex Heavin.
Community Prayer Gathering
Western Heights is hosting a community prayer gathering this Sunday, December 13th, from 3:30-4:30 PM, on the Sherman Municipal Lawn (where Hot Summer Nights is located). Come join us for a time of community prayer as we seek God’s guidance to seek reconciliation in the Texoma community. Prayers will be offered, and Bible passages will be read by various Christian ministry leaders in our area. Please bring your own chair.
We are looking for additional volunteers to assist in facilitating our online worship experience! If you are interested in running slides, operating cameras, or facilitating discussion on Facebook during the service, please contact Cina Catteau.
Betty Clark, James Hawk, Dewey Martin, Bob Corley, Sandra Aynes, June Washburn, Nancy Richard, Sarah Carroll
Jim & Jane Scroggins, Terry Waggoner, Pat Ardis, Kay Skelton, Lisa Cobble, Bobby & Peggy Slaughter, Sandra Thomas, Larry Long, Corky Armstrong, Judy Shelton, Mary Pope, Gene Stogner, Kimberly Pendergrass, Kaile Williams (Norris), Peggy Parkey
Barbara Corbett, Ray & Marsha Jones, Chris Keene, JD Huffman
Hammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico)
Friends of Park Avenue
Rebekah Taylor (great niece of the Russells), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez, Director of orphanage in Mexico), Betty & Misty (family of Pat Chandler)
Good morning and welcome to our worship services. Today I will conclude our series on What Scripture Says about Gender. I know this is a complicated topic and realize that as we discover truths from Scripture there are also many questions raised. If you have concerns, questions, or comments I am more than willing to sit down with you individually or through Zoom to talk.
Next Sunday is our last Sunday before Christmas, so I’m asking everyone to wear their best and brightest holiday attire. Although our Christmas celebrations may be a little different this year, that does not take away from the significance and meaning of the birth of Christ. In fact, the events of 2020 may even amplify the significance and meaning of Christmas. As the Hebrews writer says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” - regardless of our personal or global circumstances.
Park Avenue will offer two opportunities to observe Christmas Eve this year. We will have our traditional Christmas Eve service in-person at the building at 6 PM and we will post a pre-recorded Christmas Eve service on Facebook and YouTube that will premiere at 6 PM on Christmas Eve. The in-person service will not be streamed but I assure you the pre-recorded service will be meaningful and reflective. We hope that you will join us in either one of those services and ask that you invite others.
For all our Daily Bible Readers, we are approaching the end of the year-long journey. Kudos to all who stuck with the readings and blessings to all who participated to any extent. Even as the calendar turns to 2021 let us all continue to devote ourselves daily to the reading of the Word. Although our children’s classes will not meet on Sunday, December 27, we will meet to wrap up our class.
On Sunday, December 27 we will pause and remember the Park Avenue members who have passed away in 2020. We’ve had to say goodbye to many this year, but look forward to a great reunion. Blessings and peace to all who are dealing with loss during the holidays.