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Advent Series

COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Join us as we begin a new sermon series for Advent. For many, Advent is the invitation to get into that Christmas spirit, to count down the days to the grand celebration, and let the holiday transform everything around us. This Advent season we're focusing on the true spirit of Christmas, the Mass of Christ, the celebration of the Incarnate one who comes to remind us that we are not alone, and God is with us. The invitation this Advent season to each of us and the world is to “Come Home for Christmas.”

This week, Pastor Derek will invite us to consider those for whom "home" is not a positive image. We will explore themes of reconciliation and peace. We hope you'll join us for worship - whether in-person or online. 


Advent Devotionals 
Advent devotionals can be found on the side table in the Great Hall. Pick yours up this Sunday or during the week.

57th Annual Vespers

DECEMBER 19, 2021 at 5PM
After losing a year of Vespers to COVID-19 cancellations in 2020, we are excited to be bringing it back in 2021. While this year's Vespers' service will be abbreviated, we can still expect to hear quality Christmas music from our chancel choir, adult handbell choir, and our children's choir. 

We hope you'll join us December 19 at 5pm for evening of beautiful music and fellowship. 

2022 Faith Promise Update 

As of November 21, we've received 143 Faith Promises totaling $348,137 and more than half of those pledges represent increases from 2021 or first time pledges.  The total amount of the increase is more than $68,000.  That increase is offset by significant loss of current and future giving. During 2021 several of our top givers have gone home to be with the Lord or have moved out of the area!  

If you want to make a faith promise but did not receive the card and letter, please let me know.  You can also create your faith promise online (see information below) or I can do that for you.  It is very important that you respond as we are currently developing the 2022 budget.  If we don't see significant response during the next four weeks, we may have to make some painful spending decisions.  I also ask you to review your 2021 Faith Promise to ensure that you meet or exceed that promise by the end of December.

Our target for 2022 is 225 Faith Promises totaling $525,000. After Thanksgiving, I will make follow up contacts to those who have not responded unless you have indicated you do not want to be contacted.  Please contact me at lanceb344@gmail.com or 216-219-3729 if you have any questions or need help.  God bless you all!

Lance Bell
Campaign Chair-Stewardship

Making Your Faith Promise 

MAKING YOUR ONLINE PLEDGE

If you have not yet made your Faith Promise, you can still do so through the button below. We are grateful for everyone's faithful and fearless generosity in supporting the mission and ministry of TCIA.

ONLINE FAITH PROMISE FORM

The Caring Tree

A TCIA TRADITION OF SHARING LOVE AT CHRISTMAS

The Caring Tree—a Church in Aurora Tradition (with two ways to participate in one beautiful act of love!)

The Caring Tree once again will grace Fellowship Hall donned with opportunities to share the Joy of Christmas. Additionally, a second method—signing up directly on line—will be available this year as well.

Sign up on Sundays, November 28 and December 5 in Fellowship Hall. Simply choose one (or more!) paper ornament from the tree and have it recorded by a member of the Missions Committee at a nearby table.

The process is completely confidential.  Information on the ornament will include gender, age and some gift ideas and clothing size.  You may choose to purchase any or all of the ideas, but please stay within the suggested total expenditure range of $50—$75 for each recipient.

Please do NOT wrap gifts!  They can be placed in a gift bag with the paper ornament securely fastened to the bag.  Bags should be dropped off in Fellowship Hall no later than noon on December 12.

Alternatively, if you would like to sign up on line, simply click on the link provided and follow the directions.

Caring Tree—Caring Congregation.  Thank you for making Christmas memorable for so many!

SIGN-UP ONLINE

Messy Christmas: An Evening of Family Fun

SUN DEC 12 AT 5-7PM / SIGN-UP BELOW

The first Christmas was far from perfect - it was actually quite messy.  Messy Christmas is a fresh new way of experiencing the Christmas story. You’ll get your hands dirty with stations and activities for all ages—so bring the whole family! 

Activities begin promptly at 5pm with a family dinner to follow at 6pm in Fellowship Hall.  

Registration is required.  Admission is free.  Can’t wait to celebrate a Messy Christmas with you! Because of Covid precautions, we are limiting participation to 75 people.

SIGN-UP ONLINE

News from Circle 3-H

Gift Bag Service Project, Friday December 3 at 10a.m.

Ladies! You are invited to attend this Friday's meeting of Circle 3-H from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will be wrapping Christmas items and putting together gift bags for area shelter residents. Please bring any yarn hats you have made and personal products (small or large) for the 23 ladies of Portage Area Recovery Center.

Participants are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Contact Flip Eavenson or Betty Marlar if you have questions.

Helping Hands Bring Hope!

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group

MEETS WEDNESDAYS AT 10AM

Are you interested in a weekly morning Bible study group? Our co-ed, friendly group meets every Wednesday at 10:00am and we would love to include a few more people. We are currently studying the book of Romans using a David Jeremiah text. We would provide the text at no charge to you. This is an ongoing group that meets every week except during the summer. Contact Rodger Shaulis at 330-562-5683 or Nancy Gallik at 440-570-1685 if you have questions about joining this talkative, interactive study group.

Blood Drive

NEXT BLOOD DRIVE: TUES DEC 14  

The Red Cross is currently experiencing an all-time low blood supply. Please consider giving a most meaningful gift this season and help a patient get home for the holidays. Our previous donations were sent to: 

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic 
  • Alliance Community Hospital
  • Summa Akron City Hospital
Please make your lifesaving donation appointment for our next drive on Tuesday, December 14 using the button below. Donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card by email. 
DONATION APPOINTMENT

Fall Calendar for Youth

UPCOMING EVENTS IN NOV & DEC

Christmas Party Overnight / Middle & High School
Dec 11-12 / 8:30pm-7:30am

Boys will be asked to bring a drink to share, Girls will be asked to bring a snack to share. We will meet at the Escape and then we will depart to our festivities for the evening. $25.00 per Person

YOUTH GROUP CALENDAR

News & Announcements

December Blood Drive
Tues Dec 14 
Our next blood drive will be Tuesday, December 14. You may make your donation appointment through the Red Cross Website.

Christmas Eve Services
Fri Dec 24 5 & 9pm
We'll be sharing more about our Christmas Eve services soon. Begin to consider family and friends that you could invite to Christmas Eve worship as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah. 

Flowers for Sunday Worship
If you would like to sponsor altar or side-rail flowers for Sunday worship services, you may sign-up through the button below or call the church office at 330.562.8266. SIGN-UP LINK

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Prayer Requests

Submit prayer requests through the link below. Prayers are confidential to staff. 

 

Last Week's Service

You can watch last Sunday's worship or other services on our YouTube Channel. 

Give Online

Make a gift online or manage your Realm giving account through the button below. 

Communication Requests

If you have an announcement or ministry opportunity to share, please use the button below.

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