Announcements from December 13th - 20th

Please be sure Not to Leave any Valuables Visible in your Vehicle during service!

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHT SERVICES this year are the 24th of December at 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Carols at 8:30 p.m.! The early service will weave the Christmas story together with Christmas Carols, have a special children’s message, and provide an opportunity to receive an individual or small group blessing. The late service will be more traditional with scriptural reflections and Holy Communion. Be sure to come early for the Celebration of Carols! A perfect opportunity to invite that friend, or neighbor, or family member. -Advent blessings, Pr. Koppel

JANUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, December 17th, please be sure to get in your articles and worship schedules, if you have not already! Thank you!   -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator 

ADOPTED FAMILIES CHRISTMAS TREE: Thank Many thanks to all who bought gifts for our families. The gifts are due today - we will be passing them along to the families a little later after the service today. Your thoughtfulness means a lot to them. Peace to all!
   -Kay Schoenefeld, Adopted Families Coordinator

BABY FOOD DRIVE… Again, thank you all for the manger gifts to benefit local children. We continue to collect Baby food throughout advent reminding us of the infant Jesus and his poor traveling family and all those in similar situations locally today. Place your gifts in red box or the manger.   -Dana Mullen

TOYS AND GIFT CARDS FOR CAMINO DE VIDA, will be delivered tomorrow, so they will have them for the service and dinner on December 23rd. Thanks to all who contributed to the children of our mission congregation in the South Valley.   -Ivan Westergaard

LUMINARIAS… THANK YOU! The luminaria cost was covered by you generous people in 10 min last Sunday! In fact, we were given 7 dollars too much. As we don’t know who to return money to, we will add the $7 to recycling funds for our Christmas ELCA good gifts decisions.   -Dana Mullen

HEAR AND SHARE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS in our families and cultures this morning in Adult Faith Development. After worship, get your coffee and come to the Conference Room (11:00 a.m. - Noon).   -Ivan Westergaard

NATIVITY STORY CONVERSATION is tomorrow, December 17th at noon and 5:45 p.m. Bring your own coffee or lunch or snack.
   -Peace, Pr. Koppel

YOUR LAST MID-WEEK ADVENT OPPORTUNITY is this Thursday, December 20th as we conclude our last Coffee, Candles and Characters, in the Narthex at 6:15 p.m. We’ll sing and pray as we explore our last characters, the Shepherds, as we prepare for the Christ child. A free will offering for our Mission Congregations, Camino de Vida, will be collected. -Jeremy Wirths, Music Director & Pr. Koppel

THIS FRIDAY, WE GATHER ON THE LABYRINTH to remember that the 21st of each month is the day most families run out of food stamps and the ability to feed their families. We meet at 5:00 p.m. for a half hour to pray and remember those who struggle to make ends meet. The Bishops of the ELCA and the Episcopal Church have declared the 21st day to "PRAY, FAST, ACT" on behalf of our neighbors in need. Join us. (We'll be inside, if it is too cold!)   -Ivan Westergaard

OUTREACH ADVENT TREE UPDATE: On the first Sunday in Advent we raised $153.00 for the ELCA World Hunger. On the second Sunday we raised $425.00 for our hungry neighbors. Total: $578.00, almost half of our goal! Oh, you did not know our goal is $1200.00? Mary and Joseph were much like some of the people at our Mexican border, who worried about finding a safe and warm place for their baby to come into the world. When we sanitize the Christmas story, we miss the point; he was born in the cold, like families driven from their homes. Jesus came to share the lives of those whom the world would rather throw away than acknowledge. May we care more about the mistreated than a new pair of fuzzy slippers. "Joy is the serious business of Heaven." (C. S. Lewis). -Else Tasseron, Outreach Team

LEARN ABOUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES AND THE HEALTH SECURITY ACT at this Tuesday's Legislative Training Session, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE. Ane Romero, Director of the Center for Civic Policy, will be our Guest Speaker. Albuquerque Interfaith hosts these trainings to prepare us for the coming session of the State Legislature. Our final training, on Immigrant Justice, Worker Protection and Workforce Development, will be on Tuesday, January 8th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the South Valley Economic Development Center, 318 Isleta Blvd. SW. You are encouraged to attend these meetings as we seek to rebuild our behavioral health system and support immigrants seeking asylum.   -Ivan Westergaard

OUR SCHEDULE for Communion Assistants and Assisting Ministers runs through January 29th. It's time to make a new schedule. Have you considered leading worship in this way? If you have interest in doing so this would be a good time to sign up. Training will be held for new Assisting Ministers on January 15th at 3:30 p.m. Please contact me if you are interested.   -Peace, Terry Cole

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A GOOGLE CALENDAR that you can see anytime on our website, or going to this link: We update our calendar weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays to try to keep you in the loop with all the latest events. Just go to, click on the Calendar tab on the top of the page and it will direct you to our Google calendar. If you have an event you would like to add to the calendar, please contact me in the office at 505-242-5942, or by email at for more information.   -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

THE VISUAL CHOIR: Jo Browning, Jan Bowers, Karen Bunch, Jan Krakow and I, have been asked about the new Advent banner that was displayed for the first time at the service on December 2nd. A little over a year ago I received a Cumberland Presbyterian Church publication that had a beautiful colorful depiction of the first Christmas in Bethlehem on the cover. I shared it with the others in the Visual Choir and we all were inspired to create a banner that would use the concept of this artwork. It took the combined talent of all five of us to design and execute the banner you see in the sanctuary today, always relying on the inspiration of that original cover picture. We appreciate the kind comments we have received and trust that you will continue to be inspired, as well, as the banner evolves from Advent into the Christmas season.   -Shirley Nilsson, Visual Choir