The Church at Litchfield Park
A House of Prayer for All People
The Church at Litchfield Park
300 North Old Litchfield Road
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Page updated Fri Nov 15
This page spotlights most of the activities that occur each week at The Church at Litchfield Park. For a full listing of events, please browse the current issue of the Weekly Bulletin.
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TUESDAY MORNING ADULT STUDY
10:00 a.m. in Souers Hall
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT STUDY
6:30 p.m. in Souers Hall
Our study of Genesis continues Tuesday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Souers Hall. Virgil and Fran Grumbling will be our study leaders as we focus on Jacob (Genesis 25-35) and his relationships. Please consider joining us, and if possible bring the necessary items for taking notes and a Bible.
Tuesday Morning Adult Study
photos: Carroll Frison
The Holocaust and Its Memory
Tuesday, November 26
Join us on Tuesday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. in Souers Hall for another event in our Speaker Series entitled The Holocaust and Its Memory. The Holocaust was probably the worst crime ever committed against humankind. But the darkest hour in human history has been the foundation for the rising of light again. In spite of darkness, it has also been a source of tremendous growth and evolution.
Dr. Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona distinguished professor of German Studies, will examine not only the Holocaust, but the memory of it and what various peoples have done to keep this memory alive. With the hope often found in the worst situation, the talk will address the present and the future by way of reflecting on the development of past events, particularly in Germany.
Dr. Classen teaches and researches the European Middle Ages, the early modern age, and modern German-speaking lands, focusing on literature, the visual arts, politics, philosophy, and religion. He has published more than 90 scholarly books. He has given lectures across the state of Arizona, the nation, and globally. Over the last 30 years he has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards.
photo: AZ Humanities
Wednesday Night Community Dinner
Our Wednesday Night Community Dinners are now underway. These dinners are open to ALL and are FREE! Come and enjoy time together. Dinner is served from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. in Souers Hall. If you would like to help in the kitchen on Wednesday nights, please sign up in the breezeway or Souers Hall.
|Nov 20||Roast turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, dressing, hot rolls, pumpkin pie & whipped cream|
|Nov 27||Thanksgiving Break; Dinners will resume in December.|
God’s Own Kids
Calling all kids ages PreK – Grade 5. Join us Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the nursery & classroom 5 for a craft and prayers. Then get comfy on our bean bags, grab some free popcorn, and enjoy a Veggie Tales Bible Story Video. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children’s Christian Community Choir (Kindergarten–grade 5) will be rehearsing on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. in Fireside Room North. (Plan to enjoy a free dinner together in Souers Hall at 5:45 p.m. after rehearsal.)
Our 2020 Stewardship theme is based on how the pillars of Worship, Service, and Fellowship are the heart of The Church at Litchfield Park. Our progress toward meeting our pledge goal is represented by the red fill line in the heart on the bulletin cover.
Poinsettias for the Christmas season are on sale in the breezeway or Souers Hall between services. This is a chance to remember a loved one, praise someone, or simply spread the spirit of Christmas with the enduring red bloom that represents a deep love for Jesus.
The poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary and Souers Hall with the honorees’ names listed in the bulletin. The price is $10.00 cash or check made payable to the Church at Litchfield Park with “poinsettias” in the memo line. Sunday, December 8, is the last day to order and pay for poinsettias.
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If you are considering joining our church family or simply want more information about The Church at Litchfield Park, please come to our brief membership orientation in Fireside Room South next Sunday, November 17, immediately following the 9:15 a.m. service. New members will be received the following Sunday at either the 9:15 or 10:45 a.m. service. If you have already been to an orientation session and would like to join or if you have any questions about the process, please contact the church office at (623) 935-3411 or email@example.com.
Grief Support Group
Learning to live after a life change (i.e. the death of a loved one or friend, job loss, relationship loss, etc.) is oftentimes very difficult. We want to join you on the path to healing by offering a grief support group. Kathy Bilak and Leanne Walgren hope to walk with you as you travel through your grief. We will meet on Sundays, at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Fireside Room South. The dates are as follows: Sunday, November 17 and 24. If you have any questions, please call the church office at (623) 935-3411 or speak with Kathy or Leanne.
Calling all 3rd to 8th graders! Are you interested in serving the church as an acolyte? Acolytes bring in the light at the 9:15 a.m. service and at other special services. There will be a training session in the sanctuary on Sunday, November 17 at 11:45 a.m. Training can also be arranged to be done another day if you are interested but are unable to attend on the 17th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Suzanne Waltman or Kristin McNamara with any questions.
Please join the 2019 Christmas Pageant. Rehearsals begin Sunday, November 17, and continue through Saturday, December 14. The performance is on Sunday, December 15, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. We are excited to announce that our script, The Nativity: A Traditional Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ, has been updated to include more speaking roles.
Rehearsals are Thursdays from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dress rehearsal will be on Saturday, December 14. You can sign up in the breezeway or Souers Hall to participate in this Christmas gift to the church. For more information, please contact the church office at (623) 935-3411. Participation is open to K-5th graders in the community.
The Children's Interest Form and Rehearsal Schedule is HERE.
Women’s Circle 3
Circle 3 will meet for a luncheon on Wednesday, November 20, at 11:30 a.m., at La Loma Village on Camelback Road just west of Litchfield Road. The cost is $12.00. The menu is not yet decided. The deadline to R.S.V.P. is Friday, November 15. Hostesses are Jane Cook and Vonnie Erickson. Please contact Circle 3 at email@example.com if you plan to attend or if you have any questions.
Women’s Circle 5
Circle 5 will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21, for fellowship and refreshments at La Loma Village, 14154 W Denny Blvd, Litchfield Park. Hostess is Dortha Apland, assisted by Marcy Clement and Chris Martin. Please sign up in the breezeway or Souers Hall, or email firstname.lastname@example.org@clp.church if you have questions, need directions, or wish to RSVP. All women are invited to join us. There will be no Circle 5 meeting in December.
Christmas Angel Project
The Missions Committee has chosen Luke Air Force Base Deployed Families as the focus of the Christmas Angel Project this year. If you would like to contribute a gift, gift card, or money to this project, you can do so between Sunday services in the breezeway or Souers Hall on November 24, December 1, and December 8. Cards made by our children and youth will be available for each donor to be signed and sent along with the gifts to be received by our Luke Air Force Base Deployed Families on December 15.
Suggested gifts include: gift cards for adults; a basket of goodies for mom that includes gift cards for manicures, pedicures, massages, etc.; a man’s basket with different items. For kids, non-wrapped gifts including: Big Wheels, gaming systems, Legos (for girls and boys), Barbie House, Barbie items, boys and girls bikes and other popular kids toys are suggested.
Thanksgiving Eve Service
We invite you to attend the Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, in the sanctuary. A monetary offering will be taken and given to St. Mary’s Food Bank and any non-perishable food donations will be given to St. Mary’s Food Bank as well.
Hanging of the Greens
The Hanging of the Greens will be held Saturday, November 30, at 10:00 a.m. Everyone (all ages are welcome) is invited to help with the Christmas decorating. This all-church event will include listening to some of our favorite Christmas music while we decorate the outside and inside of the church for the 2019 Advent and Christmas season.
Once the decorating is complete, we will gather in Souers Hall for a light lunch, which will be provided. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite holiday dessert to share. If you would like to join in the activities, please sign up in the breezeway or Souers Hall. We need your help!
photos: Lynne Kammeraad
Chronic Illness and Caregivers Support Groups
December 1, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Chronic Illness and Caregiver Support Groups will meet. The Chronic Illness Peer Support Group meets in Fireside Room South with Kathy Bilak who hopes to provide an opportunity and the space for people living with a long-term illness to get together and share stories and experiences, while giving each other empathetic, emotional and practical help.
The Caregiver Support Group meets in Classroom 5 with Marcy Clement who hopes to teach and encourage self-care, as well as provide a forum of support and understanding from others facing similar situations.
W.C.S.F. Christmas Tea
All women are invited to attend the annual Women’s Christian Service Fellowship Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Souers Hall. The theme for this year’s tea is Christmas Wrapped in Love. Ladies with last names beginning with A-N are asked to bring 24 finger sandwiches. Those with names beginning with O-Z are asked to bring 24 finger desserts or savory hors d’oeuvres. Heidi Hernandez, a noted harpist, will entertain us at the beginning of the tea. Please sign up in advance in the breezeway or Souers Hall between services or call the office at (623) 935-3411.
Holidays with Orpheus
Orpheus Male Chorus presents their annual “Holidays with Orpheus” concert on Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. at The Church at Litchfield Park. Featured will be traditional and contemporary holiday songs, along with their audience sing-along of everyone’s favorite Christmas carols. Admission to “Holidays with Orpheus” is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, for tickets purchased in advance at www.orpheus.org. Advance tickets are only sold online. For tickets purchased at the door, the admission will be $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. For more information contact the Orpheus Box Office at (602) 698-7890.
Logo and photo: Orpheus Male Chorus
3F Club Kickoff Potluck
The 3F club: Food, Fun & Fellowship is a great way to get to know others in our church family, develop lasting relationships and share the love of God together in an intimate environment. We will start the 2020 season off with a group potluck on Sunday, January 12, at 12:00 p.m. in Souers Hall. Couples and singles of all ages are encouraged to join.
Once a month each unit made up of couples and/or singles will be paired up in groups of eight. One couple will host and supply the main entrée and the remaining couples will each bring one of the following: appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Please sign up in the breezeway or Souers Hall between services by Sunday, December 22.
November Food Drive
We can be the hands and feet of Jesus by sharing non-perishable goods with St. Mary’s Food Bank. Food boxes will be placed throughout our church campus every Sunday in November. You may also share at the Wednesday night dinners, the church picnic, Hallopalooza, or the Thanksgiving Eve Service. Let’s make a difference for the hungry in Arizona.
W.C.S.F. Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is organized and operated by Women’s Christian Service Fellowship (W.C.S.F.) and its volunteers. It is headed by Amber Gilbert, Amanda Clough, and Jennifer Scott and is the primary source of funding for W.C.S.F. Proceeds are used to support W.C.S.F.’s many community and world-wide outreach projects, including grants for women in crisis and special projects on the church campus.
W.C.S.F. appreciates your support throughout the year as donors, shoppers, and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at the Thrift Shop, please sign up in the breezeway between services. The Thrift Shop is open for business from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the days indicated in the calendar below, with a donation day on the day before from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please feel free to contact Amber, Amanda, or Jennifer at email@example.com or call the church at (623) 935-3411 if you have questions or need to make other donation arrangements. Thank you!
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calendar by John Scott
A schedule of upcoming youth activities can be found on the Youth page.
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Newsletters for Youth and Kids
Go to the youth page at https://www.churchatlitchfieldpark.org/Youth.html to subscribe to either our Ignite or Pulse newsletter.
Go to the children's page at https://www.churchatlitchfieldpark.org/Children.html to subscribe to our Children's newsletter.
The Church at Litchfield Park is the charter organization for Troop 99 of the Boy Scouts of America. As the charter organization, we support troop leaders, interface with various levels of the Boy Scouts of America organization, and provide facilities for scout meetings and troop committee meetings.
Troop 99 engages in civic activities, participates in outdoor activities such as camp-outs, and conducts fund raising events (Troop 99 does an excellent job of funding its activities).
Please contact the church at 623-935-3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting times and additional information.
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