This Sunday, December 15:

This Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent. Michael Jinkins will be preaching. It is also White Gift Sunday. 

Sunday School:

Advent Study: The Paradox of Christmas – Join us for this four-week Sunday School class as we reflect upon and anticipate the wonderful day when “the Eternal could do a temporal act and the Infinite become a finite fact.” Led by Beth Poe, the class will take place in the Chapel on Sundays, December 1-22.

Frampton Fellowship Hall:

RHINO Christmas Cards – You can help support Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), this holiday season by purchasing the 2019 RHINO Christmas card. Order 5 cards for a $10 donation, or 10 cards for $20. Order your cards, as well as with the NOLA Couture silk ties and scarves ($55/each) designed for SCAPC at this link. We will also be selling them on Sundays following both worship services in Frampton Fellowship Hall.

News & Announcements:

Advent Poinsettias – To make a $15 donation toward the purchase of Advent poinsettias in memory or honor of a loved one, you can fill out an online form and pay via Paypal at this link. The order deadline is Tuesday, December 10. Acknowledgements will be printed in the Dec. 15, 22, and Christmas Eve bulletins. Please note that each individual poinsettia order represents only one individual or couple.

Thursday Morning Advent Study – On Thursday, December 5, the Thursday Morning Bible Study and Prayer Group (TMBSPG) will begin their study of Advent and Christmas Wisdom by G K Chesterton.  You can either purchase the book via Amazon at this link, or email Jane Rasi. The group meets Thursdays at 7 AM in the Land Building, Riverside Room.

PW Christmas Service & Reception – Please join Presbyterian Women for our annual Christmas Program on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel, followed by a reception at the home of Laurie and Jeff Young, 1727 State Street. The program will be officiated by Sarah Chancellor-Watson and will include communion as well as music by Steven Blackmon and Kameron Lopreore. We are seeking volunteers to provide desserts for the reception and/or donations for wine, so please click here to sign up.

YAF Annual Christmas Brunch & Gift Exchange – Join us on Sunday, December 15 at noon for a festive brunch at the Carlisle home (1838 Robert)! All food and drinks will be provided. Please bring a gift ($20 maximum value) if you’d like to participate in the white elephant gift exchange! Please RSVP to Christina Carlisle at by Thursday, December 12th. 

Senior Adults Christmas Gathering – Join the Senior Adults for a Christmas Gathering on Thursday, December 19 from 5-6:30 PM in the Land Building on State Street. Come enjoy wine and appetizers and a special sing-a-long with Steven Blackmon. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP with your check (payable to SCAPC) to Bonnie Shoemaker by December 16. Be sure to wear festive attire!

Sitter Bonuses – Each Sunday our sitters lovingly care for our youngest members.  Their dedication and commitment to the nursery and children’s time during the services and playtime is unmatched.  If you would like to make a donation to be used as a Christmas bonus for them, please contribute to the boxes set up in the nursery room and on the playground Sunday mornings through December 22. We can accept cash or checks made out for cash.  Contact Michele Murphy at for an electronic payment option.

Carrollton Christmas Camp – SCAPC’s own Carrollton Christmas Camp was created to offer enriching activities to children in the Carrollton neighborhood during their Christmas break. Camp dates are December 30-31 & January 2-3. We need helpers to cook meals, lead groups of campers, and assist our activity teachers. To volunteer, email Sarah Chancellor-Watson at You can also make a donation at this link.

Presbyterian Women’s Retreat – January 27-28 – It’s time to register for the 2020 Presbyterian Women’s Retreat! This year, to save on postage, we are making the registration forms available for you to pick up in Frampton Fellowship Hall on all Sunday mornings in November. All remaining forms will be mailed the last week of November.  To learn more about this year’s speaker and theme, click here. You can also download the registration form at this link. Hope to see you at the retreat!

Beware of Hoax Emails from SCAPC Staff – If you receive a suspicious email that appears to be from a SCAPC staff member (yet does not end in and asks for a “favor”, please know that this is a hoax message. We ask that you forward the message to us at and then delete it. 


12/9 | PW Noon and Lambeth House Circles
12/10 | Deadline for poinsettia orders
12/10 | PW Christmas Service and Reception
12/11 | WNO: White Gift Wrapping Party
12/15 | White Gift Sunday
12/15 | YAF Christmas Brunch & Gift Exchange
12/16 | Session Meeting
12/18 | Children’s Christmas Play
12/19 | PW Book Club
12/19 | Senior Adults Christmas Party
12/19 | Sr. High Small Group
12/22 | Celebration of Carols with Chancel Choir & Orchestra (no children’s Sunday School)
12/24 | Christmas Eve Family Service with Tableau at 4 PM (with childcare)
12/24 | Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service at 7 PM (no childcare)
12/25-26 | Church office closed
12/29 | Unified service at 9:30 AM
12/30-31; 1/2-3 | Carrollton Christmas Camp


Small Groups:

For further details and other opportunities, please refer to the “Getting Involved at SCAPC” brochure. Hard copies are available in the Sanctuary.

Aden Elder Care Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 AM-2 PM | Contact: Adelle Bergman,
CBD Study Group Wednesdays | 7 AM | 625 St. Charles Ave. | Contact: John Morton,
Mid-Week Bible Study Wednesdays | 5 PM | Phifer Library | Contact Sarah Chancellor-Watson,

Michael Jinkins and Sarah Chancellor-Watson lead a class on the origin of Christian beliefs entitled “Teaching an Old Dogma New Tricks.” The resource will be Michael’s own book, Invitation to Theology: A Guide to Study, Conversation and Practice which is available on

Middle School Girls Small Group (MSGSG) Evening events TBA | Contact: Leslie Johns Ray, (601-842-643,

Time of fellowship for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls.

Presbyterian Women’s Book Club Third Thursdays | 12:30 PM LB Lakeside | Contact: Elizabeth Artigues,

Bring your own lunch if you like and join us for book reviews. Contact Elizabeth Artigues for upcoming readings.

Presbyterian Women’s Monday Circles (monthly Bible Studies) Monday Lunch (12 PM, LB) and Lambeth House (2 PM) | 2nd Monday
Presbyterian Women’s Tuesday Circle (monthly Bible Studies) | Second Tuesdays | 5:45 PM | LB, Lakeside | Contact Ebie Strauss,

The  2019-2020 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study is: Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments by Eugenia Anne Gamble. For the 2019/2020 PW Calendar & Prayer Book, click here.

Presbyterian Women’s Needleworks Group Thursdays | 10 AM-Noon | LB, Lakeside | Contact: Mary Ann Mott, 504-581-4424
Spiritually Hungry Women
Wednesdays | 12:30-1:45 PM | LB, Lakeside | Contact: Beth Poe,
Senior High Small Group
Alternating Thursdays | 7 PM | 3rd Floor Youth Room | Contact: Chris Hazlaris,

Discussions surrounding faith and contemporary young adult issues for 9-12th graders.

TMBS&PG (Thursday Morning Bible Study & Prayer Group) | 7 AM  | LB, Riverside | Contact: Jane Rasi, or 713-454-3974

The TMBS&PG  are studying Invitation to Psalms: A Short Term Disciple Study by our own Michael Jinkins.

YAF PINTS (Young Adults & Families – Presbyterians Imbibing in Necessary Theological Study | Wednesday evenings, 6:45 PM | LB | Contact: Bria Rault,

P.I.N.T.S is a time of fellowship and theological discussion over local brews for those in their 20’s and 30’s. Our fall reading is: Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans.  Childcare is provided.