The Year of the Bible

     This coming year will be an exciting time for our congregation.  We plan to make the Bible the theme for special emphasis during the entire year.  This book is basic to our faith.  This book has sustained millions and millions of people throughout their lives.  This book is special: it is God’s Word to men and women.

     Yet many people say that they do not know the Bible very well.  We hope to change that next year!  The Session has adopted a program that we are calling The Year of the Bible.  The centerpiece for the program is a challenge to everyone in the congregation to read the entire Bible in one year!  We will be providing help and guidance as the year progresses.

     This is a challenge and it will require commitment, but you will find the effort well worth your time.  You can pick up your Participant’s Guide in the church office or contact the office to have a copy sent to you.  Won’t you consider joining us on this journey in 2021?

Longest Night Service

The winter solstice is Monday, December 21 and that evening our Longest Night Service will be available via YouTube. Chris Krampe and I will conduct it from our sanctuary and you may join us from the comfort of your home. It will be live at 6:00 pm and will be recorded, should you prefer to view it later.

It will follow the usual format of music, prayer, Scripture, and silence. You may wish to have some candles handy that you can light, in particular in response to a Scripture. Find a comfortable, quiet place to experience it, where you are unlikely to be disturbed.

Although all can benefit, the Longest Night Service is especially helpful to those who have reason to grieve this Christmas, or who feel sad or lonely. The promise of Scripture and the hope of the Light of the World reassure us in our longest night.

Pastor Bob


PCM Doors To Be “Re-Keyed” Beginning Tuesday, December 15th

One of the objectives of the Buildings & Grounds Committee is to maintain the church as a safe and secure place for members, staff, and visitors. This includes protecting the facility against unauthorized entry while unoccupied. To that end, this Tuesday (12/15/20) the locks on all doors at PCM are being “re-keyed.” This action was undertaken due to length of time since last completed and some unaccounted-for keys.
In accordance with Session Policy B-5.02, a “keying” plan was developed to support overall building security while maintaining member accessibility to the facility. To that end, the following strategies should be noted:
  1. The Office Administrator (Becky Widhalm) is responsible for distribution of all keys and access codes.
  2. Moving forward, the provision of the Session Key Policy (B-5.02.2) regarding member use of entrances with keypad access shall be strictly adhered to. To support this policy, an additional keypad is being added to the south Christian Education entrance.
  3. During non-business hours, access to the building by members shall be through either the south keypad entrance (CE Door) or the northwest entrance of the Commons. Both have keypad access.
  4. Non-member groups who use PCM’s building shall be issued a key that will only open the south Christian Education entrance or the northwest Commons entrance. The rationale is that a single key can be retrieved easier than changing the access code and impacting large numbers of members.
  5. Once an individual has accessed the facility, they may unsecure other exterior doors to support their activity/project. This includes unlocking doors for others to enter the building or for the purpose of moving items in or out of the building. Individuals are expected to re-secure any exterior doors following the conclusion of their activity.
  6. Keys will only be issued to individuals who have a demonstrated need to access internal areas of the facility that are secured. Once an individual no longer has a need to access secured areas, the key may be requested to be surrendered.
  7. Pursuant to the provision above, a keypad is located on the Office/Administrative area. As a result, general access to the area does not require a key being issued.
  8. The following are not considered reasons for a key being issued:
  • Convenience for entering the facility through doors other than the previously mentioned public entrances with keypads.
  • Longevity of church membership.
  • One-time or occasional access to a secured area of the building unless it is impractical for a staff member or key-holder to be available to open the area.
Please note that if you currently have a key it will become ineffective by the end of day on Tuesday. Please contact the Office Administrator or me if you have any questions.
Bill Norton, Chairperson, Buildings & Grounds Committee

Christmas Vigil December 24

Christmas Vigil
Bob & Cindy will keep vigil at the church on Christmas Eve. If your household would like to come for about 20 minutes to talk about Christmas, pray, and have communion, call the church office to sign up for a slot. Available times are 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00.
At 8:00 we will sing carols in the south parking lot (weather permitting). If you can, bring a firepit and some wood and dress warm!