Upcoming Events: 

  

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Now through the Holiday Season


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Food barrels will be set up in the church office and in the narthex, starting October 30th, and running through the Holiday Season. Please bring an empty bag with you to your grocery store and fill it for needy families here in Marin, both in its cities and its rural areas.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Gift Card Fundraiser

To Support PCN's Youth Mission Trip


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Whether you are purchasing gift cards for your own spending purposes OR for gifts for the holidays, this is a great way to support PCN’s mission trips at NO  ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU!
 
How does it work?
Hundreds of your favorite retailers have signed up to support non-profit organizations by giving a percentage of sales back to them.  If you purchase gift cards from our Mission Team, the retailer will give back anywhere from 2% (i.e. Shell Gas Stations) to 50% (i.e. Matt & Jeff’s Car Wash).
 
Last year, our youth group mission team earned nearly $2000 from this fundraiser.  This year, our goal is $2500, but we need your help.   
 
Instructions
1. Print and complete the attached Gift Card Order form
2. Write a check for the total amount made payable to Presbyterian Church of Novato with “Gift Cards” noted in the Memo line
3. Return your order form and check to the church office NO LATER THAN November 26th, 2017.
4. Gift cards will be available for pickup after services at PCN on December 3rd…just in time to wrap up your holiday shopping.



Holiday Share 

In Partnership with Novato Human Needs

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PCN will have our traditional “Sharing Tree” in the narthex from Sunday, November 24th to Sunday, December 10th. Please buy Safeway and/or Target gift cards ($25 amount suggested, but smaller amounts and multiple $25 cards are gratefully accepted) and put them in Santa’s box underneath the tree. Purchasing these gift cards through our youth mission fundraising effort is a terrific way to help BOTH worthy causes. You can buy books for children of all ages, if you would like to contribute that way. PCN is NOT a toy/stuffed animal collection site this year.

 

CHILDREN’S SHOPPING DAY IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH, FROM 10 am to 1 pm, AT THE NOVATO YOUTH CENTER. TO VOLUNTEER, CALL 415-897-4147.




 

A Matter of Balance

Managing Concerns about Falls

 

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” is an award winning fall prevention program with proven results in reducing falls in older adults. This eight session course is for seniors whose fear of falling limits their social and physical activity and for those who may not have fallen but want to be proactive.

 

A new class has been scheduled at PCN. Meeting on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Class dates are: 11/20, 11/27, 12/1, 12/4, 12/8, 12/11, 12/15, 12/18. Each of the eight sessions is two hours. A $20 materials fee is requested. 

 

Please contact: Beverly Winsor, Master Trainer 415-99FALLS (415-993-2557) or email injuryprevention@maringeneral.org

 
 
 

 

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Advent Afternoon 

December 3rd

 

Please join our PCN Congregation as we celebrate the season with gingerbread house construction, advent wreath creation,  and hanging of the greens in the sanctuary.  This event has something for ALL ages!




2:00 - Gingerbread houses, advent wreaths & hanging of the greens  

4:00 -Singing Christmas carols in the sanctuary

5:00 - Soup supper (provided) in Trevitt Hall


We hope you can join us!

 

 

 


 

Alternative Christmas Faire

December 3rd & 10th 

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After both services, join us for a CHRISTMAS CHRIST WOULD RECOGNIZE to give meaningfully to family and friends by donating to the following charities:

  • HOMEWARD BOUND OF MARIN - A nationally recognized program fighting homelessness.
  • CHURCH WORLD SERVICE - Support for refugees of political turmoil and violence, and natural disasters.
  • HEIFER INTERNATIONAL - Faith based efforts to support families and communities around the world with animals and training for sustainable farming/fishing.
  • WATER OF LIFE - supplies in-home water filtration systems to bring safe water to third world families for a lifetime.
  • FAITH IN PRACTICE - Our own Dr. Vicki Martinez participates in this yearly medical mission trip to central America.
  • NOVATO YOUTH CENTER - Serving Novato’s youth and their families for decades with high quality sports and arts programs, along with healthy snacks and homework help after school.

 


 

PCN's Chamber of Commerce Video


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  As part of our congregation's involvement in our community, the Novato Chamber of Commerce produced this 2-minute video to introduce the community to all PCN has to offer.  Thank you to our Outreach Committee for making it happen!  Click here to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

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"God Calls Us into Covenant"

 

 

The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study begins every Sunday at 9:00 A.M. in the Church Library. We end promptly at 10:00 A.M. so everyone can get a cup of coffee before Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 A.M. We would like to invite each of you to attend and study with a vibrant group of both men and women who love to share what they have studied and found interesting in the lesson for that week. 

 

In November we will be starting a new unit. Unit 3 will be examining the covenant God makes with the priest Phinehas, and the divine promises are to maintain a perpetual priesthood, forgive the unfaithful, and establish a new covenant with Israel. God seals this covenant of pure grace through Christ as mediator and by writing the law in the hearts of God's people. 

 

Carol Dacquisto, Study Leader

 

 

 

 

 

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Trip to the Holy Land

March 2018

 

PCN has recently approved Pastor Kent Webber to lead a 2-week+ trip to Israel in partnership with JUC as part of our Pastor-Parishoner Program. Why consider such travel under the auspices of Jerusalem University College rather than with a “regular” tour company with an informed tour guide? This is a more academic approach with the instructor speaking about the geographic and archeological significance of specific sites. JUC instructors will take us to archeological rather than pilgrimage sites. It is more about learning and less about tourism. Pilgrimage sites may have little or no historical foundation, whereas archeological sites show evidence that human occupation took place there in support of the biblical narrative. A second difference is that our tour “instructor” from JUC will be a Ph.D. or at minimum at Ph.D. candidate in biblical studies, i.e. a scriptural scholar. Though we are not likely to spend much time in a JUC classroom, the campus is located on Mt. Zion near the first-century Essene Gate into the Holy City! An additional difference between traveling with JUC vs. a tour company is that JUC’s accommodations, though clean and comfortable are not luxurious.

 

Our plan is to depart on or about Sunday, March 11 and return on or about Sunday March 25 (Palm/Passion Sunday). The cost of the trip, including airfare will be approximately $4,500. If you want to add a 3-day extension and tour sites in neighboring Jordan, the cost will be approximately $5,500. Those staying for the added time in Jordan would fly home on Tuesday March 27. These approximate costs include everything but personal expenses, gifts, special excursions (on free days) and a few meals.

 

For more information, please contact Pastor Kent Webber at pastor@pcnovato.org

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Bible Study

Gospel of Luke

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Christensen Room

 

Are you looking for a friendly and welcoming place to study God’s Word? If so, please join us on Thursdays at 9:30 A.M. in the Christensen room. We have a place for you whether you are new to bible study or a lifetime learner.

 
This month, we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Chapter 9 represents a significant turning point. Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah not only answers the question of Jesus' identity, but also brings about a shift in Jesus' teaching. Jesus begins to prepare the disciples for his death and for the discipleship of bearing one's cross daily. The disciples struggle to understand. Although they realize that Jesus is the promised one and the anointed ruler promised by the Old Testament, they think that means immediate victory. Jesus must show them that before the glory comes the cross and a life of sacrificial service. This is the "new way." What are the ramifications of this cost of discipleship in our own lives? This is just one of many questions and thoughts we will be exploring throughout the Gospel of Luke.

 

Join us soon for a life-changing encounter with God’s Word.


Carol Dacquisto, Elaine Harris and Melodie Baird
Study Leaders 


 

 

 

Youth Group's Schedule

 

 

Middle School WIRED Club - Meet's Tuesday's from 2:40-4:15

 

Join us to kick off our weekly Wired Club.  Wired Club is a fun weekly event for middle schoolers to build strong relationships with healthy peers, caring adults and a loving God. Each week we share a tasty snack, beta test our best games and engage in small group conversations. This is a great opportunity for teens to bring friends (whatever their faith perspective). Everyone is welcome and will have a great experience.


We know that different schools finish at different times so your teens are welcome to join us whenever their school day ends!

 

Hope to see you there! 

Jeff 



November Schedule:

November 3rd-5th - Middle School Retreat at Westminster Woods

November 5th - Youth Group 6-8 pm

November 11th - PCN Workday 8 am - 12:30 pm

November 12th - Youth Group 6-8 pm

November 17th - Middle School Movie Night - Justice League (PG13)

November 19th - High School trip to SubZero

November 20-24 - NUSD School Break

November 26th - Gilead House Service Day 


July 2018 - Mission Trip to Panama!


Youth Group Schedule

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6:00 - 6:30 - Combined Dinner with JAMAA and Wired Groups

6:30 - 6:45 - Announcements

6:45 - 7:20 - Middle School Game Playing / High School Small Group with Jeff

7:20 - 7:55 - Middle School Small Group with Jeff / High School Game Playing

7:55 - 8:00 - Closing and Benediction

8:00 - 8:15 - Student Leaders  meet with David Mink

8:15 - 8:30 - Adult Leaders meet with Jeff

 

 

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A mid-week ministry for children at PCN  

Join Us, Every Tuesday

 


On Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm,  Seekers will give students the opportunity to experience the all-embracing love of God in a community striving to live out the teachings of Jesus.  Bible Study, games, crafts, family style dinner and worship are all key components to a ministry designed to connect kids to God.   For more information, or for scholarship requests, please contact: Sally Carbonaro, Director of Children’s Ministries at childrensministry@pcnovato.org or 415-897-6152.
Please download the Registration Form and the Liability Release Form.

 

 

 


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