Upcoming Events




Christmas Season Schedule  

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Join Us to Celebrate the Season!


Saturday, December 1: Hanging of the Greens at 10 a.m. 


Sunday, December 9:
10 a.m. – Children’s Christmas Pageant (one service)
11 a.m. – Special Congregational Meeting to elect new Deacons and Elders

11 a.m. – Advent activities upstairs: decorate cookies, make decorations, 

create cards for residents of Atria and Creekwood

11 a.m. – Alternative Christmas Fair 


Sunday, December 16: Alternative Christmas Fair following both services 


Monday, December 24:
5 p.m. – Family-friendly contemporary Christmas Eve service

7:30 p.m. – Special music by the Chancel Choir and PCN Bells

8 p.m. – Traditional Christmas Eve service



Advent Activities 

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Cookies, Crafts & Cheer

December 9th


Mark your calendars! Immediately following the Children’s Christmas program on December 9 (remember, one service only that day, starting at 10:00 a.m.), we will have three different creative activities available for children AND adults upstairs: Christmas cookie decorating, Christmas ornament making, and Christmas card writing. Start downstairs in Trevitt Hall and explore our Alternative Christmas Fair, and then come upstairs and continue the fun!


Holiday Share 

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North Marin Community Services

Look for the “Sharing Tree” in the narthex on December 2nd and 9th. Choose any ornament from the tree and bring back a gift card from Safeway (for holiday foods) or Target (so parents can buy toys for their children) or a new unwrapped children’s book, in English, Spanish, or bilingual. Formerly the Novato Human Needs Center, NMCS serves 200 families, including 350 children, all here in Novato. The deadline for gift cards and books is Thursday, December 13th (to the office), in time for their party on the 15th. 

Two other great ways to help: 

  • Giving any $$ amount in a check which will be put toward the purchase of
    children’s bicycles.
  • Giving your valuable time to volunteer at the annual children’s Christmas
    party on the 15th. Contact Stephanie Williams at 415-892-1643 x261 for questions or to volunteer. 

Food Drive 

SF/Marin Food Bank


Many, many thanks to all of you who brought in unexpired, non-perishable foods (no glass containers) in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. All that food was distributed into food pantries throughout the county. BUT the food barrels are still here, both in the narthex and the office. And they will be until well into December. If it seems like you are being asked for a lot of food during this time, please remember the SF/Marin Food Bank operates all year round, but PCN only collects foods during November and December.





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Christmas Joy Offering 


Sunday, December 23rd



CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING will be taken at both services on December 23rd. This long-standing PC(USA) Special Offering goes to help: 

  • Supplement the retirements of church staff members, either ordained or not. Money from the offering can supplement either living costs or medical bills, which mount up as the retiree ages.
  • Presbyterian-sponsored boarding schools and colleges serving the underprivileged and/or racial/ethnic minorities. These schools help teens and young adults to get educations they have earned with hard work but would never have without your generosity. 





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December 9th & 16th 


The PCN Alternative Christmas Fair is coming! Join us December 9 and 16 after each service! 


Come and support the six non-profit organizations that provide services to our community and abroad. We are supporting organizations that are addressing food insecurity and homelessness in our local community, medical needs and food internationally and mental health services right here in Novato. 


  • Homeward Bound provides housing, training and hope to end homelessness. Expect to see their yummy products for sale, and you can also support the organization with a donation.
  • Heifer International is working to end hunger and poverty internationally. You can choose one of four of their programs (hunger in buying a share in an animal of your choice, empowering women, basic needs and sustainable farming). Faith in Practice in a non-profit ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to improve the physical, spiritual and medical needs through mission trips and health-related educational programs.
  • Ceres Community Project is a local non-profit that provides meals that nourish the critically ill and empower teens through a volunteer program. They will be on hand providing information about their programs and selling a cookbook for $30 and packaged cookies that they make.
  • Extra Food is an organization that rescues excess fresh food from businesses and immediately delivers to non-profits serving Marin's most vulnerable children, adults and families.
  • North Marin Community Services will provide education about mental-health services offered here in Novato and take donations to support this important program. 


If you cannot attend either service but wish to make a donation to any of these organizations, please contact the PCN office at (415) 897-6152 or Regina Rus at reginabrus@gmail.com or (415) 497-2212.



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Make a Difference

Snack Sacks: Help prepare the food bags between services every Sunday and deliver the sacks to the Marin Mobile Showers in Hamilton on Monday mornings. Contact Regina Rus at (415) 897-7384 or email reginabrus@gmail.com. 


Lynwood Reading Program: Spend one hour weekly listening to students read at Lynwood Elementary School. Contact Art Plumstead at (415) 892-4063. 


ExtraFood.org: Spend one hour weekly picking up extra food from a restaurant or grocery store and delivering to a non-profit serving food to those in need. There will be an orientation, date TBD, and a driver’s license check is required. Contact Jane Sime at (415) 892-5259.




Sermon Podcasts

Listen to Sunday Sermons Online


If you would like to listen to a copy of the Sunday sermon, you don’t need to request a CD. Since Sunday, October 14, they are being posted on a PODCAST at http://www.buzzsprout.com/218646. They are usually available by the Tuesday following the service. Thank you to Jim Rolka for making these available!





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January Fall Prevention Class

More than 200 Marin County residents have completed the fall-prevention program, "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” since it started being offered at PCN in 2016. A new PCN class has been scheduled in 2019 – here’s your opportunity to join us! 


During the eight-session course participants gain: 

  • Safe and simple exercises to promote strength, flexibility and balance 
  • Problem-solving strategies to address habits and behaviors 
  • Safety-promotion lifestyle strategies 
  • Ways to create a safe home environment ... and more!

Each of the eight sessions lasts two hours and is FREE! Register now – space is limited.
Class location: Christensen Room at PCN
Dates: Wednesdays beginning January 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

To register, or for more information, please contact: Beverly Winsor, A Matter of Balance Master Trainer 415- 99FALLS (415-993-2557) or email injuryprevention@maringeneral.org.




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"God Calls Us into Covenant"



On Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. the adult Bible study class meets in Room 1 (library), at the end of the breezeway. We have fifteen adults (men and women) registered and average between ten and twelve in attendance.


We have a lively Bible Study! That's what happens here. As adults study the Bible and discuss what they found during the week, they gain growing understanding of how to move forward on their discipleship journey. In the class, we read the Scripture and then focus on the passage. Each week we’re challenged to prepare for the next week's lesson. The preparation isn't long or difficult, but it does encourage participation. When adults have invested something of themselves in the lesson, they get more out of it. The biggest part of the Sunday school lesson doesn't happen in class. It happens on Monday and Tuesday – and through the week – when instead of following their own desires or the crowd, they dare to say, "No, I will follow Jesus."



Carol Dacquisto, Study Leader





Youth Group: Sunday Nights

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Middle School: 4:30-6:30p

High School: 6-8p





Upcoming Events


  • December 16th: Youth Christmas Parties
  • December 23rd: Caroling



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Seekers: A Monday night multigenerational program for children  


Join us in the fall on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, we have curriculum with scope and sequence for ages 0 through 5th grade.  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.  

To regester, click HERE. For more information, or for scholarship requests, please contact: Sally Carbonaro, Director of Children’s Ministries at childrensministry@pcnovato.org or 415-897-6152.




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