December 5, 2021


Second week of Advent

Sermon: Hope for the Humble

Passages: Luke 1:26-38

Second week in the sermon series

Sermon Series: Good News, Great Joy

Featured Verse:
Luke 1:38

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Sermon Summary

When the angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin Mary, he brought a message of hope: the Messiah was on his way! This message of hope is for us as well, but we must be humble enough to receive it. 


Linzy Westman & Band


Steve Holmlund


Dan Westman


Christmas Box Video
Candle Lighting – Peace
Advent Video – Peace

Next Week

We will continue our sermon series “Good News, Great Joy ” with a message from Scott Grant in Matthew 1:18-25.


Family Christmas Celebration

Saturday December 11 | 6 – 8pm | Elementary Rooms, Patio

You and your children are invited to join us as we share a festive evening of community. We’ll assemble Christmas boxes filled with goodies to help share the coming of Christ. Make one or more to give to others when you invite them to our Christmas Eve service! Then, enjoy carol singing, hot chocolate, cider, and dessert as you keep warm by the fire pit or heat lamps! Please RSVP by December 8 to pbc.org/familycelebration.

Help One Child Giving Tree

Now through December 11

Bless the lives of children and youth impacted by adoption and foster care this Christmas. PBC ministry partner, Help One Child, has provided wish lists from children and youth in our local area. The wish lists are available online and at the Giving Tree table on the patio today. Details are at pbc.org/givingtree

Christmas Boxes

Giving the gift of a Christmas box to someone you know is an opportunity to bless them with kindness and invite them to share in the joy of our Christmas Eve celebration. Fill your boxes with Christmas treats and include an invitation card to our December 24 worship services at 4pm and 6pm. Boxes and cards are available in the Worship Center foyer.

Missions Boutique—Today!

Shop the boutique for handcrafted items after each service in the Fellowship Hall. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit specific PBC missions partners.


Winter Skate

Wednesday December 15 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Winter Lodge

Enjoy ice skating, warm beverages, and holiday treats at Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. The fire pits will be open (at no charge) for those who want to eat and watch and enjoy fellowship together. ($20/skater; free for non-skaters). PBC Children’s Ministry families: please bring a dessert/cookies to share.  Details and registration are at pbc.org/winterskate.

Christmas Eve Service

December 14 | 4pm & 6pm

Join us for an exciting and family-friendly Christmas Eve at Peninsula Bible Church. We’ll celebrate the season together with carol-singing, candle-lighting, and a special message. Outdoor seating will be available for both services. The 4 pm service will be available through our live stream and on-demand after 5 pm.  Our annual Cookies & Cocoa event will be held in between services at 5 pm. See you there!

For details about all our Christmas events, visit pbc.org/christmas.

Joy to the World

November 21 – December 31

It’s time for our annual Joy to the World campaign. Joy to the World is our window during the end of the year where we come alongside our missionary and ministry partners and financially give gifts and sponsor the various works they are doing. Through Joy to the World, you can give to the missionary and ministry partners of your choice. For more information about how to participate in Joy to the World, go to pbc.org/joy.

Meet Tasha – International Student Ministry

We would like to introduce Tasha Ales! She will be doing international student ministry at Stanford and SJSU with Bridges International. She just moved to the area from Wisconsin and is still raising up her team of ministry partners before she can work on campuses. There will be a get-together from 10-11 AM on December 11 if you are interested in meeting Tasha and hearing more about this ministry. Details and RSVP at pbc.org/events/meet-tasha.

The Kilgoris Project Marketplace

December 2–12 | Town and Country (Suite 40) Palo Alto

Support the work of PBC ministry partner, The Kilgoris Project, through their annual Marketplace Boutique. You’ll find lots of beautiful new items, and all in support of the education of children in rural Kenya. For boutique hours, go to www.kilgoris.org/marketplace.


Prayer Requests/Praise Reports

How can we pray for you? Text your prayer request to 650-679-7729 during this morning’s service and the pastors and elders will pray for you during this coming week. You can also send your prayer request to pbc.org/pray (or click “Prayer” at the top of the page). We’d also like to hear your praise reports for prayers you previously submitted.


New to PBC?

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve joined us today. You’ll find information to help you explore getting connected with us at pbc.org/new, or look for the blue Welcome sign on the patio if you joined us in person this morning.

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Thank you for your continued financial generosity to PBC during this difficult and unique season, As always, we trust the LORD to meet our needs. Online giving, including ACH Transfer and Text to Give, is available. Go to pbc.org/give or text an amount to give to 84321 to set up your profile.