Our annual church-wide Christmas Party is this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and is part of the whole of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; a season which calls us to reflect and prepare our hearts to receive Immanuel, “God with us,” experiencing his love grace and mercy and giving out of those experiences in ways that bless others and bring honor to God. I hope you will make plans to take part in the joyous celebration as we approach the 4th Sunday of Advent. We will share a delicious meal of ham and turkey with side dishes provided by members. Following dinner, a program of music and memories is planned. Share in making this Christmas even more memorable by celebrating with your church family the birth and presence of the One that makes us family.
Opportunities for worship, study and fellowship Wednesday evening follow the usual schedule of Fellowship Supper at 5:30 p.m., Prayer at 6:00 p.m., followed by Bible study at 6:15 p.m. In addition to Sunday School and Worship on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Advent, there are special events planned for Advent and Christmas.
- Food Bank Client Breakfast – Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 a.m
- Church-wide Christmas Party – Wednesday, December 19, at 5:30 p.m.
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion – December 24, 6:00 p.m.
The first Sunday of Advent was wonderful and will surely heighten our anticipation and expectation of this season. Hope for the world and for each person seen evident in scripture, prayers, hymns, choral responses, and visible in the lighting of the Candle of Hope are reminders of God’s presence in all events and circumstances of life. I encourage you to savor the experiences of Advent through worship, reading and meditating on scripture, fellowship and by giving and serving. Live these days with intentionality, eyes wide open, with a sense of wonder, amazement, joy and gratitude that this season embodies. Let us celebrate: the birth of Jesus the Christ, the hope in Him for the future, and the love and grace that is ours through him for today.
I look forward to participating together in the events of Advent expressing our faith together.
– Tim Kelley