Church Christmas Party (12/19 at 5:30 pm)

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.

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Church Christmas Party (12/19 at 5:30 pm)

Advent Events

The second week of Advent began as one would expect; inspiring worship, wonderful fellowship, and an awareness of increased anticipation this season brings. The reminder to anticipate Christ’s presence and influence in my life and the lives of those I encounter enriches each day of this holy season. I am surprised when events that I least expect to touch me leave a lasting impression. Quite often, the experience is accompanied by a feeling I believe to be similar to what the two disciples on the road to Emmaus described when explaining how their hearts burned within them as the risen Christ came alongside them and talked with them as they journeyed. What an overwhelming privilege to experience the love, grace of mercy of God as the Spirit of Christ guides, illuminates and teaches us as we journey through Advent and as we live each new day.

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.

These include:

  • 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.
I encourage you to experience each day of this season with wonder, expectation and joy!

Blessings,
Tim Kelley

Advent Events

Advent Intentionality

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

Advent Intentionality