Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are the second most important Holy days of the Christian year; second only to Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Like Lent, Advent is a time of preparation. Christmas marks the beginning, as Easter marks the end of Jesus’ time on earth. Epiphany announces the Magi’s visit to baby Jesus representing the global mission of the Good News while Pentecost announces the birth of the church which will carry the Good News into the world and be the agents of God’s love along the way.
We have special activities and sharing opportunities this Advent – Epiphany. If you have offering envelopes, there is one for our Christmas Offering. This offering is a vital part of our congregational ministry and mission; ½ supporting the Seminarians/Educational Fund and ½ the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. We are able to help defray the costs of books and expenses for our seminarians and/or interns as well as providing assistance to people in need within the congregation and through JAM. We also collect socks, mittens, hats and scarves on a tree in the Gathering Area to be delivered to agencies like the Center for Women and Families and the House of Ruth. A second tree is for Christmas cards to support our music ministry by defraying unbudgeted expenses, like the instrumentalists who accompany the Chancel Choir as it leads worship on December 11.
Activities scheduled for the coming weeks:
November 27 Thank you to the youth and children who lead us in worship
December 4 Joyful Spirits Band leads in worship at 10:45 am
Caroling after worship to homebound (light lunch provided)
December 10 All-church dinner at 5:00 pm (visit from a very special Biblical person!)
Each family is asked to bring 2 dozen HOMEMADE cookies: 1 dozen for dessert and 1 dozen for a cookie exchange!
December 11 Chancel Choir leads worship (instrumental accompaniment) at 10:45 am
December 14 Chancel Choir and Kirkringers’ Christmas party at 7:30 pm
December 18 Kirkringers lead in worship at 10:45 am
December 19 Youth & children to Derby Dinner Theater for “Once Upon a Snowflake”
December 21 Out-to-lunch-bunch Christmas potluck & gift exchange at noon ($10 limit)
December 24 Children’s Christmas service and “no practice” Pageant at 5:00 pm
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 10:45 pm
December 25 Christmas Day worship at 10:45 am (NO Sunday School classes)
December 30 Staff Christmas and New Year Dinner (TBA)
January 1 New Years’ Day worship at 10:45 am
January 8 Epiphany worship at 10:45 am
Wow, what an exciting time we have to look forward to in the coming days!
Posted on Tue, November 29, 2016
by Doug Meister