It is hard to believe it is only a week away, and since I won’t be sending out a weekly contact next week, please accept my wishes for a wonderful holiday.
There are a number of things going on here at church. On Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00 in the social room, we need your help packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Then on Sunday we will be wrapping up our sermon series on the Everyday Heroes of the Bible. My text will be an entire book of the Bible, the letter to Philemon. It is a story about reconciliation, which is a very timely and important topic. We will also have a brass ensemble doing the prelude and playing with the Chancel Choir on their anthem.
Following the first service this Sunday the youth will be putting on a pancake breakfast in the social room. Proceeds will benefit their summer mission trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition, I will be leading an adult forum in the chapel on having an advanced healthcare directive, which is something perhaps you could discuss with your family if you see them during the holidays.
With it being Thanksgiving, Advent is right around the corner, of course. So, starting this Sunday, you can order a poinsettia for the church Christmas decorations. The deadline for that is Monday, December 4. We would like you to consider taking an angel from the angel tree, helping to provide some gifts for a needy family through Marion Cares. The deadline for these gifts is Sunday, December 10. And we need people willing to be Advent candle lighters during worship. If you are interested there will be a sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary, or contact Pastor Beth.
Since I won’t be sending out a weekly contact next week, be sure to note that there will only be one service on the following Sunday, November 26th, but it will be a service you won’t want to miss. The Chorale Midwest Jazz Ensemble will be providing the special music on that morning. Our praise team leader, Sam Raiche, is part of the Ensemble, which is one of the smaller groups connected with the Midwest Chorale. Pastor Beth is preaching that morning, and since it is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the service will be an overview of the church seasons.
Following that service, we will be decorating the church sanctuary for the Advent Season. So we would really appreciate it if you could stay and help us out. It goes up very quickly if we have enough people to lend a hand and it is a wonderful way to get you into the holiday spirit.
Finally, mark your calendar for a Christmas Potbless Feast at our church on December 2nd. This is a celebration of the First Light organization that is working towards racial reconciliation through churches eating and worshiping together. The meal begins at 5:00 and worship is at 6:30. They call it a “potbless” rather than a potluck because it is all a blessing and luck has nothing to do with it. We had a great time when we hosted them back in April, so you don’t want to miss it!
May God be with us all, keep us safe if we travel, and may we be truly grateful as we celebrate God’s blessings.
Stay in One Peace,