A December to Remember
What are your favorite memories of Christmas? Is it Santa in the mall? Is it the toys you received along the years? Is it the time with family? Is it a memory of the Nativity being made real to you at church?
I remember my father teaching me the song, “What Child is This” in between Christmas Eve services. In the midst of the rush of Christmas, which he experienced as a pastor, (yes he was a pastor also), he took time to teach me a song that was dear to him. He passed something dear to him to me.
I remember that feeling of that song, of wonder and of hope, remain with me. Most all the gifts are gone and forgotten.
Imagine if this December if you only had the sounds of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in your mind. If the only mail you received were for Christmas bargains. How hallowed would your soul be?
There are people in our neighborhood who only have these sounds in this season. Their only dear memories of Christmas are in the past. What a shallow and sorrowful time for them.
Do not let them stay in the shadows in this season of Light. We will be putting up banners on the road and signs out front. We will also have cards for you to hand out to personally invite people to find Faith in this season.
We want to make this a December to remember for them. Every Sunday of the Advent Season is an occasion for you to invite your friends and neighbors.
December 2 - 9:30 am We light the HOPE Candle and follow our service with Norwegian Waffles at coffee hour. Thank you Moe family!
December 9 - 9:30 am We light the LOVE Candle and our service is followed by a 11:00 am-4:00 pm Chili Cook off, Silent Auction of Art & Christmas items; then we journey with love to carol to the homebound. Bring your Chili entry, your Christmas items or other ‘gifts” you want to repurpose and your voice.
December 16 - 9:30 am We light the JOY Candle. We will continue to celebrate our joy after service with coffee hour.
December 23 - 9:30 am We light the PEACE Candle and include our Children’s Christmas Pageant, and Happy Birthday Jesus Party for the little ones.
December 24 - 4:00 pm. Tamale and Mexican Christmas Eve Dinner Hosted by the Ogden family and others who are stepping forward to help us celebrate the Birth of Christ. We follow at 5:00 pm with a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with special music. Both events are open to the community.
Do not miss this chance to bring the Light of Christ to this Christmas to those around us who may not know “What Child is This”.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor John Bunge
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a traditional service of worship, that includes a Liturgy of Praise, Hymns, Choir and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From September to May we have Sunday School available for all children ages 3-11. (5th Grade)
Following worship, we gather for a time of Fellowship, coffee and light breakfast foods.
Come and join in the Fellowship!
This month starts the season of Advent. A lot of fun activities to come and be a part of. As always, please invite your neighbors, family members, and friends to join us. All are welcome!
Ladies… You Are ALL Invited!
WELCA Christmas Party & General Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 2018
In the Fellowship Hall
Featured Speaker: Aisha Wilson
Community Services Coordinator, Kay Ceniceros Center
· A Gift-wrapped Ornament
· A Friend or Two or Three or Four
· Prayer Partner Card (if you are a Prayer Partner)
(Suggested Luncheon Donation at the Door: $5)
December 9th - Don't miss our Chili Cook off and silent auction immediately following worship service. After our bellies are full, we will be caroling to the homebound. Please come out and enjoy!
Dec. 16th- 3rd Sunday of Advent
Dec. 23rd- 4th Sunday of Advent
Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Candlelight service @5:00 pm. Please invite family and friends to celebrate this holiday season with us.
Dec. 30th- 1st Sunday of Christmas
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