God’s hope for the world includes all people in the world. Jesus said, God’s will is that not one of any of “these little ones would perish.” In hearing and responding to such a broad gospel proclamation, our hearts and lives are enlarged for all the world.
On December 16, our third Sunday of Advent worship service, will highlight a musical that our children have worked on the last several months. They are presenting a story of Lighty the lightning bug, who hears of Jesus' birth and travels to see him. But Lighty has trouble deciding what gift to take to this newborn baby. As he journeys to Bethlehem, Lighty encounters many other insects who help decide on a gift to take the newborn Messiah. Come and see the talents of our children and the gift that Lighty chooses to give to Jesus.
In the darkness of confusion and uncertainty, we find ourselves waiting for the light of the good news to dawn. Together, we join throughout time immemorial with the faithful chorus in anticipation of the revealing and rescue of the Lord.
The youth group will celebrate their Christmas party with chili, games, and a white elephant gift exchange on December 9. The party is at Kit and Diane Montgomery’s home from 6-8.
Let's prepare for the Daily Advent Devotional!
Following up on our previous conversations regarding holding on to hope in difficult times of trouble, we now face one of the most arduous spiritual instructions offered by Jesus. In the middle of his revolutionary Sermon on the Mount, he tells us not to worry about our life and the necessary attributes require to sustain it. It is a wild and seemingly unrealistic expectation that surprisingly might also be the pathway to a life of liberation, peace and a deeper appreciation for the more sustaining power of grace.
Now is the time for peaceful, courageous and prayerful action...
We will be looking at our past and current staffing and visioning what we believe the structure and characteristics of that staff should be in the future. Our recommendations will also include a (doable) path to that vision and suggestions for how we can nurture, grow, challenge and encourage our staff. We will need your input. Be on the lookout for listening sessions in the coming months!