December 16, 2018, beginning at 2:00 at our Fellowship Hall and finishing up at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, we are pleased to help sponsor this special celebration of Christmas. Mariachis, food, pinatas, fellowship and fun for the entire family, as we join the Holy Family in its quest for a place to stay. We are grateful to our brothers and sisters of the Episcopal church for their help in planning and sponsoring this event.
Friends, we are entering the season of Advent. It is a sacred time and as we wait and prepare for the Christ Child, we will spend time considering the sacredness of our Lord. The Advent preaching series is titled “Sacred”. The messages are “Sacred Time”, “Sacred People”, “Sacred Space”, “Sacred Knowing” and “Sacred Doing”. Our chancel choir will present music from the Cantata, “Christmas Presence” arranged by Pepper Choplin. Our Christmas Eve service is a Candle Light worship at 6:00 p.m. It includes an Inter-generational Christmas Pageant, Holy Communion, our favorite Christmas carols and deep worship. Bring the family and come and make memories!
Trunk or Treat 2018 was a great success. Here is Mamie and she is ready! We wisely moved the evening inside as we knew a storm was going to blow in. So, we stayed dry and so did the kids (mostly). Thanks to all of the workers who prepared such a nice evening for the kids!
And speaking of the workers, here are the men. Hard at work. Ok, they did set everything up and deserved some of that candy.
This photo of our altar, as prepared for the Bishop’s visit, might just be my favorite. See the stained glass reflected on the table? So beautiful. And the folks who prepared the altar and made it shine. They are beautiful too.
We were so very blessed to host the Pastors and Professionals conference at our church with Bishop Robert Schnase and Superintendent Marcus Freeman. The singing was robust, the preaching was heartfelt, the message was informative and the food was “over the top” good. Thanks to so many of our humble servants who made this event such a blessing!
Sunday the 14th is “Children’s Sabbath”. The Message is “God Sightings”. Where have you seen God lately?
September was our “Jewish Heritage” Preaching series. We had a Sukkot in the Narthex
Health Fair at “Stuff the Bus”
Our Wesley Nurse helping kids with socks, socks and more socks and some shoes too
Children’s Time on August 19. Sometimes we are like this rough old board. A few cracks. Some places that are rotting. A few holes. But God does not just toss anything away. He makes beautiful things! Even from an old piece of wood. Even from us! Especially from us.
“Safe Gatherings” is the Conference’s new training and background checking for those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. So, those who teach Sunday school, VBS, visit shut-ins, work with children/youth need to have this training. It comes in three parts. The first step is to register at safegatherings.com. Registering will initiate the background checks and references requirement. There is a fee which of the conference will pay part and the church will reimburse you for any excess. The second step is a relatively painless computer training program we do individually at our own pace. The safe gatherings webpage will lead you into this training. The third step is an interactive session you can either do in person or at a webinar. Go to https://riotexas.org/safe for times and places. We might just schedule a training at one of our close churches and go as a group. “Safe Gatherings” will be required beginning right after Annual Conference (July 1), but it sure ma