Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek December 4, 2019      

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 and Bake Sale. December 7, 2019 from 10:00 to 2:00. Let’s make this sale our best ever! This sale helps finance our outreach and mission ministries. And speaking of outreach and mission, our winter clothing ministry was a huge success as we served almost 200 people.

 We began our Advent Book Study on December 1, 2019, of Max Lucado’s “Because of Bethlehem” during the Sunday School Hour. This is a terrific book study as we journey through the Season of Advent. And each lesson stands on its own so that it makes no difference if you missed the first one. I have ordered a few of the books and they are available for $13.00. You are invited to order your own, if you want and you can probably find a better deal with a Kindle or Apple e-book. Reading the book will be useful as we study, but not required. All are welcome!

Community Las Posadas at 2:00 on December 8, starting at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and finishing at First United Methodist. Music, fun, food and a pinata for the kids. Come walk with the Holy Family as they search for a place to stay. First Presbyterian has joined us as a sponsor this year.

We will have a Noisy Offering this Sunday and our change will go to the Legacy Ranch Christmas project. Please notice that we have an Angel Tree in the Narthex for this same purpose.

Lord, you have given us your Word for a light to shine upon our path; grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

—Saint Jerome, 342-420.

Advent is here and we have a wonderful Series planned featuring the cantata “Everlasting Light: The Promise of Christmas”. On December 8, 2019 our Sermon Title is “The Light of the Baptist” and our Scriptures are Isaiah 4:1-5 and Matthew 3:1-12. The Advent Candle is The Candle of Preparation. On December 15, 2019 our Sermon Title is “The Light of the Town” and our Scriptures are Micah 5:2-5 and Luke 2:1-7. The Advent Candle is The Candle of Joy. On December 22, 2019 the Sermon Title is “The Light of a Mother” and the Scriptures are Isaiah 7:10-16 and Luke 1:39-56. The Advent Candle is The Candle of Love”. December 24, 2019 is Christmas Eve and we will gather at 6:00 for Candlelight Worship, Holy Communion and feature our Intergenerational Christmas Pageant. Our Featured Cantata Songs are “Angels and Shepherds” and “This Child of Light”. The Homily is titled “The Light of the Messiah” and our guiding scriptures are Luke 2:1-20 and John 1:1-5 after we sing “Silent Night”. On December 29, 2019 our Sermon Title is “The Light of the World” and our Scriptures are Isaiah 60:1-2 and Matthew 5:14-16. The Featured Fun Song is “We are Singing For the Lord is Our Light”.

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At our Campus Advisory Team meeting at Shanklin Elementary, I learned that the Shanklin campus needs volunteers for reading and mentoring. The responsibility is for 30 minutes a week. Rather than fuss about how our schools perform, we have a chance to help. The forms are in our church office. I submitted my form this week because I want to help. Mrs. Ewald said that they could use 20 more people.

Dates to Remember: On December 7 we have our annual Christmas Bazaar. On December 8 we will help host the community Las Posadas. On December 15 we will have our Christmas dinner after worship and on

December 22 we will go Christmas caroling.

Grace Abounds!

Pastor Bill