Christmas is almost here! Our sermon series for the month of December is called “Sent,” and it’s based upon a book by the same title by Jorge Acevado. On Sunday we will talk about what it means for Jesus to be Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Then, on Monday night we’ll gather at 6:30pm for our Christmas Eve service. You won’t want to miss this service! If your family is in town, bring them with you. It’s going to be a great reminder of the Christmas story, and we are going to close our service by being sent out into the world to shine our lights in the darkness. Really, you’re not going to want to miss it!
If you absolutely can’t make it to the service, we’re working on making the service available via live stream. I’ll send out another email when we get that up and running so you know how to view the service.
Whether you’re in town, or far from home this week, may you truly have a Merry Christmas. May you find that in the midst of the chaos of life you are able to encounter the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ. And may YOU be the Light of Christ to everyone that you meet. Amen, and amen.
Ways to Get Connected
Grandparents, want to know what your adult children really want for Christmas this year? Read more about how to truly be a blessing this holiday season: https://theparentcue.org/4-ways-to-be-a-good-grandparent-over-the-holidays/
Youth Winter Retreat
Our youth will be attending the Winter Retreat 2019: #SlowDown at Camp Jo-Ota on January 4-5th. Worship will be led by The Alex Daniel Band from Moberly, and Pastor Andy is going to be one of the speakers! We will have small group discussions and game times as well. After the initial excitement of coming together, we’ll #SlowDown by the fireplace for a campfire on Friday night. Then be prepared for a huge game of capture the flag outside on Saturday (hopefully with snowballs!!)
Registration cost is $35 per person. You can register your youth at https://www.campjo-ota.org/winter-youth-retreat.html. Registration ends this Friday, December 21st. If you register, please also RSVP with Pastor Andy via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Responder/Holiday Worker Cookie plates
Remember, if you signed up to bake cookies, please deliver them to the church kitchen by noon this Sunday, December 23rd. Those helping build the trays should arrive at Faithbridge on December 24th by 5:30PM. Thank you to everyone who has agreed to take part in this holiday ministry.
Hope House Volunteers
The next Hope House volunteer days are January 2nd (Wed.), 4th (Fri.), 5th (Sat.), and 30th (Wed.) from 9:00-2:00.
Mark Your Calendars
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Monday, December 24th at 6:30PM. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors.
Thank you to all who brought poinsettias, adding beautiful color to our Christmas celebration. You are encouraged to take your poinsettia home for further enjoyment following the Christmas Eve service, or before January 1st, when any remaining plants will be donated to a nursing home.