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As I write this, we are preparing to celebrate the last Sunday of the current Christian calendar, Christ the King Sunday, the end of Year C of the 3-year calendar. Just following Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate the first Sunday in the new Christian year, Year A, with the First Sunday in Advent.
Advent of what? Advent of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The four Sunday’s preceding Christmas Day, the birth of our Saviour. These are days of preparation, and even as we prepare our homes, churches, workplaces and communities with trees and lights, we prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s decision to enter our world in a person, like ourselves—to come and dwell with us.
That event, called the Incarnation, sets our religion apart from all other faith communities—the fact that our God was willing to put a part of Godself into our world at a certain point in history to show us how much God loves us and to show us the way back to God.
So, let us enter this sacred season with a welcome mat out! Let us explore the true joys of the season with worship and song.
PRAYER LIST NAMES
Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING
The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be in the pew racks beginning on the first Sunday in December for anyone who feels called to make a contribution to this fund. Donations will be used to support retired ministers and their families and for racial and ethnic religious programs at colleges.
Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, December 23. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!
STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARDS
If you have not already returned your 2020 pledge card to the church, please do so as soon as possible. Joel needs this information to get an accurate estimate of next year’s offerings. This information is a very important part of planning the 2020 church budget.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 14 at Noon. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
One ceremony will be held at Meadowlawn Cemetery, in Enterprise. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a wreath that will be placed on the grave of a service member, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and be sure to specify Meadowlawn Memorial Park. This location is currently at only 4% of its goal, so we have a long way to go.
If you are going place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, Monday, December 23, is the last day to let the church office know. Please fill out one of the slips from the pew racks and drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. The names of everyone being honored/remembered will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.