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PASTOR’S CORNER – December, 2021
Christmas is just around the corner! But of course you know that: WalMart’s been showing you that since before Halloween!
However, we know that this Season of Advent that launches a brand new Christian Year, beginning with the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving.
We will have our lighting of the Advent Candle each Sunday—both indoors and outdoors! We will also celebrate Communion on the first Sunday (December 5th) and on Christmas Eve (December 24th)
Come, join us in the celebration of the true Joy of Christmas. See you Sunday!
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.
GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD RECOGNITION
Kendall is a Gold Award Girl Scout, but it’s not really official until we all eat cake! All church members are invited to join us at Green Hill on Sunday, December 5, at 2:00pm to have a reception in Kendall’s honor.
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING
The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes are available 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.
If you are going to place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for the congregation to enjoy during the Christmas season, please let the church office know no later than Wednesday, December 15. On the Sunday just prior to Christmas, the 19th, a list of all of the people being honored and/or remembered by poinsettias will be printed in the worship bulletin. Small slips for the information are available in the pew racks.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD BOXES
Thank you to everyone who packed a box for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are on their way to the Samaritan’s Purse warehouse to be processed for shipping, and in a couple of months we should get a report on where they went.
On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle.
On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle.
On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle.
On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels.