Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend. As we prepare to enter the second week of Advent, here’s what will be happening at church:
- On Sunday, we’ll light two candles on the Advent wreath and I’ll continue my sermon series entitled “The Things of Christmas.” This week, it will be something we’re all too familiar with – Christmas stress! We’ll consider that through the story of Joseph, and the stress he was under as he learned his fiancée was pregnant. We will also celebrate Holy Communion together.
- On Sunday, we’ll also begin our official “Let’s Buy a New Organ”
- Don’t forget that the offering envelopes for 2017 are on the counter in the Welcome Center. If you use envelopes, please pick up the box with your name on it. If it’s not there, give us a call in the office and we’ll get a set for you.
- You’ll have another opportunity on Sunday to sign up for poinsettias/anti-malaria nets for Christmas Eve. There will be an insert in the bulletin for you to use to do that.
- Also, I think it’s safe for me to say, that it’s not too late to add your name to the list of people baking cookies for December 10th’s Cookie Walk. We’ve got a good number of bakers, but we can always use more. Judy Tanner, President of UMW, would love to hear from you.
- On Tuesday night, December 6th, at 7:30 p.m., the Cecil County Choral Society will present their holiday concert in our sanctuary. This is always a wonderful, well-attended event, and it certainly adds so much to our holiday season! A bonus is that this is the only one of their concerts in December which features a children’s chorus, and this year, members of our own Children’s Choir are a part of that chorus – so come and support them, and the other members of our church, and Sharon – who are all part of this wonderful group!
- Sign-up has begun for the Classic Christians’ spring bus trip to Niagara Falls (May 15-19). Flyers about the trip will be on the counter across from the Welcome Center, as is a sign-up sheet.
Just a couple more things:
- Many thanks to all who have been part of helping out at the Rotating Homeless Shelter this week. It takes a lot of work to take care of all the tasks, so thanks are due to all who selflessly and sacrificially are giving of their time, talents and treasures this week to help those who are struggling.
- On Monday, I have the privilege of offering the invocation for the Inauguration of our County Officials. It will take place at the Banquet Hall in North East, and I’m particularly excited about having the honor of offering this prayer on a day when one of our “family” is one of those being inaugurated – Bob Meffley. Please join me in praying for all who are taking office next week.
Grace and Peace,