Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Happy weekend before Christmas! I hope you’re having a good week and aren’t too frazzled over all the things you have yet to do before Christmas! I’m trying to just take one thing at a time and trust I’ll get everything done. Fingers crossed!

As you know, Sunday is Christmas Eve and it’s going to be a great day at church, so here’s what’s happening:
  • - Don’t forget that we’ll have just one worship service on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.  It will be a fourth Sunday of Advent service, not a Christmas Eve service. But it will be a wonderful service during which I’ll continue my sermon series, “Do Not Be Afraid,” by focusing on Joseph and an invitation to not be afraid to take risks for God. We’ll be treated to musical offerings by the Children’s Choir and the Chancel Choir. It will be good to worship together as a blended congregation. I’m really looking forward to it, and hope to see many of you there, and especially encourage those of you who can’t come on Sunday evening to be there on Sunday morning. (Oh, by the way, if you want to sit in your “normal” pew, you’d better come early, because the person who has that same pew in the other service might grab it first! LOL! Actually, it might be fun to see who sits in “your pew” at the other service!)
  • - Our Christmas Eve services begin at 5 pm with the always lively Family Service. This service is designed for families with children and it’s about 45 minutes long, filled with lots of singing, a video of the Gospel story, and a book for the kids to hear. There is no sermon at this service. The Children’s Choir and the Ingram brothers will offer special music! Nursery is available.
  • At 7 and 9 pm we’ll have identical candlelight services, featuring wonderful, wonderful music – lots of carols, music by the Chancel Choir, the Handbell Choir, a brass choir, our fabulous organ, and soloist Maddy Funke. Oh yes, there will be a sermon too! It is the last in the “Do Not Be Afraid” series, and it’s entitled “Do Not Be Afraid for Unto You is Born a Savior!” We’ll end the services with the wonderful sharing of candle light throughout the sanctuary, and singing “Silent Night” together. Nursery is available during the 7 pm service only. Why don’t you call some family and friends and invite them to come with you that night?
  • - Finally, from 10 -10:30 pm we’ll celebrate Communion in the sanctuary. It’s a lovely, candlelit time of silent communion where you can come and go as you please.
- Those are all the services of the weekend, but here are some other reminders:
  • There are still a few offering envelopes for 2018 that haven’t been picked up yet. They are on the counter across from the Welcome Center.
  • Attention Women’s Retreat participants: Your final installment is due now. Please turn it in to the church office as soon as possible.
  • Calling All Men! There is still space available on the Men’s Retreat (Jan. 19-21). Pick up a flyer on the counter across from the Welcome Center for all the details.
  • There’s also a flyer on that counter about the next Classic Christians’ bus trip to Virginia in April. Anyone can take part on the trip – you don’t have to be a Classic Christian! A sign-up sheet is there on the counter also.

Well, I think that’s it for now, except to say a few thank you’s:

- To the Chancel Choir for their incredible cantata last Sunday!

- To the children for their delightful Christmas pageant!

- To all of the people who contributed to our wonderful Advent devotional – it has made every day of the journey special!


Have a good Friday, and a wonderful, wonderful weekend! Try not to let your “to do” list take the joy out of the holiday. Find some time to put your feet up a little bit, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday – a lot, I hope! I’m so looking forward to it!

                                               Grace and Peace,
                                                                        Karen

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