Our Upcoming Worship Schedule:
Saturday, Dec 22 5:00
Sunday, Dec 23 10:00 Worship (No Sunday School)
Christmas Eve Services 4:00 & 7:00
Saturday, Dec 29 5:00
Sunday, Dec 30 10:00 Worship (No Sunday School)
This 4th Sunday of Advent, our focus is on Love. The words of Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45), Mary’s cousin, draw us to this remarkable gift of love. Like Mary, Elizabeth is surprised by the words of the Angel. Why me?
Now often when we speak these words, “Why me?” we’re asking . . . why have I been dealt such a heavy burden? But, perhaps Elizabeth and Mary were wondering, Why Me? Why am I blessed with this gift?
Perhaps their question can remind us to open ourselves up to the blessings of love that we’ve been offered. I look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend and then again on Christmas Eve (4:00 & 7:00). If your plans take you out of town, we wish you safe travel and a meaningful Christmas.
Christmas Offering this year supports these ministries. Envelopes will be available in the bulletins or mark your check “Christmas Offering”.
- Liberia & Africa University Scholarships
- Our Conference, Our Kids
- Habitat for Humanity
BE WELCOMING ON CHRISTMAS EVE
We know a lot of guests will join us for our 4:00 and 7:00 Christmas Eve services. If these guests have a positive experience, many of them will think about getting more active in their faith in the new year. We want everyone to have a very welcoming and warm experience here on Christmas Eve. Here are a few things you can do to help.
- Greet people warmly. Introduce yourself.
- If someone looks like they need assistance or directions (bathroom, childcare, where to hang up a coat), go out of your way to offer help.
- Sit down front and/or move in to the center of the pews. Guests often come at the last minute. They feel awkward looking at a crowded room and not knowing where to sit. They hate stepping over people on the ends of the pew to get to the middle section. They hate walking down the aisle past everyone to go to the front pew. Try to make room so everyone can find a comfortable spot.
- Invite family members, friends and coworkers to join you for Christmas Eve services if they may not have a church home. (“Hey, I don’t know what you have planned for Christmas Eve but I am going to our church’s Christmas Eve service at 4:00 p.m. (or 7:00 p.m.) and I would love to meet you there if you want to go.”). Research tells us that instead of being put off by these invitations, almost everyone appreciates the invitation and sees it as a sign of caring.