Rather than “joy” being another word for “happiness,” we will spend our Sundays in Advent discovering that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs. And then, on Christmas Eve, we will celebrate in song, candlelight, communion, and the beloved story. Please join us in this season; there is a space for all to find hope, peace, joy, and love.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are a special time of anticipation. In the lyrics of Joy to the World, it is a time to “prepare Him room.” We have many ways we celebrate Advent itself, and you are a welcome part of our activities.
Over 300 years ago, Isaac Watts wrote a song based on Psalm 98. “Joy to the World” became a beloved Christmas carol, but it’s still a call to sing a “new song” – a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed.
November 27: “Hopeful Joy”
December 4: “Peaceful Joy”
December 11: “Unabashed Joy”
December 18: “Loving Joy”
A favorite Advent tradition for many is the lighting of the Advent Wreath with the four candles representing Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Have you ever wondered why we do this? This light and interesting study will use scripture and other resources to dive into the deeper meaning of the Advent Wreath. No book or homework required.
Sunday, December 4 at Noon in Fellowship Hall
Following a light lunch, we will celebrate with a beloved tradition of Advent and Christmas-themed crafts available for all ages and skill levels. All are welcome! Please sign up to aid in the planning of the event.
Pick up bags in the Parlor; Return by December 18 or Christmas Eve
Families have used Advent calendars to countdown to Jesus’s birth since German Lutherans in the 19th century started the practice. We turn this concept upside down by filling Advent Blessing Bags. The bags contain a calendar with suggestions of what to add to the bag; modify as needed. Extra bags are available! Some donations will be used in our Little Food Pantry; the balance given to Second Mile Outreach.
Sunday, December 11 at Noon, meet in Fellowship Hall
Following worship and a quick soup lunch, we will carpool to homebound members and friends to sing some of your favorite holiday tunes. All are welcome to participate in this annual ministry of bringing cheer!
Sunday, December 18 at Noon in Fellowship Hall
Sharing a meal together brings joy to ourselves and others. Featuring ham, scalloped potatoes, and all the trimmings including dessert. Suggested donation is $12 per person or $40 per family.
As holidays approach, we often find our experiences of grief and loss a bit more profound. Anticipating and planning for this time of year can be helpful.
Sundays at 4 PM in Room 104
(November 20 – December 11); online by request
Saturday, December 17 at 4 PM
Saturday, December 24 at 7 PM (onsite & online)
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