Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sunday Worship - This Sunday, we will continue our Advent series entitled, Anticipate. Have you ever been waiting for something, something you are so excited about that your heart is in your throat, your legs won't keep still, and your mind is constantly racing? That excitement and anticipation can be a part of Advent. It is in that anticipation that we can find opportunities to prepare ourselves to not only appreciate the wonderful gift of the first advent, but also prepare ourselves as we await the second advent. Last week we looked at the anticipation of promise found in Scripture and how Jesus' life fulfilled those promises. This week we are turning our attention to the anticipation we have as Christ as our King. Invite a friend and we hope to see you all there.

2. FAD Night - We have one more week left in our three week run before the Christmas Holidays. I want to encourage you come on out each Thursday at 5:30pm as we gather to eat, to learn, and fellowship with one another. This time will also feature Marge Grieves leading us in a prayer workshop as part of our discipleship time. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!

3. Prayer Workshop - Prayer is that blessed connection between us and our Creator. Prayer is the way we share our lives and our emotions with God, and one way we understand God's will for our lives. This Advent we are blessed to have Marge Grieves lead us in a prayer workshop entitled, "Come Let Us Adore Him." It will incorporate the power of prayer into the Advent Season as we prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of the Christ child.

One of Marge's spiritual gifts is that of prayer. If you have ever had the privilege of listening to her as she ushers you into the presence of God through prayer, you know it is a tremendous moment. We have one more week in this workshop; December 18th, at 10am and again as part of FAD Night. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to deepen your faith walk.

4. Advent Challenge - We are less than $250 away this year from our goal of $5,000! This year the monies raised will be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015.

 Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.

5. Upcoming Dates - We have some fun and wonderful outreach opportunities, as well as a few very important events coming up that I want you all to know about so you can mark your calendars.

  • Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 13th at 3pm in Fellowship Hall 
  • Blue Christmas Service - Sunday, December 14th at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary 
  • Christmas Eve Service - Wednesday, December 24th at 6pm

Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!

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