Red Rock Christian Church

Author: Kevin

Kevins Korner Dec 1st 2020

1124 S. Roosevelt St.

Boise, Idaho 83705

(208) 342-2380

redrockchristianchurch.org

December 1, 2020 

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This Sunday we will light the candle of Peace.  In preparation, I want to share this article by Brian McLaren, which articulates the centrality of Peace from the earliest Old Testament storytellers to our church today.

“I believe that the Spirit of God works everywhere to bring and restore aliveness—through individuals, communities, institutions, and movements. Movements play a special role. In the biblical story [of Exodus], for example, Moses led a movement of liberation among oppressed slaves. They left an oppressive economy, journeyed through the wilderness, and entered a promised land where they hoped to pursue aliveness in freedom and peace. Centuries after that, the Hebrew prophets launched a series of movements based on a dream of a promised time . . . a time of justice when swords and spears, instruments of death, would be turned into plowshares and pruning hooks, instruments of aliveness [Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3]. Then came John the Baptist, a bold and nonviolent movement leader who dared to challenge the establishment of his day and call people to a movement of radical social and spiritual rethinking. . . .

When a young man named Jesus came to affiliate with John’s movement through baptism, John said, “There he is! He is the one!” Under Jesus’ leadership, the movement grew and expanded in unprecedented ways. . . . It rose again through a new generation of leaders like James, Peter, John, and Paul, who were full of the Spirit of Jesus. They created learning circles in which activists were trained to extend the movement locally, regionally, and globally. Wherever activists in this movement went, the Spirit of Jesus was alive in them, fomenting change and inspiring true aliveness. . . 

[Christianity] began as a revolutionary nonviolent movement promoting a new kind of aliveness on the margins of society. . . . It claimed that everyone, not just an elite few, had God-given gifts to use for the common good. It exposed a system based on domination, privilege, and violence and proclaimed in its place a vision of mutual service, mutual responsibility, and peaceable neighborliness. It put people above profit, and made the audacious claim that the Earth belonged not to rich tycoons or powerful politicians, but to the Creator who loves every sparrow in the trees and every wildflower in the field. It was a peace movement, a love movement, a joy movement, a justice movement, an integrity movement, an aliveness movement.”

Blessings!

Pastor Kevin

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You’re invited to join a Drive-by ANNIVERSARY PARADE to celebrate

Bill & Wynoma Froscher’s 70th Wedding Anniversary!!   

Saturday, December 5, 1:00-3:00pm

2894 E Springwood Dr, Meridian, ID

Come out, drive by, honk, wave, cheer and show them the love!

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE  

                      Saturday, December 5, at 3:30 PM

                                               (If weather-inversion permits)

The Advent season is one of wonder.  For so many, this is a time of hopeful anticipation.  But for many of us, Christmas is a harsh reminder of life that once was.  This is especially true here in 2020, the year of Covid-19, where so much has been lost or at least postponed. Whether this is the first Christmas without someone you love, or if you seem to be hurting from loss for as long as you remember, or if you have been living in fear for far too long, we gather to be reminded that it is okay to mourn, even at Christmas.

We will gather for this at the bonfire/vespers area at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon.  Please bring a chair and wear a mask.  Communion will be provided, as will symbols that will help us to let go and move on from our losses during 2020.  New Hope is our goal.

***But if there is a burn ban on Saturday, we will send out an email canceling the service, which will then be videotaped for later viewing at home.  We’ll let you know when it’s ready.***

  The names for the Giving Tree are in!   

Please contact Joni Curry (208-914-1741 or hjecurry@hotmail.com) to choose a name and coordinate dropping off the presents and getting the gifts to the proper people.  Gifts/dontions must be provided by Friday, December 18.

GIVING TREE LIST

AGE    GENDER       GIFT REQUEST

13        Girl      OMG or LOL dolls. T-shirts Adult Small, Jeans Adult 1

Adult    Male    Walmart or Maverick gift card

Adult    Female            Electric skillet, electric griddle, T-shirt Mens 2XL, Jean 22

13        Boy      Shoes blue or orange (not BSU) sze 6.5 or 7, nightlight bluetooth speaker

10        Girl      Shoes no-tie no Velcro (slip-ons) purple size 5.5, large jewelry  box w/bath bombs, face mask, nail polish, unicorn hypo-allergenic earrings, sparkly stuff (no makeup)

7          Girl      Good headphones for school computer, flying remote control plane or drone

19        Boy      Walmart gift card

Adult    Female            Coat size M

Adult    Female            Coat size S

Adult    Female            Coat size M

Adult    Female            Coat size M

Adult    Female            Coat size M

Adult    Female            Coat size L

Adult    Female            Coat size S

Adult    Female            Coat size S

Adult    Male    Coat size M

Adult    Male    Coat size M

Adult    Male    Coat size M

14        Boy      King sized blanket, book or game

14        Boy      King sized blanket, book or game

11        Girl      King sized blanket, book or game

10        Boy      King sized blanket, book or game

10        Girl      King sized blanket, book or game

8          Boy      King sized blanket, book or game

8          Girl      King sized blanket, book or game

8          Girl      King sized blanket, book or game

6          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

5          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

5          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

5          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

5          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

4          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

4          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

3          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

3          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

3          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

3          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

1          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

9mos   Girl      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

7mos   Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

5mos   Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

3          Boy      Queen sized blanket, toy or game

Adult    Male    Coat size M

Adult    Female            Coat size M

15        Girl      King sized blanket, book or game

11        Male    King sized blanket, book or game

5          Male    Queen sized blanket, toy or game

2          Male    Queen sized blanket, toy or game

9          Girl      Pink pajamas Size 14-16, LOL dolls

5          Boy      Green or superheros pajamas Size 6-7, Hot Wheels race track

8          Girl       Blue pajamas size 8,  Skateboard

1.5       Boy      Winter coat size 3, Big Spiderman action figure

  Red Rock Outreach is sponsoring the Giving Tree a little different this year.  Joni Curry will be the contact person to choose a name and will coordinate dropping off the presents and getting the gifts to the proper people.  You can also choose to provide funds that the committee will use to shop for gifts on the list.    Contact Joni at 208-914-1741 or hjecurry@hotmail.com with any questions.  Thank you for your support of this important ministry!

We hope you’ve each received your “Advent Kits”, and are starting to enlist the resources there!

A BIG THANK YOU to the Worship Ministry and Elders who worked so hard to make these up, and personalized for each Red Rock family!! 

  Daily Prayer Join us in Prayer at 12:30 pm every day, wherever you are.

Today’s prayer theme:  Good News!

(Please add our theme topic to your daily prayer.)

Advent Study: “It’s a Wonderful Life”                                  

For the four weeks of Advent you’re invited to join a Bible study based on the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”The study, written by Alan Vermilye, includes discussion questions, scripture references, and movie clips. On one level the study is about how we can all get distracted and lose sight of what’s really important in life. On a deeper level the study is about how the decisions we make can affect people in ways we could never suspect. Led by Larry Snow, no preparation will be required, no books to read, you don’t even have to drive to the church–the study will meet via zoom. Larry Snow is a retired Disciple Pastor who was raised at Red Rock Christian Church and who recently moved back to Boise. The study will be offered at 2 times: Mondays at 10 a.m. (November 30, December 7,14 & 21) and Tuesdays at 7p.m. (December 1, 8, 15, & 22). Contact Larry Snow (larry.snow@comcast.net) for the Zoom link to join the study.

ADVENT EVENTS!   

Make a wreath or plant bulbs for indoor winter growth.  Dec 6 at 4pm, and Dec 12 at 4pm.  Only room for 5 people at each event, to allow for social distancing.  Will be held at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery (corner of Hill Road Parkway and Old Highway 55) and cost will be $20-$40, depending on project you chose.  Reserve your spot with Christine Nicholas by 7pm December 2!

Advent Worship Services.  10 am livestream on Nov 29 (Hope Sunday), Dec 6 (Peace Sunday), Dec 13 (Joy Sunday), Dec 20 (Love Sunday).

 Blue Christmas Campfire Service.  Had enough of 2020?  Come to our campfire worship service in the vesper area at 3:30 on Saturday, Dec 5, bring your list of things you want to leave behind in 2020 and we’ll burn them on the campfire.  Alert the fire department – could be a big fire!

 Christmas Eve Worship Service.  This service will be pre-recorded this year and available on-line by noon on Dec 24 so that you can enjoy it at a time that works best for your schedule.

 Advent Bible Study.  Offered by Zoom on Mondays at 10 am and Tuesdays at 7 pm beginning November 30, led by Larry Snow.  No materials needed other than your bible and internet access.

Winter Garden Aglow? Indian Creek Ice Skating?  Park walk?  Contact Shannon Smith if you have interest in these or other outdoor activities and she’ll help to organize or put you in touch with others who have expressed interest in an outdoor activity.

                              Prayer Concerns & Joys:     

                          ALL IN THE CHURCH FAMILY     

    There’s a lot happening!  Please lift up the following in prayer:

Peace, listening and understanding during these turbulent times;

– Shannon Arensman lost an older friend in PA to Covid19 on Friday, and asks for prayers for the family and friends of Barb Lincoln.

–  Please keep Frank Parks in prayer.  Doctors discovered a mass between his kidney and bladder. He was to have surgery last Tuesday. We have not heard how he’s doing. Please keep him in prayer.

-Julia Carroll’s cousin, Michelle Kunselman, has been on quite a “rollercoaster”.  She went home, but had to return to the hospital 2 days later, due to complications from blood thinners. A CAT scan was to be done Sunday. Please continue prayers for her recovery

– Eileen Davis’ granddaughter, Hannah Davis, (a local EMT), and  Eileen’s great grandson, Brandon Joseph, in Anchorage, Alaska both have Covid-19.  Please keep them, and Eileen in prayer (much sickness at Morning Star. She is in lock-down).

– Bill & Doris Butler’s neice and her husband,  Merle and Karen Royse were seriously injured in a wreck in Montana. Merle is now recovering at home. Thanks for prayers.

–  Marilyn Linford requests prayers for their friend, Teresa Wardhaugh, who has been taking chemotherapy for an aggressive form of breast cancer and is quite ill from the treatment. Please keep her in prayer.

–  Please pray for Shannon Smith’s good friend, Moriah Lenhart-Wees. She is home from the hospital and the infection has cleared up but she has lost her short term memory.  She is responding well, so far, to immunotherapy treatment.

–  Mona Griffin’s son-in-law, Rich Seidlitz (Cindy’s husband), is fighting Stage 4 Prostate cancer.  Please keep him in prayer, and drop Mona a line.  She misses all of us!

–  Please keep Janelle Stear in prayer as she recovers from a detached retina.

–  Marvin & Mary Weidenfeld provided this update on their neice: Desiree Profitt was transferred to Portland.  They started the skin grafts here, but didn’t like what they found when they got into her leg, so she was sent to Portland to a specialist.  They are estimating she will be there for the next couple of months.  Please continue to keep Desiree & her family in your prayers.  Thank you!

–  Please keep the Warnock family in prayer as Scott Warnock continues treatment for colon cancer.

Cheryl, Jamie, and Krissy Truempler  have lost their Section 8 qualification, but are still looking for a new place to live.

  All those affected by current wildfires and natural disasters

– Residents in nursing homes and senior housing

– All those struggling financially and/or emotionally

– End to worldwide medical crisis and pandemic

December:

1   Allen Adams

     Matt Creech

3   Kara Souza

4   Aidan Barnes

5  Dylan Korb

6  Timothy Painter

7   Tami Black

8   Melody de Villiers

9   Gary Waymire

13  Reece Harper

      Kari McCluey

      Mark Morris

14   John Throne

16   Peggy McKay

17   Rebecca Cales

      Dennis Larrondo

19   Lincoln McKay

       Gary Smith

22    Isabella de Villiers

25    Rita Weaver

26    Rick Thometz

27    Sam Denney

        Mary Jane Reberry

        Auggysino Swedi

28    Karen Stear

29    Emily Nicholas

30    Gary McCracken

2    Bill & Wynoma Froescher

27   Dennis & Sharon Larrondo

Reminder: Pastor Kevin will continue to schedule office hours for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  He is often in the office later (and works additional hours from home), but please call or text if you want to visit outside those times. He will make whatever arrangements necessary to meet with you.  Please, don’t hesitate to call, text or email at any time.   Cell phone: 208-217-8223  Email:revkevrrcc@gmail.com

Don’t forget to check out our Daily Hope Message videos on the Red Rock Facebook page!

  Pastoral Relations Ministry                                 

DO YOU HAVE A JOY OR CONCERN                         

YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE PRIVATELY?

Your Pastoral Relations Committee is here to listen! Feel free to call or speak with any of us about any joy or concern you may have.

Melissa Painter     Connie Higgs   Chuck McKay    Jeff Jones    Sue Mandery

***Please make a note: *** 

 
      While Shannon A. works from home, please send any items for the newsletter to her personal email: sarensofid@yahoo.com .  (She has not been able to access the church emails remotely so far.)   It would be very helpful to have any notes or articles submitted by Monday night.

                                                                                               Thank you!

  Due to increased need, our Food Pantry supplies are going quickly.  Please help us keep the Pantry stocked!  Monetary donations can be sent to the church, earmarked “Food Pantry”.

The Red Rock Hackers Golfers have taken to playing indoors at The Back Nine once a month.  Check with Chuck McKay for the current schedule..

The Men’s Breakfast Group is meeting at Cracker Barrel on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 am.   If you have any questions, please contact Pat Flynn:  208-919-5584.

Red Rock Ministry LeadersAdministration: Ev PenzelProperty: Mark Morris & Wayne HiggsWorship: Christine NicholasPrograms: Jim & Jana NicholsEducation: Rita Weaver                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stewardship & Personnel: Marilyn LinfordMembership: Jim & Jana Nichols, Shannon Smith Outreach & Evangelism: Chuck & Peggy McKay



   

Prevent the Spread of Viruses


– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

– Stay home if you or someone else in your home is sick.

– Cover your cough with your inner elbow, or with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.             

-If you must go out in public, Please wear a mask!

***If you cannot access YouTube to watch Sunday morning services and would      like a DVD, please contact the church office.***                                                                                                                                                           Worship Service Information                     ***  PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CHURCH.
We will send a link on Saturday or Sunday that you can click on to join worship on Sunday.
Please watch the live feed on Facebook at 10:00 am.                                                                          December 6, 2020
Sermon:  “Lining Up for Peace”Scripture:  Matthew 25: 31-46 This week’s service Elder: Julia CarrollChildren’s Moment:  Jana NicholsScripture Reader:  Susan Stubblefield


Daily Hope Messages from Pastor Kevin:Daily Hope Message; Saturday, November 28, 2020  Thomas Merton shared this prayer:Oh, God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. Oh God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is in Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
Daily Hope Message; Sunday, November 29, 2020   Richard Rohr shared this prayer: God of all races, nations, and religions,You know that we cannot change others,Nor can we change the past.But we can change ourselves.We can join You in changing our onlyAnd common future where Love “reigns”The same over all.Help us not to say, “Lord, Lord” to any nationalist gods,But to hear the One God of all the earth,And to do God’s good thing for this One World.Daily Hope Message; Monday, November 30, 2020 

Daily Hope Message; Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Daily Hope Message:  Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Daily Hope Message; Thursday, December 3, 2020
Daily Hope Message; Friday, December 4, 2020Francis Collins, of BioLogos, upon receiving the Templeton Prize in 2020, recommended three responses to the intersection of faith and science: 1.    Stand up for truth and reason. With social media filled with conspiracy theories and lies and regular media laced with distortions, more than ever God’s people need to be discerning and stand up for truth. 2.    Address the spiritual void in this country. Our world is filled with fear, anxiety, and selfishness; we all desperately need to hear of our loving and powerful God. We need the saving grace of Jesus Christ… reread the beatitudes and seek to live out the Kingdom of God.3.    Love those you disagree with. We need to love people with wrong ideas. BioLogos strives for humble dialogue on challenging science questions. We’ve learned that rather than trying to fix people, we must see others as people. Besides, shouting science arguments just doesn’t work; changed hearts and minds only happen in relationships of trust. Our foremost calling is to love others – pray for them, genuinely desire their welfare, and patiently hear them out.
             Hope is not canceled!  Look for it!    God bless you! 

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 “Go Before”   Luke 1:68-79     HOPE Sunday    Rev. Kevin Arensman    November 29, 2020

“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie, above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.”   You remember the story, don’t you?  Zechariah and Elizabeth: They were really old and they were childless.  They were very religious people.  In fact, Zechariah was an important priest.  He was chosen to enter the holy of holies in the dark, silent sanctuary, where only one was allowed to enter, to light incense before God.  Suddenly, an angel appeared to him, announcing that he and Elizabeth would have a baby, a son, named John.  “He will be filled with the Holy Spirit.  He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God…He will turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  

Zechariah was going to be a father.  He was old enough to be a grandfather, but now would become a father.  The father of the one who would announce the Messiah, who would go before the Messiah to pave the way, who would baptize the Messiah, and who would give his life in this calling from God.  

“How will I know this is so?”  Zechariah asked the angel.  “For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.”  You would think it was common place, to be addressed by an angel in the Holy of Holies of the Temple.  “Are you sure about this?  Have you picked the right family for this?  You are kidding, right?”  So, the angel took Zechariah’s voice away until the angel’s words would come to pass.

Fast forward nine months and Zechariah and Elizabeth have become parents.  Our scripture today comes eight days after the birth of John the Baptist.  He wasn’t called “the Baptist” yet, just baby Zechariah, after his father.  No, the angel said “John.”  He would be named John, who would become “the Baptist,” who would go before the Messiah.  So, here stood Zechariah, mute for the last nine months, old as the hills, with a wife just as old; standing in line with all the young families, mostly teenagers, all bringing their new babies to be circumcised on the eighth day, as was the Jewish custom.

“His name is John,” Zechariah wrote on a tablet.  And suddenly his voice returned.  Nine months living as a mute, and Zechariah was ready to burst.  He was ready to prophesy about this new baby.  He was ready to sing.  

Have you noticed how many lullabies are sung during the Christmas season; Silent Night, Away in a Manger, O Holy Night; and, of course, O Little Town of Bethlehem?  We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, after all.  But, in the Gospel of Luke, we have another birthday to celebrate first, and another lullaby to sing.  It starts as a prayer of thanksgiving to God: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. “  Zechariah prophesied about the coming birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah, the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham, Savior of the Chosen People, “to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and…enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”

But, Zechariah was also a new dad, and you can almost see him gazing at his son and remembering what he was there for: circumcision, offering his new son into covenant relationship with God, like Abraham, giving him the name the angel had foretold; John.  Then, looking into his son’s eyes, he recognized the miracle he was holding; the miracle of the angel’s promise, the miracle of a son for an old man, the miracle of life itself.  That bundle of helpless, yet precious life; breathing, sighing, cooing, burping, pooping; that’s what babies do!  And, the lullaby just started coming out: /“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”/

That tiny bundle of precious life; what a mix of emotions for that new, ancient dad!  Imagine how hard it was to let go, when the priest came for the circumcision; the tears he held back when he heard baby John cry out in pain; the tender hands that received his son back, to comfort him, to protect him, to take him home.

But, a father can’t help thinking toward the future.  What will this baby become?  Will he be strong and healthy?  Will he be industrious; a hard worker, who will succeed in life, who will provide for his family?  Will he be gentle, a lover of nature, of music; a scholar?  Will he follow in his father’s footsteps and serve God within the established structure of Israel, within the Temple?  These are the questions that inspire lullabies.  These are the questions that arouse prayers to God.  These are the questions that encourage faith.

As an old man already, Zechariah could not be confident that he would see John, the man, maybe not even John, the teenager.  He would have to trust that God would fulfill His promises to raise up a prophet; the one who would go before the Messiah; the one who would prepare the way for Jesus.

John did grow up to be a prophet, to go before the Messiah, to prepare the way for Jesus.  We know that he preached repentance to the people of Israel, to turn back from their sinful ways, to turn back toward God, to be ready; because God was coming into our world.  

You know, that message still preaches today.  Repent!  Turn back from the hustle and bustle of commercialized Christmas.  Turn back from skewed priorities.  Turn back from reacting in fear so quickly to so many things; or in anger so quickly and often. We have a birthday to celebrate.  Well, first of all, we celebrate John the Baptist’s birthday.  We celebrate it because John came to prepare the way for a Savior, to point us toward Jesus, to assure us that God’s promises are not “too good to be true,” but are real and sure, and present.  God is still coming into our world. 

In just a few weeks we will celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  God came into our world as a baby.  That baby grew up to show us how to live in relationship with God.  And that baby gave his life for us so that each one of us can know God’s love, can receive God’s forgiveness, and can live in eternal relationship with our loving parent, God.  It was Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension that fulfilled God’s plan of bringing all of us back into relationship with our loving God, giving birth to one more birthday: the kingdom of God, born on earth, as it is in heaven.  That birth has already happened, but waits to be fully manifest, or accepted in our world.  We know that it will only be completely revealed when Jesus returns.  But, we know too that it is very real and present right now for those who choose kingdom living, living in relationship with God today.

It seems that we are waiting for one more birthday, though.  You see, the mission of John the Baptist is not finished.  Until God’s kingdom is fully unveiled, there is need of others who will go before the Messiah, the return of Jesus; who will prepare the way by inviting friends and neighbors into kingdom living, into relationship with God.  We need churches, filled with the Spirit, to proclaim that the world’s ways, the world’s economy and politics, greed and consumerism, are not God’s ways.  We need churches to be the place where differences don’t matter, except for good conversations and learning from each other.  We need people willing to tell their stories of living in relationship with God, living a different way, and finding the true hope, love, peace and joy that was born on that first Christmas.  We need a new birthday, of those willing to go before Jesus once again.  We can start in small ways.  John did.  But he grew to be a mighty prophet for God.  We must grow too.  We must grow as disciples with a mission to go before Jesus, until he comes again.  Jesus is coming.  Will you go before him?  Will you invite someone to participate virtually in our Christmas Eve, or other Advent activities?  Will you share your story, your faith, your hope that God is coming into our world this Christmas?

“No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.”

Advent Events

ADVENT EVENTS!

Make a wreath or plant bulbs for indoor winter growth.  Dec 6 at 4pm, and Dec 12 at 4pm.  Only room for 5 people at each event, to allow for social distancing.  Will be held at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery (corner of Hill Road Parkway and Old Highway 55) and cost will be $20-$40, depending on project you chose.  Reserve your spot with Christine Nicholas by 7pm December 2!

Advent Worship Services.  10 am livestream on Nov 29 (Hope Sunday), Dec 6 (Peace Sunday), Dec 13 (Joy Sunday), Dec 20 (Love Sunday).

 Blue Christmas Campfire Service.  Had enough of 2020?  Come to our campfire worship service in the vesper area at 3:30 on Saturday, Dec 5, bring your list of things you want to leave behind in 2020 and we’ll burn them on the campfire.  Alert the fire department – could be a big fire!

 Christmas Eve Worship Service.  This service will be pre-recorded this year and available on-line by noon on Dec 24 so that you can enjoy it at a time that works best for your schedule.

 Advent Bible Study.  Offered by Zoom on Mondays at 10 am and Tuesdays at 7 pm beginning November 30, led by Larry Snow.  No materials needed other than your bible and internet access.Winter Garden Aglow? Indian Creek Ice Skating?  Park walk?  Contact Shannon Smith if you have interest in these or other outdoor activities and she’ll help to organize or put you in touch with others who have expressed interest in an outdoor activity.