December 13- 20, 2020

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Third Sunday of Advent

December 13 – December 20

 

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK:

“May the God of peace sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 23

 

WEEKLY INVOCATION:

“O Lord God, whose chosen dwelling is the heart of the lowly: We give thee thanks that thou didst reveal thy self in the holy child Jesus, thereby sanctifying all childhood in Him. We beseech thee to make us humble in faith and love, that we may know the joy of the gospel that is hidden in the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes.” Amen. From - The book of Worship

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

[Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.]

 

December 13 Third Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m. John 1: 6-8, 19- 28

December 15 Coaches Book Discussion

6:00 a.m. Village Inn

December 20 Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:00 a.m. John 1: 6-8, 19 - 28

December Board Meeting

This Wednesday, December 16 is our December Board Meeting. We will hold it both virtually and in person. Our meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

 

Advent Readings

Week 3: A Time for Humility

Sunday John: 6- 8, 19 -28

Monday 1 Corinthians 1: 26 - 31

Tuesday Galatians 6: 1-5

Wednesday Philippians 2: 5-11

Thursday James 4: 1-10

Friday James 4: 11-17

Saturday 1 Peter 5: 1-7

Sunday Romans 16: 25-27

 

Advent for Everyone Meeting

We will be meeting this Sunday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. I will be sending everyone a link by Friday, December 11. If you haven’t received a link by then please communicate the error by emailing the pastor.

 

Advent Preaching Series

Over the coming weeks the sermons will come from selected apostolic texts as printed in the lectionary and N.T Wright’s book: “Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles.” The Sunday selections are as follow:

 

December 13 John 1: 6- 8, 19 -28

December 20 Romans 16: 25 -27

 

Update: Christmas Eve Service

We are planning on holding a “drop in” service on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Our hope is by spreading out the service this way, everyone can participate during one of the segments in a safe environment. Masks and social distancing will still be in effect. The evening will have scripture reading, songs, silent meditation and prayer. It is not designed for people to attend for the whole 2.5 hours. These plans are still in flux, but we wanted to communicate what we were thinking.

 

Christmas Day Service This service is on again! It will be on Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.

 

Our Budget:

Received: $107,552.75

Needed for Budget: $97,064.00

Difference: +$10,488.75

 

December Birthdays & Anniversaries

Char Happ 12.3

Rich Smith 12.5

Candi Kamm 12.9

Ron and Rose Brass 12.16
 

Rose Brass 12.17

Eden Sun 12.17

Rod and Denise Matthews 12.19

Matt Edwards 12.29

Bella Quintana 12.31

 

Food Distribution Saturday

Next Saturday, December 19, is our opportunity to partner with other Christians in the community at Westminster Presbyterian Church and assist them in their quarterly food distribution. It is a drive up distribution, so you will be required to deliver prepackaged boxes of food to individual cars. Let Linda know if you plan to help out.

 

Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering

During the month of December we will be collecting for our denomination’s Retired Ministers and Missionaries. This offering assists retired missionaries and ministers. Many of these people need help and your gift can make a difference. Our goal this year is $750.

 

A Challenge for the New Church Year:

As you may know, we have entered a new church year with the onset of Advent. The Church Year is set up in three cycles: Year A, Year B, and Year C. This year is Year B. Each yearly cycle focuses on one of the synoptic gospels [Matthew, Mark and Luke] This year the focus is on the gospel of Mark, considered by many to be the earliest of the three. That means that the main Gospel reading in the Lectionary would come from Mark. Here is the challenge. Why don’t we as a church community make a commitment to reading the gospel of Mark as many times as we can throughout the year ending on November 28, 2021, the first Sunday of Advent and the start of Cycle C? To augment our reading, I am planning on offering a year-long Bible study of Mark. I am thinking we would do this in segments with time off in between. Just something for you to think about as a tool to deepen your faith. We would probably start virtually and prayerfully be able to shift to in person meetings.

Nightlight, Bangkok, Thailand

Setting People Free

There is hope of freedom in the air. Battles rage, but the name of Jesus continues to set people free and fill them with hope. This has been a month of spiritual warfare, and the battles are ongoing. There are quite a few women at NightLight who have been asking for help because they have been harassed by spirits that are disruptive to their ability to function normally. The good news is that when this happens, it is a great opportunity to pray with the women and see them set free. We are seeing victories every week, and it is exciting to see God at work this way.

We are so grateful that you take time to pray for our requests. Thank you for standing in the gap for the women and men we serve and for the staff and volunteers. Thank you for your support which makes it possible.

Annie Dieselberg

Decision on Adult Sunday School

We had planned on offering an adult Sunday School class on Thursday evenings. Due to a lack of interest, that plan has been dropped. We will revisit this opportunity in early 2021.

 

 
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