A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – NOVEMBER 24, 2020
As I write this, I have just returned home from a marathon day of food distribution. Because Thursday is Thanksgiving, we did two days worth of work in one. I am so very grateful to the team of people who gave of their time to load bags, fill freezer bags with portions of protein, stock the shelves and load the cars. I am thankful to those who provided us with lunch and made the schedule, and for Tarri Mundt who organized the day so that we stayed within safety guidelines. I am also grateful to those who throughout the day contributed to our restocking efforts. It was amazing that when carts, filled with food, went up the elevator, they often came down filled with bags of cereal or peanut butter or side dishes to be placed on the shelves. The fish and the loaves just never ran out. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
As we approach the weekend, we round the corner to Advent. Advent offers us new opportunities to remain connected. Please read through this entire note so that you don’t miss a single one!
Christmas Trees. While reducing the number of attendants on the lot, we still have a need for disciples to be present each evening and on the weekends to attend to our sales. These monies will be used to support our youth going to the next youth gathering. Please consider signing up for a time slot.
Advent Children’s bags. Please pick up a bag for each child in your home, or for your grandchildren. These bags contain a craft that we will be doing together during the children’s sermon each week in Advent. They will be available this Friday and Saturday from 10:00 – 8:00 at the Handicap entrance to the Sanctuary.
Advent Devotions. The materials we will be using for our worship during Advent, include a devotional book. Reading those together is one way to feel connected during this season. Feel free to engage in conversation on our Face Book Page regarding any insights you have from this booklet. They will also be available at the Handicap Entrance to the church this Friday and Saturday from 10:00 – 8:00. Please take one per household. If you would like to deliver one to a fellow disciple, please feel free to do so. If you are unable to get to the church to pick up your bag/devotional booklet, please let Pr. Aileen know and we’ll see that one is delivered to you.
Advent Wreaths. Our liturgy for Advent will include a candle lighting. Feel free to be prepared to light your wreath right alongside our worship leaders.
Speaking of your Advent Wreath, please send me photos of your Advent Wreath, your creche or your Christmas Tree (or all three). And we’d love if you included yourself and your household in the photos. We will be using these throughout the Advent/Christmas Seasons as our intro loop to worship. Let’s welcome one another into the warmth of our homes in this way. I, for one, cannot wait to see all your faces in the pictures!
Longest Night Service. This year the Greece Churches will be gathering via Zoom to host a Longest Night Service at 7:00 pm on December 17. Whether you have lost a loved one this year or are feeling isolated because of the pandemic, you are invited to join us in a space that will invite us all to acknowledge the realities of this time and the healing that comes from the Christ child. Zoom details will be given closer to the date of the service.
This will be a different holiday season, to be sure. And yet, I am warmed by the thought of us all gathered for worship, sharing the intimacy of our homes and the familiar, sacred texts of the season.
May we all be blessed as we await the coming of Christ in these days!