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Christmas Greetings for Advent

Dear Friends,

Hope. Peace. Joy. Love.

These are the prayers for our world we pray together in this holy season of Advent.

Each Sunday, we come together to worship. To praise God. To remember God’s promises. To look forward in

faith. And to pray.

We have passed Thanksgiving and our traditional anniversary date of Thanksgiving Eve. Our new front

entrance is nearly finished after almost four years since the fire that destroyed our sanctuary on April 3, 2016.

We anticipate the opening of our new front entrance almost as much as the celebration of Advent.

Our schedule for services during this Thanksgiving/Advent/Christmas Season is as follows:

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 9:30 a.m. Margaret and Ronnie Vetter lighting the first candle of the Advent Wreath and Pastor Mitchell’s message “Being Woke.”

Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 9:30 a.m. Tom Glynn and Janet Parent lighting two candles of the Advent Wreath and Pastor Mitchell’s message “The Reign of God Starts Here and Now.”

Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 9:30 a.m. Bill and MaryAnn Moore lighting three candles of the Advent Wreath and Pastor Mitchell’s message “We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.”

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 9:30 a.m. Bob and Jane Chambers lighting four candles of the Advent Wreath and Pastor Mitchell’s message “Judgement vs. Compassion.”

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. The lighting the four candles of the Advent Wreath and the fifth candle, the Christ candle and Pastor Mitchell’s message “Born in a Barn?” The traditional candlelighting service with the singing of “Silent Night.”

First Sunday after Christmas, December 29, 9:30 a.m. Pastor Mitchell’s message, “Jesus Was a Refugee.”

So don’t miss the Christmas miracle! See you in church on these coming days.

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, there will be a very special celebration at 2:30 p.m. We will dedicate our

restoration, observe our 130th anniversary and give thanks to God for his gracious love toward us. The

Reverend Robert Costello and the Reverend David Bailey will be joining us at this time to bring a message of

encouragement. Special music will be included and light refreshment will be served after the service.

Everyone who has followed our progress and even helped in our journey over these nearly four years is

invited to join us for this time of celebration.

Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. To You and Yours.

John Mitchell, Pastor

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