This year’s Advent theme focuses on how Jesus came to people on the margins of society:
||Hope in a Changing World – Isaiah
“Hanging of the Green”
||Peace for the Fractured Life – Shepherds
||Joy That Outshines our Confusion – Mary
Children’s Program / Church Dinner
||Love that Opens Life’s possibilities – Jesus
||Jesus – The Light to a Dark World
This Sunday’s bulletin will have announcements regarding most of our Christmas events this year. This week Sue has been starting to get ready for Christmas in her spare time in part to prepare for our Christmas Open House on December 11th. This year we are adding a little extra purpose to the open house beyond just fellowship. We are collecting toys in support of the Accomack County Deputy Sheriff’s Toy Drive. This year we are inviting not only our church to the open house but our neighbors, the Sheriff’s Department (as a Thank you to them) and some of the staff at the schools where the toys will go. More details will be shared in the weeks to come.
Sunday starts the last week of our Spiritual Growth Campaign, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” The theme for the week and my message is “I’m Called to Be Sent.” If you have been participating in the campaign at all the last five weeks, this week’s theme makes perfect sense. Through the campaign we have discovered the depth to which God has blessed us so it only makes sense that God would call us share his good news with others. My text this Sunday is Act 1 where Jesus tells us we are his witnesses to the world. A witness shares their reality with others. That’s all God asks us to do – share the reality of our relationship with him to other people. Will you be a witness?
This Sunday is also the deadline to return the Christmas Shoeboxes to our church. At the start of the service the children in the service are invited to participate in the dedication of these gifts for other children around the world. Remember you can choose between the two Christmas Projects, the Shoe Boxes and the H2 HOHOHO water for Syria.