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The days and weeks leading up to Christmas can be crazy, but Advent is also a time when we are encouraged to create a little space for sacred mystery and awe in our lives. This Advent we are very excited to announce that we have created an Advent Devotional authored by members of our very own church family. It is a daily devotional delivered straight to your email inbox each morning. If you aren't on our list and would like to be, please email the church office by clicking here with your name and preferred email address and we will be happy to add you to the distribution. There are also a limited number of hard copies available at the church for those who don't use email.
Having the Rev. Paul Jeffrey as the guest preacher at both of our worship services on Nov. 27 was so exciting. Paul is a missionary with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and we have supported him for many years. Paul shared about his life as a missionary through stories and photography. In addition to joining us in worship, Paul did an additional lecture at 9:45 am in Kohlstedt Hall going into more depth about his experiences.
We are excited to announce that we are having Rev. Paul Jeffrey as a guest speaker at both of our worship services on Nov. 27. Paul is a missionary with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and we have supported him for many years. Paul will talk about his life as a missionary through stories and photography. In addition to joining us in worship, Paul will do an additional lecture at 9:45 am in Kohlstedt Hall going into more depth about his experiences. Everyone is invited to attend.
In addition to reflecting on gratitude and generosity on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, we also took time to reaffirm today on Transgender Awareness Remembrance Day that we are a welcoming and safe place for all people especially those who are marginalized.
Our Chancel Choir sang "For the Beauty of the Earth" by John Rutter.
Pastor Linda preached on generosity, gratitude, and grace no matter what we're going through in life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
The Chancel Choir opened our worship in beautiful music with an arrangement of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.
Our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Doug Norris joined us in worship and offered a sermon entitled "Yet" based on Habakkuk 1:1-5 and 3:17-18. If you missed it on Sunday, you can listen here.
We are each dealing with the results of the election: there are some who are giddy with joy and some who are in sorrow. This election has been unlike anything we have ever seen. The lack of civility and the lack of even attempting to listen to or understand another's point of view are difficult to watch. We will hold a service of prayer and healing for our country at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. This will be an informal service and everyone who wants to will have a chance to speak. This is a time for each of us to use our voice and a chance for each of us to listen to how others are feeling. With this service we take the first steps to create a politics of compassion where all people are treated with dignity, all people are honored, all people are welcomed at the table, and all people have an opportunity to be included. Everyone is welcome. It is important to feel the support of this church no matter what your feelings are about the outcome of this election. You are safe, and you are welcome here.
Click here to read a message from Bishop Minerva Carcano: A Post Election Message