Greetings to all!
This Sunday, December 2, is the First Sunday of Advent, the four-week
season anticipating and preparing for the Advent (coming) of Christ at
Bethlehem as well as his return to fulfill the divine work of redemption.
It is a season of looking back at a moment when divinity acted in the world
in a particular way, looking ahead to new activity that might be on the
horizon, while at the same time taking stock of where we are now. It can
cause one's head to spin, but also fill us with wonder for what has been,
what is, and what might/will be. Let us take advantage of the season to
discover what new thing God might be birthing into the world, into the
church, and into our lives today.
The lectionary texts for December 2, the First Sunday of Advent…
The Messiah is the title of a four-week Advent conversation beginning
this Sun, Dec 2, 10am, in Trinity Hall. We will be using a study authored
by Walter Brueggemann exploring the four royal titles often applied to
Jesus from Isaiah 9:6 (For unto us a child is born…). This week's title
for consideration is "Wonderful Counselor." Use reply email to request
a copy of the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.
THE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK is this Sunday, December 2, immediately
after morning worship. Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us
for this delicious beginning to the holiday season. Meat and beverage
will be provided.
The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall with several remaining "ornaments"
offering gift suggestions for children referred to us by the Nathaniel Mission
Pick up an ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (and
ornament) by Sun, Dec 9. For those who have picked up ornaments,
we have received more detailed information regarding the age/gender of
gift recipients. Use reply email to request more detailed information about
your gift recipient.
Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary for
Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths. You can help by
"sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant. Make your check payable to
Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia). Let us know if your sponsorship
is memory/honor of someone special to you.
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside
Peace to all.