Monthly Archives: November 2012

News for the Week of December 2, 2012

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, the season when we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated at both services.  Then in the afternoon, Sharon Gayman will offer Advent Adventure, a time of fellowship and Christmas crafts for all ages, followed by a pot luck dinner and carol sing.  Be sure to join in on the fun!

Be sure to check out all the upcoming events and news about many of our outreach projects.  We invite your participation!

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Sally Sandiford

News for the Week of November 25, 2012

This Sunday there is a coffee time scheduled between our morning worship services—we are celebrating the completion of our six-week small group study We Are Better Together.  There are two additional announcements below from two of the small groups.

Monday AM Small Group
Looking for a hostess gift?  Something for the person who has everything?   A gift for a teacher or a coach?    Or someone special?   From the Monday AM Small Group, here’s a gift suggestion that gives to others in a few ways.   They have assembled and will sell special gift bags on Sunday for $20 each.   Each gift bag contains a Christmas Tree ornament and a message to the recipient – to hang the ornament on their Christmas Tree, as it symbolizes that a local family who relies on the Food Bank for food, will enjoy a turkey with their upcoming Christmas Dinner.   The helping others theme also continues as the Christmas Tree ornament was bought from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade organization, who purchased the ornament from an artisan in a developing country.    Each gift bag sells for $20 and the purchaser will receive a $20 tax receipt from the Food Bank.   A total of 100 gift bags have been assembled and will be for sale on Sunday morning.   Please think of your gift giving list and who you can buy one of these special gift bags for.

Thursday Small group project  – French bibles for Kristin Derry in Haiti
As you know Kristin is working in Haiti until February, teaching teachers how to teach in French.  She is working with an outreach company called ‘Havserve.’ If you would like to see a video about her work go to www.havserve.org  Haiti tops the list in the world, for worst place to be student. The school is one room, the walls are not completed and there is no roof.  There are 40 students from preschool to grade 5.  All the teachers are volunteers, and since they are not paid it is hard to attract good teachers. She told her Mum, Tiina, that what she wants most is bibles in French. Elaine Hawkins works with the bible society, and she has found out that the bibles that Kristin wishes for are about $31 including shipping each.  If you would like to give a few dollars to this project please put the donation in your church envelope, and write project bibles to Haiti on it. Many thanks in anticipation.

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Every blessing,

Rev. Dr. James Clubine

News for the Week of November 18, 2012

As a reminder, there will only be ONE SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 10:30 A.M., followed by a light lunch and an important Congregational Meeting at 12:30 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to review the Joint Needs Assessment Committee report and recommendation which is to hire a minister for families and youth.  Your input is important and we hope you can join us.  (Entertainment will be provided for your children during the meeting.)

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Sally Sandiford

Advent 2012 Newsletter

The season of Advent

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent is a month long season—four Sundays—set aside as a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent. The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year; it is the time we go back to the beginning of Jesus’ life.  Advent also carries a second theme; the anticipation of the return of Jesus in his Second Advent.

Please see the Events for the month of December for information on the December 5th Comfort Service and the December 9th White Gift Sunday.

Advent makes it official; Christmas is just around the corner. Perhaps your Christmas planning and preparation are well underway. Advent is the season when we begin looking ahead to the birth of him whom St. John said “all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.”

I know that there is anxiousness over the way we expend ourselves for Christmas. We complain about the over-indulgence in gift-giving, in eating, in drinking, in the events that crowd our calendar, and in holiday making in general. Christians worry over the loss of focus on why we have Christmas at all—it seems that the event has been co-opted for any and every other purpose. Every not-for-profit and charitable organization behaves as if Christmas was organized for them to do fund-raising; for-profit organizations appear to believe the same thing.

But in the midst of all the over-indulgence, loss of focus, and co-opting of purpose I wonder if Christians make enough of Christmas. Those close to me will know of my resistance to the “Santa-fication” of Christmas; I have, at times, been accused of being a tad “Grinch-ish”. So, some of these people may be thinking that I have lost my way.

What I am asking is do I, as a Christian, have an adequate appreciation for the magnitude of what is going on at the birth of Bethlehem’s babe? “I will fulfill the promise I made”, said God through the prophet Jeremiah. I think that if we understood the magnitude of what God is doing in Jesus we couldn’t design a celebration grand enough to do it justice. Jesus is God fulfilling his promise, made through Israel to humanity, to remedy all humanity’s ills!

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We offer three Christmas Eve worship services; 5:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M., and 10:30 P.M.  These services each follow a traditional pattern of “Lessons and Carols”; “Lessons” refer to the reading of the Biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth; “Carols” refer to the singing of the hymns written to celebrate this birth story.

You are welcome to any of these services.  At 5:00 P.M. the service is shaped with families with young children in mind.  At the 7:00 P.M. and 10:30 P.M. services the Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated.

Advent Blessings,

Rev. Dr. James Clubine