THE GREENING OF THE CHURH - TOMORROW MORNING
Join us on Saturday, November 27, for a morning of decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas seasons. 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
ADVENT AT ANDOVER
A few things to note for the season of Advent:
Advent Calendars will be gifted to families of the church on a first come first served basis. Each evening you can open a new window and reflect upon the birth of Jesus as a family. The calendars are gifts from the church and will be available in the church this Sunday.
Discovery Bible Study. Each Sunday of Advent will be a time to reflect on the readings affiliated with Advent. The study will last a bit under an hour and take place after the 10:00 AM service.
Advent is a penitential season. It's color is ether purple or blue. is two-fold. It invites us to prepare our hearts for his coming and reminds us of his glorious royalty as King, born in our hearts. The season is also marked by different prayers and reflective music. As a "penitential season," Advent invites us to practice disciplines of the Faith, such as intentional devotions, times of silence, intentional loving of others, fasting, and (yes, even) feasting! Above all, Advent is a season of waiting. We await the second coming of Christ and live as if he will arrive this afternoon.
A beautiful way to remember a loved one is to decorate the sanctuary with a poinsettia. They van be purchased by you and brought into the sanctuary, or monies for purchase can be given to Donna T. See Alice G. for more information.
INSTALATION SERMON BY BISHOP ANDREW
A powerful sermon was preached by our Bishop at the Service of Installation and Confirmation. It had to do with restoration and God's will in our trials.
GRIEFSHARE TO BEGIN IN JANUARY AT THE HUB
For those grieving the loss of a family member or friend, the Holidays can be a difficult time. You may have found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt that you feel. It can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare is a way to help heal and navigate after the loss of a loved one. For more information on time and place, see Pastor Cinnamon or Deacon Kathy, or visit our website page here.
FACEMASKING | SOCIAL DISTANCING
Face-masking is "strongly encouraged." Please seek to remain 6 feet apart while taking Communion, as some are more susceptible to health issues than others (1 Corinthians 8:9).
ISRAEL: APRIL 20 - 30, 2022
Pastor Bill is leading a trip to the Holy Land, from Dan to Beersheba (beginning in the Galilee and ending in Jerusalem, with multiple historical stops along the way). If you'd like to learn more about the trip see him, or visit his website page here.
PRAY THIS THIS WEEK:
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear our prayers, and grant that in our congregation the pure Word of God may be preached and the Sacraments duly administered. Strengthen and confirm the faithful; protect and guide the children; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; arouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of your truth; and bring us all to be one heart and mind within your holy Church, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSED IN GIVING ALL 'ROUND
We are so grateful for your continued giving. Giving is best done:
In the offering plates at the rear of the church (as you enter)
Online giving here.
Given directly to Donna T.
Special funds such as the discretionary/deacon's fund and the Mission of the Month fund can be specifically targeted by earmarking your check accordingly.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.