Thanks to Memorials and Furnishings and the Faith Formation Board, you’ll notice we have an addition of a rocking chair to the narthex. It’s for anyone who wants it to use, especially those with young children. The worship service can be heard through the speakers in the narthex, enabling anyone who needs to come out of the sanctuary but still hear and be a part of worship, to take a moment in the rocking chair. Thank you Memorials and Furnishings and the Faith Formation Board!
Thanks for the generous donations to SocksGiving! We had a final total (complete with a few pairs that came in after the official end of the drive) of 799 pairs of socks! These will be brought to the Action Center next Wednesday, December 4, as they attempt to break the record for most pairs of socks donated on a single day. The record is 2,789 pairs and they’re aiming for over 10,000. We’ll be a big part of that!
Tickets $5 / $10 / $15 on Facebook, Eventbrite, and at the door. The only concert at which you’re GUARANTEED to hear your favorite Christmas songs – because you tell the pianist what to play! Chappell Kingsland, the Music Director at Salem United Church of Christ and a wizard of the keys, LOVES Christmas music and knows just about every song you could ask for. Come and hear for yourself! This is an all-ages show.
Tuesday, December 3 and 10 the sanctuary will be open to provide a simple and sacred space in the midst of the busy Advent Season. Sanctuary is open from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, with a reflection conversation from 7:30 pm-8:00 pm. Come for the space your Spirit needs this season.
Join us for the Alternative Gift Market, before and after worship on December 15. The alternative gift market our way of supporting local and global non-profits who do such great work in the world. We will again be having our “Incredible Edibles” table, which is essentially a bake sale. Please consider bringing your favorite holiday treat to donate. Proceeds will benefit the Action Center in Lakewood. Questions? Contact Joy Carletti.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
We give thanks in many ways: speaking the words out loud to cashiers, children, those that hold the door for us. We write thank-you notes or emails or texts. We say or sing grace before meals. Focusing on gratitude is also a Spiritual Practice, which frames the workings of God in our lives. Culturally, we will soon sit down to a feast meal of thanksgiving, offering us pause to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. This Sunday we will gather in worship for all ages, worshipping God and giving thanks to the Holy One, through intergenerational worship and the lens of a feast at a wide and welcoming table.
The office will be closed for Thanksgiving day on Thursday, November 28. Enjoy your holiday!
Please join us on Saturday, November 30, for our annual tradition of decorating our church for its Christmas season! We start at 9:00 am but come when you can! We look forward to getting into the Christmas Spirit with you!
Please join us for Thanksgiving Fellowship on Sunday, November 24 following service! Let’s give thanks for our abundance and gratitude for our church community. Please bring a finger-food to share at an all-church gathering after the service.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
This Sunday’s sermon title is, “The Impossible Will Take a Little While,” which is shamelessly stolen from a collection of poems and essays of the same title edited by Paul Rogat Loeb. The book a brilliant reminder that the work we are about as Christians does not happen overnight. In fact, a lot of the work we are called to do as Christians unfolds over generations and centuries. It can be both disheartening and comforting to remember that we are in this for the long haul. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on what it means to take the long view and how we can keep up our hope in the meantime.