Men! A call to breakfast rings out from yonder hills! Yes, once again all men of goodwill are invited to join us for good food and good conversation. This month’s restaurant is Sunrise Sunset (1424 S. Wadsworth Blvd.). Contact: Daryl Foelske.
Sunday, November 29, 10:15 a.m.
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promises I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”
from Jeremiah 33:14-16
What is Advent? It’s the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s the shortest, darkest days of the year. It’s a time of preparation, of not-quite-yet. During Advent, we light candles and we wait. We wait for the one on whom the whole course of human history turns. We wait for the one in whom all of God’s promises are fulfilled. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches the waiting game.
“O mitten tree, O mitten tree, how fuzzy are your branches . . .” Yes, one of our favorite Christmas tradition is back. Starting this Sunday, you’re invited to bring your warm things to church. Mittens! Gloves! Hats! Scarves! Socks! Knit them yourself or buy them at the store, then hang them from the Christmas tree in the Narthex. When the tree is fully loaded with its fluffy fruit, we’ll gather up all your donations and bring them to the Action Center for people in need. Contact: Mary Ann Rothenburger.
Once again, we’re collecting Christmas gifts for folks who receive Meals on Wheels. Please check out the list of suggestions on the Welcome Center, then bring your donation to church from November 29 to December 6 and drop it in the bin in the Narthex. The Bible Study group and anyone else who wants to join in will wrap the gifts Wednesday, December 9, at 10:45 a.m. Contact: Karen Coiner.
Thanks to everyone who’s been dropping off blank greeting cards and envelopes for the women at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Rev. Joanne Buchanan-Brown will be picking up the cards the evening of Sunday, November 29, so please make sure to have your cards here by then! Contact: Mary Ann Rothenburger.
If you’re a youth from 7th through 12th grade, join us as we host special guest Rev. Joanne Buchanan-Brown. She’ll be talking with us about what it’s like to be in prison and how we can connect with the women she works with at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Contact: Logan Bennett, Jacob Liechty, Curt Preston.
Our annual Alternative Gift Market will be held on TWO Sundays only, opening at 9:45 a.m. and staying open after worship as long as customers are present. Please come early and shop late! This year’s market will support Heifer International, SERRV, Women’s Bean Project, Church World Service, La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, City of Lakewood Preschool, and the Action Center. We’ll also have an “Incredible Edibles” table with baked goods and other homemade food items. You can contribute by bringing your goodies to church on the two Sundays. Contact: Sue Preston.
For many, the holiday season is one of festivities, family, and celebration. Everywhere we look are messages telling us to be of good cheer. This merriment often overshadows the fact that Christmas can also be a season of grief and hurt. This year, join us for our first Blue Christmas service (often called a “Longest Night” service), as we come together in community to share the sadness that can accompany this time of year. Contact: Logan Bennett.
Sunday, November 22, 10:15 a.m.
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Consider the lilies of the field; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you?”
from Matthew 6:25-33
Are you stressed? Are you tired of balancing the demands of your busy life? Are you overwhelmed by sad news from around the world? Are you weighed down by the sorrows of people you care about? Are you frustrated by problems you can’t seem to solve? Are you discouraged because, no matter how hard you try, things never really get better? Are you worried about making ends meet? Are you worried? Don’t worry. Jesus says don’t worry. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches a God big enough for all our worries.
For Christians, Advent is the season of waiting and hoping and preparing. Beginning Sunday, November 29, it’s the time when we get ready for the light of Christ to shine through the darkness of the world. Each Sunday of Advent (and Christmas Eve), we’ll light the Advent candles during worship with a short litany and a prayer. If you’re interested in lighting candles for us, either individually or as a family, contact Curt Preston.