Ensuring that our church is a safe space and teaching our children about Christian faith—what could be more important? In support of these goals, there are two important trainings scheduled for January 23. Curriculum Training for Sunday School teachers will take place immediately after the boundary training, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At this training, we’ll be introducing our new Sunday School curriculum, “Shine.” Contact: Jodi Bushdiecker
Sunday, December 20, 10:15 a.m.
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
from Luke 1:39-49
Love. The fourth Sunday of Advent is all about love. So why did we choose this passage from the gospel of Luke as our scripture for the week? Well, read it again. Read it closely. There’s a lot of love here. Mary the teenage nobody, unmarried and pregnant, comes to the house of her older, wiser cousin Elizabeth. She doesn’t know what to expect. Will Elizabeth believe her? Or will she be met with doubt and scorn? In the end, what she gets is pure love. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches this kind of love: gracious, unearned love.
What is a Meal Train?
It’s organized meal-giving. When someone from our congregation is in need, we all ask, “What can we do to help?” The answer is always . . .”Make a meal!” When we organize ourselves to make and deliver a series of meals, it’s a meal train.
Mealtrain.com is an online service with tools like a shared Meal Train calendar and meal instructions. It’s a place to answer questions like: What does this person like? When are they available? What have they already had? Are there any allergies? And, when should I drop off a meal? Mealtrain.com makes it easy to sign up for a date and bring a meal.
How can I participate?
We have a family in need of meals very soon. To be included, contact Jenny Merriman ASAP. She’ll send you the unique web address that links you to this specific Meal Train, with further instructions. Not too many instructions though–it’s soooo easy!!!
The Beacon is our monthly church newsletter, written by you and for you. If you’ve got something to share with the congregation, email it to the Church Office or drop it in the Office Manager’s mailbox by this Friday, December 18. Your Beacon Editor would like to make a special plea for you to have your submissions in on time, since he’ll be scrambling to put together the Beacon in a shortened work week.
Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home is the name Pope Francis gave to his June 2015 Encyclical Letter. In it, he expresses concern for our planet and every living thing on it, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Janet Wise and Paul Michalec will be leading a three-week class on this document and what it means for our lives. We encourage you to read it beforehand. Read or download it here, or purchase a hard copy for around $10 from online and local retailers.
Sunday, December 13, 10:15 a.m.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”
from Philippians 4:4-9
Each Sunday in Advent, we light a candle. Two weeks ago, we lit a candle for hope. Last week, we lit a candle for peace. And this week, we’ll light a candle for joy. Yup, the third Sunday of Advent is all about joy. Joy to the world! Rejoice! Rejoice! Those are the messages we get at Christmas. But what if you’re not feeling very joyful? What if you can’t squeeze one more drop of joy out of this imperfect world? Well, then you need to come on Sunday, because we have some ideas for you. Join us as Logan Bennett preaches joy in our midst.
Calling all children and youth! We have some speaking parts in the “Instant Christmas Pageant” at our 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service that would be perfect for children and youth 2nd grade and older. If you’re interested, contact Pastor Curt or Jodi Bushdiecker.
If you’re a youth from 7th through 12th grade, join us in the Youth Room for a night of Pow-Wow-How, writing letters to the prisoners at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, and, if you’re really lucky . . . Capture Baby Jesus! Contact: Logan Bennett, Jacob Liechty, Curt Preston.
We need your help! We’re looking for a few volunteers to move everything off the floor in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Starting at 1:00 pm, a crew will be refinishing the hardwood floor. The process to sand and seal the floor will take several days. Steve Goebel will coordinate this project. Please help Steve so we can all enjoy a newly refinished floor in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks!
Sunday, December 6, 10:15 a.m.
“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
from Luke 1:68-79
Each Sunday in Advent, we light a candle. Last Sunday, we lit a candle for hope. This Sunday, we’ll light a candle for peace. Right now, when every week brings with it the news of another tragedy, it feels like the world is as deep in the valley of the shadow of death as it’s ever been. So what does it mean to light a candle for peace in the face of so much that’s wrong, so much that’s broken? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches peace, real peace.