Weekly Greeting for December 1st – Bean Supper, Blue Christmas Service, New Advent Classes and Mission Opportunities!

Good evening parish,
Welcome to December! I want to invite you to our church public bean supper tomorrow night (12/2, 5 pm), with a holiday serenade by the Park Avenue Pickers. On Sunday (12/3) we will introduce the season of advent, join in holy communion, and focus on miracles of God which are just around the corner, even budding in our midst!
Sunday evening, at 5 pm, UMCA, we will be offering a Blue Christmas service which is a special service designed for all who have sustained a loss this year (loved one, marriage, home due to transition, job, move, etc.) It is a service of healing at the threshold of advent, before the celebrational barometer escalates. All are welcome!
There are two advent classes beginning: one taught by (former pastor) Peg Moser on Christmas announcements/prophecies (Friday nights at 6:30 pm, UMCA, dates: 12/1, 8, 15, 1/5/24) and another by pastor emeritus Russ Peppe on Christmas places (Sunday nights at 7 pm, UMCA, dates: 12/3, 10 & 17).
In addition to the Worship Guide and Mission Opportunity attachments, there is a document which describes our missional priorities as we prepare for the vital merger vote this coming year. Please print a copy to read, pray, and reflect upon. During the month of December, we will be using a combined mission statement at worship, leading to an open ‘listening post’ meeting on Epiphany Sunday (January 7th), following 10:30 am worship. We encourage you to mark this meeting in your 2024 calendar.
Our annual ‘Songs and Sounds of the Season’ holiday concert will be Saturday, 12/9, 4 pm, UMCA. It will benefit the Asylum Seekers Resettlement Fund, and will feature: the handbell choir, Wesleyan Singers, Park Avenue Pickers, organist Ryan Slocum, Kary Coffin and Mitch Thomas. There will be Christmas cookies! Our monthly men’s fellowship will be on Saturday (12/9) as well, 7:30 am, UMCA.
God’s joy be with you as we enter a new advent journey,
Pastor Steve Bascom