Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 4th Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 4th Sunday in Advent
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Stop at the round table in the Fellowship Hall that Adult Education has provided with the newspapers. Join or start a discussion about something in the news while you enjoy your Sunday morning coffee and treat.
Contemporary Adult Forum
In the South Parlor
9:15 to 10:15
An Adaptation of the Christmas Story
The Christmas Senses
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Prince of Peace What would it be like to be present in the Christmas story? Come use your senses to experience the birth of Jesus in a new way!
12/7 The Birth of Jesus Smell Luke 2:1-7
12/14 Visitors at the Birth Touch
Luke 2:8-20 Matthew 2:1-12
Bring stories or items that mean Christmas to you.
12/21 The Angels Sang Hearing Luke 2:8-20
Chris Wertman will lead us in your favorite carols and hymns of the season.
In the Chapel
9:15 – 10:00
Travel the Highways of Advent
Using the book by Stan Purdum, “journey through this liturgical season with understanding, appreciation, gladness, and growth in God’s spirt. Travel the highways of Advent.”
Copies of the book are available in the Church Library.
Each week will cover one short chapter. Each chapter offers scripture related content, questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week.
Dec. 7 The Highway of Reversal. From Isaiah’s Lament to Mary’s Magnificat, examine reversals of circumstances and longing.
Dec. 14 The Highway In Between. There are many incompletions in life. There are times to abandon and times to complete and times to wait.
Dec. 21 The Highway of Enthusiasm. John the Baptist is the central figure of Christmas.
Jan. 4 The Highway of Merriment. “Deep down merriment that comes form God.”
Click here to view the full calendar.
Tonight’s Deacons Meeting has been cancelled due to the inclement weather along with other meetings scheduled for this evening. If you are planning to attend a meeting at our church this afternoon or evening, please check with your meeting organizer to be sure that it has not been cancelled.
The Memorial Garden in The Presbyterian Church in Geneva was officially opened and dedicated in April of this year. Hopefully, you had a chance to attend the dedication or have stopped by to see the garden and experience the peaceful atmosphere. (more…)
I have recently completed a Bible study program known as Education for Ministry. EfM is a four-year program of study in small groups designed to empower us for the ministry to which we are called as Christians trying to be God’s ministers in the world. It is not a program to become a professional clergyperson. EfM focuses on study of the Bible, church history and theology, along with the discipline of theological reflection (basically making it relevant to our daily lives) and worship. We read scripture and commentaries, and gather weekly in the seminar group to find insights and discuss implications for our lives. (more…)
My father has always been a very kind and generous man. He even insists on tipping the woman who works at his dry cleaners. Recently, he asked me to stop at the cleaners and pick up his shirts. He handed me the money to cover the cost and reminded me to leave a generous tip. The woman behind the counter, Michelle, thanked me and told me that she had been working two jobs for some time. She said it was often difficult to make ends meet. She told me that last year she saved all the tips my dad gave her and was able to buy a special gift for a friend. She said, “I wouldn’t have been able to afford it if not for your father’s generosity.” (more…)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (KJV Luke 2:14). The angels gave this message of hope and love to shepherds (and us) on the very first Christmas. There were no champagne toasts, decorated trees, sugar plum fairies, or shrimp cocktail (I would have missed the shrimp cocktail). However, I bet it was the best, most amazing Christmas ever! It was the real thing, a birthday party for Jesus (which took place in a barn).
Fast forward to 2014. How many of you noticed in the stores that the Christmas Nativities were right next to the Halloween zombies for sale in October? People are groaning over the never-ending “only __ more days till Christmas!” It’s almost a chore to get everything done and not be broke. Does this look anything like that very first Christmas so long ago? I do Christmas at my house. I stress out about it every year. I remind myself every year as long as I don’t burn the turkey, no one will care about anything else (well, maybe the scalloped oysters, but that’s it). I worry about having everything “perfect” (it never is, but everyone keeps coming back anyway). But the first Christmas was PERFECT, and it took place in a barn, with a beautiful baby boy laid in a manger. The focus was the baby Jesus and He was perfect. The focus was Jesus, same as it should be now. If I interpret the bible correctly, Christmas is all about love. So if you simply show love to someone else, possibly some one in need, I think you are creating the perfect Christmas and honoring our Savior in a way He would like.
So if you are stressing out like I do, just say “Oh cut it out! Spend a little time reading the bible and focus on the gift we were given on Christmas day so long ago.
I wish you all a very peaceful and joyous Christmas, focusing on what is most important!
Merry Christmas Church Family! Beth
Thou art holy, Fair and glorious,
All victorious, Rich in blessing.
Rule and might o’er all possessing.
Light of the world, our light has come!
Light of the World is an extended choral work for Advent or Christmas and is based largely on the German chorale tune Wie schon Leuchtet (O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright). (more…)
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” In this quote from Leo Buscaglia we see the impact that comes from a single touch.
On December 14, the sense that will be discussed in the Contemporary Adult Forum will be TOUCH. This is a part of our Advent Season study of the Senses of Christmas. As a part of this five-week study we have been asking congregational members to provide sensory experiences for the lessons. (more…)