Thursday Thoughts – December 6, 2018

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent and we are focusing on Joy!

Did you know that it’s the 200th anniversary of Silent Night? We are focusing our advent worship around the theme of Calm and Bright and to tie in with the first verse of the hymn, this week we will light the candle of joy

Scripture – Psalm 86: 9-11 & Luke 2: 8-20

Reflection – Surely Joy Is in This Place – Help Us Notice!

Questions I am pondering:
1. What is joy?
2. When do we experience it?
3. How do we experience?
4. Do we recognize it when it shows up?
5. Is there a difference between joy and happiness?

It’s also White Gift Sunday; last week you were given a white bag with a list of suggested items for Caring and Sharing Food Bank. If you weren’t in church, the list is: Peanut butter, canned milk, canned fruit, chunky soup, barley, dried beans, shortening, any baking supplies, cereal. Please don’t wrap the items in white paper.

If you are a little late starting your Advent practice, not to worry, there is still time.

Advent calendar
Our Advent Study started last week, but it’s not too late to join! If you want to explore the Christmas Story through the figures in the nativity, in a safe, supportive environment, join us on Tuesday at 1. Or, bring a lunch at 12!

Announcements

THIS WEEK
Tue. Dec. 11th Advent Study Group @ 1:00 pm

COMING UP
Mon. Dec. 17th Service of Comfort & Hope @ 7:00 pm
Tue. Dec. 18th Advent Study Group @ 1:00 pm
Wed. Dec. 19th UCW Christmas Meeting @ 6:00 pm – at Faith Conrad’s
Sun. Dec. 23rd Children’s Pageant at Riverview @ 9:30

Faith, Justice and Ethical Living
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Interfaith issues? Indigenous issues? LGBTQ issues?
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Contact the office to set it up!
Deadline – December 30th.

If you would like your offering to be Tax Deductible by using Offering Envelopes or a Pre-authorized Remittance (PAR) form, please speak to Debbie Musgrave or call the office and we will get you set up.

PICTURES OF NATIVITY SCENES!
While you are decorating, if you would like to take a picture of your nativity scenes and send them to Rev. Catherine, I will include them in a video to be played during worship on December 23rd. Please have them to Rev. Catherine by December 18th.

Service of Comfort and Hope – December 17, 2018 @ 7 pm
Christmas can be a painful time for some. Come and join with us in sharing
and hearing scripture, music and prayers that acknowledge that God’s presence
is for those who mourn, for those who struggle; and that God’s Word comes
to shine light into our darkness.

Looking to 2019
As the Executive looks towards 2019, we will be gathering representatives from each group/committee in the church to consider nominations at the Annual Meeting. Currently we are in need of a treasurer and secretary. If you think either of these might interest you, please speak to a member of the executive.

AST Christmas Lights Appeal 2018
Over the Christmas season, we invite you to share in the annual AST tradition of spreading the light of Christ. Every year, we decorate a tree with colourful lights placed in memory or in honour of those we love and respect. By purchasing alight(s) for the tree, you can remember and honour the lightbearers in your life, community, church, or organization. When you honour those who spread the light of Christ in this way, you help AST to carry on its “spread the light” work of shaping effective and faithful leaders for the future. Visit our website to donate online http://www.astheology.ns.ca/home/giving/donate-now.html

What I Have Been Reading

Jesus Was Not Born in a Stable 😉

 

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