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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Happenings

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your plans and celebrations for the day of gratitude are fulfilled and that the blessings of God become real in new ways for you all.

On Sunday we celebrate "Christ the King",
the church holiday that falls on the last Sunday of the church year and that reminds us that God's rule is eternal and remains complete even as human structures and temples fall and fail. There will be an insert in the bulletin on "Shalom", the Hebrew concept of peace, completeness, fulfillment and joy among other things. In short "shalom" is a prayer for the realization of the vision of the rule of a good and gracious God among us. The words come from a sermon preached by the Rev. Dr.  George Madsen, a teacher of the church whom I had the joy of meeting a few years back at a presentation by his daughter, the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, another teacher of the church. It is with his permission that I will share these words with you on Sunday.

Mid-week Advent Services begin on November 29. We will gather at 6:30 (following a 5:30 Soup Supper) to sing "Holden Evening Prayer" and reflect briefly on this season of preparation. The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 3 and moves us through December to the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas eve.

Wednesday Adult Bible Study
will be suspended during Advent and will begin again in January.

Confirmation Class meets on the 3rd Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30.  We are weaving a study of Bible and Catechetical instruction along with searching for the presence of God in our very real lives. We listen for God's word alive in music, art and in movies like "Up". We are off to a wonderful start!

Prayers for you all as we journey along the way.

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday, November 26th, Christ the King Sunday
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

THIS WEEK

Thursday     Offices Closed
                    Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Services
                     No Sunday School

Next Scrip Order
December 3rd
Scrip cards are great for; stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, gift exchanges, co-workers, neighbors etc.

First Sunday in Advent
December 3

Wednesdays of Advent begin December 6th
5:30/5:45 pm  Potluck Soup supper & bread
6:30 pm Holden Evening Prayer Service