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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

What would Christmas be without a Children's Christmas Program at church?  Well, we won't have to find out this year, thanks be to God and to the Parish Education team.  The kids will put on a skit with songs and other surprises during the late worship service.  If you don't already know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, come to the late service on December 11.  You'll surely hear it from our children!

Also: we are just beginning to realize that some really bad and traumatic things happen to men — just as they do to women.  Our awareness of traumatic brain injuries (car crashes, explosions, football, stroke) is beginning to open up a deeper understanding of trauma in the lives of men, and what it takes to help men heal.  So, for Adult Education on December 11, Mr. Matt Burton will talk about his non-profit organization, Helping Men Heal.  HMH is dedicated to helping men from all backgrounds and beliefs heal from trauma and loss.  By supporting research, training, prevention, and early intervention, HMH helps men break the cycle of trauma and loss so they can rebuild lives.  Mr. Burton has a great personal story to share about how he came to this work.  And of course there are opportunities to partner with HMH if the Spirit moves you.  This is really worth hearing.  I hope that lots of you will attend the Adult Education session this Sunday to look more deeply into this issue.

Finally: today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  We still remember.  And we still thank God for the courage of so many who gave their lives during that awful global conflict.  But we also thank God that the Japanese and Americans are now friends, mostly, and friendly competitors on the world stage.  Paraphrasing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward peace on earth."  Read Luke 2:13-14.  And pray that peace comes as quickly as Christmas.

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Lessons for Sunday, December 11, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study
                    5:30 pm  Advent Soup Supper
                    6:00 - 7:00 pm Advent Devotion

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                    6:00 pm Men's Night
                    7:00 pm  LLL

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday      9:20 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal
                    5:00 - 8:00 pm Private event

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                   11:00 am  Childrens Christmas Program
                    9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
                    1:00 pm Confirmation Class
                    1:30 pm OEC

Wednesday's in Advent

5:30 pm Soup/bread supper
6:00 pm Advent Devotion

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday at 11:00 am

All Church Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 15th at 12:00 pm
All are invited to attend

Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 18th
Meet at SOV at 5:15 (to carpool to local retirement facilities) followed by Chili supper at SOV
All are welcome!

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