Advent Service of Remembrance, Hope and Healing
Thursday, December 7, 2017
7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Advent is a time of waiting and remembering. Waiting to celebrate the joyful event of Christ’s Birth, and remembering all the gifts that Christ has given us through His birth, life and resurrection. Sometimes our memories bring joy, sometimes memory brings sadness or a “bitter-sweet” feeling. For many people the Holiday Season is a difficult time. It may be due to a loss of a loved one, one’s health, a job, a relationship, and the list goes on. This service is sometimes called a “Blue Christmas Service”. During this service we will come together to bring ourselves into God’s presence where we can receive the gift of hope and healing. Come with your burdens and joys, receive the gift of prayer and anointing of oil. Through scripture, prayer and hymns, we will meditate on the themes of hope, peace, joy and love as we light each Advent candle. You may want to pray quietly in the pew while being blessed by the peaceful music and also come for prayer with our Healing Team members. May we share in the Light of Christ who is our hope this Advent.
Please come to the Thanksgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 26, at 10 a.m. between the worship services in the Undercroft. You can sign up to bring bananas, bagels, or juice at a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. And you can assist with setting up or taking down.
Check out the ministries of Messiah here: Ministries Booklet 2017. You can complete the survey here: Ministry Survey 2.0 2017 and return it to the church by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your interests will be forwarded to ministry leaders who will contact you about serving.
Come and help decorate the church for Christmas at the Hanging of the Greens, on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. First we’ll share a soup lunch in the undercroft and then we’ll put up the tree, hang garlands and greens, and children will practice for the Interactive Nativity that will be held on Christmas Eve.
Come to our Thanksgiving service on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 10 a.m. We share our stories of gratitude. The Rev. George Slanger will preside.
Dr. Steven Erickson will speak on Suffering, Compassion, and Healing: Applying principles from neuroscience discoveries that confirm Biblical principles about suffering, compassion, and healing.
This is stewardship season at Messiah. Members have received a letter asking them to pledge. If you wish to pledge you may fill out a pledge card and return it in the offering plate or by mail or you may email your intention to our administrator at email@example.com. For further information on pledging check out the power point presentation by John Gappa presented below (originally offered at an adult education session on October 15, 2017. Stewardship 2017
Once again this year we are collecting food for the Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving Food Drive! Copy out the shopping list Hope Begins with a Meal and pick up all that is needed for a Thanksgiving Dinner Bring your bag of food back to the church for pick-up by Thursday, November 9 for pre-Thanksgiving distribution.