Prepare for Christmas by looking at the Christmas narrative. This study, Light of the World – A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, will explore the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the Journey to Bethlehem, and the Visit from the Magi.
These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
We will meet on four Mondays in December: 2, 9, 16, and 23. Choose between 11 am and 6:30 pm. Our time together will include brief video from the author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine, discussion of the book, and a time to learn and share together. You may order your own book from Cokesbury, Amazon and it’s available on Kindle.
Dec 2: “The Meaning of Memory” – Zechariah and Elizabeth
Dec 9: “The Promise of Potential” – Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary
Dec 16: “The Journey to Joy” – Traveling to Bethlehem and after
Dec 23: “The Gifts of the Gentiles” – The Magi, Herod, Flight from Bethlehem
One of the ways we spread Christmas love and cheer is to “Adopt a Family.” We identify families in need of support this holiday season and give them gift cards so that parents can purchase appropriate gifts for their children. It’s easy to participate! Simply make a donation between now and December 8th. This date is important so that we have time to get the cards to the families and they still have time to purchase the gifts. If you know of a family that is in need, please reach out to Kristen in the office by phone (401-724-7954).
Donations can be made at the church, labeled for Adopt a Family. The more we receive, the more we fill a home with holiday joy!
The weeks leading up to Christmas are a time to journey together with the whole family of God – those sitting next to us and those who are in our hearts and minds. Journeys begin with a choice. Shall I go or not? Shall I stay and embrace the known and the comfortable, or shall I go and maybe find something wonderful, or maybe be unsettled, upset, or uncertain?
Inevitably on a journey, it won’t be long before someone asks, “Are we there yet?” This season, let that question not be a whine from an uncomfortable back seat or an impatient traveler. Let it be a plea for God to break into our reality and bring us the glorious fulfillment of the promise; let it be a hope that God remains in charge, despite the trouble we see in the landscape through which we travel. Let it be a call to work and worship in this season of light.
Dec 1 – Are We There Yet? Peace
Dec 8 – Are We There Yet? Hope
Dec 15 – Are We There Yet? Joy
Dec 22 – Are We There Yet? Trust
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve: Are We There Yet? Love
Dec. 29 – So Now What?
Annual Christmas on the Hill Bazaar
Saturday, November 23rd
9:00am – 3:00pm
Start your Christmas shopping off at the Wesley annual bazaar! Always a great collection of handmade items, a bake table that is the talk of the town, and a silent auction with great items from local businesses. There will be a baby boutique of adorable handmade clothes and toys, the Christmas Country Store, gift baskets large and small, and everyone who enters will get an entry into the raffle for a $100 gas card! Join us for some festive holiday cheer to start your Christmas season.
Hand crafted stuffed animals
A hand knit gift from the baby boutique
Hand sewn baby blankets
Selection of hand knit scarves for sale
Cranberry Apple…Apple…Apple Crumb…Sugar Free Apple
It’s the season for pies! Time to make pies, time to order pies, time to freeze pies, time to eat pies.
This year the pies will be $15 each. You can order your pies by signing the order sheet in the Narthex or by contacting the church office before November 3rd. We will accept phone/email orders until the deadline as ingredients will be ordered accordingly. There will be a VERY limited amount available after the order deadline.
It is time for the Purple Stride Walk. On Sunday, November 3rd, Team Jean will be walking to help raise funds to fight Pancreatic Cancer. Anyone who would like to donate, simply go to: www. Purplestride.org
Find the: Boston 2019 Walk / Team Jean / Team Captain – Chris Genannt
This month the youth group will be busy making items for the Christmas Fair and we welcome all students 7th – 12th grade to join us! We will be using
some of our Sunday morning class time to get creative.
We will also be assisting with the Church Fair on Saturday, November 23rd from
9am-3pm. We are asking youth group members, to please let us know if you
can join us, and what time works best for you to volunteer.
Wednesday, October 16th
The Kempters, an Americana worship band, will be joining us again this year for a concert of soul-filling music. Come listen to siblings Nathan, Danielle, Joanna, Chris & Charli. The concert is free. A free-will offering will be received.