Pastor’s Ponderings

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. —Luke 2:10

Friends,

We begin our Advent journey on Sunday, November 29th.  Our services will be geared toward helping you to experience the greatest story ever told – the story of “Our Coming Savior.”  You will hear about Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph as well as the Innkeeper.  They will bring to life the time when God chose to come to the world as flesh!

We hope that you can come along on this journey with us, and bring your friends! Now is the time to invite folks who may not have a church home and those who, for whatever reason, have drifted away.  During this season, so many reach out to establish or re-establish church connections.  Be willing to lead them to our church and be willing to welcome them into our church home.

Besides our regular church services we will be doing a few special services.  ONe is the Blue Christmas Service which will be held at Claybanks UMC on Tuesday, December 16th at 7 pm.  This is a service especially for those people who have lost a loved one in the past year or in recent years.  They could have lost them to death or perhaps they had a divorce, or maybe everyone just seems to have moved far away.  For whatever reason, they are not much in a mood for the “JOY” in our season.  This is a service where they can remember and worship Christ, but can also remember their loved ones and acknowledge their loss.

There will, again, be two opportunities for you to worship on Christmas Eve.  We will have one Service at 7 pm at Shelby UMC and then there will be another Service at 11 pm at Claybanks UMC.  Hopefully, one (or both) of them will work into your family’s schedule of events.

We also will be taking up a special offering during Advent.  This offering is not part of your regular tithe commitment to the church.  This will be a special gift opportunity during Christmas and Advent.  The Claybanks UC board will let you know at a later date where they have decided to put this extra collection.  If you wish to donate toward this gift, please use the special envelope enclosed with this newsletter.

I have enclosed a chart of events for Advent/Christmas 2015 that you can put on your refrigerator so you don’t miss a thing!  Hope you can come and celebrate the season with us!

Shalom!

 

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