A blessed Thanksgiving to you all!
Thanks to everyone who pitched in last week to help with the Gratitude Dinner and to all those who signed up to help with coffee hour in the upcoming weeks. There are still some slots open and I would be grateful for your help. Remember that we will be decorating the church for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. We can use everyone’s help – young and old alike.
Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent. This is meant to be a quiet time do sacred contemplation in anticipation of the Christmas event when God enters our reality in human form. I imagine this is a challenge for most of usm given the frenetic pace of actitvity that has come to characterize this time of year. Hopefully our schedule for the season will help you find time and space to prepare for the coming of Christ.
I am grateful to everyone who participated in the Advent Planning Workshop and to Dan Cudworth, Jan and Greg who met with me this week to work further on the services for the season. I am excited about lies ahead for us as we worship, study and work for realization of God’s Beloved Community in our misdst, beginning with a baby born in Bethlehem.
On this first Sunday, we will focus on two texts – Psalm 25, with its affimation of God’s steadfast love and mercy, even in the hardest times; and on Jeremiah’s great affirmation of hope for the future, written from prison as the world he knew was crumbling around him. How do we hold hope and let it shape our lives when we are confronted with wars and rumors of war, threats and acts of terror, economic uncertainty and pressure to perform. All these and more generate an atmosphere of fear. But our word for the time is hope because the future is in God’s hands. We begin Advent, expectantly, that our hopes will be fulfilled.
See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you and stay to “Hang the Greens – and blues and whites and golds!
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.
Coffee Hosts provide Sunday Morning hospitality
During the months of January and February we wish to thank all these gracious hosts for providing refreshments for our Coffee Hour each Sunday morning following our Worship Service.
Lois Ville and Nana Spiridon, Melanie Ramirez, Our Youth guided by Doug Davidson (Please remember those Chicken Nuggets.), Thelma Tuttle, Carolyn Shepard, Jane Chin, Chip Clark, and members of Congregational Life task team.
Hospitality opportunities during Lent:
In addition to Sunday morning Coffee Time we will enjoy gathering together for a Soup Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 2, at 6 PM, and celebrating together at an Easter Brunch following Worship on Sunday, April 5.
Please consider offering to be a Host on a Sunday Morning during Lent or during Holy Week. Join Laura Garcia and Alan Plessinger who have each offered to assist or to host a Sunday morning in early March. Later Sundays and events in Holy Week are in need of hosts. Won’t you consider being a host or an assistant? If your answer is, YES, please be in touch with Lois Ville or a member of Congregational Life Task Team.
All who are interested will be welcome at our next Congregational Life meeting, Friday, March 13, at 2 pm, in the Church Parlor.
Eleanor Satterlee, task team member
In the service of caring for all members of the congregation Congregational Care Task Team invites members to assist in many acts of Hospitality. On Sunday Mornings members of the congregation take turns acting as Coffee Host.
During the months of January, February, and March these members have served or will serve as Coffee Host(s): Joanne Jones, Eleanor Satterlee, Soo Kim, Chip Clark, Lois Ville and Joanne Jones, Nana Spiridon and Thelma Parodi, Carolyn Shepard, Thelma Tuttle, Marilyn Hunwick,. We have not completed the month of March with Hosts. If you are wondering how you may help, please speak to any of these hosts in person, by telephone, or by email.
On Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, we celebrated Love and Fellowship with a Potluck meal and a time for visiting with one another. Pastor Tripp and Intern Doug Davidson placed serving tables in convenient places and set out tables and chairs for guests. They constructed and decorated a Celebration Banner and gathered together valentines for the tables. Thelma Tuttle and Carolyn Shepard completed table decorations including balloons and colored ribbons. Lynn and Marilyn Hunwick shared some of their prize Camellias for all to enjoy. The kitchen “crew” set forth organizing utensils for serving our meal. Our Crew was led by Joanne Jones, daughter, Ann Jones Simmons, Carolyn Shepard, Sachiko Berry, Marilyn Hunwick, Thelma Tuttle, Laura Garcia,and Eleanor Satterlee. Clean -up helpers were Melanie Ramirez, Joanne Jones, and Hugh Satterlee, assisted by members of the “crew.”
The Next Potluck is Friday, March 21, at 6 o’clock. Please make plans now to join the gathering.
– Lois Ville