We begin the Advent season this Sunday, and we will have the wordHope as our focus for our worship. We will light the candle of Hope on the Advent wreath, and our songs of praise will have hope as the theme. My message this Sunday will focus on how vital it is in our spiritual lives to live with hope each day and how we can cultivate hope as a way of life. We will also be looking at how this hope leads us to discover the inward healing our hearts long for, especially when we are encountering grief in the loss of someone or something special that we loved dearly.
This ministry of hope and healing will be presented at two occasionsthis Sunday. We will combine our two early services – 8:45 and 8:55 – into one service, and it will be held at 8:55 in the Fellowship Hall. The content and style of worship will be the same as the 11:00 worship service, which will be held in the sanctuary.
I sincerely hope you will not only see this service as being important for your own spiritual formation, but that you will also look to invite someone to come with you so that they, too, can be blessed by the message of hope and healing that will be presented through all that we do in worship that day. A special thanks to our Stephen Ministry who will assist in this service, and also for the vital ministry that they bring to the life of our church.
Because He first loved us,
Tickets are available after Sunday services and Wednesday Night dinners for the Renaissance Madrigal Dinner and Concert to be held in Concord Castle (Fellowship Hall) at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 6. Get your reserved seating tickets now for a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, song and entertainment! Adults: $15, Children 11 and under: $7.50. For more information, call (770) 436-4108, ext. 215.
Christmas is coming, and MUST is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys and clothing items for children in our community. Over the next few weeks, we will be asking for your help to make Christmas special for those in need. While you are shopping the after-Thanksgiving sales, look for a few items to help someone have a better Christmas this year.
Lists of ideas for anyone wishing to make a donation are in the Welcome Center, in Sunday School classes and in various places in the church. Information posters are located throughout the church. Collection boxes will be in the Welcome Center, in the Narthex and near the exterior door in the Nursery Hall. The deadline for donations is December 15.