Dear Church Community,
This Sunday we’ll celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent with our annual Christmas Pageant! This beloved tradition includes both a reenactment of the Nativity Story and a reflection on what this story means for our day and age.
The following Sunday, Christmas Eve, we’ll offer two services, 10:30 am in the Parlor and 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. The earlier service will include Renaissance Music and a pastoral reflection. The later service will feature Poetry, Lessons, and Carols. You and yours are welcome to one or both!
Christmas Cookies & Decorations: If you’d like to help make this holiday season more festive, here are two suggestions.
- Christmas Decorations: This Saturday, 12/16, you’re invited to help decorate the church! Come at 9:30 am for as long as you can. We’ll need evergreen clippings, so if you can contribute some from your yard (whether or not you can help decorate), please leave them on the church steps Friday evening or Saturday morning.
- Christmas Cookies: During this Sunday’s Coffee Hour, we’ll enjoy our annual Christmas Cookie Fest. To make it a delicious celebration, we ask that you bring your favorite holiday treats to share. We’ll have plenty of hungry Christmas pageant actors ready for a cast party!
This Sunday, 12/17, during Coffee Hour, the Mission & Social Action Committee will offer Palestinian made olive oil, tapenade, and zaatar spice for sale. These products are Fair Trade certified and come from the Nassar Family’s organic farm at Tent of Nations near Bethlehem. This organization’s unswerving commitment to “Refuse to be Enemies” is inspiring and especially important right now. All proceeds/donations are used to replant trees, care for olive groves, and support summer youth camps and a women’s education center. They seek to build bridges between people, including neighboring Jewish and Muslim communities, and between people and the land.
All these edible products make wonderful holiday gifts, especially for people who don’t need more “stuff.” Prices are: 500 ml Olive Oil, $25; Olive Tapenade, $8; Zaatar, $6. You can pay with cash, check, or Venmo. Many thanks.
During Advent, I’m offering a weekly prompt for reflection. This week’s questions are based on the poem by Liezel Graham I shared during worship last Sunday.
…some of us make it a habit to be the light
—how we wrap ourselves in peace at the end of each moment, learning to inhale the cup of air that lives inside the pause.
that thin place where things are often lost.
see how our fingers are bleeding from refusing to let go of beauty.
how we turn our face the other way.
we choose to do this.
some of us will not be distracted from love.
we will not allow our mouth to become a womb for war…
After reading it a few times, ask yourself: What does it mean to “be the light?” Do I make this a habit? What does it mean to refuse “to let go of beauty?” And in what ways do I allow myself to become “distracted from love?” Spend some time in quiet contemplation and/or journaling and see what emerges for you.
With Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love this Advent Season,