OCTOBER-NOVEMBER WORSHIP THEME!
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PONDERINGS OF PASTOR PAUL….
What a special time it is in the life of Peace United Church of Christ! Exciting ministry and worship is happening every day and week. At the beginning of October we started our “Winnie the Pooh” worship series. Each week a different character from Winnie the Pooh is creatively incorporated into the worship service and messages. These have proven to be powerful, thought-provoking messages. Much thanks to our Worship Planning Team for this creative idea, design/tech work, and challenging Pastor Kayla and me to be very innovative in our preaching! :-) I can hardly wait to see what they have in store for us next! Our ministry continues to touch and transform the lives of many (both in our Peace UCC Faith Family and outside of our walls). For ALL who share the Good News by reaching out to others – THANK YOU! As we look forward to our upcoming November and December schedule we continue to provide faith-filled ministry, fellowship, and opportunities for growth. I hope you will find yourself being drawn to engage, participate, and/or take leadership in or with one of our many ministries/programs.
EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:15pm you are welcome to rehearse for our upcoming Christmas Cantata. John Miller is directing a beautiful cantata that will be shared with the congregation on Sunday, December 14 @ both the 8:30am and 11:00am services. We have had a great turn-out for the cantata choir… but there is always room for more!
On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 we will celebrate “TOTENFEST”, an old, traditional German word that means “Festival of the Dead”. In today’s language we call it “All Saints Day”. This Sunday is special as we remember and lift up the names of our members who have passed away during the past church year. We also provide an opportunity for others who have lost loved ones to lift up their names. We will
additionally be naming all of our baptisms over the past church year! It is a great celebration!
On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 we will be holding our Annual Bazaar which starts at 9:00am. Volunteers are needed on Friday to assist with set-up, etc. and on Saturday to help with the Bazaar operations. Sign-up in the Fellowship Hall.
On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 we will have a guest preacher. I am hopeful that you all will come and hear his message and show him the broad, all-inclusive welcome that is so present here at Peace UCC. We will also be honoring our Veterans on this Sunday with a highlight of The Peace Kids singing at both services.
On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 we will be having a FOOD FEST Silent Auction held between services (9:45-10:45am). The proceeds from this silent auction will go to support IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network). We will also be celebrating the baptism of Emma Theuer at the 8:30am service.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 is our BIG STEWARDSHIP & THANKSGIVING DAY! During our Worship Services we will dedicate the Pledges for the Stewardship Program, “The Tree of Life”. Following the 11:00am service, we will hold our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. We hope you will join us for this awesome day of celebrating and giving thanks for God’s presence in our ministry and lives. Baked goods and help are needed. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 begins our Advent schedule. This years’ themes are drawn from “The Advent Conspiracy”. We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment". Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creativity. Learn about a new way of living
Christmas! The themes for Advent are:
November 30 (Advent 1) Worship Fully
December 7 (Advent 2) Spend Less
December 14 (Advent 3) Give More
Christmas Cantata at both 8:30 and 11:00 services
December 21 (Advent 4) Love All
Children’s Christmas Program @ 1:30
December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES Services at 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm
Come, celebrate and experience the joy of being a family of God!