Lloyd Dugger, our musician from 2011 to 2016, reprised his role on Sunday, Dec 31st while he and his family were in Vermont with Shannon’s parents and siblings. He sang Hymn 3066 “Still, Still, Still” for the offertory.
At the 7:30pm Candlelight service Christmas Eve, Pastor Kim completed her series based on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with a message about opening our true Christmas gifts of trust and faith.
Enjoy the video of this year’s Christmas Pageant, written by Joanne Weber, directed by Kendra Gratton (Joanne’s daughter) and starring our youth, with support by the congregation in the singing.
Pastor Kim continued the sermon series entitled “God Bless Us Everyone!” based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. We welcome our Savior. God’s presence was born anew into this world, that we too can be born anew, woken up and redeemed into renewed life, joy, passion, generosity, humility and love.
The attached pdf has 2017 contact information for a variety of health and human services available in Addison County including substance (drug and alcohol) abuse, domestic violence, food, clothing, and fuel assistance, and support groups.
Please download this pdf from the following link so that you have it readily available.
Advent 2 Hope God Bless us Everyone! Dec 10, 2017
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:2 and 6 New International Version
#1 Real hope is in _______________________________________
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 8-12 New International Version
#2 Our hope is in ________________________________________
#3 Our hope is in ________________________________________
Pastor Kim’s sermon begins the Advent worship series “God Bless Us Everyone!” Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” provides a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge and turns him from his resentment, fear and isolation. This sermon – “Bah Humbug! Making Change” – is based on: Isaiah 9:6-7 Luke 1:46-47, 52-55
We are posting additional details on giving opportunities for Christmas Angels and the DCF Christmas Shop.
Christmas Angels: The list from our local DCF social worker is out for children and teens needing help with Christmas. You take a tag, buy the gifts, wrap them, and make sure you put the identifying number clearly on the package or bag that has that child’s gifts. Our DCF Social worker, Andrea Grimm, will make sure the gifts are delivered. Place gifts in the Generosity Room, off northeastern door of Fellowship Hall. Speak to Shirley Parfitt if you have questions 425-3741. Return gifts to church by Sunday, December 17th
DCF Christmas Shop: Our Middlebury office of DCF is also hosting a Christmas shop this year. They are accepting new or almost new items that children can then use to give to parents and siblings. These items may go in the Generosity room. Toys, books, jewelry welcome. Anything left over will go to the HOPE Thrift shop. These items can be brought in every December Sunday through Dec. 17th.
Pastor Kim’s sermon was based on Matthew 25:31-46 (sheep, goats, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty…?) She discusses how this teaching is like the preventive check-up or teeth cleaning we hardly look forward to.
And she talks about the difference between “grace” and “cheap grace” – forgiveness without transformation. She referenced Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The Cost of Discipleship“. Click the link if you would like to learn a bit more about this concept.