I hope that you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with special people. Tami and I traveled to the West side for a few days with my mom and my sister's family and then we continued down to the Portland area to spend time with our son, daughter & son-in-law, and his parents and extended family. It's truly wonderful to share these times together.
However, there was a big void in our celebration this year. This is the first Thanksgiving since my dad's passing and only the beginning of many gatherings in which his absence will be felt. I know that I'm not alone in this experience and many of you also deal with this mix of joy and sadness. My own grandparents spent decades struggling with the loss of my mom's brother who died as an eight-year-old along with two other boys who fell through the ice in Traverse City, MI. How can we say it's a wonderful life when life is full of tragedy?
This Sunday, December 1st, is the first Sunday of Advent in which we look with anticipation to the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. Because of Christmas, we have a Savior and a Lord who never abandons us or leaves us to struggle through our pain on our own. We can experience forgiveness and a new life in Him and real hope no matter what life's circumstances may bring.
Our Advent sermon series this year will use the Christmas Classic "It's A Wonderful Life" to illustrate the themes of Advent: HOPE, LOVE, PEACE, and JOY. This week we'll talk about where we find real hope.
I know that many of you watch this film every year as a part of your Christmas tradition, but some of you may not have seen it. This Sunday evening, December 1st, at 6:00 pm, we'll watch it together in the Fellowship Hall at church. Come and enjoy this great film together - bring some snacks to share. By the way, be aware that the movie is a bit over 2 hours long, so we won't be finished until after 8:00 pm (which may influence your decision to bring younger kids on a school night).
On Thursday evening, December 5th, we'll be joining the festive atmosphere of the town of Twisp's "Mistletoe Madness". We'll meet at the end of Glover Street near the big tree at 5:30 pm and then work our way down the street singing as we stop in at the different businesses. Plan on joining us for this festive way to spread the true meaning of Christmas through song!
One of my favorite Christian recording artists is Steve Taylor. About 20 years ago he decided to release a live album. As you may be aware, most "live" albums are later enhanced in the studio with extras like improved instrumentation and even enhanced crowd noise. Steve decided that he wanted to release a truly live recording - warts and all. So, since this was a "liver" album than any other live album, that's what he called it: "LIVER". Steve has a quirky sense of humor and knew most people would read that title as liver (as in the organ), but he was fine with that.
Spiritually speaking, you may look back at your life before you knew Jesus as less alive than you are now. We've been born again into an abundant life because of Jesus' death and resurrection. So you, too, are liver than you were!
This Sunday, November 10th, we'll be looking at the prophet Ezekiel's descriptive imagery of how God rescued Israel from a doomed existence and made her into His beautiful, royal bride. It's also a description for what He's done for you and me. I hope you'll be present with us for this wonderful reflection on God's saving love He's given to us.
Special Offering Clayton Thornton's Family
As most of you know, a young father of two, Clayton Thornton, died in a car accident on October 27th. We will be collecting a special offering this Sunday, November 10th, for the family and their related expenses. Make checks payable to "Hannah Kinzle". And thank you for remembering Clayton's family in your prayers, especially his young daughters Emma and Tedi.
Everyone is welcome to our annual meeting during which we celebrate the past year and look forward with anticipation to the next. Members will be voting on the 2020 Church Budget and Church Council positions.
Collecting Shopping Bags
The Cove is in constant need of used paper and plastic shopping bags, including produce bags. While some of the recipients remember to bring their own bags, many do not. Please bring in your used bags to the church and they will be brought to the Cove.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church