Week of December 11—Third Sunday in Advent

Dear Friends,
As the days shorten and the nights lengthen we hold on to the Advent message that  the reality is that ‘the night is far gone; THE day is at hand!’ (Romans 13:12). I encourage you to embrace that greater truth and allow it to encourage your ‘endurance’ and increase your ‘hope’.
Here are a number of key things you need to know this week:
First, This Sunday we gather after worship for our ‘Annual General Meeting’–a chance for us to celebrate what God has done in and for and through us in 2016 and to anticipate what God has in store for us in 2017. We gather over a Pot Luck lunch (so remember to bring something to share). All of our members are requested to attend, all of those associated with Christ the Redeemer are encouraged to come!
Second, please note the dates and times of our Christmas Services:
  • Christmas Eve–Saturday, December 24 begins with the decorating of the Tree (4:45 pm), with our worship (Pageant and Communion) following at 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Day–Sunday, December 25 we gather at 9:00 am for a simple service of readings, carols and Communion.
  • First Sunday After Christmas, Sunday, January 1, 2017 we gather at 10:15 am for our annual ‘Christmas Lessons and Carols’ Service with Communion.
Third, on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 we begin our new Sunday morning schedule:
  • 8:30 am    Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:00 am    “Discipleship Hour”– Educational opportunities for all ages
  • 10:15 am   Worship
The offerings for ‘Discipleship Hour’ can be found in the inserts in our bulletins or online (christtheredeemer.org).
Please take the time to ‘book’ these dates in your calendar and make an Advent intention to act on them in this new year. Remember, ‘the night is far gone; the day is at hand’.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.