Pastor’s Weekly Email Message for December 14, 2014

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away!  Are you waiting patiently or impatiently?  What are you doing as you’re waiting?  What are you doing to prepare?  Come to worship this Sunday, December 14!  Come to the church as a fruitful “waiting place.” We can sing, pray, and listen to God’s Word. We can hear about now Israel waited for a Messiah, and how John the Baptist instructed 1st century believers in waiting.   Saint Paul recommends “rejoicing” as a waiting strategy.  “Rejoice always … in all circumstances,” Paul wrote.  “Rejoice” when confused, worried, impatient — even sad.  That’s right, “rejoice” when sad.  That’s the toughest.  Come this Sunday as we all practice waiting together.

As we wait for the celebration of the birth this year, here are several Advent/Christmas experiences of waiting:

  • This Sunday, Congregational Covered Dish right after worship and the budget meeting – approximately noon
  • Friday, December 19 from 2-7 PM, Red Cross Blood Drive at St. John UCC in Riegelsville. Give the Gift of Life!
  • Saturday, December 20 – Living Nativity at Trinity Lutheran Church on Route 212 in Pleasant Valley. There will be 2 performances, 5:00 and 7:30 PM, which refreshments after each.
  • Sunday, December 21 – A very unusual Christmas Pageant here at ELC of Durham at our 10:30 AM worship, performed by the children and youth of our congregation and Spark Sunday School.
  • Caroling to individual homebound folks after worship on December 21. Carolers are invited to the home of Helen Dungan (2967 Gallows Hill Road) for lunch, before we carpool to our caroling destinations.
  • Christmas Eve – Two very unique worship experiences:        5:00 PM “Comfort and Joy” – a service for families with    children, presented by the children and youth of this     congregation, and 7:30 PM candlelight/communion with       special selections by our choir.

Can you give us an hour or so to help decorate our worship space for Christmas on Saturday, December 20, starting at 9 AM???  Kids and adults are all invited to help.  We can have a lot of fun together decorating the trees and the sanctuary.

Our SEPA Synod Bishop, Claire Burkat, sent out an e-mail that I would like to share with you.  The e-mail reads that “God is calling us to listen and learn and lend a hand and an ear at this difficult time.  It is time for congregations and synods to take action to actively resist racism and injustice in any form.”  Please take a few moments to click here and read the entire message from Bishop Claire Burkat on Ferguson.


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