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ADVENT IN ACTION!
Advent is a four-week time in the church calendar that focuses on preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting – not always popular in our culture, or even in our churches. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, some of us would like to jump right to Christmas, sing carols and enjoy festivities. But when we do that, Christmas loses a lot of its power to shape our lives. It becomes, instead of the celebrating of the coming of Christ, a month-long party. The celebration of Advent as a season in its own right helps us to remember that although Jesus was born in a manger 2,000 year ago – his coming had been a hoped-for event for more than twice that number of years. People saw the injustice in the world, the rapacious greed of the wealthy and the suffering of the poor, the destruction of the world that God made, the violence that erupted regularly between countries and between factions in the cities, political corruption, the deaths of innocent children due to poverty, war, and apathy – and they cried out to God, “How long, O Lord? When will you deliver us?” For over 4,000 years they cried out to God – and waited. For four weeks we honor their waiting, and anticipate the coming of Christ – not just as a baby in a manger at Christmas – but also as the one who will return to bring a new day. HOW shall we honor him in our waiting? This year we are focusing on ACTION! We will honor the coming of Christ into the world by ACTING in ways that we partner with God’s stream of justice and mercy that flows through all who are God’s people. No passive waiting for us – we’re going to DO things that will make a positive difference in the world. Mark your calendars with the events that speak to your need to serve God and others – and let’s go! Pastor Katherine
Advent is not time of passive waiting … it is a season of active anticipation. Our young people have helped in planning our Advent worship services. Each Sunday in December they will participate in worship through skits and more. You will not want to miss any of our worship services this season! ACTIVE waiting can be a lot of fun!
Come and see! We will be finding ways to put our faith into action. Look for the bulletin board full of ideas of things you can get involved with or do to live out your anticipation of Christmas.
GIVE: Get an Angel and donate a toy for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry Toy Drive. You also may bring hats, gloves and scarves as well as stocking stuffers. We also are collecting new or slightly used books for youth. A collection box and Angels can be found near the hibiscus tree outside the sanctuary near the Grace Street entrance. If you want to volunteer on Tuesday night (Dec. 17) for set-up or on Wednesday (Dec. 18 a.m.) for distribution, please contact Vicci Rodgers ASAP. The slots are filling up fast.
WORSHIP: Each Sunday of Advent at 10 a.m.
ENCOURAGE: December 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third floor.
Come to our Neighborhood Artists' Showcase and Alternative Gift Fair! Encourage local artists by finding unique holiday gifts. Choose alternative gifts that will make a difference. Encourage our youth and their bake sale to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. There will be crafts for kids and performances by local groups and artists. Come and take a coffee or tea break! The event is free to vendors and to attendees!
CARE: Collect coats for homeless youth. Have all coats to the church by December 15. A collection box is outside of the Bacmeister Room on
the Grace Street landing. If you can help deliver these coats, please contact Claire Conaghan. Coats will be distributed to teens through the Broadway UMC Youth Lounge on Christmas Eve.
LEARN: December 6 at 7 p.m. Silk Road Rising presents Paulus at the Chicago Temple (77 W Washington). This is the world premiere of a play about St. Paul by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner. Invite a friend to join us for this evening of fabulous fun theater. RSVP with Hope to see if we can get a group rate.
REMEMBER: December 8 at 7 p.m. For those who are struggling or aware of loss during the holidays, we will have an Interfaith Blue Christmas service.
SERVE: December 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. The confirmation class will volunteer with the Night Ministry. Ask one of them how to get involved.
FELLOWSHIP: December 14, Faith Filled Families will meet on Saturday
for a Potluck and Christmas Program Rehearsal.
ACT: December 15, Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant during worship.
BAKE: December 15, Annual Cookie Exchange. Following worship.
Bake a dozen. Trade a dozen. Donate a dozen. Buy a dozen.
Proceeds will help fund our Care Ministry.
SKATE: Sunday December 15 at 4 p.m. Youth will go ice skating at Millennium Park. Skate rental is $10 and we will be riding the train downtown.
SING: December 16 at 6:30p.m. Join Hands to Help for a night of Christmas Caroling, leaving from St. Viator's. This raises money for Hands to Help ministries with the vulnerable and homeless in our neighborhood.
GIVE THANKS: December 22 following worship, Annual Care Ministry Holiday Cheer in third floor chapel. Contact David Foster for details.
CELEBRATE: December 24, Christmas Eve candle light service
at 7 p.m.