Sunday, December 5 Second Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Zoom worship (Please see the NSMC Announcement below about the change in plans)
- 10:30am Celebration of Linda’s Birthday
- 3:30pm Blessing of CCMC House
Thursday, December 9
- 7:00pm Bible Study (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, December 12 Third Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Zoom worship
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
This Sunday, 12-5, we will gather to worship ON ZOOM ONLY, and NOT in person out of an abundance of caution and care for one another in light of COVID changes.
Sunday’s gathering includes the celebration of Linda’s 80th Birthday in the Christian Formation time. Linda’s family members are planning to join via Zoom, and we are inviting the guests who were planning to attend in person to join on Zoom as well.
- December 12: Zoom only
- December 19: To be decided
At this point, we will keep the in-person reservation at the Civic Center for December 19 and attend to COVID developments as more information is available.
Mennonite Church USA-affiliated conferences and congregations can now enroll their eligible staff in The Corinthian Plan, the denomination’s health insurance program. Open enrollment ends Dec. 31. For more information, please visit mennnoniteusa.org/tcp.
Register today! Join Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA associate executive director of Church Vitality, on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET for the first in a series of webinars to help conferences and congregations prepare for the 2022 Delegate Assembly (May 27-30, Kansas City, Missouri). He will provide an overview of MC USA’s structure and decision-making – including conversation about how the special session of the Delegate Assembly fits into the big picture. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/why-important-da22.
Your whole household can participate in Advent this year by using the Mennonite Church USA annual Advent at Home worship guide, “Dare to Imagine.” The guide is now available as a printable booklet and in an online format. Find it here: mennoniteusa.org/adventathome
Talashia Keim Yoder, author of this year’s Mennonite Church USA’s Advent at Home guide, reflects on her and her family’s Advent traditions and how she has learned from her church family in her blog, “Dare to imagine the transformative power of Advent.” Find it here: mennoniteusa.org/power-of-advent.
Christina and Dustin Hite, Mennonite pastors, live in an intentional neighborhood in Austin, Texas, among people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Watch a short video by the Hites and read more about their ministry in their blog, “Broken systems and relational healing.” mennoniteusa.org/broken-healing
Opt to Wrap Gifts in a Reusable Bag Instead of Wrapping Paper
Wrapping paper can only be used once while gift bags can be reused. You can give a festively concealed gift and care for creation at the same time. Or you can wrap your presents in newspaper or brown paper and personalize with your own hand drawn decorations. You can still be festive and make the gift special without buying wrapping paper.
As you select gifts online, turn your shopping green by exploring companies that are environmentally focused, that give back a percentage of profits to support environmental actions, and that have ethical practices, as well as great products that won’t quickly end up in a landfill.
Sustainable Children’s Gifts
Buy children’s gifts with sustainability in mind. Will the toy actually sustain the child’s interest? Is playing with it 90% kid and 10% toy or 90% toy and only 10% kid? Is it made of sustainable materials? Will it be something that can eventually be passed along to another child? Browse “sustainable toys” for ideas.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Respect your parents. They passed school without Google.