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 Sunday December 3 – Two things: 
1.    Second collection for ‘missions’  The first Sunday in each month we receive a second offering that helps to support our sister church in Colombia
2.    Trim the tree and decorate the Sanctuary
After worship service, join us as we ‘deck the halls’ and trim the tree! 

Friday December 8 - Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm  Join us for some games, fun, and fellowship!
 
Sunday December 10—Birthday Potluck and then Board Meeting  Join us as we celebrate those born in December. Board meeting follows fellowship and all are welcome to attend.
 
Saturday December 16  Christmas Carol Sing-along and Dinner at Clyde and Scott’s house  Singing starts at 5pm, dinner at 6pm.  All are welcome!  If you need directions, please email the church office.

Monday December 18 -- McKinney Shelter Dinner.  Join us as we serve dinner to our homeless and hungry neighbors.  Dress festively…we are bringing ‘Christmas Cheer’ and caroling that night!!  See Gary Collier if you would like to participate in this wonderful event or meet us at the shelter by 5;30pm.

Sunday December 24:
1.    Our worship service will be held, as usual, at 10am
2.    Christmas Eve Service at 6pm.  Join us later that evening for our candlelight service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus; followed by a time of fellowship. 

Saturday December 30 – Vernon Manor at 10am  join us as we bring church, worship, and the holiday spirit---- to this long term residential facility (the home of one of our members) located at 180 Regan Road in Vernon.  All are invited.

Sunday December 31 New Year’s Eve: Our worship service will be held as usual, at 10am as we ‘let go’ of 2017 and prepare to welcome the New Year.

Wednesdays Radical Bible Study: 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!   NOTE: NO Bible Study on December 20, 27 or January 3 (holiday break).  Bible Study resumes on January 10.

Food for the body, love for the soul:  We are collecting MACARONI AND CHEESE during the month of December--to support the Hands on Hartford Food Pantry. Remember, all non-perishable food is welcome!  Thank you for helping to feed those who are hungry and extending our communion table to the homes of those in need.

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Pastor’s reflection: 
 
As we enter the season of Advent, each week we focus on the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace – what this season and the birth of Jesus represent.  In a world that is cast with shadows, light bursts forth as the angels announce this birth and the sky fills with stars twinkling from the heavens as if winking at earth.  That first Christmas morning, God reveals a lowly and quite ordinary manger that cradles the extraordinary gift---given to us—what will become the source of life and love for the world; a world and people that God loves so much. 
We sing songs that tell of the wonder, describe the joy, and spark the imagination of peace in a world such as this.  In awe, wise men (and we) fall to their/our knees.  Animals witness those first and then ongoing responses to the miracle.  What is certain---is that each time we remember and witness this birth, nothing can ever again be the same. 
We spontaneously exclaim “Hallelujah” and are reminded that shadows can only be cast in the presence of light.  And, so it is…God’s light breaks through, Divine love breaks in, and the Spirit of hope is born anew, over and over again.  Praise be to God! 
Dear friends, may this be for us all ---a very merry Christ-mas; a story that is not yet finished about a miracle that is still unfolding.  Amen.
 
In wonder and joy,
Pastor Aaron 

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CONTACT THE PASTOR!
 
Do you want to schedule an appointment to speak face-to-face?
Would you like to speak by phone?
Do you need prayer?
The pastor is available by call or text…at (203)209-1504
All conversations and prayer are kept strictly confidential.
  

 Suggestions/Comments Box  Do you have a suggestion or a comment—about the church, worship service, etc?  We welcome your feedback!  All notes can be placed in the red lockbox (found on the credenza as you enter the church) and each submission will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.  Thank you!

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