November 29, 2018
Issue No. 48
This Saturday!
December 1st

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Worship Service

Come and join us this Sunday to seek rest, hope, meaning, and joy in this Advent season. We will light the first candle on our Advent wreath for HOPE. In a chaotic and distressing world, how do we seek hope? In Luke 21:25-36, Jesus warns us to "stay alert" - to pay attention.  As people of faith, hope is not a noun, it is a verb, one that requires us to act. Childcare available.

Music - The Advent Season is upon us; let's celebrate with great music! This Sunday, all are welcome to join the Pick-up Choir (see below). Violinists Julie Diehl, Sally Lincoln Vogel, and Nancy Miller will play movements from Bach's Suite No. 3 for the prelude and postlude. The Carol Choir, our elementary-aged group, will open worship with a new arrangement of Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus with a bit of flair (come and see for yourself!).
Pick-Up Choir!
9:15am in the Sanctuary

All are welcome to join the Pick-up Choir at 9:15 to learn an anthem which combines the traditional lyrics of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel with the well-known tune of Scarborough Fair. Martha Beesley will join in on flute. This is a perfect opportunity for you to join the choir without a separate time commitment. 
Faith Forum: Advent Study
9:15am on December 2nd, 9th, and 16th in the Library

For Advent this year, come to study again the Gospel of John, learning  about Jesus coming into our lives as Light and Life. We will watch "John - the Gospel of Light and Life”, a DVD series by Adam Hamilton and follow up with discussion. No books or reading required. Join us for coffee, fellowship, and interesting conversation. Facilitators, Bill Schroeder, Christina Ouimet, Janet Clarke
Advent Wreath Making for the Family
9:00-10:15am in Fellowship Hall

Don't miss our annual family Advent Wreath making this Sunday! Come, enjoy breakfast treats, and build an advent wreath for your home. We provide everything you need! If you have your old wreath holder or hand held clippers, please bring them! Nursery care will be provided.
Raising White Kids - book discussion/potluck dinner
Tomorrow Friday, November 30th at 6:00pm in the Youth Space

How do we raise our children to be allies in the struggle against racism? - Chanequa Walker-Barnes. Rev. Dr. Julie Mavity Maddalena will facilitate our discussion of Jennifer Harvey's book about bringing up children in a racially unjust America. 6-6:30 pot luck, 6:30-8 discussion. Childcare provided. Beverages will be provided. Pot luck assignments alphabetically:
  • A-H main dish
  • I-M salad or side
  • N-Z dessert
Let's Frame Some Walls! Habitat Work Day
This Saturday, December 1 at 8:30am at Lupine Road

It is GO time and the weather looks good but chilly! Bundle up and get hands-on from the ground up on the Lupine Road on December 1! A full day is best but a couple of hours is helpful! No experience needed. Grab a friend and sign up with Ellen Arvidson.Volunteers 16 and up are welcome. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Vigil for Hope San Ysidro border violence
Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30pm at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lawrence

This interfaith vigil is dedicated to the safety of migrants and refugees, our love for our neighbor, and the necessity to create hope. In part, this vigil is a response to Families Belong Together’s call for a weekend of action, “Stop the Tears”, this December 1st and 2nd; they have asked local communities to organize vigils such as this in support of the asylum seekers and in condemnation of the relentless attacks on their human rights and dignity. The Vigil of Hope will be in both Spanish and English. We will share testimony, prayer, and song. Join us as we center ourselves in the values we hold dear and gather as community. 300 Haverhill Street in Lawrence.
Office Closed
Tuesday, December 4th at noon

Due to staff gathering off site
Looking for Cookie Bakers!
By Friday, December 7th

The Board of Women's Ministries' cookie fundraiser is coming up! Would you bake cookies for our fundraiser? Funds raised go to aid women and provides Women's Retreat scholarships. Please drop off 2-3 dozen cookies (or more) in the kitchen in a closed container, marked "BOWM", by Friday, December 7th. Due to moisture issues, we ask for cookies rather than cupcakes or brownies. Also - store bought cookies OR bags of festively wrapped chocolate kisses are appreciated! Email Diane Morris if interested.
Help (or RSVP) to the 2019 Senior Tea!
Saturday, December 8th from 1-3pm

Since last year was such a success, we're having our Senior Tea again. We need lots of hands to make this day possible. If you can help at the event or bring food, we'd love for you to sign up here! Any questions or if you're a senior and would like to RSVP, send a note to Pastor Alex or call the church office.
Annual Advent Brunch
Sunday, December 9th after worship

Come join your church family for a festive holiday brunch! Bring a dish to share. Suggestions include crockpot casseroles, salads, hearty side dishes, sweet breads, fruit and cheeses. If you want to bring a warm dish, it must be fully cooked as we have NO working ovens in the kitchen. The Fellowship Committee looks forward to creating holiday magic with you and we need folks for set-up, clean-up and serving. Email with questions or if you'd like to help out.
Beer and Carols Extended Due to Popular Demand!
Tuesday 12/18 and Wednesday 12/19

We're extending Beer and Carols to a second night! There are still a few spots for Wednesday night, but we know Tuesday will be just as fun. Here are the links to register!
Tuesday Registration Here

Wednesday Registration Here
34th Annual Merrimack Valley Christian Men’s Christmas Eve Breakfast
Monday, December 24, Andover Country Club
For 34 years, hundreds of men have gathered in song, prayer, fellowship, and shared a hardy breakfast! The first was held in 1985, with Tom Jones and Steve Fink attending. We will harness the collective goodwill of the group to help Neighbors in Need. They are in need of baby formula (especially Similac, with the blue label), and diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6). We need a head count by 12/17. Cost: $18 (cash only). Contact  Jim Hackett at (978-985-8151) or Brad Heim at (978-376-3178)  to make your reservation.
2019 Giving Update

This year we tried a few new things for our giving campaign. Thank you for coming along as we shortened our season, introduced online pledging, and shared daily devotionals. We have 190 pledges to date but we know there are 40 or 50 more folks who we're still hoping to hear from. Our trustees are already faithfully beginning to prepare next years budget - so every pledge, of every size is so important. If you would like a paper pledge form, email Joanne Smith. If you would like to pledge using Realm, visit the Giving page on our website and click on "Pledge." Thank you in advance! -Your Giving Committee
Share-A-Meal "Results"

Thank you for the beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving Meal donations!  We were able to deliver 243 dinners to Neighbors in Need and are grateful for the way you helped us love away hunger this holiday.
  • Tues., Dec. 11th Blue Christmas Worship
  • Wed., Dec. 12th Theology on Tap
  • Sat., Dec. 15th Traditional Caroling
  • Sun., Dec. 16th Family Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
  • Fri., Jan. 25th-Sun., Jan. 27th Women's Retreat
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Pastor Dana and Pastor Alex take Fridays as a Sabbath day off. If a pastoral issue arises on a Friday or Saturday, please call or text the Pastoral Emergency number, 978-710-8711 to directly connect with the on-call pastor.
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