Dear Friends, November is here, along with cooler weather, cornucopia, turkeys and the trimmings, fall colors, and YES ADVENT! Advent, those four weeks prior to Christmas, begins on Sunday, November 29th. Our series this time is “The Gift of New Hope!” You are invited to participate in an Advent small group, where you will study the biblical texts on which I will be preaching each Sunday, as we move closer to Bethlehem and the birth of our Lord Jesus.
In early September we celebrated Pastor Rich’s 50th anniversary of his ordination.
What a milestone! We are blessed as a congregation to have Pastor Rich as our Pastor of
Visitation and it was a great joy to mark this momentous occasion with him.
Those of you who were with us in worship that Sunday know that I interviewed Pastor
Rich about his ministry career. I was struck by some of the themes of that conversation,
Please pick up your October Vista from the box on the Welcome Desk this morning.
GMPC has regularly participated in the Community Thanksgiving Service with other local churches. Music Survey respondents thought it was a good idea to participate, and this year the service will be at our church on Wed. Nov. 25 at 7:00pm with a reception to follow.
We will again partner with the other local Green Mountain Churches on Dec. 20th for a poignant Longest Night service at the Lutheran Church of the Master on Sunday, December 20th at 5:00pm. This is a very special worship service designed to support those experiencing sadness or emptiness during the holidays. Whether you can attend or not, please hold in your prayers all those for whom this might not be “the happiest season of all.”
On Sat., November 28th, starting at 9am, Worship Commission will be Hanging the Greens to decorate the church for the Advent Season. Decorations, coffee, donuts and Christmas music will be provided - all you have to do is come! Please sign up in the Narthex to help and have fun. We look forward to seeing you then.
Can you bring in your favorite fall cookies, bars or breads for the Thanksgiving Eve Community Reception on Wed., Nov. 25? You may bring them on Sun. the 22nd or during office hours Mon.-Wed. the 23rd - 25th.
Fifth Sunday Offerings are so vital to the work of the Deacons.Nov. 29 will be a fifth Sunday – please consider a donation to the Deacons Assistance Fund through the loose Offering or a check.