News from the Pastor

December 5, 2021

Let’s Sing Christmas!

We welcome you to our Hanging of the Green service, to my mind, the year’s most celebratory day of worship. Wil and Roslyn Platt and their experienced band of decorators have done much of the advance work in preparing our
sanctuary to be adorned for the Advent season, but the remainder of the decorating will take place before our eyes. This morning we will “Sing Christmas” in a variety of forms, as all age groups of our congregation lead us in music, and you are invited to take part in our largest choir – congregational singing!

Next Sunday we will enjoy another special Sunday of worship as our adult choir, accompanied by a community orchestra, will present their cantata, entitled appropriately, Sing Christmas. The choir has worked hard this fall to prepare this musical message, and I know that we will be blessed by it. Thanks to all of our musicians of every age, and to all of their leaders and accompanists, who will lead us in worship this Sunday and the next. Honor Christ and their hard work with your presence in worship next Sunday.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19, will also offer a special worship opportunity, too. That will be our Pledge Sunday, when we will offer worshippers an opportunity to place their 2022 pledge card on the altar. You should have received your Pledge Card in the mail this week. If you did not receive a Pledge Card and would like one, please let the church office know, and we will send you one immediately! And if you cannot be present, be sure to send your Pledge Card in as soon as possible. What a great way to celebrate the Advent Sunday of Joy by bringing our pledge cards in a communal act of stewardship celebration! Don’t forget to bring your card!

If you selected an Angel Tree request or a Salvation Army Christmas stocking be sure to return your gifts to the church office immediately. Thank you for your act of kindness on behalf of these needy children.

Don’t forget, Advent Devotional Booklets are still available. If you are worshipping with us only by livestream, and are not able to get out but would like an Advent Booklet, let me know, and I will either deliver one or mail you one.

Remember to be present on Wednesday, December 15, when our children’s choir will present their Christmas music program in the gym at 6:30 p.m. Latonya and I are conspiring that night to prepare a special meal for you, so don’t miss this meaningful moment of worship and fellowship.

Thanks to all the youth and college kids brave enough to engage in our “Treasure Hunt.” Thanks, also, to all who helped with the hunt, and a special thanks to all who were willing to allow their homes to be used as a destination for “clues.” I might even offer the clues to the whole congregation in next week’s Vision and see if you can figure out where the kids were headed.

Two more dates to remember: we will prepare another meal to be served at Macon Inn on Monday, December 20. And our Christmas Eve service is at 5 p.m. This year we can all attend in person!

A word from your pastor,
Dr. Richard Kremer