mid - week update

MID-WEEK UPDATE NOVEMBER 23, 2022

 

Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. A day devoted to preparing and eating food, and watching TV, right?  Keep politics and religion out of it and you’ll likely survive the family encounters.  Thanksgiving is supposed to be a social occasion when we give thanks to God; a time of opening our hearts to one another in genuineness and love.  The word thanksgiving assumes there is someone to whom we give thanks.  American Thanksgiving remembers the pilgrim’s first harvest celebration in the new world, with local natives.  They thanked God for mercy to survive their first winter. 

Taking into consideration the enormous number of travelers today, we might safely conclude that people are going home.  We have this picture in our minds that Thanksgiving takes place at home.  Jesus visited many homes and ate meals as an invited guest.  Most of the time he introduced a spiritual topic, or was challenged with a spiritual question.  People ended up healed, or converted, or convicted of their hypocrisy.  Those were intimate moments of sharing; made possible by the meal they ate together.    

One of the best things we can do this Thanksgiving is invite Jesus to our celebrations, whether at home or a restaurant or anywhere.  Take time to pray, inviting Jesus to your gathering.  Read some Scripture before you eat your meal.  Determine to listen to others with a genuine desire to understand.  Ask God to guide your conversation, and don’t hesitate to share what God has done to make you thankful.  How wonderful it will be to hear some testimonies of how Jesus showed up at your home this year. 

                                                                                               

God bless all of you,

Pastor Kris

 

Call to Worship                Worship Leader:  Joe Koehn

WL: Advent has begun.  Calendars are full.  Food is abundant.  Decorations are everywhere.  God created all things.  He has sent our Savior once, and He will send him again.  He calls us to prepare the way for the Lord.  Where crooked roads need straightening . . .

P:     Prepare the Way for the Lord

WL: Where people walk in darkness

P:     Prepare the Way for the Lord

WL: Where busy lives need stilling

P:     Prepare the Way for the Lord

WL: Where minds are full of tinsel, presents and parties

ALL: We will prepare the Way for the Lord.  Amen

 

Bible Reading:  Matthew 1:1-17

 

1An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, 4and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. 12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. 17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

 

Advent readers this Sunday……The Jeff Jones Family

Greeters for this week are: Terri & Ralph Boudreau

Coffee Servers for this week are: Sharon Schlagel & Deb Dutton

 

Announcements

 

Poinsettias for our Christmas Eve service may be ordered November 26 & 27 after worship.  They can also be ordered by prepaying at the office.  Price is $15 per plant.  Those who order poinsettias are requested to take them home after Sunday morning worship on December 25. 

 

 

Food collection for the teens at the Alternative Ed (across the street) will be delivered to them on Monday, Nov. 28th.  If you would still like to make a donation, the crib will be up until Mon the 28th.  Thanks to all who donated.

 

Wednesday:  Nov. 23rd, Choir Practice at 5:45 pm

                      Nov 23rd, Pastor’s Book Study at 7 pm

 

Thursday: Nov 24th, Thanksgiving Day

 

Friday, Nov. 25th Church & Office will be closed

Saturday, Nov. 26th MMPG, 8:30 am

                Nov 26th Casual Service, 4 pm                                           

 

Sunday Nov. 27th First Sunday in Advent,

 

Monday, Nov.28th Ladies Bible Study, 11 am

                                

 

Church Council Meeting has been changed from November 21st to Dec.17th at 7 pm.  All Committee Chairs are asked to attend.  Your input is important.

 

Anniversaries

11/28   Tim & Mindy Schirmer

 

Birthdays

11/24   Brenda Lich

11/27   Anna Kobs

11/30   Diane Papenfus

 

Please Pray For…

Peg Hoerner

Izzy Diaz

Ricky Fuller 

Ashley Boudreau

Stephanie Davis (Madagame)

Erin Fate(Sarki)

Pam Gonder

Sam Dutton

Kevin & Susie O’Dell

Elite & Nancy Shellenbarger

Dianne Knight 

Jane Burdett

Doris Tousley

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