Worship services are virtual through sunday, november 22, 2020

November 12, 2020

        Everything has come together very nicely for the Advent bags that are nearly ready to deliver to 92 kids in our community.

        One of the “finishing touches” of the bags is a beautiful book entitled “The Jesus Storybook Bible” being unpacked and getting ready to put in the bags by Bernie and Pete Hoover.

        Bernie, Barb Moody, Carol Houston, Debbie Kraft, Debbie Lenington, Joann Kafka and Pete have been working on various projects including the production of activity pages and craft projects to include in the bags in addition to the wonderful Bible.

        This program is completely new – and came about as a result of the fantastic response our VBS Team had with their virtual VBS this past summer.

        A letter from Pastor Dave is taped to each bag that reads, “Dear Friends, 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it?  None of us were prepared or saw it coming.  And none of us know quite when, or how it will end – and when we can go back to a more normal way of living.  But, in the midst of all the uncertainty and 

anxiety – there is hope, and even joy because of Jesus!

        Many, many years ago, a promise was kept.  God promised that He would fix the brokenness of the world, and even the brokenness within each of us.  Surprisingly, that promise to fix things did not crom the outside-in, but from the inside-out – by God becoming one of us, a human being, in the person of Jesus.  We celebrate His birth and His story, and what that means at Christmas.  And this is a joyful thing, good news for us all!

        The packet you have received contains fun things to color, and read, and whatnot, for the weeks leading up to Christmas.  These four weeks are called the season of Advent.

        We invite you to come and hear more about the promise God made to us, and how He came to us as the baby Jesus.

        We meet on Sunday mornings, beginning with children’s Sunday School at 9:45 and worship services at 11:00.  We plan to have a special service on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 7:00 P.M.

        Our services are live-streamed and archived at www.christcommunity-epc.org.

        God loves us, and we are so grateful He has made us neighbors!

        God’s blessings to you this Holiday Season – Pastor Dave Moody”

  An Instrution Sheet accompanies the bag, as well.  The program is laid out in the same way VBS was, with a weekly Bible story, Bible challenge, Bible craft and Bible coloring for all four weeks of Advent and Christmas.  Each week has a different theme.  The first is Hope.  The second is Love.  The third is Joy.  The fourth is Peace.  They have verses to memorize each week, as well.

        The kids will be making an Advent Wreath, a Donkey Ornament, an Angel and Wisemen.  Coloring pages include “An Angel visits Mary,” Joseph and Mary traveling to Jerusalem, Angels visiting the Shepherds, Wise Men following the Star and Mary and Baby Jesus.

         Bernie asks that we pray for the children and families who will receive these bags.