PASTOR’S PEN
 

11/29/18 Advent Is Here

This coming Sunday begins the season of Advent — that beautiful season of longing, waiting, and preparation. It leads us to the holy day of Christmas. But it is more than that. It is about preparing for the many ways God comes to us. It is about training ourselves to be alert to the spirit. 
 
December 2 — 
 
We will have Commitment Cards on Sunday. Your Leadership Council wants to do careful Financial planning for the year ahead but we need your help. Would you fill out a Commitment Card this Sunday that informs the Finance Team what you Intend to give per week or per month in 2019. This will be kept private but will help the Council to estimate our income for the year. 
 
Finally this Sunday evening, December 2nd, is Dinner and Church Decorating at 5 PM. Come share in a simple meal and help us decorate the building for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. 
 
Advent Blessings,
 
Steve
 
Worship in Advent – Our theme this season is Interruptions. I was always taught as a child not to interrupt others. But it seems to me that life is full of interruptions. Our plans are always being interrupted. Maybe God interrupts us quite often. Is Christmas an interruption?


Walks with the Poor

I was just watching a Frontline special on PBS about hate groups in America. These groups are growing in numbers and in violence. it is very troubling. But I am thankful to be a part of a church that serves the community, walks with the poor, and serves the common good. We are a love group.
 
Last Sunday, Jim Swenson talked about how with all the good work we are doing to serve those in great need, we are spending a lot more money than we are bringing in. This is unsustainable. Jim encouraged us to increase our giving in November and December so that we can end the year strong. 
 
I am thankful for the generosity that I am already seeing. Today a stranger showed up at the office with a check for $1000 to support the work we do. What a blessing. I know that many of you have increased your giving this month or are planning to do so. Thank you for that. 
 
Together we can continue to do this important work. Thanks be to God! May your Thanksgiving be blessed. 
 
In Gratitude,
 
Steve

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Pastor Steve Lundin