This Sunday in Worship…

Sunday in Worship…

This Sunday is the beginning of the season of Advent! It’s a time of preparation and expectation, when we look for signs of Christ in our world and prepare to celebrate the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. On this first Sunday of Advent, worship will have a different flow, as we move from prayers to readings to carols and back again, gradually adorning the sanctuary with symbols of our faith. Lay readers will explain the symbols, and members of our boards will hang the decorations, all with the help of our children and youth.  Bob Bower will serve as cantor, the Stehler Family will light the Advent candle of HOPE, and the Choir will sing “A Prayer for Advent,” with Katie Sturm joining in on the cello.

Since the service is shorter and more interactive than usual, there will be no Sunday School classes this week; kids are encouraged to remain in worship and help with the decorating and singing.  For those joining us online, you will find the service on our YouTube channel at

After worship, Dawn Pixley will lead a Pageant rehearsal in the choir room with all interested children & youth, and Coni Wiegert & Stacey Gudonis will host the fellowship hour in Fellowship Hall.  Join us for some nibbling and chatting – you might just meet someone new! You can also join our virtual Fellowship Hour on Zoom.  A link is in the This Week calendar to the left on this page.

To those who have already turned in their pledge cards for our Today, Tomorrow, Together stewardship campaign, THANK YOU!! This helps our trustees with their budgeting for our ministries in the upcoming year.  If you haven’t had a chance to make your pledge yet, you can put your card in the offering plate this Sunday, or mail it to the church at your convenience.

If you have prayer requests or announcements to be shared, you may email them by 6 pm Saturday to, or type them in the chat during our broadcast, or fill out a prayer card and hand it to the ushers before worship. As always, please ask permission before sharing a concern for someone else.

One last thing:  Randy and I will be visiting his parents in North Carolina, leaving after worship this Sunday and returning late Wednesday night, 11/30.  I will have access to email, though, in case you need to be in touch.  Otherwise, we’ll see you again on the Second Sunday of Advent!

Living in Hope,

Pastor Martha