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THE GATHER BIBLE STUDY....On Tuesday, December 5 (ONE WEEK EARLIER!), we will meet at 1pm at FL. Besides the Advent devotions in the Gather magazine, we will also take a closer look at some of our Advent texts. All are welcome! The coffee pot will be on! We look forward to seeing you there!!

 

SON-RISERS EARLY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will be held on Wednesday morning, December 13, at 6:30am at McKale’s Restaurant in New London. The biblical text to be studied will be John 1:6-8, 19-28. All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you there! (Please note: the morning hours for McKale’s Restaurant have changed, but they will open for us at 6am.)

 

THE NLP SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.” Please join us for the parish children’s Christmas program on Saturday, December 9th at 6:30pm at ENL. As a further observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the program is based on Martin Luther’s hymn, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” which was written for his family’s Christmas Eve celebration. All are welcome!

 

THE SEASON OF ADVENT BEGINS SUNDAY, December 3. Advent is not Christmas. It is the season of preparation prior to the Christmas season. It is the time when we prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth...and it includes aspects of past history, of the present, and of the future. We remember Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem long ago...we invite Jesus into our hearts anew each day...and we prepare for his return in glory in the future. Please worship with us during the season of Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Christ-child at Christmas!

 

CAROLING, CAROLING, CAROLING… Come join us for an afternoon of caroling on Sunday, Dec. 10. This event is for the entire family – all ages – and all musical abilities! Following the 11:00am worship (at FL) we will gather for a potluck noon meal. Please bring a dish to pass. Sign-up in the narthex or call Katie in the parish office! Your participation is greatly appreciated!
 

SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION...The Sunday morning discussion group will continue in December. As we continue to observe Reformation 500 – Word Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone...” and as we begin series B in the lectionary, we will study the Gospel of Mark, chapter by chapter. What will be unique about this study is that we will listen to the Gospel of Mark as a “performance” – as it was heard by its first hearers. The world in which early evangelical storytellers proclaimed the gospel was immersed in oral communication. So we will hear the text rather than read it. Come and join us! All are welcome!

Dec. 3 – Chapter 1 – “The Good News Proclaimed”

Dec. 10 – Chapter 2 – “Conflicting Characters”

Dec. 17 – Chapter 3 – “A New Kind of Community”


Looking Ahead to Advent and Christmas

 

Dec. 3             Advent 1 with Holy Communion

                        Candle  “HOPE”

                        8:45a worship at ENL

                        9:45a Sunday School at ENL

                        10:00a Sunday Morning Disc. FL

                        11:00a worship at FL

 

Dec. 9             Children’s Christmas Program

            “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

                        6:30pm at ENL

 

Dec. 10           Advent 2

                        Candle: “PEACE”

                        8:45am worship at ENL

                        9:45am Sunday School at ENL

                        10:00a Sunday Morning Disc. FL

                        11:00am worship at FL

                        12noon Parish Potluck at FL

                        1:00pm Parish Caroling

 

Dec. 17           Advent 3

                        Candle: “JOY”

                        8:45am worship at ENL

                        9:45am Sunday School at ENL

                        10:00a Sunday Morning Disc. FL

                        11:00am worship at FL

 

Dec. 24           Advent 4Holy Communion

                        Candle: “LOVE”

                        8:45am worship at ENL

                        No Sunday School

                        11:00am worship at FL

 

Dec. 24           Christmas Eve Worship

                        with Holy Communion

                        4:30pm worship at ENL

                        9:30pm worship at FL

                        (*Please note the time)

 

Dec. 25           Christmas Day Joint Worship

                        with Holy Communion

                        9:30am Joint Worship at ENL

 

Dec. 31           Christmas I - Joint worship

                        Service of Carols

                        9:30am Joint Worship at FL

                        (No Sunday School)