Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Romans 13:11-14
· Paul urges us to “wake from sleep” (v11) What kind of sleep is he inferring? What is the difference between waking into enlightenment and sleeping in darkness?
· How do we “know what time it is?” (v11) What signs tell us? What are we expecting? How does it feel to wait?
· “The day is near.” (v12) What makes our salvation nearer now? What has happened to prepare us? What more needs to occur?Advent Devotion: "Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD". Psalm 27:14
We’ve heard a lot about hope over the past few weeks: the hope of a new season in pastoral partnership, the hope of a successful stewardship campaign and the hope that we celebrate each year as we begin Advent.
Advent hope is rooted in the Israelites longing for a Messiah to set them free. It is so much more than the blithe hope that our day will go our way. It is a deep desire for freedom from oppression and the grace and mercy that we crave in the midst of a judgmental and too often hateful world.
We experience this hopeful longing each year as we recognize there is still a deep need for new expressions of freedom from oppression, justice and mercy. During the season of Advent, we turn down the lights and consider the darkness. We settle in the discomfort of knowing that simply existing within this society, we are a part of the system that perpetuates oppression when there are homeless and hungry children of God just down the road and children held in cages at our nation’s borders. We consider the darkness of racially motivated violence and increased suicide rates among the LGBTQ+ community and weep.
Despite this attention to the darkness, Advent is not a time of hopelessness. It is a time that is pregnant with possibilities. Just as Mary was pregnant, expecting a son, so are we expectant, awaiting the presence of the One who will bring peace and power and love to society’s ills. Acknowledging the darkness provides the opportunity to turn on the light. Turning our attention to the poor, oppressed, hated and endangered children of God shines the light of our attention on them. We begin to see beyond ourselves into the Creation that God has entrusted to us and we begin to care and we begin to serve. We begin to hope.
Thank you all so much for your dedication and support of our shared mission and ministry here at Wesley UMC. We all had a wonderful time at last week’s worship service and celebratory luncheon. Our campaign has raised 90% of our goal, thanks to you!
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVE
We’re planning fun events each Sunday of Advent following worship. If you’d like to contribute to the holiday goodies by sharing your grandma’s best cookies or need an opportunity to try out that great new idea on Pinterest, let Pastor Cheryl know or sign up at this link.
Join us each Sunday in Advent for worship and fun.
11/30-12/1 from 12-6pm for our Christmas Tree Sale;
12/8 at 11:30 for Advent Crafts and Cardmaking;
12/15 at 11:30 for a Holiday Wrapping Party; and
12/22 at 11:30 for Caroling.
12/24 Christmas Eve: Children’s pageant at 4pm; Main service at 7pm; Carols, communion and candlelight at 11pm.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE FUNDRAISER
The Finance Committee is spearheading a new fundraiser for the church offering Christmas trees this Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st from 12-6pm each day. We need your help! Please volunteer by signing up in the Narthex or speaking with Claudette Galbraith or Theresa Beldin. Trees are $30 or $20 for tabletop size. The Youth Group will also be offering hot cocoa, cider and cookies to raise funds for their Kentucky Mission Trip. Please tell your friends, family and neighbors to buy their tree here to help support Wesley’s Mission and Ministry!
Alternative High School
December 1-15 Collecting money* for gift cards for 28 students
December 8 Used Coat Drive
December 29 Fifth Sunday Food Collection
Suggested items: Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets,
Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter,
Individual Mac & Cheese
Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items
*Make checks payable to Wesley UMC and note that it is for the
Alternative High School.
Bishop's Giving Challenge
Churches throughout the conference are finding it difficult to pay mission shares resulting in our inability as a Conference to meet our obligation to the World Service Fund for mission throughout the world. Bishop Devadhar, DS Kang and Pastor Cheryl invite you to help make up this shortfall by making a one-time gift of $180 (or more) through a check payable to Wesley and by designating it for Mission Shares.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT INFORMATION
Christmas pageant planning and preparation is underway! We will be doing “Starry Night, Noisy Night” this year and it is sure to be a noisy fun time! We will be working on it a bit in Sunday School, Miss Christina will e-mail and post a link to the pageant for home practice, as well as hold a few “full” rehearsals! Is there a way you can help with your talents? Acting, snacks, costuming, scene/prop. work, chaperoning, music, etc.? Let Miss Christina know!
For those participating in this year’s Christmas pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night”, please check out this link for practice! It’s got all of our songs and narration for you to practice with and listen to at home! Also, please see Ms. Christina if you are going to be part of the pageant and you have not yet received your script!
CHILDCARE POLICY DRAFT
SPRC has crafted and approved a draft of Wesley's Childcare Policy. The purpose of having this policy at Wesley is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare with written guidelines for our church.The next step will be for the Administrative board to review then approve/revise it so it can be implemented. You may view our policy by clicking this link.