Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Isaiah 11:1-10 at this link
· Isaiah describes Jesus’ lineage from the great kings of Israel. He then goes on to describe the attributes he will embody. Think deeply about these words and how Jesus exemplified them: spirit of the Lord, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, righteous judgement. What stories of Jesus’ life come to mind?
· As you read this picture of peace foretold by Isaiah of Christ’s coming, imagine each scene: a little child, a calf, a lion. What does that feel like? Have you had an experience of peace like this in your life?
· What small part can you play in bringing peace on earth this season?
Advent Devotion: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Peace. It’s a word we use often. It’s a concept we are familiar with. Is it something we will ever truly achieve? I know I glimpse it occasionally and it feels like bliss. We live such busy lives and our society seems to thrive on conflict. Peace seems elusive at best. During Advent we are reminded that we have been promised the Prince of Peace that comes to end wars and still our anxious fearful hearts.
I met with a group of clergy friends for lunch the other day and we each shared what we were grateful for. I said that I am grateful for a sense of peace in my life and that it feels strange. So much of life seems marked by a buzzing sort of tension that when it is absent, it doesn’t feel right. As I pondered this aloud, I shared that I believe that my newfound peace is derived from trust in God that comes from maturing spiritually in our journey toward perfection in love.
I believe this is the root of peace—trust in God. If we trust in God, we relinquish the need to grab power and control. It’s like returning to our childhood home where everything was taken care of for us. We didn’t worry about bills or nuclear weapons halfway around the world because we innocently knew our parents would care for us. In that same sense, seeking peace, we return to Eden, where life was simpler and where God cared for creation completely.
The peace between people and nations is similar to that inner peace found in trust. If we trust each other, we need not hoard. We share all that we have. We consider each other to be an extension of ourselves and we seek to meet each other’s needs. If we truly live into this vision for peace, there would be no need for walls and borders that keep the other out and keep our stuff in. There would be peace in God’s holy mountain. Join me this season as we trust—as we seek peace.
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.
12 7-8 from 11-3 pm for an extended Christmas Tree Sale;
12/8 at 11:30 for Advent Crafts and Card Making;
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 4 pm; Main service at 7 pm; Carols, communion and candlelight at 11 pm.
Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser
We are selling Christmas trees again this Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th 11-3 pm each day. Trees are $30 and Kissing Balls are also available for your smaller spaces! Volunteer to help us sell or come by and get your own Christmas cheer!
December Alternative High School
Christmas Project-December 1-15: Donate toward purchasing Target Gift Cards for the 28 students at Second Start’s Alternative High School. Checks may be made out to Wesley UMC with a note that it is for the Alternative high School. Leave your labeled gift in the offering plate, at the church office or give to Jane Broadrick. Deadline: December 15th
Coat Drive Sunday, December 8:
For Students at Second Start’s Alternative High School-please bring coats to church this Sunday, Dec. 8, to be collected.
Fifth Sunday Food Collection, December 29:
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets
Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter
Individual Mac & Cheese
Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items
We've participated in and benefited from vibrant ministries led by our capable clergy and staff this year. The commitment of each staff member make possible our worship experience, opportunities for spiritual enrichment and important mission work of our church in the community and the world. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee would like to invite you to contribute toward a gift for our staff to show your appreciation for a job well done. Receiving your gift by Sunday, December 15, will enable us to present Ben, Ken, Alan, Dennis, Deborah, Marybeth, Christina, Emma, Taylor and Pastor Cheryl with their gifts before Christmas. Envelopes are available in the church pews and in the narthex. Read the full letter here.
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!
Child Care 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.