I have shared with you as we have worshipped together and studied the Bible together that I grew up in a different church tradition. Until I came to the United Methodist Church in my mid-twenties, I had no concept of a church calendar or a church year. I grew up in the church, celebrating Christmas and Easter, but I hadn't ever heard of a Season of the Church year called Advent until I was an adult.
Perhaps it's just me, but I have always liked to understand why we do what we do. I
don't like to just go through the motions, especially when I feel like I'm completely lost when it comes to something I feel is important. I mention this because I found myself doing a lot of extra homework trying to find more specific information about seasons such as Advent and Lent when I first came to our denomination. With that in mind, I would like to share a brief review ofthis new church year which we begin on this first Sunday of December as we enter the season of Advent.
The Advent season is a time of anticipation, as we ready ourselves for the coming of
Jesus which we will celebrate together on Christmas. The word itself, advent, means coming or arrival. During this season of anticipation, we look forward the coming of Christ at Christmas, but we also long for the second coming of Christ. As we study the scriptures together during the Sundays of Advent, you will notice that we are both looking forward into the future and looking back into the past.
We also celebrate the Advent Season with the lighting of the candles in our Advent
wreath. Each Sunday, there will be a special reading and a candle will be lighted. One more candle will be lighted each Sunday, until all four are lighted on the fourth Sunday. The lighting of the candles symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world. Every Sunday of the season more light comes into the world, until finally on Christmas Eve the entire wreath, along with the Christ candle, is lit.
Over the years we have unfortunately witnessed the commercialization of the Christmas season. At one time there was only Black Friday, but now there are multiple stores open on Thanksgiving Evening and there's also Cyber Monday. In the midst of all these distractions, the Season of Advent helps us return our focus and then maintain our focus on the One who deserves it. As the saying goes, "Jesus is the reason for the season".
I look forward to worshipping with you during this Advent Season and as we gather
together to celebrate Christ's coming on Christmas Eve. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with us. Have a blessed Advent Season and a very merry and blessed Christmas!
In Jesus Christ,
Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School
Led by Pastor Wyatt
We would love to have you join us as we continue in our study, Galatians:
Experiencing the Grace of Christ. You are always welcome.
Battle Plan for Prayer
Wednesday at 6:30 PM
"Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers' new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer's core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life's battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it's time to engage with God at another level."
5:45 PM in the Bethlehem Room
The importance and the power of prayer are immense. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, got up early in the morning to pray and went off to solitary places to pray. Prayer has so much a part of his life that His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. As His modern-day disciples, we too must follow him and make prayer a greater part of our personal and gathered lives. Let's join together to pray for the world, our nation, those who are hurting, the Church, our church here at Turkey Valley, and any personal concerns we might bring. Please note that youdo not have to pray aloud if you attend.
Christmas Dinner at Turkey Valley
Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 PM
Please mark your calendars with the date for our upcoming Christmas dinner here at Turkey Valley. The ham will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a covered dish or dessert to share. We look forward to seeing you that evening and please give yourself a little time to hang around for fellowship after the meal!
Office Hours for December
Office hours for the month of December will be on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:45
PM unless otherwise noted. Pastor Wyatt can be reached at 717-622-5147. Please feel free to call if you have a pastoral need.
Youth for Christ
Sunday evenings at 6:00PM, a group meeting for the youth, 6th grade and up. It is a time of learning about the bible as well as fun activities to bring the youth together. If you have any questions please contact Eric Barner or Pastor Wyatt.
Cleaning Kit Update
Thank you so much for the way you supported the gathering of supplies for the cleaning kit project. It was an overwhelming success and the kits were delivered on Tuesday as we gathered with the Richfield Cluster for our Church Conference.
We had three full kits, supplies for at least several more full kits, and more beyond that! With the addition of our supplies, the total for the Richfield Cluster was well into Sixties. Praise theLord!
December Nursery Schedule
December 3 - Hanging of the Christmas Greens Service
December 10 - Team 3 (Holly Bailor and Kelly Willow)
December 17 - Team 4 (Leah Auker and Shana Barner)
December 24 - Team 1 (Kelly Druckenmiller and Wendy Messimer)
December 31 - Team 2 (Lindsey Stitt and Sheri Zentichko)
Gift Return Date
December 17, 2017
If you took one of the tags off the wreaths in the back of the sanctuary for the Christmas families, December 17 is the final date to return them to the church. Please make sure you include the tag on your wrapped gifts, so they can be identified and delivered.