On November 29 we will embark on the journey through the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting; a time in which we prepare for the coming of Christ on Christmas morning. Much like we prepare our homes with decorations, our hearts, too, need to have a time to prepare. For centuries the Israelites waited with hopeful anticipation for the promised Messiah. We only have to wait a few weeks. As we prepare over these few weeks, join us for a number of special events and studies designed to bring the hope of the coming Messiah into your life.
Here are a few opportunities to find the gift of hope this Advent season…
“Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas” Bible Study:
Throughout Advent, several classes will be studying this book by Jorge Acevado. During these Bible studies, we will come to understand why Jesus is sent into the world, and what that means for us today.
Bible Study Times:
Brown Bag: Mondays 12:00-1::00pm (Library).
Manor Of The Plains: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15pm (Assisted Dining Room).
Pastor’s Study: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm (Library).
Youth Advent Meal:
Wednesday, December 2, our youth will be preparing a FREE meal for the congregation. This meal is a great opportunity to join together and fellowship as our youth say, “Thank you!” for all that you do for them throughout the year.
Youth Progressive Dinner:
On December 12, our youth will travel from house to house through Dodge City to celebrate Advent with a handful of families. This event is a great way for our youth to meet people from the congregation, as well as celebrating the holidays in community.
On December 13, our choir will bless the 8:55 worship with their voices, joining together to sing “The Gift Goes On” by Sue C Smith and Russell Mauldin. This special music program will replace the sermon, as we worship together through music.
Children’s Christmas Program and Birthday Party for Jesus:
On December 13, we will host our annual children’s program at 11:00. This will be a combined worship service in the Sanctuary as our children share the story of Christmas with the congregation. Worship will be followed with a birthday cake.
Longest Night Worship:
The holidays can be a sad time for those who experienced loss. Loss comes to us in many forms. Loss of job. Loss of a family member or friend due to death. Loss of relationship. The Longest Night Service on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. is a pre-Christmas service for those needing a Light in the darkness. If you’re feeling no joy, Longest Night or Blue Christmas services can provide comfort. participants will not hear triumphant organ fanfares, nor will they sing joyous Christmas carols, only quiet readings and prayers, in a sanctuary lit with votives amid the dusk of late afternoon.