Greetings from Church of Peace on this day before Thanksgiving!
Tonight we gather for a holy and gratitude-filled service at 7:00 p.m. What a delight to have such a beautiful setting in which to offer our thanks to God for our many blessings! There will be a story sermon. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Each worshipper will receive a gift share with a friend.
Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent – the season of the church year that we prepare our hearts to meet the Christ of Christmas. The Worship Enhancement Team will have transformed the sanctuary with the symbols and colors of Advent. The candle of hope will be lit. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Make yours a holy Advent – worship with us at 8:45 a.m.
Two funerals are being held this week for members of our church family: Dave Gahagan’s service is today and Marjorie Sharkey’s is on Friday. Please remember their families when you pray.
The Stewardship Ministry Team has received feedback that filling out an Estimate of Giving card is a meaningful faith practice for many of our members. Although we will not be hosting a Consecration Sunday this year, members will have an opportunity to use the cards. We will have them available Thursday and Sunday in the pews. If you wish to participate in this faith practice, put your card into the offering plate on Sunday. Thank you.
The wrap-up meeting for the bazaar is Monday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving and on Friday.
A prayer for today: O God, fill my heart with gratitude to you for the abundant blessings in my life, for when I am filled with gratitude, I have no room for fear or worry. Your provision for me is more than enough – it is overflowing with generosity. And so I thank you. Bless those whose Thanksgiving celebration is tinged with sadness, especially the families of Dave Gahagan and Marjorie Sharkey. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ushers tonight: Brenda and Tim Hackbarth, Dick Kunasch, Stefanie Sharpe, and Iris Abitz. Ushers for Sunday: Gary and Carol Krueger, Scott Towne, Dawn Sabel, and Jennifer Pittl.