Greetings from Church of Peace 12-12-13

Greetings from Church of Peace!

It’s Joy Sunday at Church of Peace! The Advent candle of joy will be lit, Scriptures encouraging us to rejoice will be read, and the Chapel Choir will sing a spirited anthem written by Pastor Jim.  Join us at 8:45 a.m. for this festival of praise.

Tonight is the last gathering of NEW Worship with Andy Griffith for this calendar year.  We’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. in Gammert Hall. Laugh and learn with us.  We grow more faithful to God’s ways with each episode we watch.

Judie Behnke is a patient at Aurora Hospital in Oshkosh.  Please pray that Judie will have a full recovery from her surgery.

Next Thursday, December 19th, you are invited to a time of comfort and renewal – the Service of Remembrance and Hope.  Beginning at 7:00 p.m., we will sit in the candlelit loveliness of our sanctuary and let the healing love of God embrace us. Although this service is designed for those with heavy hearts this Advent season, the service provides a time for all of us to rest in God’s care and be renewed.  You are warmly invited to the service and the social hour which follows. 

Want to add a bit of heart-warming meaning to your Christmas celebration?  Come Sunday, December 22nd at 5:00 p.m. to have some pizza and then go caroling.  The bus will stop at homes of some of our members who will appreciate an extra dose of Christmas cheer. If you plan to participate, please reply to this email or sign up on the bulletin board in the coatroom so we can order sufficient pizza.

That’s the news from Church of Peace. 

We’ll see you in church!  Pastors Jenny and Jim

A prayer for today: As I approach the Advent Sunday of joy, dear God, I pray that you will fill my heart with gratitude and delight.  It is so easy to get bogged down in the trimmings of this season and to forget the deep meaning which it holds.  Restore awe and wonder within me.  I pray that Judie Behnke will continue to heal from her surgery.  I also pray that those who are homeless today will find warm places from which to hide from the cold.  Thank you!  Amen.

Ushers this week:  Theresa and Tom Schultz, Mary Lange, Ron Wilson, and Robert Hanke.