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Monday, November 8, 2010

Rustler Article for 11.11.10

Although it may be too early to do so, I’m quickly getting into the holiday spirit. Not necessarily the Christmas spirit, but I’m definitely ready for Advent to begin. I the weeks from Sunday, November 28th through Sunday, December 19th churches all around the world will be preparing their hearts and homes for the coming of the Christ-child. We’ll talk about how Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love form the relationship that God has with men and women.
Beginning on November 28th our church will combine all of our various Sunday School classes into one large group where we’ll talk about the meaning of Christmas and celebrate the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of God in our hearts. We’ll make Advent Wreathes and decorate Nativities as families, too! We’d love to have you and your family participate in this great season of expectation with us.
What has really gotten me excited about Advent is God’s word to the people of Israel who are suffering under the weight of the Exile in Babylon. Isaiah reminds the people that when God’s new work is revealed the old things will be remembered no more. So glorious is the coming of Jesus Christ that old glory, old shame, and even old suffering are remembered no more. We could use a serious dose of such hope in these days.
Come and join our community of faith for Sunday School and worship this week at 10:00 and 11:00am. We also host Sunday Night Bible Study in the Gospels at 6:00pm, and Bible 101 on Wednesday nights at 7:00. Everyone is welcome at any and all of our activities!

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