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THE SPIRE


God is still speaking,

December
2017

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Pen

Advent is here, and here we wait in December darkness. Here we wait in December darkness for Love to be birthed once again in the most unlikely of places. But it is here we are called to wait, here in this season of Advent, as we call upon the Spirit of Love to bring forth its peace, hope, joy, and love. And it is on this first Sunday of Advent that we are called upon to be aware, to stay awake, to keep watch for, as poet Ann Weems writes, our "God will be born where God will be born." Love will be birthed not in a palace ablaze with warmth and light, not in a hospital sterile and safe, but in a crude manger shrouded in darkness and the sounds and smells of livestock. Again, and again, and again, Love will be birthed into our lives with the promise that God will be born in the most unlikely of places.

Yet, even as we, the Church, are actively preparing for and anticipating the birth of Love, our reality is that Advent is an incredibly busy, often chaotic, time of year. We are rushing to parties, shopping for that perfect present, attending our children's and grandchildren's holiday concerts, gathering with family and friends… there is simply, or at least it feels, no time to be still, to take a deep breath, no time to wait patiently, no time to anticipate this miraculous birth so busy are we with our holiday activities. However, it is during this hurried season that it is important for us to pause, to prepare our minds, spirits, hearts, for the birth of Love, Emmanuel, God with us, to actually be with us. The good news, despite how we enter into this season, is that no matter with what spirit we enter into this season of Advent - hearts and spirits filled with joy, sorrow, or with a bit of anxiety and a little chaos - God's Love will be birthed and that baby, wrapped in swaddling cloth, lying in a crude manger, will bring us peace, hope, joy, and love.

How might you set aside time this season to prepare for the birth of Love?
In the peace, joy, hope, and love of the Season, 
Pastor Abby

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Church School News

Hi all! We are heading into a very busy few weeks and I hope you each get to enjoy all that the Christmas season brings and holds! Here's the church school schedule for December!

December 3 - Hanging of the Greens - Intergenerational Service
December 10 - Church School - Christmas Story
December 17 - Church School Christmas Party/Rehearsal for Christmas Eve
December 24 - Christmas Eve Family Service @ 10 AM
***PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WILL/WILL NOT BE HERE***

We will be trying something new for the first half of 2018. A few Sundays will be intergenerational services, with the children remaining in the church service for its entirety. The dates will be January 28, February 25, April 1 (Easter), April 29, and then Church School Sunday on June 3. We will not have a formal church school these days, as Abby will have a more tangible sermon, but if the littler ones of our community get restless, we will have an area in the back in which they can keep busy. It is very important for our future generations to feel like they can and do have a place in the worship service, as well as learn how to worship.

I wish everyone a peaceful, hopeful, joyous, and love-filled Christmas season!
Bethany
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OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR CONGREGATION

Baby shower for Mary for the children in Department of Children and Family services caseload.  Requested are the following items: diapers: especially size 5-6 and pullups 4T-5T, baby lotion and wash, pacifiers, sippie cups, unscented wipes, and blankets.  All donations must be in by December 17

The Christmas Shop will be open during coffee hour on December 3, 10 (Children's shopping day) 17.  Family gifts purchased by children on the 10th will be specially priced and gift wrapped.

The Church Office will be closed from December 25-January 1. 

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OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE OFFERED AT THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY!!!!

While the Book Sale Committee is taking a recess, the holiday elves have moved into the Library with a wonderful shopping opportunity until Saturday, December 30.
Holiday boutique organizer Eve Iselin says, “There’s a holiday spirit making a home in the Library. There are quality children’s books, coffee table books, scarves, jewelry, quilted items, cards, glassware, ceramics, stocking stuffers, and knick-knacks suitable for giving this holiday season.”
“I know the Library is the last place you'd think of to do your shopping, but this boutique that the Library magically creates overnight, has become somewhat well-known,” remarks marketing & special events director Lucy C. Pierpont.  All proceeds go to the Library’s operating budget. The boutique will be open during regular Library hours, Monday - Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-4.

Drivers are needed for FISH (Friends in Service Here). Drivers take Kent residents who cannot drive to doctor appointments and to do chores in town. If you can give one day a month, please call Peter Lacey at 860-927-4428.

There are numerous opportunities sponsored by... 
The Kent Historical Society http://kenthistoricalsociety.org/  
The Kent Memorial Library http://www.kentmemoriallibrary.org/    
Visit their websites to see what they have available. 

Go to http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/home  there are 8 non-profit organizations that you can "donate" to just by clicking the "Click here to give" box. So easy!  The GreaterGood Network is a family of websites that provide simple, effective, feel-good ways to directly help people, animals, and the planet. Thank you for your caring online actions. The Hunger Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Veterans Site, The Autism Site, The Diabetes Site, The Literacy Site, the Animal Rescue Site, The Rainforest Site.  Since 1999, the GreaterGood Network has raised and given more than $30 million dollars to charities across the United States and around the world.
AND - they sell fabulous gifts from around the world!!



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