Hello People of God,
Bear with my dark humor a moment and read this poem by Roger McGough:
I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.
It helps keep my mind off things.
With the headlines of the past week, it has not taken much work to see, hear, and feel the pain and complexity of humanity and the world. Blessings and comfort to each of your hearts as we enter the holiday season this year. Thank God that we have the tools of our faith to sustain us and give us hope. Especially this week, we remember the power of GRATITIDE. Just today, I have received two e-mails filled with appreciation. Here is your spiritual assignment for the rest of this week—express gratitude! Craft e-mails, write letters, send a text, make a phone call, stop your neighbor on the street, hail your mail carrier, talk to the cashier/deli person/stock girl/store manager, and tell folks specific ways that their lives bring joy and beauty to you. Gratitude is contagious in its power to heal and uplift.
Long-time Edgcumbe Church member Alice Schanke died this past Sunday at her home at the Keystone Community in Highland Park. We give thanks to God for her life of faith as we remember the everlasting love of God for Alice and for all of us. Right now there is not a service planned. I have a call in to one of her daughters but have not heard back yet.
The Thanksgiving meal at the Montreal High Rise is tomorrow! We could still use some help serving the food. If you can be there at 11:45 (and you didn’t sign up on the narthex sheet), please call ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Meredith Holt this evening at 699-2280.
It is not too late to get a pledge card into the church office. Extra cards are in the narthex or you could simply mail or e-mail your pledge to the church. Thank you!
Save some time after worship THIS SUNDAY for Wassail and decorating the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Many hands make this is an easy and fun job. Children and welcome and encouraged to join in on this First Sunday in Advent!
Red and White Poinsettia will be available again this year for $11 per plant. You can order one or more plants or make a donation to the decorating fund. Those who purchase plants can take them home after the Christmas Eve service. Orders will be taken until December 6.
The next storytelling event at Shamrock’s will be on Monday evening, December 7, at 7pm, with the theme of Border Crossing. Plan to come for a great evening, and if you want to tell a story, talk to Pastor Phil.
Sunday School Play: DAVID
The young people will be presenting their play on David on Saturday evening, December 12, at 7pm. This means that the next two Monday evening rehearsals at 6:30pm will be super important to have everyone in attendance.
Do you have extra Thank You cards that you are willing to give away as part of an Advent exercise on December 6 at church? If you have cards to donate (partial sets, whole boxes, singles—all are welcome), please get them to the office over the next week. Thank you!
Today ArtPlayce at the Edge welcomed a new artist, DeAnne Parks. It is hard to believe that we hit the jackpot yet again, but we did. The art is gorgeous and colorful and meaningful and matches the spirit of this season. DeAnne will join us for an artist’s forum after worship on December 13.
Happy December Birthday to:
Gabby Dietz 12/12
Micah GebbenGreen 12/12
Warner Gunsell 12/16
Budd Johnson 12/22
Audrey Carlson 12/25
Chet Carlson 12/27
Right now I give thanks for YOU. The folk of Edgcumbe Church are a blessing to me! May God bless you and keep you, Pastor Phil