Hanging of the Greens this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 am.
Let me follow up with where I left off last week where Jen and Michael Douce were inducing labor at the hospital. They gave birth to Mason William, 8 pounds and 20.5 inches long. Please pray for them, as Mason is back in the hospital. Things look to be okay but they are treating him for infection, which might be behind his feeding issues.
We had a nice surprise to our quick stay in New Albany last Saturday, where we visited daughter Arisa and grandchildren, Ava and Dain. Kelsey’s husband gave her an early birthday present by taking her to the musical Newsies, which was playing in Louisville, so we got all the grandchildren together and some beautiful shots of Coen, as Arisa has become quite the photographer.
The family will start gathering tomorrow, as we will have all the children up for Thanksgiving Dinner. The next day Nancy and I will head to Knoxville to see my brother, Don, and sister-in-law, Dianne, for the weekend. Friday will be their 25th wedding anniversary and I had the honor of performing that ceremony. This will be my Sabbatical Weekend, as it is a fifth Sunday. I haven’t decided what church I will be checking out, but I plan to do some reading of Alan Hirsch who will be leading the Putting the Movement Back in Methodism event at St. Luke’s on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00-3:00 pm. We have some leaders planning to go so, if you are interested, please email me and I will send you the link to register. The cost is only $15 to cover your lunch.
Yesterday was a fun day at church. Ric Gasaway and Werner Cifuentes were putting up Christmas trees in the entryway; June Hannah was practicing the Christmas music we will be singing Sunday. It was a very festive feel, which I hope you will experience this Sunday when we bring the Hanging of the Greens experience into worship. Nathaniel Asperger and Leanna Zimmerman will share the meaning behind many of our Christmas decorations, interspersed with Christmas songs. Matthew Phipps will kick off our Advents, series which will explore what it means for God to come to earth as a baby, with a message titled Babies Bring Change. I think you will find this worship experience a great way to kick off the Christmas season.
I helped Lynda Preston put together the $10,000 Match letters and envelopes. In case you missed it, we have someone who has offered to increase their 2015 contributions by up to $10,000 if we can match that amount in either new or increased pledges or 2014 end-of-the-year gifts. In other words, you can help us raise another $20,000 for ministry in 2015. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you receive a letter and special pledge/contribution card.
We learned at the Administrative Council meeting Monday night that we gave away over 1,200 coats on November 15 and the Christmas Outreach campaign is providing presents for 650 children age 12 or younger. Pick up a child’s name at the Christmas Outreach tree in the lobby opposition Fellowship Hall. So far over 400 names have been picked up, so we have a ways to go.
Yesterday, Lynda Preston scheduled a new group that will begin meeting every Monday at 6:15 pm. at the church beginning December 15. The group is Co-Dependents Anonymous and I am pleased we are hosting a group that meets a very real issue in families.
Have a Great Thanksgiving!