Dear Hope Friends & Family,
We are so delighted and excited to spend the Advent and Christmas Season with you together as a church family! Advent is a time for us to slow down amidst all of the holiday craziness to focus our worship on Immanuel, God with us!
To this end, we encourage you to join us this season in celebrating our coming and returning Savior in a variety of ways:
Advent & Christmas Decorating – Please consider joining us on Saturday November 27th at 9am in the church sanctuary as we take time to decorate for Advent & Christmas.
Order Poinsettias Online – Speaking of decorating, it's time to order Poinsettias which will adorn the church sanctuary. Please order your poinsettia(s) by Sunday December 12th. They will be in the sanctuary from Sunday December 19th through Christmas Eve, and can be picked up after the 9pm service that night. Order here:
Advent Family Devotional – Consider using the Advent Family Devotional linked below. This is designed to be done each week on Sunday, with a bonus Christmas Day devotion too. There are hard copies available on the new church Resource Wall in the lobby. Melissa and Bryan have lots of suggestions for children and youth specific devotionals, so please ask them directly for ideas.
Sunday Morning Worship – We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9am or 11:30am for our Advent sermon series “Joy Has Dawned” which begins in Sunday November 28th. We'll take time to explore the Hope, Peace, Love & Joy of the Christmas story in Scripture.
Women of Hope Christmas Gathering – All women are encouraged to attend on Sunday, Dec 5th at 2pm for a time of refreshment and connection. Bring an appetizer if you’d like. Childcare can be provided…please indicate on the RSVP if needed. Please RSVP at the following link: https://forms.gle/9m43gbiV4Nwitnnq6 RSVP’s are very necessary in order to assist in planning.
Children's Christmas Pageant – Our Hope children will present their Christmas Pageant on Sunday December 12th at 10:15am in the Fellowship Hall during our regular Sunday School hour.
Single Worship Service – We will gather together for a single worship service on Sunday December 19th at 10am for a brief message from Pastor Chrishon followed by our church choir's Christmas Cantata.
Youth Christmas Party – All Hope youth are invited to our annual Christmas Party on Sunday December 19th from 6-8pm in the youth room. Make sure to bring a wrapped present for our white elephant gift exchance (valued at $5 or less).
Christmas Eve Services – We also hope you’ll choose to worship with us on Christmas Eve. We will have two services this year, each with candlelight meditation, communion and live-stream. Our Family Service begins at 6pm and our Traditional Service starts at 9pm.
Single Worship Service – Join us for worship at another single service on Sunday December 26th at 10am. Elder Jon Longnecker will preach a special message that is sure to bless everyone from a "Friends for Life" perspective.
Yes, Advent is a wonderful time to gather together as a church family to celebrate our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
I’m looking forward to everything the Lord has to teach us this season and hope to see you here at Hope!
Many Advent and Christmas blessings to you and yours!