October is almost over – November and the holiday season are almost upon us. This time of
year is filled with special times for many of us – Reformation Sunday, All Saints Sunday,
Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. I have been planning out the rest of the year so I want to
give a short summary of what to expect so you can mark your calendars and participate as
much as you can or want to.
October 30 – Reformation Sunday
We will have a potluck luncheon after church. Bring your favorite dish(es) to share with
the rest of the Grace community as we take time to enjoy one another’s company.
November 6 – All Saints Sunday
We will remember those faithful ones who have gone before us, who taught us and
inspired us with candles. Feel free to bring pictures of those whom who remember as
important in your faith/life journey. We will also remember our own baptisms with the
Thanksgiving for Baptism during the service.
November 24 – Thanksgiving Day
Enjoy spending the day with friends and family, and remember all that God has given
you (which is EVERYTHING)!
November 27 – Advent begins
We begin to prepare for the arrival of the Christ, the light of the world. Our theme for
the season will be “Awaken to New Life.”
December 21 – Evening Advent Services
During this special season, we will take some extra time to reflect on the gift that has
been given to us, the gifts that are given to us each day, and the gifts that the future
holds. We will gather for a simple meal at 5:30 followed by a short service at 6:15.
December 24 – Christmas Eve
We will have a service of Lessons and Carols to mark this very special night of the church
year as we celebrate the light that has entered the world and the new life that is
promised by that light.
December 25 – Christmas Day
Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we will also celebrate a Christmas Day
service. This is a busy day for everyone, but we hope that you will take some time to
join us as we celebrate the Christ child.
There will be much going on in the next few weeks. Come join in the fun!