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December 1st, 2023 | Rev. Dr. Mark Charles


Happy New Church Year, Memorial!


Like I mentioned in last Sunday's sermon, the move into Advent is also the move into a new church year. I give thanks for the year that has been and look forward to the year to come as we once again move through the gospel story of God's great love for the world.


We already started our church-wide Advent Study on Wednesday night. We were joined by Rev. Magrey deVega, one of the authors of our book, Almost Christmas. The conversation was rich as we discussed the peace Christ offers the world. If you missed it you can catch up by viewing the recording here. And you can plan to join us for the remaining three Wednesdays at 6:30pm on the Memorial Facebook page.


There are so many other opportunities to join in on the Advent journey at Memorial this month. This weekend our United Women in Faith circles will continue hosting No Room At The Inn in the church Sanctuary on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Be sure to stop by and see the outstanding collection of nativity sets from all over the world. You'll be glad you did!


Fernandina's Christmas Lighted Parade will also take place this Saturday evening. You can be part of Memorials presence in the parade OR you can get the best seats in town by gathering on the church steps to watch. The parade begins at 6:00PM!


Dr. Joan leads a local community choral group: Songspinners. They will put on a concert this Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm in our sanctuary. Again, you'll be glad you joined them, if you can.


With all this as well as our annual cantata, a community Longest Night service, our Alternative Christmas missions fair, and a full program of Christmas Eve worship services, there are multiple opportunities for us all to connect with one another, engage the Advent season, and have our hearts made ready to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas.


I'm excited to be on this Advent journey with you and am praying that we all will grow closer to Christ as we experience the peace, hope, joy, and love of this wonderful season.


Blessings!

Pastor Charlie

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