Hello FMC families,
Thanks again to everyone who helped make the Children's Christmas program a meaningful worship service. I realized that I have not been in a full worship service since Oct. 11, and I know it's been the same for Andi and Sarah (let alone Gary, Nikki and others). Thanks so much for supporting our children and youth in this annual opportunity. While performing is always fun, I hope that the emphasis continues to be the deeper meaning of hope that Christ brings. Too often we're distracted by consumerism and make Christmas too commercial. May God's hope in Christ find all our families this year.
This week we continue learning about Advent and the birth of Christ in the younger classes, while the JYF continue reading Revelation and the MYF continue reading Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount.
Please note that there are no classes on Dec. 27, but there will be classes on January 3. Also note that the Christmas Eve service will start at 6:30 and end around 7:15pm (pre-service music will start at 6pm, and there will be hymn singing afterward in the community center to sing all our favorite carols if people want to keep singing). We're intending it to be family friendly with a shorter service, but also note that there will not be any childcare this year.
Finally, a few notes about the Spring! Please keep an eye on the calendar dates in the Weekly for the Venture Club (3rd-5th), JYF, and MYF (I also keep an extended calendar for each age group on their Story Site tab).
Praying that commercialism doesn't consume your Christmas experience, and that your happiness is rooted in hope, and that your joy is rooted in God's saving justice for all :-).
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.