Advent (Four Sundays before Christmas) Characters of Advent In the Advent Sunday worship services, we will have a special feature where we will meet “Characters of Advent.” Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, we’ll meet Isaiah. On the following Sundays, we’ll meet Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds, and hear the Christmas story from their perspective. Simple ways to celebrate Advent By Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook I read a story about a mother who had a wonderful Advent activity with her family. She had each person draw a name. Then she made a manger (without Jesus until Christmas morning). She put small pieces
In the United Methodist Church, once a year the local church comes together to celebrate the ministries of the past year, conduct the business of the church (yes, the church has some business), and look to the next year for the direction we are going. This meeting is called a charge conference, and it is important that the voices of the members of the church (and regular attendees) be included. Our church conference this year will be held on Saturday October 29 at 11:00 am. Rev. Clyde Vaughn will preside at our church conference. Please plan to attend and participate in the discussions.
In summer 2022, we considered the topic of “compassion” in a four-week sermon series. Compassion is a term that is often misunderstood, and either treated lightly or taken so seriously as to be overwhelming. To frame the topic, Pastor Linda defined compassion as walking with someone else in their suffering and wanting to take some action to relieve their suffering. As an example, Christ had compassion for the people he came in contact with. Some of the resources Pastor Linda referenced are these books: “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life” by Joyce Rupp. (See info here.) “Practicing Compassion” by Frank Rogers. (See info here.)
In today’s worship service, our guest preacher, Haley Feuerbacher, shares her story and the work she is currently doing with compassion. Dr. Feuerbacher says, In today’s message, we will be identifying our own story of living in a world demanding our constant care and vigilance with the story of Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, noting the symptoms of and similarities to compassion fatigue that we experience when everything feels urgent, traumatic, and heartbreaking. I will be sharing my own story of being a spiritual activist and minister who was diagnosed with PTSD from the work I loved the most and how the