Dec 15, 2013 Announcements

Sermon:  “Earn This”

Scripture:   Matthew 11:2-11;   James 5:7-10

The strange question from John the Baptist about the identity of Jesus can be difficult to comprehend.  How could John not know?  Didn’t he baptize Jesus himself?   Not surprisingly, this passage is about faith — enduring faith — and living up to one’s best self in the light of God’s great gifts.  How is our faith being challenged in personal ways these days?  How closely are each of us living up to his or her best self?

Join us for worship on Sunday, December 15th at 10:30 a.m. and for coffee and fellowship after the service.   We will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent.

Wrap Around Sale
Each November, the Nave Gallery hosts the Wrap Around Sale, a sale of handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC). The sale runs from 1-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and this Sunday is the last day of the sale.

Wrap Around is a great way to buy some unique and handmade gifts, and support a wonderful local organization.

Last year they raised almost $3,000 for SHC. Can they raise $5,000 this year?

It’s a Wrap! party…
Sunday, December 15th – It’s a Wrap! party…Please remember to bring the gifts that you purchased for our Somerville Early Head Start families this coming Sunday.  Thank you for those who have already sent in their gifts…join us during coffee hour after the service, as we wrap Christmas gifts for the families that we are sponsoring from Somerville Early Head Start.

The Advent Meditations Booklet are here.
Every year we look forward to reading the meditations written by members and friends of the church as they reflect on the daily scriptures during Advent.  Make sure you get your copy!

Men’s Bible Study
Wednesday, December 18th:  Men’s Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread at Porter Square.  Please contact Kevin, Josh, Solimar or Pierre for more details.

The Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. A spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious service for those who are lonely or in grief. In partnership with faith communities from around Somerville, it ends with the kindling of holy fire and hot cider.  Held at First Church Somerville (UCC), located at 89 College Avenue.

Open House: Pastor Allen, Melissa and Masebo
Saturday, December 21st: Open House: Pastor Allen, Melissa and Masebo will host an open house at the church Manse on Saturday the 21st between 6 and 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend for some holiday goodies and good fellowship!   The Good Cheer Festival begins at the church at 8:00, so make a night of it!  8:00 p.m.: Nave Gallery Music Series:  Jason Anderson presents the 7th Annual Good Cheer Festival.

Christmas Joy Offering
Sunday, December 22nd:  During worship we will collect the Christmas Joy Offering.  We’ll tell you more about the offering on the Sundays in December leading up to the 22nd.  Also, please remember to bring your poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Christmas Eve service
Our Christmas Eve service will be in the sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th.  Child care available for infants and children 5 and under.

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