Advent begins the church year with a season of hopeful expectation, longing and peace. We find it colliding right at the end of our calendar year, where our time is spread thin and our world says "go! go! go! buy! buy! buy!" Join us Sunday nights to slow down and listen for that still small voice that says "Be."
The Holiday season can be a great time of good tidings and cheer. Many truly authentic and heartfelt gifts are shared, many festive gatherings occur, and yes, we see in both ways large and small, acts of joy expressed. And yet, many of us might feel the anxieties around the hustle and bustle: we don't have enough time to go to yet another holiday party, we don't know what kind of present to get for a loved one (or we simply can't afford to purchase that man gifts at all), we feel obligation and then guilt or shame for feeling the way we might around family, and we deeply miss those dearly departed.
The Holidays are always a mixed bag.
Thankfully, Advent arrives just in time, inviting us to slow down and simply be. We are invited to receive the most precious of all gifts: the One who is truly good, beautiful and true. The One who has come to truly Love.
We hope that you can join us for a special series of four Sunday evening gatherings this Advent. We'll be meeting November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 at 4:30pm at Friends of the Children (parking and main entrance at 65 NE Stanton, in-between MLK and N. Williams). We'll gather together to wait expectantly together for the truly magnificent to arrive. Bring your kids, brings a friend, bring a stranger. Everyone is welcome.... yes, everyone.