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Advent/Christmas/New Year’s Schedule of Events

January 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sunday, November 29          First Sunday of Advent. Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am.

“I Believe in the Sun: Hope for Tomorrow” — Mark 1:1-15 and Isaiah 40:1-11

This Advent, we are looking to hear some comfort, some challenge and some good news. The prophet Isaiah and the four Gospel authors were writing in a time when people needed desperately to hear all of these as well. This first week, Isaiah and the gospel writer who published first-Mark-reassure the people that good news is beginning and yet they both say, “make yourself ready!” Raise your voices, change your hearts, get ready to be transformed, because now is the time. Have hope that we can do what needs to be done to bring more light into the world.

Sunday, December 6    Second Sunday of Advent. Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am.

  • Drive-thru communion 10:00 am – 11:00 am; pick-up for Christmas in a Box.
  • Alternative Giving 10:30 am – noon. Jewelry, Wood, Animals and more for sale from Kenya. Proceeds serve Kenyan Ministry.   (Please wear masks and we will physically distance.)

“I Believe in Love: Daring Right Relationship” — Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14

In both the Gospel of Matthew and Isaiah, a messenger appears as a sign from God, heralding a new era. In each passage, the words “do not be afraid” appear…offering a clue that the messenger-whether prophet or angel— was referencing something that induced fear in the recipient. A new way of being, of relating and loving takes courage — eschewing the present order of things so that a new and better day can be born.

Sunday, December 13          Third Sunday of Advent. Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am.

“I Believe in God: Ode to Joy” — Luke 1:52 and Isaiah 57:15b

This week we turn to Luke’s writing which is an account in two acts: the Gospel biography of Jesus and then the story of the early church — the “Jesus community.” Whether you were a Jew or Gentile in those days, deciding to become a part of this illegal early Christian movement could bring punishment for your allegiance. Surely the message in both Luke and Isaiah that the downcast, lowly, and oppressed would rise up is a welcome and inspirational account. Like the Jewish exiled people of Isaiah’s time and the early Christians, we also sometimes wonder where God is in our suffering. We long to hear the promise that a reason for joyful praise is the good news on the way!

Alison’s Christmas Letter

Sunday, December 20         Fourth Sunday of Advent. Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am.

“I Believe in the Light: Illuminating Peace” — John 1:3-4 and Isaiah 9:6

The “great light” prophesied by Isaiah in today’s text is echoed in the first strains of John’s Gospel good news: the light that brings peace — that saves the people from all that would extinguish it — has been there from the beginning. The Word is made flesh and dwells among us. This reign is now…will we believe it? Will we continue to put flesh on it, embodying the peace meant for all humanity?

Thursday, December 24       Online Christmas Eve Service available on YouTube and Facebook starting at 5:00 pm

Friday, December 25     Join Pastor Alison for a Christmas Day ZOOM get-together from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, December 27    Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am.

Sunday, January 3      Online worship on YouTube and Facebook starting at 9:00 am. The guest speaker is Rev. Blake Busick, the District Superintendent. There will be no Drive-Thru Communion due to the Holiday weekend

Details

Date:
January 3, 2021
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Organizer

FUMC Loomis
Phone:
(916) 652-0469

Details

Date:
January 3, 2021
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Organizer

FUMC Loomis
Phone:
(916) 652-0469