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A few days ago, a momentary panic washed over me.  That panic centered around the expenses of the season.  Probably many of you reading this, experience the same thing.  A whiff of financial angst is an annual rite of Christmas!

Yet God’s will is to be placed very differently in the Christmas story.  It is to be a new song, outside of the worries and anxieties of our temporal world.

The new song is a bold assertion, innocently declaring that the God of the gospel has plans and purposes and a will to reorder the world, to bring wholeness and health to the blind, the poor, the needy, to quell fear, and to remake the entirety of creation. The song asserts God’s future against our present tense.  Walter Brueggemann

I think most of us have the faint sense that Christmas should echo these words, that Christmas should be something more.  We harbor a “nudge” as it were, that maybe this year, maybe this time around we will “get it.”

In our world of goals and planning, unfortunately the spiritual life plays by different rules, holding time in a much larger measure.  We are “getting it.”  God is at work in this season in our hearts.  Opening.  Cherishing.  Being born anew!

 
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Family Advent Kits

This year we are once again offering (free) family Advent kits to celebrate the Christmas season.  If you would like a kit for your family email us with your mailing address and we will send a kit out to you!
All kits must be ordered by Dec. 16th

Community Service
Volunteering at St. Francis Inn
Below are a list of dates to volunteer at St. Francis Inn.  They serve the homeless and addicted population located in Kensington.  If you wish to serve or to learn more info please contact Walt Long: [email protected] Or call 267-226-3724.

The next 3 dates are :
December 14. Need 6-7
December 21. Need 6-7
January 1 ( 11:00 AM – 1:15 PM )
Please PM here or text me at 267-226-3724.

“Everything about the church looks to goodwill as its final goal.”

Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia 1249

Did you know that when you shop with Amazon they donate a percentage back to NewChurch LIVE?  Simply use this link at in your browser: smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4966388.

OR

Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon App!!
Here is the info for to support NCL in the App:

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “New Church Live” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “New Church Live” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

By using the links above a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated back to NewChurch LIVE (at no cost to you!)  Easy for you!  It’s a WIN-WIN!

Photos from Pastor Chuck this week…
The Zeilgers from South Dakota dropped in to visit
Chris and Amy were one of the first couples Pastor Chuck married.  They gather every year for dinner to celebrate their anniversary.
Congratulations to Chloe on her baptism!

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