First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –
December 09, 2020
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A Message from Toby…
So how is everyone doing in your walk through Advent? Are you walking slowly and deliberately? Are you taking time for Sabbath rest? Are you taking advantage of Covid’s blessings rather than complaining about its curses?
It’s already December 9th, which means Jesus’s birthday is only 16 days away. Our most important work in these next two weeks is to “let every heart prepare Him room.” As you go about doing that, I invite you to take a careful, prayerful look at Luke 10:38-42. It’s a story about a visit Jesus paid to his good friends Mary and Martha shortly before he was arrested. Mary and Martha were sisters of Jesus’s dear friend Lazarus, and when Jesus arrived at their home, the two sisters responded to Jesus’s presence in radically different ways. Martha went about preparing Jesus room with frenetic busy-ness. She cleaned, she cooked, she scrubbed, and she stressed. Mary, on the other hand, dropped everything and simply sat on the floor at Jesus’s feet, hanging on his every word and drinking in every moment she had in his presence. The next time these two women would see Jesus, he would be hanging on a cross.
My prayer for each of us – myself included – is that we would spend what remains of this Advent in Mary’s mode rather than Martha’s. It’s all over so quickly and we can’t get it back. As Jesus said at the tail end of the Mary and Martha story, “Oh, Martha…Martha. You are distracted by a great many things when only one thing is important right now. Your sister has chosen that most important thing, and it shall not be taken from her.” May Mary’s heart and resolute focus on Jesus bless each of our hearts this Advent season. Amen.
Please Remember Our Church Building is CLOSED!
Just a friendly reminder that our church building is closed. It has been hard to remember that, especially for those of us who are helping with either the Christmas Project or the cookie and poinsettia delivery. But even in those cases where you need to drop something off or pick something up, please stay masked up and do not enter Leah’s or Toby’s office. Simply drop or pick up what you came for in the lobby and exit immediately. Thank you!
Just a Reminder about the Church Employee Christmas Donations
Don’t forget to send your Christmas donations to our dedicated staff – Larry, Leah, Roger, Shelley, and Toby – by using the church website or via a check, in accordance with the email you received from our Moderator Bill Trubilowicz last week. Thank you for making our great staff’s season bright!
You can write a check to the church and mail it to our address: 101 State Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Please write “Attn: Chris Gengle “ on the envelope and write “Staff Christmas Gift” on the memo line of your check.
Go to the church website, on-line giving tab: https://chxucc.breezechms.com/give/online and select “Staff Christmas Gift” from the dropdown list to make your donation.
This Week’s Featured Restaurant Is:
12/10 – 12/17
Charlevoix Christmas Project (jam/jelly, socks, mittens) – we are still collecting donations! If you would like to drop off your donation, please do so on Mondays during regular office hours. Come to the Park Ave. entrance and ring the doorbell and Leah will come down to collect your donations. The deadline to donate is Monday, December 13th.
Special Musical Guest- John Warstler
December 13, 2020
John Warstler began his musical career in an unusual way: he was born with a stuttering disorder, and music helped him cope. He eventually became a speech pathologist as well as a professional musician. These days, he’s not only recording in the studio and playing tunes at various venues, but he’s also “Mr. John” to Northern Michigan school children. In addition to working with students with speech disorders, he uses his music to teach learning readiness skills to kindergartners through second graders.
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