Friday Note: Serving and Singing

We are SO. CLOSE. Christmas is almost here! This week, we put our finishing touches on all the preparations, so that we are ready to see and share that the birth of Christ is "good news of great joy for all people."

For the last three weeks, we have been preparing our own hearts for mercy, and memories, and a miraculous turn. I hope you won't miss out on the last Sunday of preparation, when we turn the attention outward.  Come and join us this Sunday for festival of Service and Song. 

First, we come to serve.  At 10AM, we will fill the Crossroads center for a special church-wide hour of service to others. There are three ways we get to be a blessing:

- We will take a special offering for the United Methodist Children's Home.  The UMCH provides foster and group homes for children who have no where else to go.  They are an indispensable partner in the foster systems of Florida and Alabama, and we are proud to support them every single year. 

- We will package special care pacakges that will be delivered to our local firehouses, police stations, and other places where people are working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. These are our way of saying "thank you" and "we remember" in a season so full of memory. 

- We will also be packaging cookies for inmates at the county jail.  Our cookies will be added to those collected by church's all over the county, and distributed by Chaplain John Lennon (yep. that's his real name) as a sign of grace and mercy to those in prison.  

While we are serving, we will sing along as the the Well Praise Band plays some of our favorite Christmas songs and carols. 

And when we are done serving, the music goes on! 

At 11 AM, we will move to the sanctuary for our unified worship service, featuring the chancel choir and their Christmas Cantata.  The choir has been perfecting their sound for months and when they fill the sanctuary with their songs, I know our hearts will be full and ready to recognize God's glory when it shows up. 

Because of our special worship and acts of service, we will not have our 8:30 worship service. We will have nurseries open for children up to age 4 at both 10AM and 11AM, and all other children are invited to participate in the fun as we sing and serve together!

See you Sunday!

Michael