Advent season is celebrated with candles
Christmas is such a visual season.
We decorate for this season more than any other holiday of the year. We love the lights, the multi-colors, and the shimmer of tinsel. It is the one time of year when we almost universally welcome the sparkle of snow. We wrap our presents so that they are beautiful to look at as well as pleasant to receive.
Christmas is also a season of anticipation.
In the Christian liturgical year, the purpose of the four weeks before Christmas, the Advent season, is spiritual preparation and expectation, looking forward to the worship of the newborn Christ. Advent is a time set aside for spiritual inventory, confession and renewal. There is about it a great sense of hope as we anticipate the coming of the one who announces peace and brings salvation and light.
We invite you to celebrate the season with us.
Our Advent Christmas message series captures both ideas
Here at Copper Hill Church, this year’s Advent/Christmas sermon series title captures a little bit of both of these two themes of the Christmas holiday. This year’s series is called, “Come and See.” Just as little children are anxious to see those wrapped gifts around the tree, so I ask us to come and take a look once again at the truths of Christmas in order that we can better understand the gifts that our God is giving to us through the Babe in Bethlehem.
Here’s the series outline for the remainder of the month. Sunday services are at 9 A. M. Christmas Eve service is a t 5 P. M.
Come and See
||Special events that day
||Come and See a Wonderful Life
||Children’s Program featuring
Hanging of the Greens
||Come and See
||Harp special music and a
||Come and See a Bittersweet Birth
||Holiday Choir; Ladies’ Ensemble;
||Come and See God’s Gifts to You
||Men’s Quartet; Harp solo
I visited with the family of Caroline Kimberley today. First, we reminisced about Caroline’s faithful organ playing, a great gift in itself to her church. Then their minds turned to a rather telling incident of about five years ago. It also showed the sincere dedication of Caroline and her husband John (Jack) to Copper Hill United Methodist Church. The church body was working together on a big project–repainting their church. It involved scrapping off the decades worth of old pealing paint so that new could be applied. Some of this scrapping work was also done from a lift to reach the higher sections. I had been told about this incident by Lay leader Robert Loomis, but did not remember whether I was told who was involved. The family remembered that Jack and Caroline were up on the lift scrapping and were ready to go back down to the ground but the lift would not go down. It was out of gas or something. Here they are, stranded up in the air with no one around. Finally their yells attracted a neighbor and the situation was remedied without a problem. We thank God for dedicated Christian servants like Caroline Kimberley.
- Pastor Kelvin Jones
From Carolyn for ‘Carolyn’
I was told the sad news today – a friend in our congregation has passed away.
I am a “newbie” at Copper Hill – I have only been a member for a little over 3 years. I am still putting names to faces – especially of people who don’t come every Sunday, there was one face that I recognized from the very beginning. I remember people I meet that have my name – I have trouble with lots of other names and faces but the sweet lady with the big smile at Copper Hill and I had a “connection” – our name – still not very common.
When I was little, I was the only one who had my name. I never met anybody with my name. It was not until I was older and beyond the need to “fit in” by abbreviating my name and adding an “e”,( it was sooo cool), that I went back to using my “full” name. I had a friend, years ago, who persisted in calling me by the “English” pronounciation, she was the only one I never corrected because it sounded so neat in her accent.
The “Copper Hill lady” and I always had a big smile for each other and the last time I saw her at church, we gave each other a great big hug. While I am saddened to know that she will no longer be in the presence of the church bodily, she will be there in spirit and I will smile for her memory, we will still have our connection - Carolyn D’Annolfo.
(Mrs. Kimberley’s name was spelled Caroline but it was always pronounced ‘Carolyn’)
May You Be Well
May the morning sun shine in your heart.
May the blue-white sky be in all your days.
May the moon and the stars shine on all your nights.
God’s gifts are yours every day.
May quiet smiles brighten you.
May you be well.
Pastel Poet Timpson
sent in by Carolyn
There were serious subjects under discussion at the combined Trustee/Church Conference, Tuesday evening.
As you may have heard, we were gifted with an amazing finanacial opportunity. It can be a heavy burden for the leaders…where do we put the money? Who do we trust to help us formulate plans for using the money?
How do we choose what to do, where to do it, and when?
It has already been decided that the money will not be “frivoled” (such a word?) away. Some will definitely be put into a longer-term, long-range plan. Some may be used to help other churches who have suffered terribly and struggle mightily to re-build after weather disasters. Some may be used to solve major problems with our precious, historic building so it can continue to serve as a house of worship for many more generations. Some may be used to help local ministries. Some may be used to help us let people know who we are, where we are, and what we do.
None of these decisions are taken lightly. They will be discussed, researched, brought before the congregation, discussed some more and then finalized and voted on. This will take time. We are not an impulsive people in our congregation. We are conservative. We are aware of the blessing we have received, and our duty to not only ourselves, but to others in our town, state, world.
Please keep your leaders in your prayers as we seek God’s will for using our amazing gift.
by Carolyn D’Annolfo
So much depends upon our attitude. We tend to blame the results on lots of others things, but our attitude is crucial. I’ve been working on a series of messages to encourage us to have great attitudes. November with its emphasis on Thanksgiving is a natural time for such a series. If your attitude could use some encouragement, I invite you especially to worship with us this month.
The Power of a Good Attitude
|Nov 3 Communion
||2 Cor. 1:20
||Keeping a Good Attitude in Tough Times
||The Power of Generosity
||2 Cor. 9
|Nov 24Thanksgiving Sunday
||The Blessings of Thanksgiving
Carolyn sent in a great quote to share.
“God help us to live quietly
Amidst the clamor,
To find the slower pace
that gentler place
Where our hearts can listen,
Where we can listen to
Our hearts. Amen”
- Jim Croegaert
Impressions from the new guy
Our fall roast pork dinner was a great success. The tables were gaily decorated for autumn with small bouquets of flowers as the crowning touch. Being a newbie, I was impressed that the plates and cups were real, not paper or Styrofoam. It makes things so much homier. To help with traffic flow, the sanctuary serves as the staging area where everyone sits and chats while waiting to be seated. And it was my privilege to give thanks in the sanctuary for the food and fellowship at the beginning. I also took time during the meal to meander among the tables greeting the guests and making discussion–not that I needed to as there was a wonderful busy hum of conversation in the room all during the dinner. The pork was deliciously tender and one of the guests pronounced the carrots “the best.” But for me, nothing detracted from the wonderful home-made apple pies served with generous chunks of cheddar cheese.
Volunteers make it happen
Our volunteers turned out in force and enjoyed great fellowship too as they worked hard to make it happen. I was impressed by the smoothly organized effort and the high turnout of volunteers. Afterward the clean-up went quickly too with the dishes going through the sterilizer quickly and stacked again for another day.
Relationships cause us all lots of headaches. What advice does the Bible give us to help us through relationship difficulties? That’s the topic tomorrow for the last in our series, “How to Overcome.” It will be based on Colossians 3:1-17. We’ll also be learning a new chorus called, “Holy is the Lord God Almighty.” I’m looking forward to our weekly time to honor God together as we gather for worship at 9 AM. — Pastor Kelvin
I think all of us know the frustration of fighting against a bad habit that we just can’t seem to break. We do well for a while and then get frustrated and discouraged when we let the habit win again. Whether its swearing, gambling, overeating or cigarettes, it’s not easy to break a bad habit. This week at Copper Hill United Methodist Church, my message will be titled, “How to Overcome a Bad Habit.” It’s the third message in the October series, “How to Overcome.” — Pastor Kelvin