Thanksgiving and Incarnation Beyond Sunday Morning

Trunk or Treat 2015 was awesome
Some of you may have noticed that we now rent a bigger trash bin. The lively stewardship of our building and grounds has led to the gradual growing of a myriad of groups and activities. On any given week we welcome and shelter hundreds of people involved in learning and supporting one another. They are not all in church on Sunday but they are all part of our mission to share the love and grace of Christ in community.  I hear the bustle and shreaks of joy in the hallways and know we are sharing the good news (evangelism) and recognizing and using the gifts of God for the sake of the world (stewardship).

And the joy continues into our coming season. On Thanksgiving Eve we will gather to sing thanks and share pies and receive gifts benefitting our Good Samaritan Fund which helps Auburn residents with utility bills, giving away four to five thousand dollars a year, seventy-five dollars at a time. On the Friday after Thanksgiving our international students will gather to celebrate the diverse places they come from with food from around the globe. Then Saturday we will dress up the sanctuary for Advent and on the following Saturday at 4pm  we are inviting the community to share in our Christmas Music Showcase. All of this beyond Sunday morning. All of this for the sake of the community. All of this to the Glory of God.

I give thanks and celebrate God with us. Christmas is early! Incarnation is already all around.

Peace,
Pastor Mark