First Sunday of Advent
Native American Heritage Month
Virtual & In Person Worship Celebrations
A tradition of Advent, that no one is sure when it began or where it came from, is that each Sunday the candles symbolize hope, peace, joy, and love. There’s nothing that says we have to use that tradition, but hope is a theme we often look to in this time of year. Advent is the season of watching and waiting for signs of Christ’s return in our world and our lives in a new way. We practice traditions in the hope that something new will happen, rather than clinging to something old. Jeremiah reminds us that we can look to the past, but we can’t be beholden to it. Jesus reminds us in Luke’s account of the Gospel that the signs are all around us that God is doing something new, even when the world is falling apart. Be encouraged! Something new and wonderful is at hand.
Jesus teaches the disciples to be watchful for the signs of the coming destruction, using the apocalyptic language of signs in the heavens, dismay among the nations, and unusual behavior in the natural world. After these signs, people will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud in splendor. So, his disciples must be watchful, ready to read the signs and keep their hearts faithful.
God of Advent, Coming into View, You are like the sun just before dawn, when twilight is fading. You are like the first star at night before all the stars blaze into glory. You are the moon rising, and the new moon, about to be born. We see everything differently by Your light and Your darkness. May the wonder and surprise of this season take root in us, though we know the old story. May we be caught up in the excitement and joy even when we repeat old traditions. May we be inspired by You, O God, even as the seasons turn as they always do—for they turn in a new way in this new year. Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Amen.
Tuesday, November 30th
Special Charge Conference on ZOOM @ 7pm
Wednesday, December 1st
Ecumenical Advent Study on ZOOM @ 7pm
Thursday, December 2nd
Music Rehearsals & Video Recording
Sunday, December 5th
Second Sunday of Advent
Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am
In observance of Thanksgiving, our office will be closed from Wednesday, November 24 to Friday, November 26.
Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities. So please while in our building wear your masks.
Keep Watch with Me
An Advent Reader for Peacemakers
By Michael T. McRay, Claire Brown
Become a peacemaker this Advent and experience the hope of new life! Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers is a collaborative daily devotional featuring diverse contributors: black, white, LGBTQ, Latinx, Palestinian, incarcerated, Native American, Australian, Americans, Irish, South African, clergy, laity, activists, authors, organizers, and more. The season of Advent, as the church prepares for the birth of Christ, is a penitential season of reckoning with our need and the needs of the world. Keep Watch With Me offers stories, reflections, prayers, and spiritual practices to sustain and challenge the faith of those who work for justice and peace, and long for the coming of God with us.
Wednesdays December 1,8,15 and 22
On Zoom with First UCC at 7pm
Our UMW will kick off the church’s Advent Season with a Bake Sale on Sunday, Dec 5 after church. This will be our only fundraiser for this year, so please help support us and get a jump on your holiday goodies! Thank you!
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry Toy Shop Toys Needed
now until December 15th. We are always short on infant/toddler toys and boys and girls age 10 & up. If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office. Thank you for your generosity!