A Note From Our Pastor
|Dear Center Grove Family: |
I pray this note finds you well. The Season of Advent is one of my favorite times in the life of the church. This year, Advent begins Sunday, November 28th, and ends Thursday, December 23rd. Traditionally, Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our 2021 Advent sermon series will be “What the World Needs Now…” and each Sunday we will explore one of the traditional themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy, and love. During this season, I invite you and your family to participate in these ways:
1. Attend in-person or online worship services each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. I would love to worship with you and your family in-person in our sanctuary. We continue to follow our safety protocols on Sundays by checking temperatures upon entry, wearing face masks, and social distancing by 6 feet. If you are uncomfortable attending in-person or if other circumstances prevent you from attending in-person, I truly understand and ask that you continue to participate in our worship services online.
2. Create an Advent Wreath at home to reflect on the meaning of the season each week. You may download the instructions on how to create an at-home Advent Wreath from our website or pick up an Advent Kit from the church on Sundays after service or contact the church office. Once you have created your Advent wreath, take a picture of it, and post it on Facebook using #CGAdvent2021. The Pastoral Staff will determine who has the best Advent Wreath. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will receive a gift card. The deadline to post your picture on Facebook will be Sunday, December 19th.
3. Participate in our Annual Angel Tree project to purchase toys for children in need at one of our partner schools. For more information on how to participate, contact the church office.
4. Continue to support our church through your tithes and offerings. Your financial gifts help us to not only sustain the operations of the church, but we are able to fund missions and outreach projects during the holiday season and beyond.
In closing, I pray a special blessing over you and your family this holiday season. May God continue to bless you in mind, body, soul, and spirit. Above all, may you experience anew the joy that comes from knowing that God has sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, into the world so that we may have an abundant life.
Grateful to be your pastor,
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