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Second Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Mission Giving Seminar– 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Christian Mysticism Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Poster for the film “A Hidden Life”

In the pantheon of great film makers, Terrence Malick stands alone. Like Van Morrison, he really could not care less about popularity. He does care about themes such as transcendence, the beauty of right relationships, natural wonder and the struggle to do what is right. Three of his recent films that I have loved include “The New World,” “Tree of Life,” and “To the Wonder.” This weekend, his latest film will see a limited release in US theaters (yes, I am really missing The Art Theater), and it is entitled “A Hidden Life.” Based on historical events, the film presents the courage and the struggle of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian conscientious objector who served as a soldier in the First World War, but who refused to serve in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. He paid for his resistance with his life, being executed in 1943. I doubt the timing of the release was intended to coincide with the Second Sunday of Advent (though with Malick, it is entirely possible), but it does coincide well. For on this Sunday, we hear the call of John the Baptist to repent so that we will be prepared for the Advent of God’s Deliverer. Repent means to turn, to change direction. We hear John’s proclamation each year because doing this repenting is so hard. Turn, when that means possibly going against political party? Against family? Against what is popular? Against one’s own nation? We celebrate people like Jaegerstaetter, Sophie and Hans Scholl, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wendell Berry because so few of us actually take the risk of true repentance. It remains so much easier, safer, and convenient to remain in the middle of the stream, drifting along with everyone else. Join us on Sunday as we are confronted once again with John the Baptist’s call to turn, to repent, to prepare the way for the coming of the Prince of Peace

Pastor David
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Second Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Mission Giving Seminar– 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Christian Mysticism Discussion Group – 6:30 p.m. in the Library

Poster for the film “A Hidden Life”

In the pantheon of great film makers, Terrence Malick stands alone. Like Van Morrison, he really could not care less about popularity. He does care about themes such as transcendence, the beauty of right relationships, natural wonder and the struggle to do what is right. Three of his recent films that I have loved include “The New World,” “Tree of Life,” and “To the Wonder.” This weekend, his latest film will see a limited release in US theaters (yes, I am really missing The Art Theater), and it is entitled “A Hidden Life.” Based on historical events, the film presents the courage and the struggle of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian conscientious objector who served as a soldier in the First World War, but who refused to serve in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. He paid for his resistance with his life, being executed in 1943. I doubt the timing of the release was intended to coincide with the Second Sunday of Advent (though with Malick, it is entirely possible), but it does coincide well. For on this Sunday, we hear the call of John the Baptist to repent so that we will be prepared for the Advent of God’s Deliverer. Repent means to turn, to change direction. We hear John’s proclamation each year because doing this repenting is so hard. Turn, when that means possibly going against political party? Against family? Against what is popular? Against one’s own nation? We celebrate people like Jaegerstaetter, Sophie and Hans Scholl, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wendell Berry because so few of us actually take the risk of true repentance. It remains so much easier, safer, and convenient to remain in the middle of the stream, drifting along with everyone else. Join us on Sunday as we are confronted once again with John the Baptist’s call to turn, to repent, to prepare the way for the coming of the Prince of Peace

Pastor David

Crossing Boundaries: The Budget & Finance Committee asks that you prayerfully consider your contributions for the coming year. If you haven’t done so already, please return your 2020 Estimate of Giving card this Sunday via the offering plate, the church office. Please also return your “Opportunities to Serve” form. Cards and forms will be available on Sunday if you did not receive them. Thank you for your continued support of God’s mission through the church. ... See MoreSee Less

Crossing Boundaries: The Budget & Finance Committee asks that you prayerfully consider your contributions for the coming year. If you haven’t done so already, please return your 2020 Estimate of Giving card this Sunday via the offering plate, the church office. Please also return your “Opportunities to Serve” form. Cards and forms will be available on Sunday if you did not receive them. Thank you for your continued support of God’s mission through the church.

First Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 1, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Bible Study Seminar, Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.

“Protection,” by Einar Jonsson, in Reykjavik, Iceland

The sculpture by Einar Jonsson beautifully conveys the promise of the scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent. Isaiah imagined swords turned into plowshares and spears turned into pruning hooks. He hoped for a time when we would not make war anymore. Then Jesus describes the need for his disciples to be ever vigilant, ready for the time of his appearing. By remaining vigilant, he assures us that we will be ready. Readiness. Peace. Protection. We long for these things. The challenge for disciples is this: we must long for these things for everyone, and work for them for everyone. “As you did it for these least of these my sisters and brothers, you have done it for me.” Join us on Sunday as we hear the comfort and the challenge of Advent faith.

Pastor David
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First Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 1, 2019

Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5
Children & Youth Sunday School – after worship
Bible Study Seminar, Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
Communion at Clark-Lindsey – 1:30 p.m.

“Protection,” by Einar Jonsson, in Reykjavik, Iceland

The sculpture by Einar Jonsson beautifully conveys the promise of the scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent. Isaiah imagined swords turned into plowshares and spears turned into pruning hooks. He hoped for a time when we would not make war anymore. Then Jesus describes the need for his disciples to be ever vigilant, ready for the time of his appearing. By remaining vigilant, he assures us that we will be ready. Readiness. Peace. Protection. We long for these things. The challenge for disciples is this: we must long for these things for everyone, and work for them for everyone. “As you did it for these least of these my sisters and brothers, you have done it for me.” Join us on Sunday as we hear the comfort and the challenge of Advent faith.

Pastor David

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Mark your calendars.

Mission Giving at First Pres Seminar Series: 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.
November 24 and December 8. Members of the Mission Committee will share details and insights about the different groups supported by First Pres Urbana mission funds and how we decide on levels of giving.

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24, we'll paint a big picture of mission giving by discussing our Christmas Offering--supporting benevolence and local mission, Alternative Gifts--supporting our Malawi Partnership, Thrift Shop mission and other outreach mission funds that are part of our church budget.

Sunday, December 8, we will be joined by a representative of empty tomb, inc. to talk about their community work providing assistance to local people in need. First Pres Urbana donated 2019 benevolence funds to empty tomb to support weekly assistance referral calls.
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Mission Giving at First Pres Seminar Series: 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.
November 24 and December 8. Members of the Mission Committee will share details and insights about the different groups supported by First Pres Urbana mission funds and how we decide on levels of giving. 

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24, well paint a big picture of mission giving by discussing our Christmas Offering--supporting benevolence and local mission, Alternative Gifts--supporting our Malawi Partnership, Thrift Shop mission and other outreach mission funds that are part of our church budget. 

Sunday, December 8, we will be joined by a representative of empty tomb, inc. to talk about their community work providing assistance to local people in need.  First Pres Urbana donated 2019 benevolence funds to empty tomb to support weekly assistance referral calls.
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