During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for and need of forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming. 1
The four Sundays of Advent leading to Christmas each have a theme that leads to Christmas Eve. For the health and safety of everyone, all services will be virtual this year and more details are available on the church calendar.
Traditional Advent events will look a little different this year but will continue. Sounds of the Seasons, an evening of Christmas music, will be virtual on December 6. Jubilee Christmas will take place with modifications on December 12, and you can find all the details and sign-up on that page. InTouch Blessing Boxes will be given to 75 families and you may sign up to help bake, pack or deliver by clicking on the link above.
Family Ministries has made Advent Kits available to all families and will present a virtual Christmas pageant this year. We hope everyone will join us for the video premier of St. Andrew families in Do Not Be Afraid on Sunday, December 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Another traditional opportunity that will look a little different this year are Advent Studies, which will take place via Zoom. You can find out all the details and how to register at the link above.
If you or a loved one are experiencing grief this season, we have resources on Surviving the Holidays When Grieving. You are always welcome to reach out the pastoral staff as well.
Our hope for you is that in the midst of this different and challenging time, one or more of these opportunities will be especially meaningful to you this year.