• on November 27, 2019

From the Pastor

November 27, 2019
Rev. William Bills

Thanksgiving seems to be coming at an odd time this year. It is tomorrow. The church office will be closed for the holiday on Thursday and Friday. But Sunday is also the first Sunday in Advent. Sunday is December first. I remember a lady in my first church who told me that time would run faster as I got older. Is that really true or does it just seem that way? Where has the year gone? As the long holiday weekend closes in on me I feel a little frantic about all that is going on right now.

Saturday is the final home football game for the MSU Spartans. The Wesley Foundation is responsible for the parking lot on Saturday but of course, students are headed home for the holiday. Any help out there? Kickoff is set for 3:30. Chris Blank and Karen Marvin are also short a few people for the concession stand at Spartan Stadium. This is probably due to the holiday as well. Any other help out there? On Friday (yes, the day after Thanksgiving) Karen Marvin will organize the hanging of the greens. Please come Friday afternoon if you would like to help set the sanctuary for the Christmas season.

On Tuesday, December 3, Katie O’Sullivan See will be our first Tuesday lecturer. Katie represents Greater Lansing Area Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and the Mikey23 Foundation. Eric Gaines will also present on gun safety for children and teens. The first Tuesday lecture begins at 6:30 and will be followed by a question and answer period. There won’t be a lecture in January. In February the first Tuesday lecture will be given by Wolfgang Bauer. Dr. Bauer will speak on climate change, sustainability and “drawdown” of natural resources.

December 8th is music Sunday at REACH and the choir led service. Both services will focus on Christmas music next week. The REACH band will offer an extended set of contemporary Christian music at 9:00. The choir will perform the Rutter Gloria at 11:00. (No sermons!) This is a great time to invite someone you know to come with you. On Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 the musical, “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge in Bethlehem” will be performed in the Sanctuary by UUMC youth and children.

Last but not least, please don’t forget about your estimate of giving card during this festive and busy time. The cards are a great help to the finance committee as they prepare their 2020 budget. Cards may be placed in the offering plates or mailed to the church office.

Have a great Thanksgiving! See you in December!


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