This Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018, we’ll be having three services one at 2:00 p.m., one at 7:00 p.m. and one at 11:00 p.m. All three services will be the same except for different pieces of special music.
A funeral service for Kenneth (Ken) W. Brown will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Note: this post originally stated the time as 10:30 p.m. I apologize for any confusion and thank Jennifer Johnson for catching the error.
This Sunday (December 9, 2018), the children and youth will be presenting the Get the Story Straight Christmas Pageant at both worship services.
The cast and crew are as follows:
Mary — Emily Vinduska
Sheep — Carson Woodworth and Cameron Vinduska
Narrator — Jensen Woodworth
Joseph — Jackson Green
Angels — Liz Collins, Audrey Unruh, Yui Nishimura, Anna Holt, Cora Vinduska
Shepherds — Hailey Vinduska and Ethan Gonzales
Magi — Eyler Holt, Jack Hunter, Braden Adams
King Herod — Miller Unruh
Slides — Tyler Green
Hope to see you there.
A funeral service for Charles F. “Bud” Bankes will be held Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. A visitation will follow in the narthex from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This prayer from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals is well worth making our own.
Open our eyes to see you where we have failed to see you before. Amen. 
It’s worth making our own because if only we could see Christ in every person who stands before us, the world would quickly become a better place.
 Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove, and Enuma Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2010), Kindle, 365.
Because of the weather last Sunday we canceled the hanging of the greens, but this coming Sunday is still the First Sunday of Advent. For that reason, we’ve rescheduled the hanging of the greens for tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28, 2018) at 5:30 p.m. If enough people show up and are interested, we can all pitch in and order pizza. We’ll pause for the regular, brief communion service at 6:00 p.m.
Abilene Schools have canceled classes tomorrow (Monday, November 26, 2018) and so the church office will also be closed. Stay warm and stay safe.
Sunday School and the 10:30 Worship Service have been cancelled for today, Sunday, November 25, 2018. Stay home and stay safe!
According to both the weather radar and the wind, there is a storm coming. But it’s hard to cancel something as important as worship when it’s not here yet. As of now (6:14 a.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018) both worship services and Sunday School are on. However, Jenny and I are canceling the potluck and hanging of the greens following the 10:30 service. We will find another time to get the greens hung.
We’ll be having the Hanging of the Greens this Sunday (November 25, 2018) sometime around 11:30 a.m. At the same time, we’ll be having a potluck. You’re invited to bring a soup or a side.
I don’t have an inspiration quote for Thanksgiving Day, just a reminder that the church office is closed today (Thursday, November 22, 2018) and tomorrow. Have a happy Turkey Day!
This year we’re doing something different for Poinsettias. In the past, we’ve encouraged everyone to bring a poinsettia, but this year the church has placed an order for 30 white* poinsettias from the Abilene High School (AHS) Horticulture Club. You can sponsor one (or more) in memory or honor of someone for just $10.00. Just make the check payable to the church and write “Poinsettias” in the memo line. We’ll have a sign-up sheet in the narthex so that you can let us know of whom your poinsettia is in memory or honor.
This project is a great way to remember or honor a loved one while supporting AHS students in the first year of a new endeavor. They also have poinsettia’s available to purchase. There is a poster in the narthex with further details.
*We’ve gone with white to match the sanctuary decorations.