The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer – November 29, 2020 – First Sunday of Advent
No Midweek Meeting This Week – Our next Midweek Meeting will be our Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm.
Thank You! – Pastor Alex and Erin are extremely thankful for the Thanksgiving gift card. Thank you for your generosity!
Angel Tree Christmas Gifts – Christmas is coming – in one month! The Angel Tree Christmas gift program for children of prisoners is becoming a wonderful Ward Hill Church tradition! What a great way to serve, and many thanks to Anne Smith for organizing it. We will be serving 8 children from 4 families this year. We need people to either buy gifts or distribute them (or do both!). Please contact Anne Smith if you wish to participate.
Church Calendar & Lectionary
Season: Advent – Sunday nearest Nov 30 to Dec 24 at sunset
Color: Purple – preparing our hearts for the Coming King
This Sunday: First Sunday of Advent – Hope
Sun, Dec 6: Second Sunday of Advent – Love
Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11; Ps 85:1-2,8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
Mortal Flesh Keep Silence; 162–Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Next Season: Christmas – Twelve Days from December 25 – January 5
Color: White – celebrating the nativity and childhood of Jesus
Monthly Prayer Focus for November
Local Church Focus: First Baptist Church, Haverhill – Rick Harrington, pastor
Missions Focus: Cru Mission – Josh and Janelle Frederico
Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (http://www.egc.org/refugee)
Global Crisis Help: World Relief – worldrelief.org
Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA – opendoorsusa.org
Monthly Scripture Memory for November
Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Catechism: An Outline of the Faith
Q. What are we by nature?
A. We are part of God’s creation, made in the image of God.
Q. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
A. It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.
Q. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?
A. From the beginning, human beings have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.