Thankful And Hopeful!!

Related imageToday we talked about what we were thankful for in 2017, what we are hopeful for in 2018, and how we can follow Simeon and Anna’s examples of people who kept praying throughout their lives.

As I thank God for the many blessings of 2017, I thank God for you. May you continue to grow in the love of Jesus as 2018 begins.


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More Non-Toy Gifts For Children

Related imageHi everyone! It’s Sharon again.

A couple of months ago (October 14) I shared a link that I found suggesting non-toy gifts for kids. (Here it is again, in case you missed it.) There are memories to be made!

Now that some of us are at a loss for good ideas and running into ourselves trying to get ready for Christmas, here’s another link with suggestions of  Non-toy Gifts

MORE! The Giveaway mentioned is over, but the gift ideas are good!

Blessings for a wonderful and meaningful Christmas holiday!!

2nd Sunday of Advent – LOVE

Image result for image of second sunday of adventThis past Sunday we lit the Advent candle of love.

How would your family like to share the love of the Christ with others this Advent season? One of the ways we reflect the love of Christ is by sharing with our local and global partners. You can return gifts for the GIVING TREE to benefit Glenns Valley Elementary School this Sunday, December 17

At the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service our offerings will be to support hurricane relief efforts through our Global Ministries partners.

Advent Is…. Anticipation!!

Product DetailsThe four Sundays before Christmas are celebrated at Friedens with lighted candles in a wreath, and are a time of the heart’s preparation for the birth of Jesus.

In  the wreath, the 1st Sunday’s candle (purple or blue) represents HOPE; the 2nd (purple or blue) represents FAITH  ; the 3rd (pink), represents JOY; and the 4th, (purple or blue) represents LOVE. If there is a center candle, it is usually white, representing Christ’s purity.

We hope you will join us on Sunday at about 11:30am after worship for some Advent games and crafts. Please let Pastor Sarah know if you plan to come!! We don’t want to run out of food!!

Several different Advent traditions are described at this website.

Directions and thoughts for making an Advent wreath at this site:

In addition, there are many devotionals, but several choices are provided at our Welcome Center or Resource Table.

A Time for Prayer and Thanks

Thanksgiving Prayer - 7 Encouraging and Inspiring Prayers!Two Sundays ago, during Treasure Seekers we talked about different parts of prayer. Thanksgiving can offer us a great opportunity to use these key things to compose a family prayer for your celebration.

The word ACTS can help us remember some of the different parts of prayer.
A – adoration – praising God for who God is
C- confessing – telling God we are sorry for our sins
T -thanksgiving- thanking God for
S – supplication – asking God for the concerns of others and the concerns we have; asking God to help us be loving and faithful followers of Jesus.

We also talked about the importance of being quiet in prayer to listen to God and be still and open to God’s Spirit.