Week of 12/12: Carols at the Cafe, Christmas Eve Worship

Carols at the Cafe: Sun. 12/18, 5:30-7:30pm (Cafe at Mueller HEB)
All are invited to Servant Church’s annual Christmas “Eve-eve-eve” celebration on December 18, 5:30-7:30pm at Cafe Mueller. It will be a family-friendly celebration with drinks, Christmas story sharing, music led by the Gentle Wolves, and giving a big gift to local and global organizations. We’ll be sharing more soon about what we’ll be raising money for this Advent. RSVP to the Facebook event, and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Holiday Giving
Every year at Christmas, Servant Church likes to give a gift for Jesus’s Birthday.  This year we’ll be donating to three organizations: Teen Reach Adventure Camp (local), Dieke Community (Africa), and Highland Support Project (Guatemala).  Each of these organizations provides the ability for people in poverty to take advantage of opportunities that will encourage, equip, and support.  Find out more from our flier and video that we shared on Sunday during worship.

Advent Practices at Home
We started our Advent journey of preparation for Jesus’ coming at Christmas last Sunday, and Abby suggested a couple practices that people of all ages can engage at home. We have prayer cards for each day in December (contact Kristen if you would like to pick up a hard copy at the church space), and a calendar of daily practices and an examen question. Abby also shared a video.

Save the Dates for the Holidays

  • Carols at the Cafe: December 18th 5:30-7pm at Mueller HEB (see info above)
  • Christmas Eve Worship gathering: December 24th 5:30-6:30pm (more info below)
  • No Sunday worship service on Christmas Day (December 25th)

“Servant Church Aspires” Update
What are we grateful for, in our corporate and individual lives?  What are we dreaming with God of becoming as a church?  And how can we give our gifts to help us move toward those dreams and aspirations?  We’re collecting 2017 ‘estimates of giving’ for the rest of 2016.  You may fill out the Servant Church Aspires form both at Servant Church or from your home at www.servantchurch.org/give.

We aspire that 100% of those committed to Servant Church prayerfully consider to give something financially (we happily received an estimate of $1/week).  We also aspire to support you in all of the non-financial ways you serve with your time, talents, and ideas. Talk to Dusty Harshman at langhugh@gmail.com if you have any further questions about the Servant Church Aspires series or church finances.

JFON Emergency Consultation Clinics:
Sat. 12/17, 10am-2pm
(at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5909 Reicher Dr.)

A coalition of attorneys are providing emergency consultation clinics to the community over the coming months. These clinics will be for anyone wondering whether they should apply for DACA during this little window or if they should renew DACA.  There will also be a “Know Your Rights” presentation.  Please feel free to invite people you know to this clinic if they have these sorts of questions.

Over 100 people are expected at these clinics and we need to provide snacks and child engagement (just like we do for our regular clinics).  Can you help? Please sign up if you are able to bring snacks, coffee, quiet games for kids, or can show up that day as a volunteer to be with children.

Advent Mini-Life Group: Sun. 12/18, 9:45am-10:45am
Please join us Sunday morning as we take time to enjoy Advent. There will be an Advent reading, time for prayer, and discussion. Derek and Jessica Miller will host this informal gathering in the Chapel from 9:45-10:45am. There will be light refreshments and childcare. Questions, please feel free to contact Jessica or Valerie.

Christmas Eve Worship: Sat. 12/24, 5:30-6:30pm

Instead of worship on Christmas Day, we’ll have a Christmas Eve service that will be a very Servant Church/Best Christmas Pageant Ever evening with a traditional worship service including lessons and Christmas carols. RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends; we hope to see you there!

Evensong with Holy Communion: Returning Sun. 1/8, 5:30-6ish
Our contemplative Sunday evening worship will return in the New Year. We’ll share a simple liturgy, a few songs and readings, times of silence, and communion. By joining together to quiet ourselves, we hope to connect with God, recalibrate our spirits, and prepare for the week ahead.

There won’t be childcare, but there will be art materials. If your kids are noisy, that’s ok – Evensong will be rough around the edges anyway! Older children are encouraged to join in. If any of them would like to lead a prayer or reading, we’d be honored to hear from them. Contact Ben Wright if you have questions.

Save the Date – Welcome to Servant Church Lunch: Sun. 1/22
New to Servant Church? Please join us for lunch on Sunday January 22nd after our worship gathering. This will be an opportunity to meet the pastors, to hear Servant Church’s story, and to share your own. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP by 1/18. Questions? Email Valerie.

New East + South Life Groups

We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups:

East: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm – at the Vogt’s – down the street from the church space. Email Valerie for more info and RSVP on the Facebook event.

South: Every Monday, 6-8pm, meeting at The Thicket at 7800 S. 1st St. (they’ll rotate houses when there’s bad weather). The group will be reading Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road By Walking. Email Catherine Harper for more info.

Save the Date! Rethink Leadership: Feb. 4, 2017 
Mark your calendar for the annual “Rethink Leadership” training event that offers workshops and resources for Capital District laity and clergy. Workshops will offer resources connected to JFON immigration clinic, FreeStore, youth ministry, social media in ministry, as well as personnel, facilities and finance teams.  Talk to Eric for more info.