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
- Caroling with members of Asbury: December 11th 4-5:30pm (more info below)
- Carols at the Cafe: December 18th 5:30-7pm at Mueller HEB (more info below)
- Christmas Eve Worship gathering: December 24th 5:30-6:30pm
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions about the Servant Church Aspires series or church finances.
Evensong with Holy Communion: Sundays through Dec. 11, 5:30-6ish
Join us on Sunday evenings now through Advent for a new Servant Church worship gathering. 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.
Crafting Day for Christmas Pageant: Wed. 12/7, 9:30-11am
This year at Christmas Eve service, our church’s children will be enacting a very Servant Church style Christmas Pageant, meaning unrehearsed and kids choosing their roles on the spot (so we may end up with six Marys, one shepherd, and no Joseph…and that’s ok!).
Kristen is working on collecting items to use as “costumes”. Right now she’s thinking:
- 6-8 “robes” that could be Joseph/shepherds/wise men
- 5-6 blue “robes” that could be Marys
- 6-8 angel wings and halos
- 3-4 sheep
Anyone up for crafting together come and join on Wednesday morning for all or part of the time. Childcare will be provided.
Volunteer Work Day: Sat. 12/10, 9am-2pm
Servant Church is blessed to have our beautiful building, so we’ll work together to maintain it at our first ever Volunteer Work Day. Ross the Facilities Manager will put together a list of to-do’s, and we’ll knock out as many items as possible. Then look for more volunteer work days every three months for ongoing care of our church.
Some jobs will include cleaning out closets, hanging art, landscaping, and touch up paint. No experience needed! Bring your work gloves and tool boxes, and email Ross or RSVP on the Facebook event to let him know you’re in.
Giving Gears, a Mechanical Ministry: Sat. 12/10, 10-noon
Giving Gears – a new car care ministry – continues this month. If you need some minor car repair or maintenance, of if you’re interested in helping out, head to the church space during the church work day. All are welcome as volunteers or beneficiaries. No skills necessary!
Bring tools, jacks, and ramps if you have them. Talk to Nick Reith with any questions.
JFON Emergency Consultation Clinics:
Saturdays 12/10, & 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.
Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 12/10, 5:30-9pm
We’ll have childcare workers available on December 10. Drop off your children at the church and have a beautiful evening to yourselves. Feel free to invite friends who aren’t connected to Servant Church.
There’s a suggested donation of $25 for the first child and $10 for all other children, up to $40 per family. RSVP online by December 7.
Advent Mini-Life Group: Sundays 12/11 & 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.
Caroling at a Nursing Home: Sun. 12/11, 3:30-6:30pm
The new Care Team – which has taken on the call of ministering to aging members of Asbury – invites everyone to join for an afternoon of caroling at 2 local nursing homes where some of those members are currently living. We’ll sing carols in the common area at West Oaks Rehab on Slaughter Lane and The Arbour at Westminster Manor on Jackson Ave. We’ll gather at 4pm at the church and carpool to the nursing homes for caroling. Questions, please contact Valerie or Jennifer Barry, or RSVP to the Facebook event.
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.
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!
New East + South Life Groups
We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups:
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.