December 14, 2014  |  Third Sunday of Advent

Last week we experienced a different kind of Advent wreath, in the Polish tradition. Not only is Jesus the light of the world. Jesus is also the bread of life! One candle was placed in a loaf of bread for each Sunday in Advent. Two candles were lit. Then as bearers of light we shared something we are thankful for with one another. And broke bread as a reminder of Holy Communion.

This week, following the PK-GR 8 opening music in the sanctuary from 9:45-10 am, GR 1 - 5 will rotate between the following ADVENTure STATIONS downstairs:

  • Costumes (10 min) - Adults assigning and labeling hangers so kids have an easily retrievable costume from our costume inventory.
  • Craft (10 min) - Kids supervised by adults make an easy poinsettia craft (material and directions provided).
  • Story (10 min) - Adult reads Legend of Poinsettia book from our church library.

PK - GR 5 will join GR 6 - 8 and Melissa back upstairs in the sanctuary at 10:30 am to rehearse together.

Also this Sunday at 9:45 am Lambs parents & children (ages 0 - 3) will gather for a Great ADVENTure! Read a story, listen to traditional Christmas music, enjoy a snack, and make a simple lamb craft that will be a part of the nativity and our child & youth led worship services on Dec 21 at 8:15 & 11. Save the date!

GR 9 - 12 will meet during the education hour with Pastor Stephanie for informal community-building conversation and hang-out, with a short 10-minute Nooma video and a focus on growing together in faith. View the trailer for this week's video here.

Throughout Advent continue filling the manger at the altar with Manger Prayers. Yellow strips of paper or "straw" are available on the altar for your prayer pictures, drawings, and written prayers. Bring strips of paper home for prayers, then bring them back to church for the manger. ECLC staff will include them in our weekly prayers.

December 17, 2014  |  Advent Vespers

Confirmation does not meet on Wednesday, Dec 3, 10 and 17. Instead, all ages are invited to Advent Vespers with Taize sung prayer at 7:00 pm, followed by Holden Evening Prayer at 7:15 pm. 

Vespers can be a wonderful way to introduce children to new ways of experiencing Emmanuel, Christ with us. "Let the children come..."