God beyond time, help us to live in the tension between what you have done and what you will do, and into the truth that Christ will come again. Amen.
-- Elizabeth Eaton
This is the meaning of Advent. To remember who God is in the birth of Jesus the Christ, and to anticipate the return of Christ the King. As always we have a great community festival planned to usher in this first season of the church year. Join us this Sunday, November 23 between worship services for an Advent Festival to remember! Many meaningful and fun activities are planned for this day, and for use at home during the season of Advent:
- Fair Trade Market Support local and global non-profits by purchasing Fair Trade goods that lift neighbors near and far out of poverty. Help ECLC kids understand how gift giving can change more than one life and make this a one-stop-shop for Christmas!
- Advent Christingles Bring home the message of Christmas with your own family Christingle, made with oranges (representing the world), small candles (a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world), red ribbon (symbolic of forgiveness and the blood Christ shed on the cross), toothpicks and dried fruit (representing all of God's creation, and the four seasons). Learn what this word means, where the tradition originated, and how to use your newly created Christingle to prepare for Christmas!
- Advent Calendars Choose from several awesome advent calendars, including the yearly Merry Walters and Thomas Mousin calendar, make-it-yourself mini angels calendar or count down chain, and a poster-sized advent calendar for coloring. We'll have pre-printed calendars, templates, instructions, and all of the supplies available for you at this year's festival!
- Hymns & Carols Photo Booth Share the greatest story ever told by having your picture taken with a variety of costumes and props fashioned after traditional Christmas hymns and carols! We'll have Jesus in a manger and a partridge and pear tree at the festival, but will need your help finding 3 kings, 8 milking maids, 9 dancing ladies, and 10 leaping lords! Photographs will be part of a special congregational display during the 12 days of Christmas.
- Art of the Nativity Use recycled containers and art supplies from Axe Man and ArtScraps to be a part of creating a community advent calendar. We'll take pictures of 25 nativity scenes completed during the festival, and install them as art in the Fellowship Hall beginning the first week of Advent! Artists will take home the nativity scenes they create on this day.
- VEAP Prayer Labyrinth Celebrate the harvest and prepare to gather around the table on Thanksgiving by lifting up hunger in our community. We'll create a prayer labyrinth in the sanctuary between services, made entirely with VEAP food donations! Individuals and families with children of all ages are encouraged to walk this unique prayer path.
- Preschool Advent Table Families with young children are encouraged to participate in all festival activities. We'll also have a special preschool table and area for families with children ages 0-3 set up with picture books, coloring pages, Christmas clay, and ECLC's new wooden nativity set brought back from El Salvador!
Contact Kelly Rowley to help with any of these planned activities. Thank you!