When doubt or sorrow fills the soul, Come, O longed for promised word.
When lies and falsehoods take their hold, Come, O truth that must be heard.
When fear is stirred with words of hate, Come, O Perfect love to reign.
Our hearts with fervent hope await: Come, O Christ, be born again.
Please come to ECLC’s Advent Festival this Sunday, December 2nd from 9:45-10:45 am, as ECLC children & youth begin their timely retelling of the cherished Nativity as a powerful story of refugees. All activities are for everyone. Each station includes a meaningful and fun activity to prepare for Christmas, and the opportunity to learn from ECLC mission partners!
This year’s activity stations and their mission partners:
·Paint your own wooden Minimalist Nativity Set (one per household) and drawstring bag, and bring home the reminder, “Dios es nuestros amparo y fortaleza” “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1). Mission Partner: AAMPARO (Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection Advocacy).
·Get your photo taken at the Be Not Afraid (No Temas) Angel Photo Booth (Luke 2:10-11), and offer Manger Prayers for each other and our friends at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Mission Partner: LIRS
·“What does home mean to you?” Decorate your own cardboard house, and take home Advent in a Box, along with this year’s Merry Watters & Thomas Mousin Advent Calendar. Mission Partner: Avenues for Homeless Youth.
·Make-and-take your own Bright Star Christmas Ornament, and finish up the Piñata Stars made by children during Sunday School. Guess how many Skittles are in the jar. The best guesser takes home the rainbow! Mission Partner: Bright Stars of Bethlehem.