This Week December 12, 2018
Members and Friends-
This Advent season I have been pondering some actions that all of us find challenging from time to time—Watching and Waiting. Watching for something that has yet to be requires of us a clear idea of what we are looking for lest we miss the signs of its appearance in our midst. Here I think of the regularly befuddled disciples who ask Jesus when was it that they clothed and nourished him. His reply: each time you do so to another, you do so to me. Then there is waiting. Not something we do well. We live in a culture rushing ahead without much regard for that which we rush over or by. We want what we want right now. Yet that is not always the best path forward as in our rush to get there we all too often find that we arrive somewhere else altogether often missing what is most important. We fail to consider what is our next best step forward, to ponder where we have been, or to listen to one another or wait on God. Watching and waiting are the active side of patience or discernment. As we move into a period of reflection and conversation in the New Year we will need to practice patience to give full measure to the next steps in Old South Haven's journey. Remember the journey is of this faithful community of which pastors are but a small part.
A special thank-you to everyone who helped put up the tree and trim the Chapel for this season.
Stewardship Reminder: Please remember that the Session needs your input as they prepare for 2019. Please return your pledge card today if you have not yet done so. Every pledge regardless of size matters. Thank-you for your ongoing support of Old South Haven.
Poinsettias: If you wish to have a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone in this season of Advent and Christmas please speak to or contact a Deacon.
"Blue Christmas Service": Christ Episcopal Church will hold a "Blue Christmas service Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm. This service is for anyone experiencing a sense of loss this Christmas season – whether a loved one or a personal setback. It will be a quiet contemplative service with hymns and is open to all. The church is located at 64 South Country Rd in Bellport
Interfaith Blood Drive - Temple Beth El in Patchogue is attempting to organize a blood drive for a date in January 2019. The blood center now requires a verbal commitment of at least 70 donors before committing to hold a drive at Temple Beth El. Their deadline for this commitment is Friday, December 14th. Currently they are short of this number. If you are interested in being a part of this drive please let Pastor Karen know by the 14th.
Wednesday, December 13 8:30 am Pastor w/Clergy Cluster
Saturday, December 15 9:30 am Property and Finance
Sunday, December 16 10:00 am Worship
Fellowship after Worship
Monday, December 17 7:00 pm Session Meeting
Sunday, December 23 10:00 am Worship - Pageant
Fellowship after Service
Monday, December 24 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
To reach Pastor Karen: 937.592.7392 or firstname.lastname@example.org