Friday, December 3, 2021

Thiis Week at Old South Haven Church

Old South Haven Presbyterian Church
December 5, 2021- 10:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

This coming Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent--the Peace Sunday--and I invite you to join us at our live and Zoom Church Service this Sunday, December 5, 2-21, at 10:30 AM.
The details for joining the Zoom service  are below.  .Attached, you will find the Bulletin, the List of Joys and Concerns, Pastor Glorya's Letter and the Advent readings of the week.
We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday!

Peace and Love,


Hello all
Advent is well underway and we have a tree to trim!  Let's get together (distanced, of course*) and trim it this Sunday after church.  After no tree and no Christmas time sanctuary services last year it will be warm and wonderful to see a beautiful tree in our beautiful church.  Thank you to Richard for getting the tree and already starting Christmastime decor.

We'll have a simple lunch - also distanced but together - afterward.  Bring your loud voice so we can talk and share.  Please respond here if you think you can stay so we know roughly how many to plan for.  I know some on this list will not be able to attend, but you will be with us in spirit!

Much love to all,


*oxymoron of 2020-2021.  We can do it!
Dear Old South Haven Family,
I offer to you the following "Minute for Mission" from the PCUSA on the topic of the Christmas Joy Offering. This offering is received during Advent. As it states, it is focused on Presbyterian-related schools and colleges as well as church workers. I know you're bombarded with many requests for donations, not to mention our own stewardship campaign. So, I thank you for your consideration of this meaningful offering. Giving envelopes will be placed by the collection plate in the Narthex.

A Gift Opens Doors — Proverbs 18:16
The Perfect Gift
In the story of God, as we tell it, there is a barrier that exists between the Created world and its Creator. A wall. Sin, we say, separates us from God, and separation from God is unbearable.
And our story goes on to say that God, seeing that we had no hope in ourselves of getting over, or through or around what separates us, offered us a gift in Jesus Christ who opens a door — a door we could not open ourselves.
What a gift!
But the story goes on to say that Jesus is the perfect gift; not only opening a door but coming through it. Our story says God is with us.
In Jesus, God joined with humanity, pointing the way to the end of our separation. And in his life, death and resurrection, so our story of God goes, Jesus is the door, now standing open. The giving continues because God is with us, still — and always.
Because being with us is part of God's story, being with others is part of our call.
The Christmas Joy Offering opens doors of opportunity for the leaders who are shaped and supported through our gifts — doors that lead to hopeful futures for young people at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Our gifts open doors that lead to relief for church workers and their families when emergency needs arise.
Proverbs, a book of wisdom sayings, states that it's a person's gift that opens doors. As we give generously to the Christmas Joy Offering, we seek to not only meet needs, but to meet people, to come through the door that generosity opens. We open the door to celebrate "God with us!" We open the door with each and every student who will soon inspire and lead the world. We open the door with each and every church worker who helps us share God's story with the world.
The story of God, as we tell it, is not about a barrier, but about a gift. It's not about the separation, but about the gift of "being with." Please give generously to the Christmas Joy Offering, in celebration of God's perfect gift to us. Give because it brings us together, to open doors of relief and opportunity and to relationships that are part of God's story, a part of God's perfect gift to us.

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Topic: Sunday Zoom Church Service
Time: Dec 5, 2021 10:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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