Hello Beloved Community
What a fabulous time of year. There is so much to be thankful for. I love how Thanksgiving a day to give thanks for the abundance that God has given is followed by the Advent of Christ. For those who are not familiar with this term, The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.”The season of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. While it is difficult to keep in mind in the midst of holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols; our faith knows for whom and for what it is waiting. During Advent we look at the various aspects that the birth of Christ brought into the world Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Although Christmas comes “but once a year,” Christ’s love is with us always. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas.
50+ Years of Ministry Service
Please note: No bible Study on December 24th, 25th and December 31st, January 1st
Tuesday Bible Study at the Garden’s @ 1:30 pm –Book of 1st Timothy
Wednesday Bible Study at the OVA office Suite B @ 10:30 am – Book of John
Sunday Worship Services at the East Rec Center at 10:30 AM
Sunday Worship Service for the Gardens Residents at 1:00 PM
Mark your calendars…
*December 15th (11:30 am) – Pre-Christmas Pot Luck following the service.
* December 18th (4-7 pm) – Pastor’s Annual Open House, appetizers galore (Members only)
* December 21st(5– 8pm) – Annual Prayer and Light Parade (decorate your car and join us)
* December 22nd(11:30am) – Homemade cookie exchange, bring a dozen and take a dozen.
* December 24th (3:30-5pm) – Christmas Sing-a-long and Candle Lighting. East Rec, (All welcome)
How can we serve you? Need Prayer, hospital visit, or communion? Call Pastor Brinda 707-595-0166. The Church Office/Manse: 6687 Oakmont Dr. / Website: occsantarosa.org