From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Friends

 

Greetings in the name of Jesus!   On November 17th our United Methodist Men sponsored a bus trip to the Wheeling Nailers hockey game, which included dinner on the way home.  While we were eating, we noticed the staff at the restaurant putting up a Christmas tree.  One of our members asked, “Isn’t it a bit early for that?”

 

For many, the answer to that question depends on personal preference.  Some people think that as soon as the Halloween candy is distributed, it is time to pull out the Christmas decorations.  Others wait until after Thanksgiving.  Retailers like us to think of shopping for gifts early and often.  In the church, we have a whole season of preparing for Christmas.  It is called Advent.

 

Since Christmas decorating, shopping and music, seem to be coming earlier each year, I thought it might be appropriate to think about the importance of Advent, which takes place the four Sundays before Christmas. Our sermon series for those Sundays will seek to answer the question, “What Is Advent?”  Each sermon title will begin with the words, “Advent Is About …”

 

December 1

Scripture: Romans 13:11-14

Message: “Advent Is About Time”

Pastor Keith preaching.

 

December 8

Scripture: Romans 15:4-13

Message: “Advent Is About Hope”

Pastor Keith preaching.

 

December 15

Scripture: James 5:7-10

Message: “Advent Is About Patience”

Pastor Keith preaching.

 

December 22

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Message: “Advent Is About Jesus”

Pastor Luke preaching.

 

The purpose of these worship services will be to prepare ourselves spiritually for the celebration of Christ’s birth.  I invite you to join us as we grow in our understanding of Advent and to grow closer to Jesus.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Keith

Bakerstown United Methodist Church

724-443-3184

5760 William Flinn Highway

Gibsonia PA 15044

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