This Place Is A Mess!

 

Happy First Sunday of Advent! 

Advent sits in the nexus between the past and the future.  The origin of the season is to remind us that we are heading somewhere, that we are waiting for something that is not yet here.  The prophecies are full of warning and of struggle, but there is also a resounding vision of something greater.  There is joy in the anticipation, in the remembering, in the waiting for the one who comes, both as we look back and as we lean forward.  But the joy is there, because deep down we know that what is coming is what we have been longing for.  So, join us this Advent, because “Company Is Coming.” 

So, if we are welcoming company, where do we start? By taking an honest look at our own space, and admit it if it’s a mess!  This year, as we haul out the seasonal decorations, we begin the season of Advent by acknowledging our need to clean house and get ready for company.  Today we’ll take a good look at the mess around us in the Gospel according to Mark, Chapter 13, and the 64th Chapter of Isaiah.  Let’s open our hearts, our minds, and our Bibles as we worship together and begin the Christian year! 

 

Sunday’s Online ServiceIf you log in to your Google/YouTube account about 10-15 minutes early, you will be able to easily access the chat and fellowship through thYouTube premier page both before and during the service. Find the premier page on our YouTube channel at: 11/29/20 Online Service.  The premiere page will be active from the moment the video is uploaded, so you can practice any time this weekend! 

Sunday’s In-Person Service – Ware relaunching our in-person indoor worship in the Sanctuary. The service will start at 9:00am. We are asking everyone to register at this link: cometoworship.org so that we don’t go over our maximum capacity. We ask everyone to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Temperatures will be taken before entering the building.  

Our Children’s ministries that include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. Please join them for an interactive socially distanced fun time as they learn their lessons and play games together. 

Our Youth Schedule is a little different this week: They will be having a Movie Party from 3pm-5pm. PraiseNG will not be meeting on 11/29Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise NG will be meeting from 3:00pm-4:00pm every Sunday and SPYouth will be meeting from 4:00pm-5:00pm every Sunday.  

 

We so appreciate you keeping connected with us as we navigate these trying times for everyone. Please contact the church office by email at info@spocala.org or by phone at 352-694-2161 if you have any questions or need any help.  While in-person office hours are limited, someone will receive your message and get back to you as soon as possible.