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11/18/13 9:46 P

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Those are always fun. Our church is decorating the church on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

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11/18/13 3:46 P

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Sunday 11/24 our church will be hanging the greens in the evening-We will have an open house for the town on 12/7

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11/17/13 8:44 P

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We are in count down mode for Advent. How's everyone doing?
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10/27/13 11:06 P

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I like that idea. One year when I was pastor, I decided that since everyone starts thinking about Christmas right after Thanksgiving, I started Advent a week early. I think that year Advent didn't start until a week after Thanksgiving. I decided whether the church calendar thought so or not, everyone was thinking Christmas, so I'd reflect that in my services.
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sounds like fun. I usually start Advent on the Celtic church date-Nov 15 for one week I think I'll pick a Saint and study that person for that week

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I would do some sort of memorial service, too. My husband is now a hospice chaplain and he will be doing a memorial service sometime in November or early December.

In the Catholic and Anglican traditions there are saints feast days during this time. When John Wesley began the Weslyan movement he didn't adopt the feast days for the various saints, but we still remember those who have gone before during this season. It's a time of thanksgiving for their lives and ministries. I like the idea of ALL Saints.

Historically, Advent was like Lent, a time of prayer and fasting. Now, we are so busy during Advent, that few churches have special studies, let alone ask people to devote themselves to prayer and fasting. But, wouldn't it be neat during this time of year to do a special study of the lives of different saints and how they made a difference? One year I made the Christmas program around the story of St. Nicholas (not Santa). I wanted people to know the origin of our tradition of gift giving. But, wouldn't it be fun to learn about St. Francis or St. Augustine and how their lives have impacted the church.
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On Nov 3 we are have and All Saints memorial service-11 people have transferred their membership from the "Church Militant" to the "Church Triumphant" according to the Pastor

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This is a lovely season! I find the early Christmas push difficult. I hated it when I was working retail. It was really fun for a couple of days right before Christmas, but when we started things like Christmas in July and started decorating the day after Halloween I always found it disheartening. Nobody else likes it either. Everyone shopping used to complain about how retailers would start so early.

Never forget that you are a child of our Heavenly Father and that makes you extraordinarily awesome!

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We have been busy with Cross County. I've gotten behind on my readings from the lectionary, since I'm trying to keep up with a Bible study I'm in about discerning the voice of God. But, I'm reminded how much I like the readings from this season, especially these last weeks before we start Advent. My frustration is how fast society around us is trying to rush us into Christmas. I just want to savor the season.
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9/19/13 10:24 P

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Sounds exciting. Fall is busy for my family right now, but I enjoy the season.
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In Wisconsin we bounced this week between a low of 38 degrees and a high of 87!! That is how fall is here! Air conditioning on, then sweaters! I love fall, I love the drier air, the colors of fall, the crisp air, walks in the apple orchards to pick apples.....today was rain, which was needed, but I love it when it is dry! Church is back in swing and I will be starting a short Disciple Bible Study on Sundays on Romans. That is my fall!!

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Now that its Sept the University and Seminary in our town have started back so now we are back to two services-sign of fall. My SS class of 4 y/o is down to 2 a boy and girl. Its hot and humid for the first part of the week then back to fall type weather.

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It's hot here. How about where you are? But, I Fall is in the air.
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Exciting! Something to cheer about. Summer offers great opportunities to be involved in ministry and mission.
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we brought 25 people into the church today, sent 30 youth on a Mission trip. There are 200 signed up for VBS the end of this month and our Pastor is coming back for another year.
It dosen't answer your question but I felt like telling you

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I like this time of the church year. It a time of growth and enjoying the bounty of God's love. This is a time to just spend time with God in reading, devotion and enjoying God's creation. My devotions take on deeper meaning. I do different types of reading, but I like to take a book in the Lectionary readings and just focus on that book for a time. I also like to walk and run and enjoy nature as I walk. I've done some prayer walking in the past.

What do you do to freshen up your devotions or experience God during this time of year?
Cindi

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