From the Pastor

One of my favorite hymns for Advent was written by Charles Wesley – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. With this hymn Wesley captured the meaning of Advent, these four weeks of preparation.


Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.


The word Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, which means “coming.” The Season of Advent proclaims the comings of Christ, whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again.  Christ comes to us continually through Word and Spirit. And Advent is a time of anticipation as we look to that day when Christ returns in final victory!  


As a community of faith Advent calls us to prepare for these comings.  Each of the four Sundays of Advent will have a distinctive theme for this preparation.   These themes are: Hope (1st Sunday), Love (2nd Sunday), Joy (3rd Sunday), and Purity (4th Sunday).  


From November 29th to December 25th we celebrate Christ’s coming.  So, please accept this as our invitation for you to come and join in these days of preparation and celebration as we look for the comings of Christ.


Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to they glorious home.


Advent Blessings!

Pastor Bob

Advent Events

First Sunday of Advent - November 29

Lighting of the First Advent Candle: Hope

Blessing of the Creche - 11:00 Worship


The Hall Sisters Concert - December 4

7:00 pm Sanctuary

The concert is free but tickets are required.


Gingerbread Jamboree - December 5

Children's Ministries Event

10:00 am and 2:00 pm Courtyard


Second Sunday of Advent - December 6

Lighting of the Second Advent Candle: Love

Holy Communion


O Holy Night - December 10

Drive By Live Nativity 6:00-8:00 pm

Come experience the Christmas story in a beautiful and meaningful way. Our church is hosting a live drive-by nativity around the perimeter of our church on Pine and Green Streets.  Traffic will move in one direction entering Pine Street at the corner of Pine and Vance and turning left on Green Street.  


Third Sunday of Advent - December 13

Lighting of the Third Advent Candle: Joy


Preschool White Gift Service

December 16th and 17th


Christmas Concert - December 18

Canceled


Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20

9:00 Contemporary Worship in Asbury Hall

11:00 Traditional Worship in Sanctuary

Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle: Purity

Reservations


White Gift Service - December 20

5:00 pm  in the Sanctuary

We will continue the tradition of collecting food for our community. Your food donations will be shared
with ministries like the Hope Station, Wesley Shelter, La Estrella, and CHEW. We are asking for you to
bring your gift of food to the church by December 20th (if you are not attending the service) and place
them in the appropriate bins outside of the church office.
The needs in our community are great. Thank you for sharing the love of Christ and continuing the
generosity of our White Gift Service. Please bring the items below based on your last name.

Reservations


First Letter of Last Name - White Gift Items

A-C - Dried Beans and Rice

D-H - Peanut Butter

I-P - Canned Vegetables

Q-T - Canned Fruit

U-Z - Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce


Christmas Eve Services - December 24

5:00 pm Lesson and Carols in the Sanctuary

A celebration service for everyone with scripture readings and special music.

8:00 pm Candlelight Communion Service in the Sanctuary

Reservations

The Story Behind

white Gift

In December 1929 Polly Wray, a child living at the Children's Home in Winston-Salem, was given 25 cents to buy herself a Christmas present during a shopping trip downtown with her cottage friends and housemother. At first she chose four presents for others at a nickel a piece. Her housemother told her with the last nickel she should buy something for herself since the quarter was really for her. Polly replied, "No, I have to get a present for Mr. Bradshaw." Thus she spent her last nickel on a present for her "friend." Robert Bradshaw served as the Assistant Superintendent at the Children's Home from 1922-1931. Polly Wray died the next summer and is buried on the grounds of the Children's Home in Winston-Salem. Robert Bradshaw used this story many times at Christmas to remind us that Polly's gift was not unlike that of God giving us His only Son, the Baby Jesus, who was sent to save us. Polly gave her last possession for a friend. 


Thanks Be To Polly

Thanks Be To God