· WE GATHERED!
Last Saturday was our Thanksgiving / pre-AdventGATHERing … if you missed it here’s an update:
o A traditional pre-Thanksgiving meal of TACOS – WITH ALL THE FIXINGS!!!! and cookies for dessert!
o TURKEYS … TURKEYS … and more TURKEYS! It was an afternoon of intense craftiness! A turkey candy bucket … a turkey refrigerator magnet … and last but not least a turkey gizmo (use your imagination). What a great intergenerational moment kids working with DAPC adult friends as they made their thanksgiving projects: trying to see the glue dots and remove them from their backing … trying to get the backing paper off the tiny turkey eyes! IT WAS TRULY A BONDING EXPERIENCE!!!
o An Intro to Advent – the season of patience and waiting – with some early advent count-down calendars: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty … very popular with the households present! And a few extremely early Christmas gifts for every child!
o Thank You , Thank you , Thank You
§ Spiritual Nurture /Faith Formation Ministry Team for planning the event! Beckie, Cynthia, Loretta Smith
§ The Cook Crew & Craft Team: Beckie Gienger & Kathy Lawhead
§ DAPC’ers, Families and Households that participated … AND BROUGHT A FRIEND!
o Make Your Plans Now To Attend The Next GATHER – ing: December 12 @1pm!
§ Two hours of Fun, Faith & Food!
§ Christmas fun & GAMES, a gift Bazaar, a FREE LUNCH (who said there is no such thing!), a jump start on the Nativity Story: A CAST OF HUNDREDS (WELL MAYBE A HANDFUL) … ACTION and TRUE TO THE BIBLE RE-ENACTMENTS!
§ BE THERE!
· We Worshiped!
o It was THE REIGN OF CHRISTSUNDAY* and Our ThanksgivingSunday
§ We counted our blessings – calling out our thanks** –Praising God for each and every gift.
§ We were treated once again to MARVELOUS MUSIC: a beautiful new hymn from the choir; the Weatherspoon Brothers – Archie & Ira - singing an anthem that TOUCHED OUR HEARTS AND UPLIFTED OUR SPIRITS (Amen!); the rousing Welsh Thanksgiving hymn – Now Thank We all Our God, Pomp & Circumstance & several other Piano pieces.
§ WE explored what it means to follow Jesus today as our Sovereign Leader and Teacher of Unity and Welcome in a world that drives people from their home seeking refuge and makes our neighborhoods unsafe for our children.***
· We Prayed!
o Adding - Solomon H. as he travels to Be with his sister in Eritrea; Lynn Paulfranz dealing with infection following her leg surgery; Amelia Fink and her fiancée Mike’s family following the death of Mike’s grandfather.
o Uplifting our troubled world and all the loss and death created by our violence toward one another.
o Continuing to pray for DAPC members and friends facing ongoing medical, grief and life challenges.
· * The Sunday formerly known as Christ the PRINCE … no … Christ the King Sunday!
** For our Children, food, FAithQuest 2015, Families, the students demonstrating for diversity, neighbors protesting in North Minneapolis, good schools and great teachers, achievement of our students … etc.
*** link to the Get Home Safely: 10 Rules For Survival video mentioned in the sermon: