Have you seen the news this week? Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World) sold for a record $450 million in only 19 minutes. I suppose there was no hope for a better Black Friday price. With our theme Sunday and the record art sale news this week, we are raising the class of this weekly newsletter by including da Vinci's "Last Supper" painting. No extra charge!
Last Supper First Communion. Have you ever considered that Jesus' Last Supper was also his First Communion? Yeah, that one boggled my mind too when I thought about it.
Have you ever been invited to someone’s “first communion?” In many Christian traditions a child’s family will celebrate when their child has achieved the maturity and training to be able to take the communion elements for the first time. As we examine Luke 22:14-20 Sunday morning, we will consider the five ingredients which made that first communion celebration - and each one of ours ever since - so very special.
We plan to make our own communion service extra special this weekend. We plan to move the communion elements to the front pews. After our sermon we will take the communion elements together as a group in the front of the sanctuary. We will give you the opportunity to pray your own prayers of thanksgiving afterward. I think it will be a really special time for our church family. As Jesus said in our first study verse this week - "I have eagerly looked forward to this!"
Large Praise Team. I always love this third week of the month - the Sunday when we have our large praise team. Many of you will join Brandi up front. I would name everyone but I never know for sure who all will be in the group. Their rehearsal will be at 11am Saturday morning so if you'd like to join in just show up! The more the merrier!
Also Sunday morning Bessica and Brandi will be singing a duet together. I think thats a first! Yay Bessica! They will be singing "Clean" by Natalie Grant.
Church Work Day - December 2nd. We have had a great response from many of you, who have volunteered to serve on our special church work day on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am until noon. This is who has signed up so far: Mark & Mary Kay, Cindy, Eddie & Brandi, Karen, Saudaie, Adam, Brett, Dan, Marci & Jenny, Tamara, Brian, Missie, Randy, Lissa, Makayla, Aaran, Chris and the Wiegands. Yay! If you haven't signed up yet, it's sure not too late. You can sign up on the signup sheet in the foyer OR go to our Facebook Event Page.
We have added some tasks we'll be trying to accomplish that morning. In addition to moving the pews and the piano and setting up some basic Christmas decorations, we'll also be installing the storm windows and helping with the children's program set creation. So we really do need everyone to help out as much as possible.
Neighborhood Meal - December 9th. Our next opportunity to serve our neighbors a healthy, warm, free meal will be Saturday, December 9th. If you would like to serve, show up at 4pm. We begin serving at 5pm. We are usually finished serving and cleaned up by 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to be Jesus' hands and feet!
Children's Christmas Program - December 17th. Our children are all practicing for a "SUPER" Christmas program. You won't want to miss it. I know all you regulars will be at Church Requel that morning. Here's a pro tip: invite family members right now. You know that Grandma and Grandpa will want to come. Not to mention all the aunts, uncles and in-laws. So get on the phone and call, text, FaceTime, Snapchat, or however you communicate these days... let your whole family know!
Brandi and Leia are creating a printed invitation that we hope to have available for you in one week. This will help everyone get the word out.
Christmas Potluck Meal - December 17th. This day is going to be so super special! Not only will we enjoy a super children's program, but we will also enjoy a super potluck meal together afterward! Start figuring out your casseroles now. Families bring two dishes. Single folks bring one.
Christmas Eve - 5pm! The votes are in! More of you asked that we enjoy our Christmas Eve on the evening of Christmas Eve than during the morning. This means there will be no Sunday morning service on December 24th. We will have our worship at 5pm instead. We hope everyone will make the effort to come. We're already working to make this a very special worship event for our church family.
Keep praying praying praying. Mary Kay and I have been praying so much this week for Jenny, Jack, Loni, Aimee and Mari. Mary Kay and I had the opportunity to visit with Jack and Sheri last week after I sent out the newsletter. Jack is now receiving some heavy duty medications that are helping him with his symptoms, but he is pretty much house bound. I know how much he enjoys your company. We are working to install some new tech in their home just so they can worship with you all every Sunday morning!
Last Sunday we talked about ending our prayer times not with "Amen," but with "All in!" That's what God is looking for - a people who will be all in for Jesus! I pray that includes each and everyone of you! Love you all much, Pastor Mark