November 29th update from David Bridge

November 29th update from David Bridge

Greetings in Christ’s name!

In one sense, the season of Advent gets us looking forward to a particular day—Christmas Day—when we celebrate the arrival of the Christ child in the Bethlehem manger.  We know that day is coming; in fact, it comes predictably on December 25th each year, and the season of Advent helps us prepare for and anticipate its annual arrival.  But in another sense, Advent gets us looking forward to the arrival of Christ in our own hearts and lives.  It helps us prepare for and anticipate Christ’s arrival in our everyday events and experiences.  I’ve noticed that this kind of arrival can happen at any time when we open ourselves to God’s Spirit, looking for and expecting Christ’s presence in and among us.  The glitter and the busyness of the season can distract us, but when we stay open, when we look for and expect Christ to come in our lives, we’ll find he is with us and wanting to break into our world in new and surprising ways—not just on December 25th, but over and again and all the time.

This Week:

Bobby Kirkpatrick heads to Thailand tomorrow to serve as the worship leader at EFM’s gathering of missionaries from around the world.  We’re so glad that Bobby gets to share his gifts and talents with others and that he’ll be able to connect with several of the EFM missionaries that our church directly supports.  Please remember to pray for Bobby as he ministers to others in this special setting this week! 

A huge thank you goes to Kenny Black who has been trimming trees in both the cemetery and on our church campus.  He’s volunteered hundreds of hours and done lots of hard work.  Ronnie Brown has also helped haul and dispose the cuttings and Trey Hill of Hill Sand and Waste Services has donated dumpsters and hauled them off for us. 

This Sunday after the worship service, the Missions Committee will be selling Nativity sets donated by the family of Joycina Baker.  Joycina collected many of these sets and the family hopes some of our members might enjoy them.  The purchase price of any set will go to fund our mission work across the globe.

The All Church Christmas Caroling and Hayride will be on Tuesday, December 6th.  Show up at 5:30pm for pizza or just before 6pm to load up on the trailers.  We’ll sing at a few peoples’ homes and then again at the Friendswood Historical Society’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Brown House, before returning to the church. 

All women are invited to attend the annual Christmas Party and Cookie Exchange on Thursday, December 15th at Shanna Kirkpatrick’s home.  Bring 2 dozen cookies and show up at 412 Fieldcreek Dr at 6pm. 

Finally, we invite you to join the Christmas Choir, which will sing in worship on December 11th.  The group will rehearse at 4pm on December 4th and 10am on December 10th.  Show up for two rehearsals and then sing Sunday morning the 11th.  Everyone is invited!  Contact bobby@friendswoodfriends.org with any questions.

May the hope and anticipation of Christ’s arrival keep you eagerly looking for Christ this week.

Peace,

David Bridges