ur church as a alive with celebration, fellowship and mission on Sunday, as we redicovered Christian joy during our worship, singing our New Testament lesson, while our children and youths had fun assembling gingerbread houses during Sunday school. Afterwards, we had a warm lunch to prepare us for caroling at the homes of our church friends who are at home or in rehab. At one of our stops at the Masonicare center, we sang for more than twenty-five neighbors who had been invited, and Pastor John slipped in a short sermon message about Christian joy.
During the caroling, a mission team led by Mary Barker and Linda Kirk, with our secretary Dawn Pelletier participating, put together a very warm Christmas celebration for more than thirty men at Meriden's ShelterNow shelter. They received a very hearty meal including snacks, salads, pulled pork, mac and cheese, Puerto Rican rice, and lots of desserts, as well as Christmas gifts, health kits, and a special "door prize" of bonus gifts! The men were very grateful, and filled with the joy of being cared for by our church family who makes this mission their "real" Christmas gift to themselves and to the world!
Enjoy photos from the day's events below the podcast, and hear our worship prayers, announcements and Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Homecoming" on the podcast below; text for his sermon is here and below the photo slideshow. Get ready for our Christmas pageant at 10Am on the 24th, our special luncheon, and our classic Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7PM that evening. Be blessed with the joy of Advent!
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