Travis’ Christmas Wish for our Family
Over the past four weeks we have been waiting and anticipating the coming of Christmas. During this time we’ve been focusing a lot on the “in-between” acknowledging that in this world darkness and light exist alongside each other. With the arrival of a new, highly-contagious variant and with new public health orders in effect, not to mention the usual stress that Christmas brings at the best of times, it’s easy for us to lose the light and to feel overwhelmed by the darkness. Let’s remember that the great gift of Christmas is that Jesus is our “Emmanuel”, God with us, meaning the light of God cuts through even the darkest night, and is with us in all things. This year, let’s allow ourselves a moment to lament the darkness but to also make a conscious effort to notice and reflect on the light. I invite you to ask yourselves these questions:
Where do I see evidence of God’s work and light in my life?
Where do I see God at work in the life of our church family?
Where do I see God at work in the world around me?
Many of us have been participating in advent this year using the candles, log, and take-home package that Jodie provided for us. Please send a photo of your advent candles/log to Whitney (firstname.lastname@example.org) as she would like to share them with the community.
Christmas Eve Services – Friday December 24th
We’re hosting two in-person services at 6pm and 645pm. We know that with the new variant, many may feel nervous about attending in person. We know that making these decisions aren’t easy, and we support you making the decision that feels most comfortable for you.
As a reminder, we are adhering to 50% capacity limits. To ensure everyone who wants to can attend, we would love for you to sign up you and your family via the link here. Be sure to sign up soon. The 6pm service is filling up, but there’s lots of space in the 645pm service. There will be a limited amount of walk-in space for both services. A huge amount of gratitude to Glen Friesen who will be live-streaming the 6pm service, and it will be available on our Youtube channel after that.
Church at Home – December 26th
Our service on the Sunday the 26th will be online only. However, Travis and Whitney Barbour invite you to join their family on Zoom at 1030am, as soon as the service is over to chat, wish each other a Merry Christmas, and to enjoy a hot drink together. The zoom meeting can be accessed by clicking here and will also be sent out on Sunday morning.
Merry Christmas NC family,
Neighbourhood Church Team