Joy Christian Center will be offering a come and go Christmas Eve time of communion tomorrow, December 24th from 4PM to 6PM at 4335 Laurel Street. The pastors will be praying with those who attend and serving communion to anyone who wishes to partake. Come and stay as long as you like. Cookies and coffee will be available in the Fellowship Hall following communion.
Last Saturday was JCC’s annual Christmas decorating party. There was a great turnout, and before long the halls were decked, the tree was trimmed, the angels were singing, and the stars were shining. Thank you to everyone that came out to help; we really appreciate it. Then Sunday evening we all enjoyed a festive celebrate full of some truly amazing food, inspiring music, a fun trivia game, and of course the reading of the Christmas story – the most important part of this celebration. Thank you to all who attended, provided the entertainment, helped with setup and tear down, and brought such a delightful meal for us to share.
Hey, all you JCCers. Join us Saturday, December 6th at 10 AM for our annual decorating day. We’ll break out the Christmas decorations and dress up the church building for the holidays. There will be snacks available to munch on in case you get hungry, but we’ll finish up at noon so you won’t miss lunch. We’re asking the ladies to hang out an extra half an hour to go over a couple songs for Sunday night’s coffeehouse Christmas party. The more the merrier, and the more that show up the faster and more efficiently we can get the job done. Thanks for your participation!
There are many ways to wait. You can wait with annoyed impatience in a checkout line that’s moving about as fast as molasses in January when you’ve got places to go, people to see, and things to do. You can wait with fear and dread for an upcoming exam at school or a report from the doctors office. You can wait with bored indifference or maybe even resignation for your moment of fame in the dentists chair. Or you can wait with eager anticipation like a kid looking forward to presents on their birthday or the student counting down the days until graduation. But, as long as we live here on planet earth we will go through seasons of having to wait at one point or another.
As we enter the season of Advent today we find ourselves in a different, maybe unfamiliar kind of waiting. Many of us didn’t grow up observing the Advent season. Advent at best – if acknowledged at all- was probably just a precursor to Christmas; the appetizer before the main entree rather than an important season in its own right. Important because it creates a space to help us focus our hearts and minds on the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the crazy, commercialized, secular celebration that surrounds us. Not that there’s anything wrong with all the trappings of Christmas or the cherished traditions with which we mark the holiday, but there is much more to Christmas than the trees, lights, family dinners, and gift exchanges. It takes a wee bit of effort to create that mindful space for reflection and contemplation for ourselves within a society that pressures us to conform to the sometimes mindless/mind numbing, frantic activity that surround the holiday season, but it is so worth the effort.
So we invite you to slow down a bit this Advent season. Join us in taking time to think about what we’re celebrating and why. Let’s spend some time in thoughtful, purposeful waiting as we prepare to celebrate the Messiah’s birth. There are tons of ways to do this. A few intentional ways to help you accomplish this are: Advent Calendars that have scripture and/or devotionals, or devotional books geared specifically toward Advent themes, online Advent devotionals, Advent trees or wreaths, or other ideas to count down the days until Christmas. There are also some really cool, fun ideas out there that are geared for families with kids, but will work for just about anyone. Here are some links to help you get started on your Advent adventure.
There are so many resources available to help you out there for the taking – many more that we’ve listed here. The Lord bless you as you wait!
It was difficult to tell who had more fun at JCC’s Trunk or Treat event – the kids getting the candy or the ones handing it out hand over fist. Costumed workers began arriving around 4 PM to get ready for the evening’s festivities. Cowboys, bunnies, pirates, mages, pilots, flower children, fisher ladies,Miss Muffet, even a dancing angel and a Duck Dynasty look alike got busy decorating their vehicles, setting up tables, prepping the gigantic hoard of candy that had been collected for distribution, and making coffee and cocoa to warm frosty patrons. Soon the parking lot was sporting a interesting array of decked out cars and trucks. A pirates cave, a flower child’s van, some creepy, spider webby becandled trunks, an angry birds station, Miss Muffet’s tuffet, and a host of other creative candy stations. After quickly gobbling down some pizza and guzzling hot cocoa the crew headed out the door to great the first of the sugar hungry pack of ghouls that came to collect the buckets and barrels of sugary goodness that awaited them. A little over 50 of the Halloween specters came and went in a steady stream all evening, stopping only to warm up with a hot drink and get signed up for the drawings.
Thank you to everyone who donated candy and those volunteered their time to decorate, hand out candy, set up, and tear down after the event. Kudos to Nick and Rachael Humphreys for spearheading the event. They spent a great deal of time preparing for the outreach, coordinating volunteers, handing out flyers, and all of the other 101 things that come with hosting such a large event.
JCC has a fun, busy weekend coming up. You won’t want to miss out on these delightful events
TRUNK OR TREAT – think of it as your one stop Halloween shopping experience. A parking lot full of cars heavily laden with ridiculous amounts of sweet, sugary goodness, a place to let the kids make a pit stop while you take a breather, grab a cup of steaming coffee or cocoa to thaw out, and sign them up for a drawing for prizes for three different age groups. Best of all it’s come and go so you can hit all the other places on this annual all important holiday candy seeking pilgrimage. Come visit us from 5:30-8:30 PM tonight!
COFFEEHOUSE – the theme this month is Appreciating Our Pastors. Bring a dish to share and spend the evening listening to the Marv Glenn band while we honor the pastors with a sumptuous feast and all the free hot beverages and Italian Sodas you can hold. Join us at 5 PM Sunday night