Fall officially begins Sunday, September 23rd, but if you live up north like we do fall has been here for awhile already. So here is a fun family activity originally posted on fatihgateway.com to kick off your fall season wherever you might live. If you don’t have kids call up some friends and make a night or an afternoon of it and enjoy the new season.
“Fall is my favorite season! I think I’d go in mourning if I ever had to move to an area of the world that doesn’t experience the crisp, cool breezes and vibrant colors and scents of autumn!
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Included in the Advent celebration in some churches are the O Antiphons which focus the worshipers attention on a different aspect or name of Jesus during the Advent season. The song “Come O Come Emmanuel” is a combination of 5 of the antiphons. But if one reads the Word through, one will find that Jesus has many names and attributes – more than can be listed. He is the I AM THAT I AM, and He is all that we need. In the bulletin this past Sunday one of the suggestions for observing Advent is to meditate on the names of God. Click on the link below for a list to get you started. You can add more names that you find in your study of the Word and through life experience as you come to know Him more and more throughout your life journey.
In this last Sunday’s bulletin we listed some unique ways to make celebrate Advent/Christmas. One way was to make Bambino Bread. The recipe and a link to the site follow. If you’d like to see the whole list you can return to the home page and scroll down to find the post “O Holy Night” that has a link to Sunday’s bulletin. Enjoy!
Looking for something special to make this Christmas? Try this bread recipe, shaped to resemble Jesus in swaddling clothes.
- 2 cups lukewarm milk
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 beaten egg
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5¾ to 6½ cups of all-purpose flour
- In a medium-sized bowl, sprinkle yeast over milk and stir to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes to develop.
- Add in sugar, egg, butter, and salt and mix well. One cup at a time, add 5 cups of flour and beat thoroughly after each addition until flour is incorporated. Add enough of remaining flour to make a soft dough that is slightly sticky.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding small amounts of flour as necessary to keep dough manageable. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and satiny.
- Lightly oil the surface of the dough and place it back into rinsed bowl and cover with a clean, dry towel. Allow to rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled, about 60 minutes.
- Punch dough down and divide in half (one for each bread).
- Roll each half of the dough into a rope about 24 inches long, and form the braid as illustrated.
- Place on a lightly greased baking sheet; cover with a clean, dry towel and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.
- Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes
In the Old Testament God’s people were required to offer many different kinds of sacrifices for atonement for sin, trespasses, special feast days, and so on. The peace or Thanksgiving offering was different, though. It was a voluntary offering brought to expresser the giver’s gratitude for things that God had done for him/her. Part of the offering was burned as God’s portion, part went to the High Priest and to the officiating priest, and the rest went to the giver to enjoy along with the unleavened and leavened breads that were part of the offering. The giver and his family and friends took part in a fellowship meal together as part of the Thanksgiving offering. Sacrifices were not only to atone for sin but also a means to draw near to God. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice offered to not only wash away our sins but to allow us to drawn near and to fellowship with God. Today as you give thanks for all of the material blessings that you have, remember to offer up thanksgiving for God’s most costly and precious gift – Jesus.
Corinthians 9:15 AMP “Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!”
Help make the Thanksgiving holiday a little cheerier for our JCC students who are away from home for the holiday. We are putting together boxes of Thanksgiving goodies for Sarah Bolt and Alicia Dair, so if you’d like to take part in being a blessing to them please have your donations in by November 16th. The boxes will be mailed out the 18th so that they get to the girls by Thanksgiving. If you’d like some ideas of things you might add to the box you can ask the pastors or Ronni Bolt. Thank you.
In the bulletin this week we have more ways to enjoy fall. What are some things that you do to enjoy the fall season? If you have a favorite fall recipe post it in the comments section. Here are a couple to get you started. We’ll see you in church tomorrow morning 9:30 AM for breakfast and 10:30 AM for the service.
Hot Caramel Apple Cider
• 1 quart fresh apple cider
• 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
• 3 TBS caramel ice cream topping
• 1 can Redi-Whip whipped cream
Pour apple cider into a saucepan. Stir in dark brown sugar and caramel ice cream topping; simmer until hot and well blended. Pour into mugs and top each with a generous squirt of whipped cream.
Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte
• 1.5 cups milk
• 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
• 1Tbs vanilla extract
• 2 Tbs Sugar
• Approx 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – to taste
In a blender combine the milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and sugar and process until thoroughly mixed. Add spices to taste, (I like more cinnamon) Pulse til well blended then pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat. Stir frequently until the milk mixture begins to steam and a foam begins to form around the outside of the surface. Pour into large mug and add ½ cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso (more or less to taste). Enjoy!