Channel your inner child … no matter your age! We are creating a LARGE mural for Christmas morning and Epiphany. The students and staff from Alameda Christian School are all helping by coloring one of the four panels. As you can see from the photos, adults and children are welcome to add to the coloring effort. We’re almost finished with the first of three by our church family and will add the ACS piece as well. This is a community effort, so come again and again to the coloring table any time you are at church.
Plan to join us next Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 pm for the Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus.” The festive evening will end with carol singing, followed by cake, hot cocoa, and cider. Come join us!
Lent is a church season where Christians identify with Jesus’ suffering and humiliation. This is often done through fasting, almsgiving, service, and other practices of spiritual renewal. These practices last for 40 days, which corresponds to the gospel accounts of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert (Matt. 4:2). At one time Lent was viewed as a period meant for converts preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday, but later the season has become a general time of penitence and reflection for all Christians.
The forty-day preparation period for Good Friday and Easter begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through the Thursday before Easter, not counting Sundays which are reserved for celebratory worship.
We use the color purple in the sanctuary during Lent. The color symbolizes both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus but it is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The City of Alameda recently began a program that seeks to help those citizens who use our ambulance system frequently. The intention is to work with them to alleviate the problems that cause their frequent need for 911 assistance.
They found that often these people need more than just medical assistance, so they carry a bin in their van that is filled with clothing items. In support of this program, the Deacons will have a bin in the church foyer where you can place your donations.
Items that you can donate are