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December  2017 brrrrrrrr
Advent begins this Sunday, December 3rd

What is Advent?

Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ
(Christmas) and looks forward to the future reign of Christ. Anticipation 
of the action of God in the world, rather than personal penitence is the central theme 
of the season. Advent is a preparation for rather than a celebration of Christmas,
so Advent hymns should be sung instead of Christmas carols (we'll  still  sing a few carols 
before Christmas.) The first Sunday of Advent is not the beginning of the  Christmas season. 
The Christmas celebration begins on Christmas Eve and continues for  the next "twelve days 
of Christmas."

Purple is normally Advent's liturgical color, associated both with the sovereignty of Christ 
and with penitence. Deep Blue is also sometimes used to distinguish the season from Lent. 
As the color of the night sky, Blue symbolizes Christ who in one ancient Advent song is 
called the "Dayspring" or source of day. As the color associated with Mary, Blue also reminds 
us that during Advent the church waits with Mary for the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Season

The Lectionary readings for Christmas and the following twelve days (culminating in the
feast of the Epiphany) invite the church to reflect on the Incarnation (or embodiment) 
of God as a human being: "The Word became a human being and lived among us, and 
we have seen his glory...." (John 1:14). In Christ, God enters human history and 
identifies fully with the human condition.

What I'll be Reading this Season

Isaiah - All 66 Chapters
Luke's  Gospel
" Incarnation" by Alister McGrath
"To Be Where You Are" a Mitford Novel by Jan Karon

What I'll be Watching

"It's a Wonderful Life"
"White Christmas"
"The Nativity"
" The Tangerine Bear"
" Elf"

Christmas Dinner at The Beach Church

Our Christmas Dinner is an open invitation to all!

Come join us and share in the spirit of  Christmas 
as we share a meal and fellowship with each other 
during  this very special time of year.

Saturday, December 9th 

6:00 pm  in Randle Hall
Deacons will provide the meat... bring a side dish to share!

Who are You?

Christmas Services at The Beach Church

Sunday, December 24th  
Traditional Service
10:00 AM

 Let's Celebrate JESUS together!

Join us for one service, or join us for both.

5:00 PM 
Candlelight & Song Service
christmas eve

The Beach Church ·  920 Panferio Drive, Pensacola Beach · Florida 32561

Memorial Donations

If you would like to make a donation in Rita Cunningham's name 
to help cure Pancreatic Cancer... 

click the link below and it will take you to the online site that has been set up in her Memory.


Grace and Peace

Anticipation and Opening
One of my favorite Advent traditions is the Advent calendar.  As a kid I loved the moment when I found that day's window, popped it open and revealed what was inside.
There was something sacred about the daily ritual of opening the calendar window 
and receiving its gift.  As a child it was often too hard to wait and I would take a 
"2 for 1" day, opening several windows in one sitting.  When my son was three years old he took 
"2 for 1" to a whole new level and cleaned out two Advent calendars of their chocolate in one 
sitting.  At first, the other kids were mad at him, but then they realized he was little and cute and actually the scene was hilarious.  His hands and  face were a mess; he sat in a pile of torn 
cardboard on chocolate stained carpeting  and offered us a living testimony to the joy of the season.
Time passes and the act of living changes us in varied ways.  Faithful living calls us to pay attention
to the details and the virtues of life, it enables us to find joy in patient waiting and anticipation.  Spiritual growth happens as we practice the rewarding discipline of delayed gratification.  As Christians we believe that our life-experience 
is imbued with purpose and meaning which is somehow revealed in the life-story of Jesus of Nazareth.   The image of the Advent calendar offers us the promise of little gifts in each day.  
Gifts, which represent our daily bread, sufficient enough for today and portioned to leave us 
hungry for the blessing of tomorrow. 
May you go into each day of this Advent season seeking, finding and opening little windows.  
May you find the faith to savor the gifts they reveal.  And may you find  a true sense that in each moment we are moving closer to the day of Immanuel,  the celebration of God with us, forever.  
God's peace,

jim beach

Worship Service with Pastor Jim Coyl

 Adult Bible Study - 8:30 a.m.
  with Steve Speirs 
  Worship Service   
10:00 a.m.

 Sunday School - 10:15 a.m.
  children ages 4 - 11 inside Randle Hall

Our Offering 

giving tithes offering    
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, 
shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. 
                       For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."                                                                                                          Luke 6:37-38     



 Financial Summary 


Sunday School for ages 4-12 in Randle Hall

Children's Sunday School begins at 10:15 for the children. 

Biblical learning and fun!
Come and join your friends for stories 
and activities in Sunday School.

Adult Sunday School each Sunday morning before Worship
- for the adults -

 Sunday School
 at  8:30 a.m. in Randle Hall 
led by Steve Speirs   
Communion Sunday - 1st Sunday of every month

December 3rd

This is my body which is 
given for you; 
do this in remembrance of me.
Luke 22:19
BBBD -   Every Tuesday @ Noon in Randle Hall

 brown bag

December Groups 

  1st Tuesday of each  month 
in Randle Hall 
at 1:00 PM

Please join us in 
making crosses
 for our first-time visitors!

at 12:00 Noon
in Randle Hall

brown bag

Wednesday Evening 
Choir practice  
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you'd like to sing in the choir, come to our weekly rehearsal 
each  Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Brian Thomson - Choir Director 
Child care provided from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. during rehearsal. 
We hope you join us!

We're here to help!
Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry
It's that Holiday time of year... and as you count your many blessings,
please consider blessing others that are less fortunate than ourselves.

Donating food to Interfaith is a great way to start!
Pantry Needs

Chili Mix packets
Chili beans
Canned diced tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Pancake mix
Hamburger Helper boxed dinners
Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
Boxed Potatoes
Canned fruit
Diapers sizes 5 and 6
Baby Wipes
We are Praying for You

Mike Boyer
Mary Jones 
Billy Ladet
Joel Trout
 Bobby Draper
Robert Havrilla 
Meagen Mulligan 
Neal Gilley
 Cathrine O'Connor
 Pete Amberson
Dr. Tracy Pinkston
Tori Cartee
 Wayne & Doris Pelham
Rita Gillette by - Bill Compton
Frank Cooper
Margie McCoy - by Mindi Nita
Sophia Sirutis
Dick Grant
Mike Thompson
LaRita Reynes
Debbie Miles mother Rita Cunningham
Justin Ericsson
Jackie Henderson and family
Bob Sweginnis - by Mike & Chrissy Cook
The Family of Rita Cunningham

If you have someone in the hospital or 
would like your name on the prayer list, 
please let me know so I can add it to the newsletter for you. 
You can reach me @ 850-932-6628 Mon-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  
Submissions can also be sent through our website @ via the (prayer request link)
DEADLINE for submissions is every month on the 25th 
 Thank you -  Sally Walters, Church Office

Merry Christmas from The Beach Church!

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      The Church where God  is still speaking.
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Rev. Jim Coyl, Pastor

920 Panferio Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561     
Office Phone: ( 850) 932-6628   
Office Hours are Mon-Thurs  8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Administrative Assistant: Sally Walters
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