December 17, 2020
Worship With Us Online
Sunday, December 20
9:30 a.m.
Pastor Reggie
Preaching This Sunday

"Taking a Moment to Ponder"
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Advent 2020
"Lament and Hope"

This year’s Advent season is unlike any other and our worship will reflect that! Not only will we be living into this time of waiting, but this year we will be embracing the tension between lamenting traditions lost due to COVID-19 and the strong hope that still awaits us at Christmas. Join us for the final Sunday in our Advent Worship series. Be sure to have a candle ready! 
Join Us on Christmas Eve
Virtual Christmas Narrative
Be sure to go to our YouTube page at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve for the debut of this year’s Christmas Narrative: “Do Not Be Afraid!” 
Christmas Eve Worship
After watching the Christmas Narrative, tune in to our livestream Christmas Eve worship service at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

The recorded service will be available immediately following the livestream worship service.
Christmas Eve Candle Pick Up
With all that we have been putting aside for the sake of safety, we want everyone to share in the lighting of a candle on Christmas Eve during our livestream service at 3:30 p.m. 

All are welcome to stop by the church between now and Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. to pick up one candle and wax catcher per family member. The candles will be in a plastic bin at the North Entrance of the church. 

We welcome you to light a candle with us during our closing song on Christmas Eve.
SPARK Lesson: "Angels Visit"
This Sunday, during the Children’s Message, Pastor Reggie will be reading Luke 1: 26-38 from our SPARK Story Bibles. Be sure to have yours with you and follow along! We will hear all about an angel named Gabriel who visited Mary, Jesus’ mother, to tell her that she will have a baby named Jesus. Gabriel told Mary that Jesus would be a lot like us AND a lot like God. This was amazing news and a promise that nothing is impossible with God! 
Nursery Nuggets
Hi Nursery Buddies and Parents!

We are in an amazing time of renewed hope. This week, I want to focus on how hope in God gives us strength, patience, and encouragement. It is also important to know the difference between having hope in the world and having hope in God. So, let us look at this scripture:

Read: John 10:11-18
This verse is an excellent example of how the world is the “hired hand” and God is the Good Shepard.

Having hope in the world can look like this:
“I hope tomorrow is a better day.” God says to take care of today and not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Also, that might not happen, right? Tomorrow might not be a better day but having hope in God is knowing that He is always with us and looking out for us, working for our good. That hope will never fail us. God, the Good Shepard, does not leave us. That is a strong hope, hope of encouragement and of patience.

Another example of hope is Paul, Jesus’ friend, who was in prison for 7 years after Jesus rose from the dead. The world would say, “hope to escape or not survive” just to have it over with. But his hope in God kept him patient and strong enough to write letters to churches spreading God’s word. Paul’s encouragement passed that spirit on to keep the work of Jesus going… all the way to us now! His hope in God reaches us thousands of years later, instead of the world’s hope of it ending quickly. His patience was rewarded!

Activity: Here is a Hope in God bookmark that you can use in your own Bible to mark a message of hope that you find! Color it any way you want!

Have fun!

Jenni Payne
Nursery Coordinator
Music Notes
The World is About to Turn!

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.
The virgin’s name was Mary."
Have you ever thought of the Virgin Mary as radical? There are lots of communities dedicated to adoring her, especially among our Catholic and Anglican brothers and sisters, and I seem to hear a lot about her piety, humility, and obedience. Note the first line of her song, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” But later she says, “God has shown strength with his arm; God has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. God has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.” Not terribly pious or humble, huh? Knowing that I live in the richest, most powerful country in the world, I can only say, “Ouch!”

Our hymn following the sermon is a setting of this text, the Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55. We sing it to a vigorous Irish tune that feels very much like a beer-drinking song. There is something very appropriate in singing this text of justice and inclusion to music indicative of a country with a long history of being oppressed by her neighbor to the east. It helps me remember Jesus as both Prince of Peace and Disturber of the Peace, who can both comfort us in our sorrows and disturb us in our comforts. As 2020 has been a difficult year, I take great comfort in the recurring phrase, “the world is about to turn.”

Take a listen. If you’ve been at Crown for a while, I’m sure you’ll recognize it. If not, you now have a great new ear worm. On Sunday, please sing along. It is better as a congregation song, than a solo.

Tom Paulson
Director of Music & Worship/Organist
Virtual Giving Tree Update
Do to extraordinary needs this year, we are extending the Giving Tree one more week! All gifts must now be received by December 18.

Thank you to those who have supported this year's charities and ministries.

  • CAP Agency Goal Achieved: $5,550 received to support 111 individuals.
  • Faithful Knotters: $150 received, $100 remaining
  • Every Meal (formally The Sheridan Story) : $25 received, $1,175 remaining

For more information, please click here. Thank you!
Kitchen Essentials Ministry
Although it has looked different than years past, Crown of Glory’s Kitchen Essentials Ministry has continued to serve those in need in our community. We have assisted nine households during the last month!

At this time we are accepting donations at Furnishare, 7890 Market Blvd., Chanhassen during their store hours. We are especially in need of toasters, coffee pots and silverware sets. We would also be grateful for Target, Kohl’s, Walmart or Amazon gift cards to purchase needed items.

Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. Please contact Tracy at 952-239-9344 if you have any questions.
Women's Bible Study
Join us via Zoom on Saturday, December 19 at 9:00 a.m. as we dive into our next book of the Bible, the Gospel of Mark! Women of all ages are welcome to participate! We meet virtually once a month on Saturday mornings. Interested? Questions? Contact Pastor Laura!
Help Us Reach Our Goal for December!
Offering and Electronic Giving
Please consider continuing your weekly offering during these times when we are not gathering, as our congregation will still have our regular financial obligations. Thank you for considering one of the following ways:
  • Mailing your offering to our address at 1141 Cardinal Street Chaska, MN 55318.
  • Getting signed up for Simply Giving, an automated giving option, by filling out this form and sending it to our Director of Finance, Ashley Pederson.
  • Trying “Text to Give” by sending a text to our secure account at 833-497-3991.

Please scan our QR code to be taken to our giving page or click here to learn more. Thank you.

Year end gifts for 2020 need to be received at the church by December 31.
What's for Dinner?
Try this recipe for Christmas Soup!
Crown of Glory Updates
  • Pastors will be available by phone or email in case of an emergency or for any other pastoral care needs. To reach one of our pastors directly, please call the church office at 952-448-3230 and select the appropriate extension. The office phone system will forward the call directly to the pastor’s personal cell phone every time you call.

Sustaining Fund Summary - Year through November 30, 2020:
  • Payments: $678,513
  • Revenue: $626,783
  • Balance: (-$51,730)

Building Use: 
  • The church is closed, and staff will work from home during the week when possible until further notice. For the full building use update, please click here. Thank you for your support during these times.
  • DS West Driving School instructors and students are using the church parking lot for behind the wheel instruction.

Church Council Update:
  • The November Church Council minutes are now available. Please contact Pastor Reggie if you would like a copy emailed to you.
  • The next Church Council Meeting is on January 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Update: Mask Mandate
  • Please click here to read our response to Executive Order 20-81.

Carver County Resources:
  1. COVID-19 Website:
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@CarverCounty) for daily updates 
  3. Need Help Coping? Call First Street Center at (952) 442-4437
  4. County’s Community Resource Response - Link to resources such as employment, business support, child care, transportation, food access, domestic violence, housing, mental health and more:
Worship Attendance
In Our Prayers
December 13, 2020
9:30 a.m.: 84 Live Views
Next Day: 155 Total Views
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