December 3, 2020
Worship With Us Online
Sunday, December 6
9:30 a.m.
Pastor Reggie
Preaching This Sunday

"What Are We Preparing For?"
Second Sunday of Advent
Advent 2020
"Lament and Hope"

This year’s Advent season will be 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 an incredibly unique and special Advent Worship series at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Be sure to have a candle ready! 

New Advent Hymn

Yes! You read that right! Pastor Laura and Tom Paulson have once again collaborated on another hymn, How Long, O Lord? You can read all about this new hymn in the Crownicle. We will also be singing this hymn each Sunday in Advent. Praise God for the blessings of collaboration and music!
2021 Stewardship Appeal
We have completed our journey through this year’s Stewardship Campaign, Sustaining, Building, and Strengthening. Thank you to those who have submitted their 2021 commitment. If you have yet to do so, it is not too late. Please return your commitment card by mail or complete the online commitment form at your earliest convenience. Questions? Contact Pastor Reggie.
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Connect and Confirmation Gift Night
On Wednesday, December 9, our Connect and Confirmation schedule changes for one night! We are headed to Target in Chaska for our annual Christmas Gift Night! All Connect and Confirmation students (and guides) are to be dropped off at Target in Chaska to shop for a Christmas gift that will support local families in the Chaska and surround area! See our schedule below. Thanks!

Connect Shopping Time: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Confirmation Shopping Time: 7:00-7:45 p.m.
SPARK Lesson: "John the Baptist Prepares the Way"
This Sunday, during the Children’s Message, Pastor Reggie will be reading Mark 1:1-8 from our SPARK Story Bibles. Be sure to have yours with you and follow along! We will hear all about a man named John the Baptist, who was a prophet and messenger sent to tell as many people as possible about Jesus. Pastor Reggie will introduce a really cool Greek word and talk about what it means to be a messenger declaring the good news of God to those around us, just like John the Baptist!
Nursery Nuggets
Hi Nursery Buddies and Parents!

I have a special little nugget today to help get us in the Christmas spirit! It's hard not to love this time of year, even with it looking a bit different this year. Just like we get excited in the month of our birthdays, we get an extra month every year being excited for Jesus' birthday, as long as your birthday is in any month other than December. I love singing Happy Birthday Christmas morning. Did you know there are many different names for Jesus?

To kick off this season of Advent, I have made a list of the names Jesus is called, and you can look at one each day (or as often as you can).

Activity Ideas: Take a name per day and make a crafty ornament out of it. You can string them along on some yarn and hang it somewhere in your house or as a garland around the tree. Each day read the short Scripture that calls Jesus by the name and ask, “Why is Jesus called this?”

You can also write the scripture on a notecard and play “Hot and Cold” to find it once your parents have hidden it.

Have fun!

Jenni Payne
Nursery Coordinator
Music Notes
This Journey Was Not Chosen!

"Each winter as the year grows older, we each grow older, too.
The chill sets in a little colder; the verities we knew seem shaken and untrue."

This hymn, ELW #252, Each Winter as the Year Grows Older, is the hymn after Pastor Reggie’s sermon this Sunday. I’ve avoided it since I first became acquainted with it about 25 years ago. The first verse, above, seems negative, unnecessarily so. I didn’t need to be reminded that I’m getting older! Even as the third verse turns us toward God and truth, it still feels like a terribly difficult journey, one better avoided.

"Yet I believe beyond believing that life can spring from death,
That growth can flower from our grieving,
that we can catch our breath and turn transfixed by faith."

But 2020 is not a normal year. The second verse’s words about class and racial divisions, fear and a lack of reason strike an especially relevant tone, and with Covid-19 running rampant (200,000 cases a day!?), we are in an exceedingly difficult place. So maybe 2020 is the year to sing this hymn. As we’ve already seen, verse three is a turning point. What begins in despair is now turning, and verse five gives us reason to hope.

O Child of ecstasy and sorrows, O Prince of peace and pain,
Brighten today’s world by tomorrow’s, renew our lives again; Lord Jesus, come and reign!

This is not the journey anyone would have chosen, but it is the journey we are on. And since it cannot be avoided, let us be grateful that we do not journey alone. We have each other, and our faith and this hymn remind us that God is with us, all days.


Tom Paulson
Director of Music & Worship
Justice and Inclusion Team Share the Warmth
Thank you to all who participated in the Justice and Inclusion Team's winter clothing drive sponsored by Still Kickin' and Jesse Ross. This video shows the collective donations that will be distributed in North Minneapolis schools and neighborhoods.
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Poinsettia Sale
Poinsettia plants are available for purchase in memory or honor of loved ones and will be used to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas Eve worship. Your dedication will be included in the worship outline.

To order, fill out this form and mail it with payment to the church office. Both items must arrive no later than Wednesday, December 9. Poinsettias are $10 each.

Directions for picking up your poinsettia will be communicated at a later date. If you have any questions, contact Kellie in the church office.
CoG's Virtual Giving Tree
Each holiday season our congregation partners with local charities and ministries to offer support to families in need. In past years, members would normally take an envelope from our Giving Tree located in the church gathering space. For the very first time, this year’s Giving Tree will be completely virtual! For more information about how to support this year's charities and ministries, 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!
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.
What's for Dinner?
Try this recipe for Parmesan Chicken Cutlets!
Crown of Glory Updates
Pastors:
  • 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 October 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 December 8, 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: www.co.carver.mn.us/covid-19
  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:
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