November 25, 2020
Worship With Us Online
Sunday, November 29
9:30 a.m.
Pastor Laura
Preaching This Sunday

"Keep Awake!"
First 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, also linked below. 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.
SPARK News
No SPARK lesson this Sunday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Due to increased precautions taken in response to COVID-19, SPARK bags for the month of December have been cancelled.
Nursery Nuggets
Hi Nursery Buddies and Parents!

To end our look into being a good steward, and just in time for the holidays, we are taking a look at the part of stewardship that leads us to be thankful. A thankful heart is a grateful heart. As good stewards, we share and take care of the blessings we have been given and remember to thank God for them.

Remember, a good steward is someone who is doing the best they can with the things that God has given them. The meaning involves how we use and care for the precious gifts that God has given to all. When we thank God for the blessings we have, we show God that we are grateful. This leads to the blessing of joy in our lives.

Challenge: Be faithful to take care of a sibling’s or a parent’s feelings today. Tell at least one person in your family that you are thankful for them and why.

Questions:
  • How does being a good steward effect others? 
  • How does being a good steward effect our relationship with God?

Activity: Watch this little clip from VeggieTales: Madame Blueberry. It is one of my favorites!

I am very thankful for you all and it is a blessing to know you!

Jenni Payne
Nursery Coordinator
Music Notes
Martin Luther defined worship as “the work of the people.” It’s what we ALL do together: young and old, sinner and saint, pious and doubter, first-time visitor, and marinated-in-faith. So, I’m glad when a baby cries, or children are busy and active during worship. They’re doing what children should in a place where they belong, and the message of welcome to all people is not lost. It was a beautiful moment in worship when a 3-year-old daughter ran up and stood with her mother while she sang with the Chancel Choir. We intentionally schedule Sunday school between services, so families can all worship together. Where else in our world do all ages and stages of life come together? What better place to do it?

As you probably know by now, Pastor Laura and I have collaborated on a second new hymn. Entitled How Long, O Lord?, it is a collective expression of the special anxieties we all face living in 2020. Written to be an Advent hymn, How Long, O Lord? reflects the season of waiting and longing. In any other year, we would all sing this together. Some would sing it at first sight; some would still be struggling to learn it on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Some would empathize with the message and be moved; some would find it difficult and be frustrated. But we would do it together as “the work of the people,” what we all do together to grow in grace and faith and find hope.

Since we cannot do this all together in one place, let me encourage you to join worship on-line all four Sundays of Advent and sing it to the best of your abilities from home. I think it will be a great way to prepare for the birth of the Christ child. Laura and I will be singing, but you can join us in spirit. This may not be worshipping all together as we would like, but God is still calling us, all of us, to be the body of Christ in our world.

Tom Paulson
Director of Music & Worship
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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.
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!
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.
New to the CoG Website: Ministry Blog!
The CoG Creation Care Team has started a Ministry Blog on our website! Located on the top-right corner of the home page of the website, this blog will become the “hub” of exciting activity that our ministry teams are doing month to month. Be sure to watch the Creation Care section, as this team will be sponsoring a monthly theme and challenge for our entire community to participate in together starting in January 2021! Questions? Contact Kathy Tinker
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 on Friday?
If you are wondering what to do with leftovers, try this recipe for a Thanksgiving Ring!
The Winter Crownicle is Here!
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.

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.

Communications Update:
  • For security purposes all staff emails have been removed from the church website, as there have been an increased volume of scam emails. All staff can be reached by calling the church office. Emails will continued to be shared in all written and e-communications.

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:
Worship Attendance
In Our Prayers
November 22, 2020
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Next Day: 158 Total Views
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