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Blue Christmas Service Saturday
Join us on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m., for a special service of Hope and Healing.
While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time. This Blue Christmas service hopes to provide a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays.
If you or someone you know could benefit from a place and a space apart in this special way, please invite others and come to our annual Blue Christmas service this Saturday, December 15 at 7pm.
This Sunday, This Week
This Sunday's Focus
During Advent we will unwrap the gifts of Christmas as we journey through the Advent season. It is our chance to listen to the stories, to remember the true meaning of Christmas, to wait in expectation for the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The point is not to get rid of the trappings and traditions and celebrations all around us but to take a purposeful journey through them to more deeply experience the gifts of Christmas: hope, love, peace, and joy.

This week you're invited to come and hear words of JOY as we continue the season of Advent in expectation for Christmas. 
Live Nativity and Matt Pittman
in Columbus Dispatch Article
Away in a manger are live donkeys, llamas and camels

This time of year, many central Ohio churches get animals from farms and petting zoos to add an air of authenticity -- and a "baa" or a bleat -- to living Nativity scenes.

Read more
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Prayer Requests
We have a network of people at Advent who are committed to praying to God on behalf of others in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. 
If you have such a request, please feel free to Email a prayer request to: prayers@adventelc.org
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Many Thanks!
THANKS to all who rang bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle this year. I hope you had fun and felt the Spirit of the Lord in what we did to share this ministry.
Blessings to you all. 
Pastor Saunders
Mitten Tree

The Social Concerns Team has set up a tree in the Narthex to be decorated with mittens, hats, and scarves for the children in need! The items will be distributed at several Columbus City Schools prior to the students' Christmas break. The last day for donations is Sunday, December 16. Please see Jennifer Parker or Jean Pontious with any questions.


Christmas with the Staff
On December 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., the staff and volunteers at Advent will take on your kids! We want to give parents a chance to go shopping, out to eat, sleep or just have some "ME TIME"!
If you child is potty trained and you would like a couple of hours to yourself, please sign up in the Narthex.
Christmas Card
Post Office at Advent!
Spread the joy of Christmas and save money! If you are sending a Christmas Card to someone at AdventELC, just deposit your card in the box in the Narthex and the youth will place them on a table in the Narthex in alphabetical order for you to pick up!
Things of Note
The Ordination of Sarah Locke
On January 24, 2019 Sarah Locke will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament at Jacksonville Campus Ministry. You are invited to attend the ordination celebration with the Church and all the saints! Ordination is a service of the whole church, not merely of the local congregation or of the assembly that gathers, so wherever you may be, know that you are with us!

Sarah’s Ordination Service:
January 24, 2019 at 6pm 
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
3976 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
The color of the day is red. 
All rostered leaders are invited to vest. 
Blessing Bag Donations
Deodorant
Razors
Band Aids
Tissues - travel size
Shaving Cream - travel size
Shampoo - travel size
Ziploc Bags - gallon size
Lotions - travel size
Hand Sanitizer - travel size
Nail Files
Chapstick
Snacks - individually wrapped -
like snack bars are best
We will be collecting these items Dec. 16th and Dec. 23rd. Our hope is to put together 50 bags to be distributed on Jan. 6th. 

Thank you for helping us be able to serve the less fortunate this time of year!
Free Prayer with PAL Wednesdays
Each Wednesday from about noon - 2:00pm Pastor Aaron goes just down the road from AdventELC to Panera Bread on Tremont Road with an appetite for lunch and for sharing God's presence through prayer.

Anyone is welcome to share a prayer with Pastor through sitting down and praying on the spot or through written prayer requests on his tablet of paper or things directly messaged to him via social media.

If you get a chance, feel free to stop by!
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Birthday Blessings