The Advent Wreath is the Symbol of the Season
 The Countdown to Christmas Begins
Join us on Sunday, December 2, 2018  
for worship at 8, 9:15, and 11  
Join The Advent Pancake Breakfast from 8:55 to 11am
Brother s and Sisters at Saint John's:
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the new year, a church season we call "Advent." This is a time for preparing for Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The Advent wreath has roots in early pre-Christian Celtic history. One story is that once the crops were in and winter had arrived, candle decorated cart wheels hung from the ceiling lit celebrations that marked the shortest days of the year, when the sun was lowest, darkness was strongest and new light was hoped for.  Winter was a time for hunkering down, staying warm, repairing farm equipment, and waiting for warmth and light.

With the arrival of Christianity, these pagan celebrations around the winter solstice were transferred to commemorations of the birth of Christ, what we now know as Christmas. The Advent Wreath has become a symbol of the circle of time, a time of waiting, that each year is a new season of hope, and that God always gives us a new opportunity to welcome him into our hearts. Time is also reflected in the four candles on the outside of the the circle of the wreath

Similarly, the Collect or Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent carries the themes of darkness and light and preparing for the birth of Christ: 

lmighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 

The lessons for the First Sunday of Advent remind us of the themes of God's judgment on us and our need to listen and change, while simultaneously declaring that God will save humanity by sending us a savior.  However, it is our duty to prepare ourselves for Jesus' arrival. And it is our work at Saint John's to help you do that.

The Second and Third Sundays of Advent carry the themes of the prophet, that human herald that carry's God's message to we his people. John the Baptist if featured each week. The Fourth Sunday of Advent, just a few days before Christmas, focuses us on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her role in the story of Salvation.

Each worshipper this week will receive a special Advent poster with a prayer or message for each day of Advent. I will be preaching while Rev. Jill and the youth group cook and serve the Advent breakfast between services. We'll be eating in the Parish Hall and you'll be amazed at how construction is nearing completion!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. John
Advent Pancake Breakfast:
Support our Youth Ministry
Our Youth Group will host our Advent Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 2nd from 8:45 to 11:00.  

There will be children activities in the Nicole Marie Room from 10:30-10:50. A Christmas Pageant meeting will take place at 10:45 in the Battin Room.
Cost is $5/person or $15/family. This fundraiser supports our future youth mission trips.  
Sunday School Advent Events
Join us for our Family Christmas Party on December 9th from 5-7pm.
We provide pizza and crafts for children in the Sunday School rooms from 5-6pm while adults eat, drink, and feel merry in the Parish Hall (please bring food & beverage to share). At 6:00, the children join us upstairs for a joyful singing of many Christmas favorites!  
Please sign up online or on the clipboard in the Parish Hall.
Angel Tree -
Making Christmas Merry for Chester Eastside
Be an ANGEL to a child in Chester
Our Angle Tree is up in the Parish Hall! Please take a tag or two and make Christmas merry and bright for the children and teenagers of Chester Eastside.  
Please bring in your UNWRAPPED gifts by December 9th and place under the tree. Gift cards can be given to Rev. Jill, Burt Blackburn, or Martha Pearlman.
Mark your calendar!
December Happenings:
Sunday, December 2nd from 9-11 am - Advent Pancake Breakfast
                            Christmas Pageant Meeting 10:45 in the Battin Room 
Saturday, December 8th from 5-8pm - Wassail Party at the Pearlmans' Home
Sunday, December 9th 8-11am - In-bringing of Gifts for Angel Tree  
Sunday, December 9th from 5-7pm - Family Christmas Party (Parish Hall)   
Sunday, December 16th at 10:20 - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal (Church) 
Nuts for Sale
There will be nuts for sale in the Parish Hall to benefit the Youth Group.  $11.00 per pound for pecans, praline pecans, mixed nuts or cashews.  See Mary Alice Peeling during Coffee Hour.
Come see the progress of our ministry space construction!
Below, left to right: A new electric panel energizes the new construction; Fr. John and the Electrician; they both had cancer during the Summer and Fall; Contractor Chris Ryan of Glenveagh Construction, stands in the Courtyard attic. Below, center: both new bathrooms were nearing completion this week. Chris hopes to complete construction by early December. The attic space is a fine bonus room for activities and for storage. Click here to see a video looking out of those windows.

Contact Information
576 Concord Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-459-2994

Rector:  The Rev. Dr. John T. Sorensen:  Email
Cell Phone: 610-389-9278
Assistant Rector:
The Rev. Jill M. LaRoche Wikel:  Email
Cell Phone: 610-331-7135
Music Ministry: 
Jessica Villante   Email  

Greg Rettew

Sunday School Director:
Margaret Hatcher:  Email 
Parish Secretary:
Jane Russell,  Email