December 10, 2020
Much is happening in the life of St. Simons Presbyterian Church here near the halfway point of the Advent Season. This week’s newsletter details the many different opportunities for us to join together in body and spirit to grow in the faith as well as love and serve our neighbors. I hope you will make a special note of the opportunities to car-ol and carol next Wednesday, December 16. We are also excited to be able to safely offer our annual outdoor Live Nativity to the community again this year on December 18 and 19. If you are a parent or guardian with a young person who would like to participate, please be sure to click the link to let us know they will be there. 
Also, looking ahead to December 24, be sure to note that our Christmas Eve Worship will be offered both online and in-person this year. The online worship service – led by the pastors and a gifted set of musicians – will be available on the church Web site at 4P that afternoon. For those comfortable and desiring to gather in-person, we will also have a service of carols and scripture on the front-lawn of the church at 4:30P. The construction fence currently in front of our sanctuary and Ashantilly Wing is slated to be removed the week before so there will be plenty of space for us to spread out and worship together. Please plan to bring your own chair and a mask. All are welcome!
Blessings to you in these Advent days. May God’s peace sustain and uphold you as we journey together once more to Bethlehem. O come, o come, Emmanuel...

With expectant hope,
Rev. Alan Dyer
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Musical Notes
It’s an understatement that light is pretty important for our health and all other forms of life. The last time I went to Germany to visit my friend Caroline and perform a recital, I noticed that the Christmas lights were still up even though it was around January 15th. Because they are so much closer to the Arctic Circle, there is very little daytime at that point in the year. Münster, Germany is on the same latitude as Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a reference point. It pretty much got dark at 4:00 pm and the sun came up around 9:00 am the next day, so you can understand why it’s so important to leave up all of the shining white lights strung throughout town. I’ve noticed that this year there are way more lights on houses than in other years and they went up not too long after Halloween!   

To call attention to that, I’ve selected a hymn that we don’t sing very much but that we will really enjoy once we learn it. The words are almost like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, but to a different tune in gospel style.    
Here are the words to the chorus: We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light. Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.  O, shine all around us by day and by night. Jesus, the light of the world.   
The Chancel Choir Ensemble will sing Rosephanye Powell’s The Word Was God, based on the scripture that the Gospel of John begins with – In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.  

Don’t forget to come to the back parking lot on December 16 at 6:15 pm after car-oling. We will sing Christmas songs one after the other backed up by the Chancel Ensemble for about 35-40 minutes. A small booklet of words will be provided for you. Dress warmly, bring a chair, wear a mask, and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit!   
Hope, Peace, Joy, & Gratitude,  
The Week Ahead
Sunday, December 13
8:30 am Live Stream Worship - Online
9:00 am Combined Sunday School - Zoom
9:00 am Britt Class - Online
10:30 am Outdoor Worship - Frederica Academy 
6:30 pm Youth Gathering - The Head's House

Monday, December 14
10:00 am Chancel Ensemble - Location Varies

TuesdayDecember 15
9:30 am Staff Meeting - Upper Room
4:30 pm Session Meeting - Zoom

Wednesday, December 16
10:00 am Men’s Bible Study - Zoom
4:30 pm Car Parade & Caroling - Meet in Back Parking Lot
7:00 pm Chancel Ringers - Social Hall

Thursday, December 17
10:00 am Ladies Bible Study - 218 Kings Way

Friday, December 18
6:00 pm Live Nativity - Front Lawn
7:00 pm Live Nativity - Front Lawn

Saturday, December 19
6:00 pm Live Nativity - Front Lawn
7:00 pm Live Nativity - Front Lawn
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Meal Delivery

One way to offer our Christian love and care is by providing a warm meal to our family and friends in Christ during their time of need.

Members of our congregation who could use a meal this week include: Taylor & Kelsi Brooks
and Scott & Madelynne Risi

If you or someone you know could use some help with meals, don't hesitate to reach out! We're here for you. 
Contact Molly Macaulay for assistance: 
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Fifty percent of undesignated receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide critical financial support to retired and active church workers and their families. The other fifty percent supports education at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color and leadership development opportunities for people of color through the Racial Equity and Women's Intercultural Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
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