Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
 
(816) 228-4220
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PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PLEDGE CARD OR PLEDGE ON-LINE
A MERRY AND BRIGHT HOLIDAY FOR OTHERS CSL Christmas Event
Bring CSL gifts tomorrow 
  
This year we are supporting the Community Services League Christmas shopping event again.

Please select a gift tag from the tree in the Narthex and return the UNWRAPPED gift to the tree by Sunday, December 2CSL will provide the gifts to children up to age 18. Gifts are requested to be approximately $10-$15 in value. Additional gifts not listed on a tag are appreciated too!
FIRST SUNDAY BREAKFAST TOMORROW          Sunday Morning Breakfast
Between services at 9:15 am
  
Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent and our First Sunday Breakfast.  Join us in the undercroft for our monthly tradition of serving pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon with a heaping helping of hospitality and fellowship.    Welcome to Advent!
FINDING FAITH THROUGH FICTION BOOK CLUB  The Christmas Candle
Monday, December 3 at 7 pm 
  
The Finding Faith through Fiction Book Flub will meet on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado.  Max Lucado, age 63, is an American preacher and bestselling author of almost 100 Christian-themed books. He is currently a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.

The Christmas Candle is a Christmas novel about a couple who owns a candle shop where every generation is visited by an angel who, by touching a candle, can give miracles to whoever they give it to. 
A MESSAGE FROM FR. DAVID      David Lynch _
Traditions of Advent 
  
One of my favorite Advent traditions is picking out a live tree and decorating it on the 1st Sunday of Advent. The evergreen tree has so much symbolism for life and eternity. Another one of my most favorite traditions is preparing and celebrating each week in Advent with the Advent wreath. Below is a nice presentation about the Advent wreath tradition and meaning for us as a people of faith in Christ.

The Advent Wreath Tradition & Meaning
For many Christians, Advent wreaths are a favorite way to celebrate the month of December leading up to Christmas Day. Although Advent Wreaths are popular among Christians, many are not aware of the rich meaning and symbolism embedded in the tradition. If we learn this meaning, we can appreciate it all the more!

DARKNESS AND LIGHT
The Advent candles readily demonstrate the strong contrast between darkness and light. In the Bible, Christ is referred to as the "Light of the World" contrasted with the darkness of sin. Human history spanned long ages before our prophesied Savior would finally make his appearance, and God's promise to make all things new through him.
As his Advent, or "coming," draws nearer another candle is lit, with each candle dispelling the darkness a little more. Thus, the Advent wreath helps us to spiritually contemplate the great drama of salvation history that surrounds the birth of God Incarnate who comes to redeem the human race.

SHAPE
The circular shape of the wreath, without beginning or end, symbolizes God's complete and unending love for us-a love that sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the curse of sin.  It also represents eternal life which becomes ours through faith in Jesus Christ.

NUMBER
The Advent Wreath traditionally holds four candles which are lit, one at a time, on each of the four Sundays of the Advent season.  Each candle represents 1,000 years.  Added together, the four candles symbolize the 4,000 years that humanity waited for the world's Savior-from Adam and Eve to Jesus, whose birth was foretold in the Old Testament.
Some Advent wreath traditions also include a fifth white "Christ" candle, symbolizing purity, that is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.  Many circular wreaths can incorporate a white candle by adding a pillar candle to the wreath center.

COLOR
Violet is a liturgical color that is used to signify a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice and is used during Advent and Lent.  Advent, also called "little Lent," is the season where we spiritually wait in our "darkness" with hopeful expectation for our promised redemption, just as the whole world did before Christ's birth, and just as the whole world does now as we eagerly await his promised return.

THE FOUR WEEKS OF ADVENT
During the first two weeks of Advent we light the first two purple candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent.
Then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final purple candle is lit to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the soon-coming birth of the King of Kings.
Traditionally, each of the four Advent candles have a deeper meaning:
  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the "Prophet's Candle" reminding us that Jesus is coming.
  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the "Bethlehem Candle" reminding us of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the "Shepherd's Candle" reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the "Angel's Candle" reminding us of the message of the angels: "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men."
ENHANCE YOUR WREATH WITH MORE SYMBOLISM
You can festively decorate your Advent Wreath with other natural materials that traditionally carry their own Christian symbolism. The use of evergreens reminds us of our eternal life with Christ; pointy holly leaves and berries represents the crown of thorns from the Passion of Jesus and his Precious Blood; and pine cones symbolize Christ's Resurrection.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT          The Polar Express Movie
Next Friday, December 7 at 6:30 pm 
  
Join us next Friday, December 7 at the church in the undercroft for a Family Movie Night.  We'll have pizza, cookies and beverages for you to enjoy.  Eat at 6:30 with the movie beginning at 7:00.

Our movie feature will be The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks.  Watch an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe!
"MITTEN TREE" REPLACES GIFTING TREE      
Mitten Tree
Donations accepted through January 6 
  
Once again this year the Outreach Committee will collect hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and other warm items for the Community Services League(CSL) to help keep the less fortunate and homeless warm this cold weather season. From this Sunday through January 6th, 2019 the "Mitten Tree" will remain in the narthex.  Blessings to all who contribute and help our community!

NEW LUNCHBUNCH GROUP      The Lunch Bunch
At Sinclairs Restaurant on January 7 
  
Plan ahead for the new year!  The ladies of Resurrection are invited to join the LunchBunch, a now forming monthly lunch group that will gather at various local restaurants for fun and conversation.

The first meeting will be at Sinclairs Restaurant in Blue Springs on Monday, January 7, 2019.  Look for a sign-up sheet in the near future.
VESTRY NOMINATIONS OPEN Vestry
Nominations end December 29
  
Nominations for Vestry members are underway and will end on December 29, 2018.  Anyone i nterested in serving on the Vestry should contact a member of the Nomination Committee (Meg Swant, Buzz Atkinson, or Les Woodward.) There are 3 vacancies that will need to be filled with terms beginning immediately following the Annual Meeting held in January 2019. 

COMING UP 
Important events and dates

Weekly Bible Study every Wednesday at 1:00 pm

Sunday, December 2:  First Sunday Breakfast; CSL gifts due; Outreach meeting
Wednesday, December 5:   Bible Study at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 7:  Family Movie Night at 6:30 pm
Sunday, December 9:  Advent 2-Lessons and Carols; St. Nicholas visits
Monday, December 10:  Uplift Meal preparation (please sign-up)
Wednesday, December 12:  Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 13:  CSL Christmas Store (please sign-up); Bridge Club at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 15:  Cookie Exchange at 9:30 am
Sunday, December 16:  Necessity Pantry in-gathering
Monday, December 17:  DOK meeting at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19:  Bible Study at 7:00 pm