A Christmas for the Scattered

The effect of 2020 has been to scatter us from others.

Students and teachers have been scattered to distance learning and online instruction. Employees have been scattered from centralized work-places to their own dining room tables. Teams have been scattered into quarantine with events and whole seasons canceled. Customers have been scattered away from store aisles and check-out lines, now shopping from home and picking up curbside. 

Families have been scattered, isolated to different parts of their own homes, unable to gather with friends and extended family.

Churches have been scattered from their sanctuaries.

So this year we are planning the Christmas we need: a Christmas for the scattered.

A Christmas that unites the scattered in the words and the work and the worship of Jesus.

Sunday morning messages

During the Advent and Christmas seasons, we will hear every verse from the First Chapter of the New Testament book of First Peter. These words were first addressed to and intended for first-century Christians who were scattered even more so than we are. During this series, God's Word will work to unite us with one another in Christ and His Gospel, in what God has already done for us, in the hope we are waiting for, in the life we live now, walking together in faith giving light to the world.

Click here for the zoom link on Christmas Eve Passcode 515327

Click here for the zoom link on Christmas Day Passcode 096681

Daily Devotional

We have been distributing this Advent devotional with a Bible verse, short prayer, and reflection for each day leading up to Christmas and then going through the Twelve Days of Christmas to January 6. Each day's devotion is short, a half page in length and it contains a couple reflection questions. We will be putting some of this content up in video form on our Facebook page for interaction so we can be joined with one another through the use of the devotion & share how it is preparing us for Christmas

Streaming Christmas Concerts

We will be hosting three streamed online Christmas concerts by popular Christian recording artists. For each concert, we can seat up to 50 people in the worship space. For those who are not comfortable in public groups, you can purchase the right to stream from your own home. Each of these concerts will show-case tremendous musical talent while letting us hear familiar Christmas songs as well as the reason we sing those songs.

Casting Crowns: Friday, December 4, 8:00 pm

Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane: Saturday, December 5, 7:00 pm

Matthew West: Friday, December 18, 6:00 pm

Please let Pastor Mike know if you are planning to attend any of these concerts in person so we can reserve enough seats. PMG can also get you info to stream the concerts from your home.

Christmas forthe Scattered Fun

When I think of things that are scattered, I think of puzzle pieces. If you're looking for a fun way to let all the scattered pieces of Christmas come together, a puzzle may be a fun activity for you or your family in these weeks leading up to Christmas. Make it a designated family activity a couple times a week and keep your Advent devotional close to let God's word be a part of your time together. Or if you've been doing an elf on a shelf this year may be a good year to switch gears while keeping the same idea - with Star From Afar or the Shepherd Search. Puzzles are $10/each and the two other activities are $20 each. Let Pastor Mike know if you'd like something ordered.

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