Advent is here???
How is that possible?!
November 27 = First Sunday in Advent. True.
I’m not ready. My heart just doesn’t feel stretchy enough to hold Advent right now.
Let alone Christmas.
Maybe you feel the same – or not.
I’m wondering if this year that will be the point of it all.
Like when we were kids playing hide and seek in the twilight and the kid counting would finish and yell out, “Ready or not here I come!”
We’d hide and quiver and sneak and scootch – still, ultimately, the goal was not to stay behind the tree, in the bushes, under the woodbox; but rather to be found. To finish the game – some with triumph and some taking a ribbing – and go home.
Often there would be cocoa there.
Sometimes just chores and bedtime.
We’re in this together.
We’ve played in the twilight before.
We are the ones who practice paradox. We know that power has been turned inside out for a long, long time. We know the first shall be last... eventually. We know that there are more UNNAMED people in our bible stories than NAMED ones – and we know the reasons often have to do with cultural marginalization of several varieties. We don’t expect things to be simple, and we know that things are not always what they seem. Not in the long run.
So we will enter Advent. Why? Because the Liberator is born smack dab in the middle of our messes. The Prince of Peace, the Ruler over Rulers; the one who sends us into the world calling out the best words ever (in the world of hide and seek): Olly olly oxen free!
EVERYBODY, come on in.
FYI: Christmas Eve service will be at 7:00pm on the 24th, and Christmas morning is a Sunday! We’ll have a carol sing (at our regular 10:00am worship time) and a Show and Tell of Christmas treasures. Plus, we’ll take our cocoa and such right into the sanctuary with us. I’m thinking we just might do church in our pajamas!
Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
An angel in progress in the balcony. Keep reading this issue to find out more about the paper mâché structures inhabiting the church these days and how to make more of them!
Don't miss Tjärnblom this Saturday! Saturday, November 19, 7:00pm
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
Swedish for “woodland lake flower”, Tjärnblom is a Scandinavian-style string band featuring a beautiful blend of Nyckelharpa, Octave Mandolin and Harmonium. The concert will benefit Families Moving Forward, working to end homelessness one family at a time. A program of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Families Moving Forward offers families experiencing homelessness hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to home with support for stability.
If you've visited the PPUMC website in the past week, you may have noticed it looks just a little bit different. In addition to the snazzy new look, we will be updating information and bringing even more exciting new changes to the website over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!!
An assortment of wondrous creations – from angels to donkeys! – have begun to inhabit the PPUMC balcony. It’s all part of our puppet-making project for this year’s Christmas pageant, to be held during Sunday worship on December 20. There are three more puppet-making sessions scheduled: Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at a variety of times; the pageant dress rehearsal will be held Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to participate in this paper mâché puppet extravaganza or for more information, please contact Pastor Chris at email@example.com.
(From left to right) A pair of quilts by Marilee Johnson glow like stained glass; a flock of Hmong-crafted penguins waddle into the sanctuary
Another year, another successful Bazaar & Art Fair! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated and attended- whether you were cooking up calzones in the kitchen, selling your handmade wares, manning the cash register, or just shopping for the perfect Christmas gift, you helped to make this a great day to be at PPUMC.
If you are interested in helping coordinate the bazaar next year, please contact Joy DeHarpporte or Donna Shaheen. They are looking for help in 2017 and are willing to answer any questions you may have.
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