O, the Mystery of God's Dwelling
is the theme for Advent through Epiphany worship this year. Our worship services will explore this theme of mystery and God's dwelling with us and in us. We invite you to ponder the meaning of the Christ event for you during this season. As part of our dwelling with God and God with us, we also want to dwell together in fellowship and community this season. We invite you to come at 9:00 a.m. and enjoy coffee/tea and fellowship with your sisters and brothers. At 9:25 a.m.
, we invite you to enter the sanctuary and dwell in the image of The Nativity of Christ
, an icon created by Michele L. Hofer for this worship series, that will be projected onto the screen in the sanctuary. We hope the icon and the prelude will help you to enter the mystery and awe of Christ's coming into our world.
Jubilee Hall Celebration
We're celebrating the end of our Jubilee Renovation Project! Last Sunday's offering put us over the top to fully fund our expenses, so it's time to celebrate. On December 8 during the fellowship break between worship and Christian education, we invite you to bring finger food snacks to mark the successful completion of our Jubilee renovations. Gluten-free and dairy-free snacks will be provided, along with drinks.
Animate: Faith Sunday School Class
Would you like to ponder, reflect on, and discuss topics of faith such as God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the cross, the Bible and the Church? Come to Animate:Faith
and hear some leading voices of the Christian faith--Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, Nadia Bolz-Weber and others--talk about these central aspects of Christianity. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. Each week we will watch a DVD portion with one of these leading voices, spend time in personal reflection and journaling (the journal will be provided: a donation of $15 is suggested), and engage in conversation. Learn more and hear excerpts
New to the Library
This week we have two new selections for the library. Radical Jesus
, edited by Paul Buhle is arguably the first modern effort to convey through comic art the meaning of Jesus and his social message, not just in his own time, but also in the Radical Reformation, recent centuries, and in our own time. Heart of the Country
by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward explores whether two prodigals can return to families they abandoned, and if those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Sometimes to go forward, you have to go back. Learn more
Joan Troyer Headed to the DR
Joan Troyer, former attendee, has received official acceptance to go with Kids Alive International to the Dominican Republic. She will be the health officer for an orphanage and day care center, serving approximately 65 children with the center increasing in number as financial supporters sponsor additional children. Joan covets your prayers and asks for whatever support you are able to give.
Thanks again to all who have joined the Advent Choir! We have had a wonderful time singing together. We have two more practices, on December 1 and December 15 from 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!
Head on over to our Facebook page
for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!
Bethany Christian Schools
Bethany Christian Middle School will hold Christmas concerts on Tuesday, December 3, and Friday, December 6, in the school’s chapel. Grade 6-8 vocal groups will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Grade 6-8 instrumental groups will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Beginning Instruments at 8:00 p.m. Friday.
Student Art Sale
Goshen College will be hosting a Student Art Sale on December 10th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Union Lobby. The United States and world turns to overconsumption more than ever during the holiday season. Rather than purchasing products that have traveled long distances, students of Goshen College will be selling homemade items and pieces of art in order to promote buying locally. Items ranging from jewelry, to knitted scarves, reusable coffee sleeves to ceramics or CDs. You can do your holiday shopping or just browse for fun, everyone is welcome!
Afternoon Sabbatical: Music of the Season
Come out to Sauder Concert Hall in the Goshen College Music Center on Tuesday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. to hear Music of the Season,
featuring Fairfield High School directed by Ben Kambs and the Advanced Crimson Choir of Goshen High School directed by Marcia Yost, Music Center Executive Director.These two state ranked choirs will present a delightful variety of the choral music of the season. Selections will range from the traditional to the unusual and from the sacred to the secular. The groups will combine together for a final selection. This program is free and open to the public. For information or questions phone 535-7565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Celebrate with us the release of A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry, 1885-2005, Tuesday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m. The new book, edited by Bob Yoder and published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, explores North American Mennonite efforts to nurture faith in youth.
Please join us for Renewing the Land: Christian Theology and Ecological Restoration
. This evening discussion on the theology of restoration of land and habitat is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in the Lambright Center. A panel will include Christian ethicists and practitioners in ecological restoration.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Event
The Goshen Housing Authority invites organizations and church representatives that serve the Goshen community to attend this event to learn about the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The briefing session will explain the requirements, rules and regulations for a family to receive rental assistance. We hope that with this information you can assist your clients in filling out pre-applications for housing help. The event will take place Thursday, December 12, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Goshen City Church of the Brethren (203 N. 5th Street).
Annual MCC Meat Canning Business Meeting
All congregational representatives are urged to attend the annual MCC Meat Canning business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the pleasant Grove Church located on CR 38, 1/2 mile east of CR 35. Light refreshments will be served. The agenda will include devotions, the chairman's report, treasurer's report, secretary's report and a presentation by a guest speaker. We would also like to have an open discussion on what the Church Representative can expect from the canning committee and what the canning committee expects of the Church Representative. Also, any ideas for funding, any changes in the daily schedule, and any nominees or ideas to find another committee member. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
Michiana Meda Prepares 1st Friday Meal At The Window
Michiana MEDA is an organization connecting faith and work. The receipts from the meal will go directly to the work of The Window. We have prepared for you a meal centered about a Groundnut Stew similar to one that would be served in the West African country of Ghana. We are keynoting Ghana because the Michiana chapter of MEDA is also raising funds for a MEDA project called Grow (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women). This project in Ghana is to improve food security by helping women to learn better farming techniques so they may increase their yields and grow more nutritious food, as well. Learn more
United Way Reading Camp at Goshen Community Schools
In partnership with United Way of Elkhart County, the Goshen Community Schools will again be offering Reading Camps to 20 children at Model, Waterford, West Goshen, and Parkside for 8 weeks (February 5-March 28th, 2014). The children attending Reading Camps will be 2nd graders in need of extra reading and language arts practice. Reading Camps will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (You may commit to one or two days or substitute on predetermined dates). Volunteers of all ages are needed, willing to spend one hour per week reading with a child. All volunteers will be given a limited background check and will participate in a training session to be held the last week of January. Learn more
Emma Mennonite Church Christmas Programs
Emma Mennonite Church's Men's Chorus will give two special Christmas programs on Sunday, December 8. North Goshen Mennonite Church (501 N Eighth St, Goshen) will host the first event at 2:30 p.m., then at 6:30 p.m., the group will sing at their home church in Emma Town (1900 S 600 W, Topeka). Finger food will be served following the 6:30 p.m. program. For directions or for more information, go to www.emmamc.org
or call 260-593-2036.
MCC Responding to Urgent Need in Philippines
MCC has committed $200,000 to help meet urgent needs
through a partner, Church World Service (CWS), including providing emergency food packages and nonfood items to improve sanitation and hygiene for about 3,750 families. Plans for a longer-term response are in development. Donations are welcome
Give Joy to the World
Sixty years ago, MEDA’s founders were inspired to share of themselves to help people struggling in poverty in Paraguay. They believed that every person has the right to an opportunity to earn a livelihood. Today, we continue in their footsteps. And we invite you to share the joy you experience at Christmas by reaching out to your neighbors in developing countries around the world. Learn more
Handel's Messiah Concert
Musical Arts Indiana is pleased to present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 7:00 p.m.) at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend. The presentation will also take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College), Notre Dame. Our concert will feature Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Vesper Festival Chorus and the Children's Choir of Michiana. Learn more
Have something to sell, rent or lend? Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!
Do you have skills in the building trades and maintenance and a desire to put your talents and gifts into a ministry committed to helping people connect with God, with creation and with each other? Amigo Centre seeks a Maintenance Director to assume responsibility for the maintenance and care of Amigo's grounds and facilities. This full-time year-around position gives opportunity to utilize building and maintenance skills while working with a committed and caring staff and connecting with guests and campers of all ages. More information is available at www.amigocentre.org
or by calling Cliff Brubaker at (269) 651-2811. Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, is a 400 acre year-around camp and retreat facility which belongs to the Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference.