The season of Advent begins Sunday. Advent is observed by Christians as a period of spiritual preparation making themselves ready for the birth of Jesus Christ (God incarnate) and to make themselves ready for His Second Coming; be it at death or the end of the world. Such preparation typically involves prayer, fasting and repentance culminating in the hope and joy of God’s son born Christmas Eve.
Churches and many individuals display and light an advent wreath, one candle each Sunday which deepens awareness of the season. The Advent Wreath is shaped in a circle to symbolize the eternal life of God the Father; no beginning and no end. The evergreen used to decorate the wreath also symbolizes eternal life and constancy.
The wreath holds four candles symbolic of the four weeks of Advent. The first two and the fourth candle are violet-colored to signify a time of penance, sacrifice and prayer. On the third Sunday of Advent the candle is rose-colored, which signifies joy because Christmas is almost here.
If you do not have a personal advent wreath it’s not too late. A wreath is easy to make, fun to decorate and spiritually enlightening.
Christmastime is a glorious time as it fills us with anticipation. Like little children we know something wonderful is coming. If I can help announce an upcoming Christmas event or program please submit it to my email address or give me a call.
Webster United Methodist Church (9:15 a.m. worship service): Will conduct a series of sermons by Pastor David Wilson each Sunday in Advent leading to Christmas. This Sunday the sermon is entitled “A Season of Surprises.” Next Sunday, Dec. 6, the sermon will be entitled “Living Life on Tiptoe.” Week 3, Dec. 13, the sermon will be entitled “Are You Listening?” The Fourth and final week, Dec. 20, is entitled “Nothing Is Impossible with God.”
This Sunday, there is a breakfast buffet at the Eagles from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and every Thursday through March there is a bid euchre tournament starting at 7 p.m. at the Vet’s Club (downstairs). This is an open invitation to all men and women who love to play cards or you may also attend as an observer.
Send a special hello to Betty Kremer, Joan Magoto, Donna Clark, Wanda and Joe Bailey and Ray Simon.
Happy birthday to Mishaylee O’Reilly, Carrie (Rhoades) Cusick, Nicole (Brown) Lyme, Josh Paulus (meningitis), Marvin Gehret (meningitis), Keith Fourman, Jenny Crandall, Tim Wagner, Mike Hoying, Judy Criswell, Doris Goettemoeller, Karen Shardo, Kristy Earick, Penny Treon, Karon Cromwell, Kara Knapke, Nickie Meyer, Jeremy Litton, Angie Moran, Jerry Pequignot, Nancy Greve, Betty McKenna, Julia Kremer, Randy Garrison, Lucille James, Landen Knapke, Marilyn Pohlman, Andrea Schmitmeyer, Donna Tebbe, Dorothy Gariety, Patty Barga, Diane Magoto, Dottie Platt, Kris Hart and David Barger. Anniversary wishes Jamie and Ben Dues (12), Lisa and Brian Winner, Cindy and AJ Bey (23), (16) Becky and Jerry Chrisman (33), Dee and Brian Monnin (34), Julie and David Heuing (35), Sharon and Paul Monnin (42), and Arabella and Bill Krites (66).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to John Davis (on transplant list), John Laub (recovering), Beverly Norton, Carl Drees, Dorothy Richard, Dave Magoto, Alan Barga, Maggie Dabbelt, Bob Homan, Janet Pitsenbarger, Kelly Bruns, Steven Youngker (shoulder surgery), Nicole Smith, Dave Francis, Marge Langenkamp, Iris Nickol, Joann Ingle, Eileen Rahm, Michelle McClure Dan Trostel, Robert Longenecker, Rita Wuebker, Shirley Davis, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Frantz, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Michelle Ullom, Thelma Schultz, James Youngker, Glenn Monnin, Isabella Yakos, Brian Voisard Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith and all those dealing with cancer or any one of life’s many challenges, as well the hospitalized or homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of James Penny, Sr. (67), Mel Grile (74), Melvin Sell (75); also remembering the lives of Jerome Thobe, Marian Braun, Shirley Seger, Delores Vian, Marjorie Rethman, Wilma Dues, Ron Mowry, David Oliver, June Varvel, Roger Heitkamp, Don Voisard, Bob Dieringer, Alverda Bohman, Larry Hoffman, Rita Gerling, Lois Ann Grilliot, Tom Rindler, Cecilia Borchers, Bud Schieltz, Mary Ellen Brewer, Dan Dapore, Edweina Chappie, Urban Hoehne, Robert Bulcher, Scott Winner, Larry Nance, Keith Davis, Carl Kunk, Norma Bulcher, Mike Dapore, Bob Warner, Cora Boyer, Frances Hubbard and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name at the anniversary of their passing.