I am a parish minister currently serving the Eliot Church of Natick MA. Eliot Church is a Community Church affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Any statements made and postions held in "Unity," however, are solely mine(of course, they may be used with appropriate atribution). Therefore if you disagree, please do not blame the church!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Advent Pastoral Email

Dear Eliot Church Members and Friends,

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is a busy time. Advent is the beginning of the church's worship cycle, preparing us for the story of Jesus. It also means that it is a mere four weeks until Christmas! In the midst of all the festivities and general holiday craziness, let us all try to find times of quiet and of peace so we may maintain our own good humor in the days to come. Also, the holidays may be hard for some of us. I urge everyone to look out for each other and to reach out when the opportunity presents itself.

Naturally, it is a good time to be in church, too. It is nice to be able to see friendly faces this time of year. It is also good to gather and remember why it is we celebrate Christmas in the first place! Besides, we have some important dates coming up soon. The famous annual Christmas pageant, for example, will be cast this Sunday and the pageant, itself will be on December 17th. I hope everyone will be able to attend and participate. Also, this year we will have three services on December 24. The first will be at our regular time (10am). The other two will be evening services at 5pm (this is the "family" service) and 7pm (a more traditional service).

Once again, have a blessed and joyous holiday season.

Yours in Faith,