Advent Fast and Devotional

On Sunday we begin the 21 days of Advent, the season before Christmas. This year we are invited to participate in an Advent Fast which you can learn about here. Additionally, different New Community people have contributed to a daily Advent Devotional that you can access here.

It's our desire that, in the midst of some much cultural consumption and noise, this Advent will be a time of joyful anticipation and reflection, a time to be curious about what the Holy Spirit has been doing in our lives and in the world around us.

During the fast we will be abstaining from meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sweeteners, and processed, refined, and fried foods. Additionally, we will be staying off our screens (phones, televisions, etc.) as much as possible.

If you're new to fasting you might be surprised by the experience. Sometimes the act of abstaining can make us aware of painful things we've been carrying. Other times we might experience spiritual attacks in the form of discouragement or deception. But the surprises can also look like contentment and rest as we depend more fully on God. Whatever surprises you encounter, be sure to do so with others in our community. Remain attached to sisters and brothers who will encourage and pray for you even as you do the same for them.

The psalmist writes, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (27:14) It's an appropriate image for these next few weeks. Together we will wait on our God, remembering his faithfulness and anticipating his return.

- Pastor David

PS Don't forget to bring some food that works for the fast for our potluck on Sunday!

Community Prayer Requests

1) Pray for safety for those members of our community who will be traveling this week.

2) As our teachers approach winter break, let's continue to pray for attentive students and healthy learning environments.

3) Pray for those in our city who do not have a warm home this winter.

Year-end Giving Challenge: Bus Passes

Toward the end of each year we stretch for a financial giving challenge. This year our goal is to provide bus passes for refugee families served by World Relief. These passes allow families to take English classes as they get accustomed to their new home. Everything beyond our budgeted giving will go toward purchasing these passes. Below is a graphic of our progress as of Sunday. Don't know how to give at New Community? Check out this info sheet. Thanks for your generosity!

Christmas cards for the Delps

Our church financially supports missionaries Joel and Kim Delp and their children in Ecuador. Below is an excerpt from their recent newsletter with a request for Christmas cards.

As we are thinking about creating and sending out our Christmas cards and preparing for the Holidays, we just wanted to say you can include us on your Christmas list! We really enjoy spending the Holidays here in Ecuador. However, one of the downfalls of being here is missing family and friends in the States. Sometimes getting Christmas letters and cards helps us know people are thinking of us, even across thousands of miles.  It is always exciting to open up our mailbox here in Quito and see fun mail!  If you would like to send a card or letter to us, our address in Ecuador is: The Delp Family CASILLA 17-11-6068/Quito Ecuador South America.

Calendar & Opportunities

Potluck THIS week | Sunday, December 1; after service
Start planning what fast-friendly meal you can bring and plan on spending lunch getting to know some new folks.

Prayer Around The Schools | Saturday, December 7; 9AM
We gather in front or Kennicott (4434 S. Lake Park) and then walk to the neighborhood schools and pray. Come out and join us!

Annual Congregational Meeting | Sunday, December 8; after service
All are welcome; members need to be here!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | Tuesday, December 24; 6:30-7:30PM
Join us for a simple service of celebration at the ministry center (3627 S. Cottage Grove) as we announce our Savior's birth.

Open AA Meeting | Thursdays; 7:00-8:00 PM
Sponsored by The Chicago Area Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, the meeting is open to all who desire to stop drinking and is held in Room 425 of Mercy Hospital (2525 South Michigan Avenue; 312-567-2000).

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