Sanctuary in the City: Advent News (December 2018; Vol. 66, No. 6)

COME, GOD-WITH -US! COME, CHRIST OF LIGHT! COME, LORD JESUS!
fromthepastorAdvent is a tender time; a season in which we are so very aware of our longings. We are aware that there is place inside us that longs for fullness of life. Oftentimes we cannot name exactly what we want, what we need; we only know there is a hole in our heart that longs to be filled. We try to fill our longing with many things, yet ultimately only Love Divine, all loves excelling, can complete us.

The world has a longing; creation cries out in longing for healing and wholeness, those in exile long for home, those in pain and grief long for peace. In Advent, we trust and await the one who comes to bring life; the one who comes, Emmanuel –God-With-Us.

In these days, allow the space in your life to be ordered with room for Christ’s coming. Open your life to to God’s love born in the most vulnerable of humanity. Look! In the least expected of places, here comes Love, here comes Joy!

“O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine Advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s deep shadows put to flight. Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

I pray you will share in worship and community with us in this Advent. – Pastor Jacque

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly 2019
DOCGenAssembly2018REGISTER NOW AND MAKE
YOUR HOTEL / HOUSING
ARRANGEMENTS FOR
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019 in
DES MOINES!
(Yes, it seems early, but it is really time!)

AdventAdvent is about expecting.
What do you expect of God-With-Us
in this time?
What is God’s expectation in this time?
Join in worship through the Sundays of Advent as we explore EXPECTATION in challenging times; as we open our hearts to God’s Light breaking through the night!

Mission: Winter Outreach Shelter volunteers needed at for our work with the shelter at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.
The schedule and needed shifts for volunteers will be available throughout the winter. Let Meredith Jackson or Pastor Jacque know if you would like to serve. See details on page 3.

Tree of Warmth – This is our annual “decorating” of a tree with warm socks, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, long underwear for those in need of extra warmth in the cold. These are distributed through our Isaiah 58 Ministries.

Isaiah 58 Ministries – Food for the New Isaiah 58 Choice Pantry and Gifts (for all ages) for the Isaiah 58 Christmas Store which will be open for clients’ to shop at Dec. 4 – 13

Christmas Offering – December 16th and 23rd

Worship: Each of the Sundays of Advent is a Day of Light with a theme that guides us:

December 2 – First Sunday of Advent – HOPE
Acts of Hope and Expectation: The Hanging of the Greens
December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent – PEACE
Expecting God’s Realm in the World: Prepare the Way of Peace
December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent – JOY
Expect Joy: An Act of Faith
Children’s Christmas Play – “BENJAMIN’S GIFT”
Pastor’s Christmas Open House 5 – 8 pm at Pastor’s Home
December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent – LOVE
Expecting the Birth of God’s Love
Monday, December 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 6:00 PM
CHRISTMAS CAROLING in the neighborhood – 7:15 (ish)
Tuesday, December 25 – A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!

Prayer and Reflection: Advent Vespers Wednesday Evenings 6:00 to 6:50 pm
Join us on Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19

coldOak Hill Presbyterian, Isaiah 58 Ministries, and Compton Heights CC Winter Outreach Shelter
Last winter CHCC worked with Oak Hill Presbyterian and Isaiah 58 Ministry to
provide and staff an emergency shelter. It is located at Oak Hill Presbyterian (4111 Connecticut) and open on Wednesday nights when it is below 20 degrees, or below 25 degrees with wet weather. The emergency shelter is
coordinated through Winter Outreach, who will go out and pick up people needing shelter, and will shuttle them to shelters throughout the area. Since our city-run shelters are not able to provide enough beds, these emergency
shelters are key to making sure people can survive the night.

We remember the words of Matthew 25 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

In the past, CHCC members have volunteered for general shelter presence (two volunteers are awake at all times, while the guests sleep), dinner and breakfast crews, and more. These evenings are a gift not only to those in need of warm physical
shelter, but they are a gift to all of us who experience the power of God’s shelter in these shared evenings.

Our first night this season turned out to be Wednesday, Nov. 14 when snow and sleet arrived early. We are in need of volunteers on each Wednesday night that the weather creates a need. Each night that we know that the shelter will be needed, we will send out an email with a Google Form. If you are able to help, you are encouraged to volunteer by clicking on the link and filling in the shift you can work on the Google Form. This helps with fast scheduling as it gathers all our responses in one place. (You may also reply directly to the email, if that is better for you.)

Oak Hill volunteers will be present to orient you to the space and your volunteer tasks.

The schedule for each Wednesday evening is approximately:

Volunteer @ Oak Hill Emergency Winter Shelter (4111 Connecticut) Evening Schedule
6:30 -7:30pm Set-up space
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Help prepare dinner/serve dinner/clean up dinner
7:00 pm -11:00 pm General Shelter Presence/Help
11:00 pm- 3:00 am General Shelter Presence/Help
3:00 am – 7:00 am General Shelter Presence/Help
6:00 am -8:00 am Breakfast Crew at church
7:30 am – 8:30 am Clean up crew

If you have questions about serving, feel free to ask Meredith or Jacque.
Come in from the cold with us,
Meredith and Jacque

Compton Heights CC Folks and Community Arts
Annabelle Martin is performing this year in her dance school’s version of the Nutcracker. She is one of the Pollichenelles from the Mother Ginger scene. The performances are on December 7th and 8th at 7:00 pm at Carr Lane VPA Middle School (1004 N. Jefferson Ave, 63106). If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available at the door or online at dayspringarts.org. They are $8 for kids and $12 for adults. I believe they may be slightly higher at the door.

They will ask you which student you’re supporting when you buy your tickets so make sure to say Annabelle Martin. There is a contest that the person with the most ticket sales gets a scholarship to apply to their dance classes.

Mike Hubbard who sings with the Ambassadors of Harmony (renowned Barbershop music group) invites all to their Christmas concert “Sounds of the Season” December 7, 8:00 pm, Dec. 8, 2 pm and 8 pm, Dec. 9, 2 pm and 7 pm at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. (You may go online to the Blanche M. Touhill Arts Center to order tickets.)

Marty Hughes, who sings with the American Chamber Chorale, invites all to their concert, “A Soulful Christmas” with Brian Owens, is on December 8, 7:30 pm at Salem United Methodist Church at 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. (at I-64 and Lindbergh) See Marty for tickets or purchase at the door.

Morgan Clough who plays with Band Together STL invites all to their annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 pm. The concert will be at the 560 Music Center at 560 Trinity Ave. in University City. The concert is free; donations are accepted. The Parking Garage adjacent to the 560, on Washington Ave., is now open. It is a shared parking garage with COCA and provides complimentary parking on a first come, first served basis. The entrance is behind the building on Washington Ave.

CHCCopenhouseJoin us for the Pastor’s Christmas Open House at Jacque and Dave’s home.

Sunday, December 16, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Come relax with friends, food, and Christmas cheer!

 

 

 

prayersIn these days we hold each other and our wider community,
nation, and world in prayer. It is more than a turn of phrase to
say that we “pray without ceasing.”

This is a community grounded and centered in prayer in such a way that we hold each other and those we do not know in God’s presence day and night.
Please pray for these:
Leslie Latham’s father, Roger as he recovers from surgery
Susan and Patrick Miller

Those lost in the fires in California
Judi Linville Those in killed in gun violence
John and Karen Pitt Those lives taken in natural disaster
Joyce Cole All who suffer chronic illness
Royce Sykes Ones who suffer depression and
Sharon Clayton anxiety in the holiday season

insympathyWe celebrate the life of the Rev. Norman Linville and we grieve our loss. Norm died to this life on October 25, completing a long life of love and ministry. In August, Norm celebrated 80 years of life, and he and Judi celebrated 50 years of marriage. We hold Judi, Doug (Matt) and all of Norm and Judi’s family in prayer.
The Celebration of Life was held at the church on November 3. The family requests memorial gifts to be made to the Accessibility Fund at Compton Heights Christian Church or to the charity of your choice.

We hold in love and care the Rev. Susan Miller and Patrick Miller, in the loss of their beloved daughter, Marie, who died to this life on November 14. May God’s love embrace these who mourn so deeply the loss of their child. We name in prayer Susan, Patrick, their younger daughter, Theresa, and all of their family. Susan, who has shared in the life of CHCC is now serving as pastor of Celebration Christian Church in St. Peters, MO.

PHILLIPS SEMINARY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
We are delighted to share the Advent Devotional written and gifted to our churches by Phillips Theological Seminary, our Disciples Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Devotional is offered to us with these words:

“This Advent season, I pray this devotional speaks hope, peace, joy, and love into your life. I also pray it provides opportunities for you to be challenged in your faith journey and to see a scripture in a new light, while also helping you think about Jesus in different ways. May we approach this special season of the church with the vulnerability of a newborn baby.”

We are printing copies for those who would like to pick up a paper copy for your use beginning Dec 2. You may also experience the devotional online by going to http://ptstulsa.edu/Advent2018

bookclubCompton Heights CC Book Club
Next meeting: Saturday, December 8, 1:00pm
at the church
This Month’s book:
JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

worshipfromtheheartWorship From the Heart – A Study and Preparation Group
Do you love to lead worship? Would you like to lead worship, are not presently doing so?
Do you enjoy the opportunity to serve as liturgist, reading scripture and leading
prayer? Does your leadership at the Table as a deacon or elder bring you joy?
Do you feel a sense of God’s Spirit on your lips and in your heart when you lead?

AND/OR
Do you want to have a deeper experience of worship leadership?
Do you sometimes feel unsure about ‘what to do with yourself’ while leading
worship?
Do you sometimes wish the worship leader seemed more prepared and connected
to the word being spoken?
Do you long for worship leaders to truly lead you in a way that deepens your worship?
Would you like to be a part of deepening this congregation’s sense of worship?

Pastor Jacque would like to gather worship leaders and those who are interested in leading worship in a group for study, planning, and preparation. If you are compelled by any of the questions above, we hope you will engage with this new group.

We have not yet set a date to begin. This could be a group that meets on Sunday mornings for a series or an evening group. Please speak with Jacque if you think you are interested. We will choose the best meeting time for those interested.

FALL SCHEDULE
Sundays 9:15 AM Choir
10 AM Classes
11 AM Worship
12:10 Refreshments
12:30 Choir
Each Tues. & Thurs. 7 pm Exercise Group
4st Tues. Compassionate Listening 6:30 – 8:30 p
1st Wed. Board or Min. Grp
3rd Wed. Elders Circle 7 pm
1st Thurs. Prayer Shawl Grp
Each Friday –Happy Fri. 7 – 8 am
Saturdays Exercise 11:30 am

Contact us: 314-771-5071 / www.comptonheights.com / Facebook
www.isaiah58ministries.org
Email: comptonheightscc@gmail.com
Pastor: jleigh55@att.net

About Rebecca KE

Librarian, ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and leader/organizer with Metropolitan Congregations United.
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