In This Week's E-Pistle You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Mary's Song of Love"
This Sunday is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, in which we put our focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her revolutionary song of love. We also light our fourth advent candle for "Love."
Pease join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) for an inspiring message from Pastor Sal and uplifting music from Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
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Last Sunday's Service
The late spiritual teacher, Henri Nouwen, wrote: "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." Please enjoy last Sunday's service when we lit the pink candle, which symbolizes "JOY." There is good news of great joy for all people: the Light is on its way! Inspiring message from Pastor Sal and uplifting music from Peter Black and Pamela Chappell, who performed her original song, "Joy in My Heart."
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Mask Recommendation
We're taking this opportunity to remind everyone that following the new Michigan Public Health advisory for masking in all indoor public places, it's important to wear a mask in services and church meetings, maintain a safe distance from others, and withhold hugs and handshakes when passing the peace.
If you forget your mask, fresh masks and hand sanitizer are available at all doors, and we encourage you to use them when entering and exiting church buildings. We want you to be well, stay safe, and have a joyful holiday season,
Here is Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services mask advisory for this holiday season for all gatherings: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-572726--,00.html
You can follow Allegan County's Covid transmission and infection rate at this link:
CDC infection and transmission rates by county.
Grand West Association's Longest Night Service, December 20, 7pm via Zoom
The clergy of the Grand West Association will offer a live-streamed (via zoom) Longest Night Service of memories and reflection on Monday, December 20, 2021. Please join us if you are able. This service will acknowledge that this season, while merry and bright for many, is not so for some. Mixed feelings of grief and loss mingle with the anticipation of the season. This is a time to express longing and joy together.
If you'd like to attend, write to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,