Have You Heard? (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

With the second candle on our Advent wreath lit , the season bids us to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. With the anticipation of Christ’s birth, we are also called into a new beginning with God and another.

As we patiently wait with enthusiasm, living out our faith, daily and hourly, we have the opportunity to share what God has already given us; i.e., grace eternal. Our purpose for living is expressed through our faith.

May Advent be a continued spiritually journey,
Pastor Anette

Pastor Anette's weekly devotional will return on Sun., Dec. 24.

While We Wait (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Dec. 3, 2017

Led by the first light of Advent, God’s promise is a safe haven to which we all can come just as we are. Embraced in God’s everlasting love, we are free to enjoy its mercies. How blessed we are indeed, and yet there’s more - always more in God’s world.

With the message of hope this season, may we fully take to heart God’s Word. Likewise, may we live our lives according to God’s call and will for us, i.e., fully devoted to the Lord.

May the warmth of Advent awake the hope in Christ,
Pastor Anette

Advent and Christmas Events 2017

Created: Friday, December 1, 2017

Here is a list of services and other events in 2017 to celebrate the birth of our Savior:

Sun. Dec. 3 at 10:45 AM: 1st Sunday of Advent worship service in the sanctuary; Holy Communion will be served

Sun. Dec. 10 at 10:45 AM: 2nd Sunday of Advent worship service in the sanctuary; Newtown Puppets will perform

Sun. Dec. 17 at 10:45 AM: 3rd Sunday of Advent worship service in the sanctuary; Christmas Pageant

Sun. Dec. 17 at 12:15 PM: Christmas Party in the Social Hall

Sun. Dec. 24 at 10:45 AM: 4th Sunday of Advent worship service in the sanctuary

Sun. Dec. 24 at 8:00 PM: Christmas Eve Candlelight service in the sanctuary

Pastor's Monthly Article: December 2017

Created: Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent and Christmas Greetings!

Going on our third year as New Yorkers, this year’s Thanksgiving took on a new meaning. We have officially earned the title “true” New Yorker since we joined some 3.5 million viewers on the streets of the city for the annual inflation of the balloons and parade events. Indeed, to have seen and experienced the magnitude of the Macy’s spectacular celebration in real life is a lasting memory.

Winter in December has the potential to bring forth the magic in all of us, with all the decorations to remind us of the season ahead. The blend of warm inviting colors and with music designed to echo the blessing of it all – lo and behold, the reason for the season bids for unity.

Here we are, once again leaping with exuberant joy for the anticipation of the child Christ coming among us! Taking into account the miracle of new life, there is nothing sweeter than a baby’s birth. The season of the most beautiful event is before us, and we are invited to be part of it!

The joyous news of Christmas is indeed the reason for the season. With lights lid in our homes and churches, may it be a constant reminder of who and whose we are, i.e., God’s children reflecting the light of Christ’s everlasting love.

Holding on and practicing one’s traditions is a beautiful thing. Hence, it’s not the time we’ve spent but the memories that matter most. We have the opportunity to create new chapters in our life, whereupon new memories are being built, whereupon unity and community speak to the tune of its own language.

With a world divided on many fronts, may we stand firm, live, and acknowledge the message of the Christian promise of love, peace, and hope. Likewise, may the most joyous event of the history of mankind brighten our hearts time and time again.

Wishing You and Yours a Blessed Advent and Christmas,
Pastor Anette

Worthy Is He! (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Nov. 26, 2017

Merciful and gracious is our Lord, who reigns within, above, and sees us through and through. Unto the Lord we belong, and are equally loved and cared for. God’s gift of the presence of the Son with us is life-changing!

Wearing the crown of faith, thus tracing the royal sign, the holy cross is what is written on our hearts. As believers, our citizenship in God’s reign on earth and in heaven is sealed and can never be forsaken. After all, the Lord our God in His kingship is with us in the ordinary. Likewise, when God so desires, and according to God’s divine plan, God makes it into the extraordinary of our lives.

May the Lord reign and guide your heart,
Pastor Anette