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Weekly Worship Bulletins

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All of our weekly bulletins handed out at our worship service are posted on our Facebook page. Please scroll through these Facebook posts to find the latest bulletin:

23 hours ago

Living Faith Church

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2 days ago

Living Faith Church

All of the Christmas gifts that were brought in from our "Giving Tree" were delivered today to 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in Port St. Lucie. On hand to deliver the gifts from Living Faith Church were Pastor Maryanne Kehlenbach, Sharon Wilson Corcoran, Lisa Smith, and Derrick Smith Nautel. Thank you to our confirmands for heading up this drive and to all the people at Living Faith Church who donated the gifts!Thank you to Living Faith Lutheran Church and their confirmation class for conducting a toy drive for the Guardian ad Litem Program. This morning they dropped off dozens of toys for our kids. We are so thankful for their support. ... See MoreSee Less

All of the Christmas gifts that were brought in from our Giving Tree were delivered today to 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program in Port St. Lucie. On hand to deliver the gifts from Living Faith Church were Pastor Maryanne Kehlenbach, Sharon Wilson Corcoran, Lisa Smith, and Derrick Smith Nautel. Thank you to our confirmands for heading up this drive and to all the people at Living Faith Church who donated the gifts!

 

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So proud to be a part of both of these teams - Guardian Ad Litem and Living Faith - the hands and feet of God!

Living Faith Giving Tree
Our Confirmation students introduced their outreach ministry for the Advent Season last Sunday. They created a Living Faith Giving Tree and adorned it with handmade angel ornaments. Everybody was invited to take an angel ornament and purchase a gift to be given to a child that is in crisis and has an adult that is legally advocating for their protection and care. That advocate is called a Guardian ad Litem. Over 35 angel ornaments were removed from the Living Faith Giving Tree last Sunday. Thank you for bringing your gifts back this week. Our Confirmation Students will be bringing your gifts to the Guardian ad Litem offices for distribution at their party on Friday evening, December 15th. Don’t forget to place your angel ornament on your Christmas Tree as a reminder to pray for the child who will be receiving your gift.
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Living Faith Giving Tree 
Our Confirmation students introduced their outreach ministry for the Advent Season last Sunday. They created a Living Faith Giving Tree and adorned it with handmade angel ornaments. Everybody was invited to take an angel ornament and purchase a gift to be given to a child that is in crisis and has an adult that is legally advocating for their protection and care. That advocate is called a Guardian ad Litem. Over 35 angel ornaments were removed from the Living Faith Giving Tree last Sunday. Thank you for bringing your gifts back this week. Our Confirmation Students will be bringing your gifts to the Guardian ad Litem offices for distribution at their party on Friday evening, December 15th.  Don’t forget to place your angel ornament on your Christmas Tree as a reminder to pray for the child who will be receiving your gift.

5 days ago

Living Faith Church

Each week Pastor Maryanne invites one or more of our children up to the altar to help "set the table" in preparation for communion. This week it was Cassidy Myers who for the very first time helped Pastor Maryanne set the table. It doesn't seem like that long ago that we baptized Cassidy. What a joy it is to watch our children grow in size and in faith! ... See MoreSee Less

Each week Pastor Maryanne invites one or more of our children up to the altar to help set the table in preparation for communion. This week it was Cassidy Myers who for the very first time helped Pastor Maryanne set the table. It doesnt seem like that long ago that we baptized Cassidy. What a joy it is to watch our children grow in size and in faith!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Thank you Pastor Maryanne for loving all of us the way you do. Our entire family is so proud to be a part of Living Faith:) Cassidy looks very comfortable up there with you. Laura Marie Myers

5 days ago

Living Faith Church

This week's prayers - 12-10-17
In case you were not able to worship with us this Sunday, we invite you to pray the prayers that were read during worship service.
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This week's bulletin. A copy of the bulletin that was handed out at our 12-10-17 worship service...

John - the Baptizing Witness
Each year on the Second Sunday in Advent we hear the story of John preaching and calling for God’s people to come and be washed in the waters. Purification and washing rituals were an important part of Levitical (Jewish) Law but baptism in ancient Judaism was not merely for the purpose of atoning for (making amends for, doing penance for or expiating) a special transgression. Baptism, along with circumcision and sacrifice was the way in which one became a part of God’s family. Circumcision was much more important, and like baptism was called a “seal”. The covenantal relationship with God in essence was “sealed” in these practices. Baptism was performed through full body immersion in water and in it one is made pure and holy before God. After the “bath” one now belongs to Israel - the people beloved of God.

Baptism has been carried over into Christianity from the roots of Judaism. For Christians, Baptism is also used as an “entrance” into the community of Christ followers. For Lutherans, Baptism (along with the Lord’s Supper) is the "means of grace”. Baptism is a holy sacrament in which the water and God’s Word together bestows upon the receiver God’s promises.

God’s promises are deliverance from sin, death and the devil and eternal life with Jesus Christ. It is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the receipt of God’s gift of grace and new life. This is a gift that cannot be purchased so the work here is not ours, but all God’s work, to us and for us.

Our reading this morning is from John’s gospel, and the focus of the work of John - the one crying out in the wilderness - is different from that of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). The synoptic gospels focus on John as the baptizer and refers to John as the Baptist. But in John’s gospel, the focus is on John as the witness. John does baptize but what is more important is that John is the one who points to Christ. And John is the last of the biblical prophets who will point to the coming of the Lord.

As we move through the “Great Expectations” of the season of Advent, we learn about John in relation to Jesus the Christ. When asked if he is the messiah, his answer is steadfast - “I AM Not”. John knows that he is not the “I AM” which allows him to point away from himself to Jesus - God incarnate - the “I AM”. John reminds us that we too are called to point to and witness to Jesus - God incarnate. God who comes to us, for us.

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Throughout the Season of Advent during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth. On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Children's Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas. Make sure your little ones are present at K4C Sunday School so they can learn the story and then share it with everyone at our 5:30 PM Christmas Eve Celebration of Jesus’ birth. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a "Stable" Christmas.

If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please contact Sharon Corcoran at 609-706-8605 or [email protected] We will provided the materials, love and support to fill the children’s hearts with the love of Jesus.

Living Faith Giving Tree
Our Confirmation Students introduced their outreach ministry for the Advent Season last Sunday. They created a Living Faith Giving Tree and adorned it with handmade angel ornaments. You were invited to take an angel ornament and purchase a gift to be given to a child that is in crisis and has an adult that is legally advocating for their protection and care. That advocate is called a Guardian ad Litem. Over 35 angel ornaments were removed from the Living Faith Giving Tree last Sunday. Thank you for bringing your gifts back this week. Our Confirmation Students will be bringing your gifts to the Guardian ad Litem offices for distribution at their party on Friday evening, December 15th. If you were unable to return your gift today, please speak with Pastor Maryanne so that arrangements can be made for dropping off the gift. Don’t forget to place your angel ornament on your Christmas Tree as a reminder to pray for the child who will be receiving your gift.

Happening This Week

Monday, December 11th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (Jan 1st) we are surrounded by our favorite foods and desserts - especially Christmas cookies. Some of us may gain 1-2 while others of us can gain 3-5 pounds in that timeframe. Why not add a new exercise routine during this timeframe. Come and join the Faith and Fitness and start a new tradition in Tradition. We gather at the church property (open land) at 8:30 am on Monday mornings, exercise our spiritual side through a 5 minute devotion and then exercise our physical side through a 1 mile walk around the lake. See you there!!!

Wednesday, December 13th 7PM-8PM, Small Group Bible Study
The small group bible study will be held at Bedford Park Clubhouse located at the corner of Joseph Lane and Waterway Lane in non-gated Bedford Park community in Tradition.

Thursday, December 14th 7PM-9PM, Living Faith Congregation Council Meeting
The monthly meeting for the Living Faith Congregation Council will take place on December 14th from 7PM-9PM at the Bedford Park Clubhouse in Tradition.

Friday, December 15th 8:30 AM - Bridge Outreach Food Distribution.
There is no Bridge Outreach Food Distribution this week. The next distribution is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd.

Servers for today, Sunday, December 10th:

Greeters: Tina Corrado
Ushers: Tina Corrado, Phil Long
Communion Assistants: Pat Walker 2. Lynne Wiscovitch, Sharon Plant

Refreshments lovingly donated by: Frank & Karen Taylor
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This weeks bulletin. A copy of the bulletin that was handed out at our 12-10-17 worship service...

John - the Baptizing Witness
Each year on the Second Sunday in Advent we hear the story of John preaching and calling for God’s people to come and be washed in the waters. Purification and washing rituals were an important part of Levitical (Jewish) Law but baptism in ancient Judaism was not merely for the purpose of atoning for (making amends for, doing penance for or expiating) a special transgression. Baptism, along with circumcision and sacrifice was the way in which one became a part of God’s family. Circumcision was much more important, and like baptism was called a “seal”. The covenantal relationship with God in essence was “sealed” in these practices. Baptism was performed through full body immersion in water and in it one is made pure and holy before God. After the “bath” one now belongs to Israel - the people beloved of God.

Baptism has been carried over into Christianity from the roots of Judaism. For Christians, Baptism is also used as an “entrance” into the community of Christ followers. For Lutherans, Baptism (along with the Lord’s Supper) is the means of grace”. Baptism is a holy sacrament in which the water and God’s Word together bestows upon the receiver God’s promises.

God’s promises are deliverance from sin, death and the devil and eternal life with Jesus Christ. It is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the receipt of God’s gift of grace and new life. This is a gift that cannot be purchased so the work here is not ours, but all God’s work, to us and for us.

Our reading this morning is from John’s gospel, and the focus of the work of John - the one crying out in the wilderness - is different from that of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). The synoptic gospels focus on John as the baptizer and refers to John as the Baptist. But in John’s gospel, the focus is on John as the witness. John does baptize but what is more important is that John is the one who points to Christ. And John is the last of the biblical prophets who will point to the coming of the Lord.

As we move through the “Great Expectations” of the season of Advent, we learn about John in relation to Jesus the Christ. When asked if he is the messiah, his answer is steadfast - “I AM Not”. John knows that he is not the “I AM” which allows him to point away from himself to Jesus - God incarnate - the “I AM”. John reminds us that we too are called to point to and witness to Jesus - God incarnate. God who comes to us, for us.

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Throughout the Season of Advent during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth. On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Childrens Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas. Make sure your little ones are present at K4C Sunday School so they can learn the story and then share it with everyone at our 5:30 PM Christmas Eve Celebration of Jesus’ birth. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a Stable Christmas.

If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please contact Sharon Corcoran at 609-706-8605 or sharoncorcoran@msn.com. We will provided the materials, love and support to fill the children’s hearts with the love of Jesus.

Living Faith Giving Tree 
Our Confirmation Students introduced their outreach ministry for the Advent Season last Sunday. They created a Living Faith Giving Tree and adorned it with handmade angel ornaments. You were invited to take an angel ornament and purchase a gift to be given to a child that is in crisis and has an adult that is legally advocating for their protection and care. That advocate is called a Guardian ad Litem. Over 35 angel ornaments were removed from the Living Faith Giving Tree last Sunday. Thank you for bringing your gifts back this week. Our Confirmation Students will be bringing your gifts to the Guardian ad Litem offices for distribution at their party on Friday evening, December 15th. If you were unable to return your gift today, please speak with Pastor Maryanne so that arrangements can be made for dropping off the gift. Don’t forget to place your angel ornament on your Christmas Tree as a reminder to pray for the child who will be receiving your gift.

Happening This Week

Monday, December 11th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (Jan 1st) we are surrounded by our favorite foods and desserts - especially Christmas cookies. Some of us may gain 1-2 while others of us can gain 3-5 pounds in that timeframe. Why not add a new exercise routine during this timeframe. Come and join the Faith and Fitness and start a new tradition in Tradition. We gather at the church property (open land) at 8:30 am on Monday mornings, exercise our spiritual side through a 5 minute devotion and then exercise our physical side through a 1 mile walk around the lake. See you there!!!

Wednesday, December 13th 7PM-8PM, Small Group Bible Study
The small group bible study will be held at Bedford Park Clubhouse located at the corner of Joseph Lane and Waterway Lane in non-gated Bedford Park community in Tradition.

Thursday, December 14th 7PM-9PM, Living Faith Congregation Council Meeting
The monthly meeting for the Living Faith Congregation Council will take place on December 14th from 7PM-9PM at the Bedford Park Clubhouse in Tradition.

Friday, December 15th 8:30 AM - Bridge Outreach Food Distribution.
There is no Bridge Outreach Food Distribution this week. The next distribution is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd.

Servers for today, Sunday, December 10th:

Greeters: Tina Corrado 
Ushers: Tina Corrado, Phil Long 
Communion Assistants: Pat Walker 2. Lynne Wiscovitch, Sharon Plant

Refreshments lovingly donated by: Frank & Karen Taylor

It may be cold outside but you will feel the warmth of His presence inside Living Faith Church today. ... See MoreSee Less

It may be cold outside but you will feel the warmth of His presence inside Living Faith Church today.

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday in Advent - A Season Of Love. Come and worship with us as we celebrate the Advent season. Worship service is at 10:00 AM. All are invited! ... See MoreSee Less

2nd Sunday in Advent

Throughout Advent, during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth. On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Children's Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas.

Prayerfully consider bringing your children during the next four weeks as an Advent preparation and then encourage them to share their hearts with all of us at our 5:30 Christmas Eve Celebration. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a "Stable" Christmas.
... See MoreSee Less

Throughout Advent, during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth. On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Childrens Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas.

Prayerfully consider bringing your children during the next four weeks as an Advent preparation and then encourage them to share their hearts with all of us at our 5:30 Christmas Eve Celebration. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a Stable Christmas.

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1 week ago

Living Faith Church

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2 weeks ago

Living Faith Church

Thank you Ms. Sharon and Ms. Jen for leading and teaching our children at this week's Kids4Christ Sunday school. This week's Advent theme was "The Best News Ever" - the donkeys trip to Bethlehem. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Ms. Sharon and Ms. Jen for leading and teaching our children at this weeks Kids4Christ Sunday school. This weeks Advent theme was The Best News Ever - the donkeys trip to Bethlehem.

 

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Our Kids4Christ are so eager to hear and recreate the Christmas Story!

Thanks for stepping in for me!

2 weeks ago

Living Faith Church

At today's worship service our confirmands: Ethan Myers, Jacoby Smith Nautel and Derrick Smith Nautel (pictured left to right) presented the "Giving Tree" ministry that our confirmands at Living Faith are sponsoring for Christmas. If you took an angel off the Christmas tree, remember to bring in your unwrapped toy to next week's service. Toys will be given to children in the Guardian ad Litem program. ... See MoreSee Less

At todays worship service our confirmands: Ethan Myers, Jacoby Smith Nautel and Derrick Smith Nautel (pictured left to right) presented the Giving Tree ministry that our confirmands at Living Faith are sponsoring for Christmas. If you took an angel off the Christmas tree, remember to bring in your unwrapped toy to next weeks service. Toys will be given to children in the Guardian ad Litem program.

 

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Thank you boys for brightening lives of these less fortunate children. You are indeed a blessing!

2 weeks ago

Living Faith Church

This week's prayers - 12-03-17
In case you were not able to worship with us this Sunday, we invite you to pray the prayers that were read during worship service.
... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Living Faith Church

Here is a copy of the bulletin that was handed out at the 12-03-17 worship service...

Today is New Year’s Day!
Yes Happy New Year! Today marks the first Sunday of the new year for the church. Within the church year we have various seasons that are dedicated to the rhythms of our life together which is based on the life of Jesus Christ - God incarnate. And each of the seasons is associated with a color to adorn our worship space as a visual reminder and experience of that season. The “liturgical” colors had developed haphazardly over the years but in the Middle Ages, the Roman church began to set forth a more formalized pattern. And so it is important to remember that the colors that are associated with the church seasons are closely linked with the experience of Christians in the Northern hemisphere. Christians in the Southern hemisphere will experience the church year differently in the context of that culture and so different color associations may be used. For example, white is the color North American and European Christians typically associate with Christmas and Easter, since the color white in those contexts have come to signify the purity of Christ, light or joy. In many Eastern cultures, white is used for mourning and may not be the the colors associated with Christmas and Easter. In India the color red is associated with purity, whereas in our Western culture red is associated with energy, blood or fire.

The first season of the church year is called Advent and lasts 4 weeks. It is the time in which we focus on remembering that we are awaiting the coming of Christ - again. The color blue is associated with Advent which suggests hope. The use of blue originated in Scandinavia most likely because purple dye was too expensive for churches to use. Many congregations use purple in Advent, a color which is associated with royalty as the church awaits the coming of our King Jesus Christ. We use a mixture of blue and purple.

Many Christians are unaware of this Advent season and mistakenly believe that we are in the season of Christmas. That season is coming - soon, but not yet. We are experiencing the preparations associated with the celebration of Jesus’ birth - the season of Christmas - but it is not here yet. And so we can think of Advent as that in-between time. The time where we catch glimpses of Christmas - yet it has not been fully realized yet. And so the season of Advent reminds us of how we live our lives in the “between" time. We live between the time of remembering the excitement and hope found in the incarnate baby Jesus and the time in which Jesus the risen Christ will come again and our excitement and hope will be established, will be manifested, will be lived. We live in a time when Christ is present in this world and yet not fully present and so we experience glimpses and tastes of the feast that will come - or what we call a “foretaste” of the feast to come.

On this first day of the church new year, take time to hear God’s Word of love for you today, take time to taste the promise in the bread and the wine in which Christ is fully present and take time to hear the words of absolution - hope and forgiveness - given to you. Take time to be in the presence of Christ today and every day, as together we watch for the fulfillment and completion of Christ’s return for the sake of us - and for the sake of the world.

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Throughout the Season of Advent during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth. On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Children's Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas. Make sure your little ones are present at K4C Sunday School so they can learn the story and then share it with everyone at our 5:30 PM Christmas Eve Celebration of Jesus’ birth. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a "Stable" Christmas.

If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please contact Sharon Corcoran at 609-706-8605 or [email protected] We will provided the materials, love and support to fill the children’s hearts with the love of Jesus.

Living Faith Giving Tree
Our Confirmation Students discussed the importance of sharing their time, talents and possessions during this season of Advent. This unique time of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ as well as Christ’s return is a special time of giving to those of God’s children who are going through family crisis. Our students have decided to create the Living Faith Giving Tree. The tree is adorned with angel ornaments each prepared by hand. You are invited to take an angel ornament home, purchase a gift for a child (boy or girl) and return that gift no later than Sunday, December 17th. Then place the angel ornament on your tree at home and pray for the child - known to God - who will be receiving the gift purchased.

Happening This Week

Monday, December 4th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (Jan 1st) we are surrounded by our favorite foods and desserts - especially Christmas cookies. Some of us may gain 1-2 while others of us can gain 3-5 pounds in that timeframe. Why not add a new exercise routine during this timeframe. Come and join the Faith and Fitness and start a new tradition in Tradition. We gather at the church property (open land) at 8:30 am on Monday mornings, exercise our spiritual side through a 5 minute devotion and then exercise our physical side through a 1 mile walk around the lake. See you there!!!

Wednesday, December 6th 7PM-8PM, Small Group Bible Study
The small group bible study will be held at Bedford Park Clubhouse located at the corner of Joseph Lane and Waterway Lane in non-gated Bedford Park community in Tradition.

Friday, December 8th 8:30 AM - Bridge Outreach Food Distribution.
We will gather at 8:30 am in front of Pastor Maryanne's house (10426 SW Waterway Ln in the ungated Bedford Park section of Tradition) and head over to Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) to assist with the Bridge Outreach outdoor food distribution. All are invited to participate in this rewarding ministry. If you would like to go directly to the site, TC3 is located at 20 NE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

Servers for today, Sunday, December 3rd:

Greeters: Chris Zichella
Ushers: Tina Corrdo, Larry Walker
Communion Assistants: Pat Walker 1, Nancy Prince, Sharon Plant

Refreshments lovingly donated by: Julie Witkowski & Michelle Lord
... See MoreSee Less

Here is a copy of the bulletin that was handed out at the 12-03-17 worship service...

Today is New Year’s Day!
Yes Happy New Year! Today marks the first Sunday of the new year for the church. Within the church year we have various seasons that are dedicated to the rhythms of our life together which is based on the life of Jesus Christ - God incarnate. And each of the seasons is associated with a color to adorn our worship space as a visual reminder and experience of that season. The “liturgical” colors had developed haphazardly over the years but in the Middle Ages, the Roman church began to set forth a more formalized pattern. And so it is important to remember that the colors that are associated with the church seasons are closely linked with the experience of Christians in the Northern hemisphere. Christians in the Southern hemisphere will experience the church year differently in the context of that culture and so different color associations may be used. For example, white is the color North American and European Christians typically associate with Christmas and Easter, since the color white in those contexts have come to signify the purity of Christ, light or joy. In many Eastern cultures, white is used for mourning and may not be the the colors associated with Christmas and Easter. In India the color red is associated with purity, whereas in our Western culture red is associated with energy, blood or fire.

The first season of the church year is called Advent and lasts 4 weeks. It is the time in which we focus on remembering that we are awaiting the coming of Christ - again. The color blue is associated with Advent which suggests hope. The use of blue originated in Scandinavia most likely because purple dye was too expensive for churches to use. Many congregations use purple in Advent, a color which is associated with royalty as the church awaits the coming of our King Jesus Christ. We use a mixture of blue and purple.

Many Christians are unaware of this Advent season and mistakenly believe that we are in the season of Christmas. That season is coming - soon, but not yet. We are experiencing the preparations associated with the celebration of Jesus’ birth - the season of Christmas - but it is not here yet. And so we can think of Advent as that in-between time. The time where we catch glimpses of Christmas - yet it has not been fully realized yet. And so the season of Advent reminds us of how we live our lives in the “between time. We live between the time of remembering the excitement and hope found in the incarnate baby Jesus and the time in which Jesus the risen Christ will come again and our excitement and hope will be established, will be manifested, will be lived. We live in a time when Christ is present in this world and yet not fully present and so we experience glimpses and tastes of the feast that will come - or what we call a “foretaste” of the feast to come. 

On this first day of the church new year, take time to hear God’s Word of love for you today, take time to taste the promise in the bread and the wine in which Christ is fully present and take time to hear the words of absolution - hope and forgiveness - given to you. Take time to be in the presence of Christ today and every day, as together we watch for the fulfillment and completion of Christ’s return for the sake of us - and for the sake of the world.

Kids4Christ Sunday School
Throughout the Season of Advent during our Sunday School time, our children will be discovering the story of the Birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people, animals and events that led to that first Christmas Eve. Each week we will unfold an exciting part of the story and discover how God uses ordinary people and everyday circumstances for an extraordinary birth.  On Christmas Eve, the children will be presenting the Childrens Sermon as they open these special gifts from God and share with you in their own words the true meaning of Christmas.  Make sure your little ones are present at K4C Sunday School so they can learn the story and then share it with everyone at our 5:30 PM Christmas Eve Celebration of Jesus’ birth. Thank you for giving the children at Living Faith a Stable Christmas.

If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please contact Sharon Corcoran at 609-706-8605 or sharoncorcoran@msn.com.  We will provided the materials, love and support to fill the children’s hearts with the love of Jesus.

Living Faith Giving Tree
Our Confirmation Students discussed the importance of sharing their time, talents and possessions during this season of Advent. This unique time of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ as well as Christ’s return is a special time of giving to those of God’s children who are going through family crisis. Our students have decided to create the Living Faith Giving Tree. The tree is adorned with angel ornaments each prepared by hand. You are invited to take an angel ornament home, purchase a gift for a child (boy or girl) and return that gift no later than Sunday, December 17th. Then place the angel ornament on your tree at home and pray for the child - known to God - who will be receiving the gift purchased.

Happening This Week

Monday, December 4th 8:30 AM - Faith and Fitness Walk
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (Jan 1st) we are surrounded by our favorite foods and desserts - especially Christmas cookies. Some of us may gain 1-2 while others of us can gain 3-5 pounds in that timeframe. Why not add a new exercise routine during this timeframe. Come and join the Faith and Fitness and start a new tradition in Tradition. We gather at the church property (open land) at 8:30 am on Monday mornings, exercise our spiritual side through a 5 minute devotion and then exercise our physical side through a 1 mile walk around the lake. See you there!!!

Wednesday, December 6th  7PM-8PM,  Small Group Bible Study
The small group bible study will be held at Bedford Park Clubhouse located at the corner of Joseph Lane and Waterway Lane in non-gated Bedford Park community in Tradition. 

Friday, December 8th  8:30 AM - Bridge Outreach Food Distribution.
We will gather at 8:30 am in front of Pastor Maryannes house (10426 SW Waterway Ln in the ungated Bedford Park section of Tradition) and head over to Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3)  to assist with the Bridge Outreach outdoor food distribution. All are invited to participate in this rewarding ministry. If you would like to go directly to the site, TC3 is located at 20 NE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

Servers for today, Sunday, December 3rd:

Greeters: Chris Zichella 
Ushers: Tina Corrdo, Larry Walker 
Communion Assistants: Pat Walker 1, Nancy Prince, Sharon Plant

Refreshments lovingly donated by: Julie Witkowski & Michelle Lord
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