We continue to move closer and closer… And as we do, it feels like time is moving faster and faster and faster. Or maybe that’s just me.

We are already on to our Third Sunday of Advent this weekend – and I am looking at my calendar wondering where the time went. Nevertheless, we will be having a celebration of two wonderful things this weekend. First, the remarkable figure of Jesus’s mother, Mary. We will be looking at the song that she sings when the Christ-child is still in her belly and the extraordinary prophet she is in her own right.

And second, speaking of music, we are going to be bringing in all of our special music groups within the church right now. Our choir has a stunning anthem. Our band is leading most of worship and has their own anthem. Plus our handbells will be playing the main prelude. It will be a Sunday you will not want to miss!

Yet, Sunday is not the only thing happening at FPCH this week. Oh no, we have four more events we hope you will put on your calendars and join us for:

  • This Saturday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.: The Altoona Brass Collective Holiday Concert
  • Next Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m.: Blue Christmas Worship – A service for those who need space to not be perfectly holly or jolly during this holiday season
  • Next Sunday, December 19: Our Children’s Nativity – Do You Hear What I Hear? – will premiere in Worship
  • A Week from Monday, December 20: Fantasia & Chamber Strings Holiday Concert in our Sanctuary

In other words, there is a whole lot happening at FPCH this season. So much to be excited about and so many ways to experience the wonder of it all.

And speaking of that wonder, we do want to give a great big thank you to everyone who made our Mini-Advent Fest such a huge success last weekend! Our younglings and their families had a great time fellowshipping and making merry.

Mini-Advent Fest 2021

As we continue to get closer and closer to Bethlehem, remember, keep your eyes open for God’s wonders and your hearts open to the love that is all around us. See you soon!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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