What is Advent?

The word advent is not one we use in our daily conversations, but it means a beginning or arrival of an important event or person.  The advent of the internet, for instance.  At church, we set aside the four weeks before Christmas to get ready for our celebration of Jesus’ birth. Unlike the getting ready we are spending most of our time doing this season, rushing, socializing, consuming, and buying; at church we work to open our hearts and create space for Jesus.  This year we have midweek worship to help create space, should you choose to take part, but you can also set aside a few minutes at the beginning or end of a day to take a few deep breaths, step outside and look at the moon and stars, or stop moving for just a minute and notice what is happening around you.  Blessings to your preparations! – Pastor Trudy Stoffel