Dear CCOV Family,
Only two more Sundays until Christmas! This Advent season is going by so quickly. For those who like to read ahead, I will be preaching this Sunday on Isaiah 12:2-6 and Luke 3:7-18. Continuing in the same vein as last week, I will focus on part 2 of John the Baptist’s message of repentance and change, which prepares our hearts for the babe in the manger. The following Sunday I will preach on Micah 5:1-5a and Luke 1:39-56, and you will hear all about Mary’s Magnificat, which is actually a fairly subversive utterance. As usual, we will have a beautiful Christmas Eve service with an outstanding soloist, Ivana Martinic.
On Sunday, January 6, 2019 Rev. Dr. Dick Wing will be preaching. His scripture will be Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 6-12 and his sermon title will be “Ten Things to do Before You Die.” Don’t miss hearing the first sermon of the new year given by an energetic and fun-loving preacher! I want to correct one thing I told you about him in November. His large church in Ohio was UCC, not Disciples of Christ. He served First Community Church of Columbus, Ohio for 23 years and retired from there in March of 2017. I am sure we will enjoy all the gifts he will bring to our setting. You will get to read more about him in our next newsletter as he has prepared a short autobiographical statement for us.
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. It’s exciting to welcome back our winter members who are trickling in! For those who won’t be with us this season, be assured of our prayers.
With Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,