As we look at our church calendar, we have just two weeks remaining in the liturgical year. The first Sunday of Advent falls on November 30th when we will begin anticipating the coming Christ together.
We spent the past two and a half months talking about sustaining hope amidst suffering and trials in life. We raised the question: “What do you hope for?” We recognized that this question is grounded in an even more fundamental question, “In whom do you hope?” And we are seeing through our study of scripture that biblical hope is grounded in the character of trustworthiness of God. We have read passage after passage that spoke to us about God’s promises. Whether those promises themselves generate hope and hopeful living, depends upon the prior determination of whether we trust God to bring the promises to fruition.
Are you hopeful? Does that hope translate into a more hopeful living?
There is a lot happening right now at Frankfort UMC. Shirley Drobnak and our children are preparing diligently for their upcoming musical “Miracle at the Christmas Cafe.” I love seeing the support of the parents to this effort. I love hearing about the conversations that happen along the way among the parents about how we can raise our kids well in and through our church community. I am greatly encouraged by how individuals recognize the need in the church and are stepping up to make a difference.
Our Thursday morning craft crew, “Sew Crafty,” have out done themselves again to make gift bags containing school supplies to pass out to the homeless children at Daybreak on December 1st. Not just stuffing bags, they take time to beautifully decorate each bag with their artistic talents.
I also want to make you aware of a couple of outstanding in-week bible study/prayer groups that has been going on Wednesday evenings. One is a women’s prayer and study group at 6:30pm at my house led by Hannah. The other is Wednesday night bible study/discussion group at 7pm at the Cramers’ which is led by Tom Cramer. (You can meet me here too.) These are places where we can raise questions and dig deeper into God’s wisdom for living. I highly encourage you to check these out. My hope and prayer is that more of these groups where we can encourage and build up one another in the Word will pop up.
Lastly and very importantly, I want to let you know that we are currently in the midst of our annual stewardship campaign. This is a time of the year when we discern our participation and commitment to the mission and work of Frankfort United Methodist Church in the coming year. Your ongoing support is absolutely critical to our viability and mission. Below are links to our appeal letter and a brochure to help you better understand why we give. Please take some time to read through these materials, and you are asked to turn in your pledges by Sunday, 11/23. Thank you.
Hope to see you in worship tomorrow morning.
- Joint Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service: Sunday 11/23, 7pm at 1900 E. Lincoln Hwy, New Lenox. We will support the Food Pantry with our neighboring churches. Donations for the Pantry would be appreciated.
- Lincoln Way North Madrigal Singers will perform at our church on Sunday 11/30 during the 9am service.
- Frankfort UMC Blue Christmas Service: Wednesday 12/3 at 7pm. Join us and invite especially those who may be grieving and hurting during this holiday season to this very powerful service.