You may think of January 1 as New Year’s Day but in the church our new year begins with the First Sunday in Advent. This year the first Sunday of Advent is December 2. During Advent we prepare for the coming of Christ. This is an appropriate way to begin our year. After all we cannot receive a guest into our homes without first being prepared to receive them. In the same way, during Advent, we prepare our lives to receive our Lord at his coming.
In the midst of the busy Christmas season that our commercial culture promotes, it can be difficult to truly prepare ourselves to receive Christ. However we can be intentional about finding ways to make room in our lives for Jesus. We can set aside time in our daily lives for prayer and the study of Scripture. There is a special family Advent service that can be used at the dinner table or around the Advent Wreath. This is a good way to hear the Holy Scriptures and to offer God our prayers. Copies of the liturgy can be found in the narthex or outside the parish hall. Advent is also a wonderful time to find ways to serve others. This may be by selecting an angel off the Angel Tree and providing a gift for a child. It may be by bringing food for the Fort Mill Care Center food pantry. Or it may be by finding another way to help those in need. As we step away from the distractions of the cultural celebration, we will turn our hearts to the Lord. As we do, we will make room for his life within our own. We will prepare for the coming of Jesus. Then when December 25 arrives, we will be ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord.
A big thank you to Ann Rankin who has volunteered to be our Sunday School Director for the upcoming year. Ann has been very active in the Sunday School Program for years as a teacher and VCBS Volunteer.
She is looking for more Sunday School teachers. If you’re interested please contact Ann at 704-588-7019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Yes, the asterisk is intentional.) Please join us September 2, our church family, for coffee hour and a few goodies and some good wishes. We would love to see everyone even though this is a holiday weekend. This is not a gift giving occasion, except for the gift of gab. Let me know if you have any questions. Lizann Lutz 803-547-5863.
The Ethnic Restaurant Group will meet on August 20th, 2013 at 7:00 PM. at Wan Fu Chinese restaurant. This is a well-established restaurant in Pineville, just off NC -51. For further details, please contact Tom Tolbert (803-548-5605, email@example.com. All people are welcome. Please RSVP for yourselves, friends, neighbors, and guests.
Please remember to make a reservation (with Tom Tolbert) so that the smaller places may be able to better accommodate our group.
A small group of musicians and singers is hard at work preparing for Music & Mocha on August 18 at 7 pm, and the new Inspire! Saturday evening contemporary service which will begin on September 22. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work, but the rewards of using the talents God has given us to worship Him are priceless. Don’t bury your talents in the ground – use them to glorify God! (Matthew 25:18) For more information, contact Linda Price at 804-878-2887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU to all of the teachers, helpers, cooks, child-herders and decorators who gave their time and attention to our children at this year’s Vacation Bible School! The children had so much fun getting in good quality time with God, and that quality is due largely to your efforts. May God bless you all! Tracy Greene
Choir rehearsals will resume for the fall on Wednesday, August 22, at 7 pm, and chime choir will resume on Wednesday, September 5, at 8 pm. We welcome anyone who would be interested in joining us. Please contact Judy Tolbert (phone: 803-548-5605 or email: email@example.com ) if you would like to participate in these music ministries of St. Paul’s.
It’s never a question of if it will fail, but when it will fail.
Would you be willing to become a member of our computer support team? The team, lead by Otis Lutz, will help in case of computer or printer problems with the equipment in the Parish Office. To join this team please contact, the Parish Secretary Jane Cowan at 803-547-5968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from the party are posted on the Choir page! Check them out. Looks like everyone had a great time!
Don’t forget about Music and Mocha tonight from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Parish Hall.
Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your voice.
It’s gonna be a blast!!!