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God is coming! God is coming! All the element we swim in, this existence, echoes ahead the advent. God is coming! Can you feel it?
-- Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Best Present Ever. Send a life-saving gift straight to a person in need somewhere in the Cedar Rapids area, in the US, or elsewhere in our global village. Make a purchase in honor of a family member or friend at the Alternative Gift Market at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church. Doors will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday December 7. The event features a delicious lunch, tasty baked goods, and items for sale from both the SERRV Store and Empowered Designs.
Our Mission Statement at Christ Church
share God’s love by welcoming, empowering and serving in Christ’s name.
Our Vision Statement
Seeking Christ in ourselves,
Serving others in Christ.
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Is your committee meeting missing? Please phone the office! (363-2029)
I remember one of the first stage productions I ever saw. The curtain opened and the stage blazed with the light of a sunlit world stretching into infinite distances. The dancers and actors positively leaped onto the stage. The music was electrifying. The words, especially the very first words of the show, transformed every listener. O what a beautiful morning! The musical Oklahoma had begun.
Advent is here as we prepare for Christmas. It is a season as we sit in the audience, watching and waiting for something wonderful to happen, something exciting, brilliant, full of lights and joys and sounds which go deep into the very soul of our beings. Let us celebrate the month of December in the same way we wait for the theater curtain to rise. The light is dimming. For lights will dim in the short December days ahead, and on the 24th they will be dimmer yet. However, on Christmas day, the light of Jesus will shine brightly once again, center stage, as we pray and sing and worship with those same words--O what a beautiful morning!--for Christ will be born for us in the ordinary moments, in ordinary ways, with a most extraordinary light, once again and again and again. And indeed, for all ages, Christmas becomes a most exciting event. Oh, what a beautiful morning!
Christmas Time is not a time of cheer for everyone. People who have recently lost loved ones, or for whom this is the first holiday season without their loved ones, experience a great deal of sadness during this time. If you know someone in this situation, reach out to them; take time to be with them or to go places with them so that their feeling of loneliness is perhaps a little less. You can't replace the deceased loved one, but you can let the bereaved person know that they are still important to and cared for by others. Christ Church will hold a prayer service of consolation on the longest night of the year. People who are not having a very merry Christmas and friends who support them are invited to come and sit with one another in this candle light liturgy that speaks of the love of God for the grieving. Blue Christmas: Dec. 21st, 4 pm.
Inclement Weather Alerts: Church activity cancellations are updated on our telephone system, local television, Facebook and our website as soon as possible. If it is necessary to close the parish office and you experience a pastoral care emergency, the telephone system can direct your call to clergy. During the week, if the Cedar Rapids School District closes school or dismisses early, our programs for that afternoon/evening will normally be cancelled. Activity leaders are asked to call the church office and leave a message as soon as a cancellation is known.
Sr. Warden Mary-Jo Lee, Jr. Warden Jerry Anzalone, Janet Leary, Katy Lee, Herm Reininga, Anne Salamon, Judy Schillinger, Mark Sullivan, Trish Varnum