Dear RiverGrace Family,
What a special weekend at Christmas… with the normal Sunday activities, and the party with our church family and several new friends on Christmas Day. Since many of us in RiverGrace are living apart from our natural earthly families, it’s nice to spend the day with our heavenly family.
We will have another special day this coming Sunday, and if you are able to attend all day, we’ll bring in the New Year together. Especially for the Filipinas, if you want to stay until midnight and your employers need confirmation that it is a church party, please have them call me if it would make a difference in them letting you stay out. I will be happy to affirm to them that it is with the church brothers and sisters, and there will be no alcohol.
We’ll have our normal start to the day with our worship service at noon. Cindy will finish her Ephesians sermon series on “Standing Together” Andrew will lead the worship songs.
Just before lunch, we need to have a short congregational meeting to approve the 2018 church plan and budget. We need all the official members to attend, if possible. It is an official meeting and duty as called to do by HKEC.
After the meeting, we’ll have our lunch, and celebrate the December birthdays.
Following lunch, we’ll have a family retreat. In the past, we’ve always held it on New Year’s Day. However, this year, since we are already together for the worship service, we’ll have the retreat time from 3-6pm. It will include thanksgiving and praises for some of the things God did in our church and in our lives in 2017. We’ll also have a prayer walk around OMS, UCC and nearby areas, and we’ll end the time with a few special challenges for the new year.
At 6:00 we’ll prepare for a hot pot meal. After dinner we’ll play games until 11:15 or so, then bring in the 2018 with songs and prayers. I hope you’ll be able to join the whole day.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, December
⁃ 10:00am - Worship team practice - P. Tommy
⁃ 10:45am - Setup
- 11:15 am- Pre-service prayer in room B23
⁃ 12pm - Worship service - P. Cindy
- 1:30pm - Congregational business meeting
- 3-6pm - Family retreat
- 6:30pm - Hot Pot dinner followed by games and free time
- 11:15pm - Bring in 2018
- 12:01 - Go home and sleep!
Activities next week…
- Wednesday Connect Groups - 11:AM and 7:PM + Spanish Fellowship
Love, and a Happy 2018 for all!