Owatonna United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Connecting Caring Learning Serving

Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,

The season of Advent begins December 1st this year.  Advent is all about God’s arrival in our lives.  It’s about getting ready for this coming of Christ – watching and waiting.  It takes a lot of patience and preparation.

I’m grateful for the warm acceptance that I’ve received since my arrival in October as your interim pastor.  You’ve welcomed me in a grand and friendly fashion.  Thank you!  I appreciate the way that you’ve embraced me.

It’s my prayer that we might also welcome the many ways that God will be making an entrance in our lives in the days, weeks, and months to come that we’ll spend together.  For example…

We’ll gather for worship during these 4 Sundays in Advent, welcoming this season of preparation.  Please plan to join us each week – if you can – so that you’ll be in the right spiritual place of acceptance when Christmas comes.  Going through Advent as a preparation for Christmas is a lot like going through Lent to be ready for Easter.  It’s essential!  It’s not about the presents – it’s about the presence!!

We’ll celebrate the birth of God in the flesh on December 24th and on the 1st Sunday of Christmas on December 29th, kicking of the Christmas season.  Christmas Eve is going to be a very special time for both of our two churches.  Owatonna will have a 5 p.m. service led by guitar.  Both churches will have a 7 p.m. service.  Be sure to invite friends to join you in worship.  Many people are just waiting for you to ask them to join you at Christmas!  Really!!

In the month of January we’ll be welcoming the wisdom of these two churches at our Church Check-up Sunday – January 26th.  Please clear your schedule so that you’re free to join us from 9 until 11:45 that morning at each church!!  We really want to have everyone’s input on that last Sunday of January.  Please plan to come!

That’s it for now!  Again, thanks for the chance to serve you this fall.  God’s blessings be upon you as we close out this year together.   I wish you a Blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. 

Pr. Scott