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Advent Scripture Reading Guide

Advent and the start of the Christian calendar begins on Sunday, December 1st. Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000-year-old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate.

The Christian calendar enables us to re-tell, re-live, and re-enter the Jesus Story — from the crowded stable to the empty tomb. We are a peculiar people and we have a peculiar calendar. We live in a secular world but we belong to a sacred story. And so we have two calendars — one secular, one sacred. What we want is to be formed by the Gospel Story. And the Gospel is a story! The Gospel is not a plan or theory or philosophy or ideology — it is a story! The story of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the story told in the Christian calendar: Advent (waiting for Christ), Christmas (the twelve day celebration of Jesus’ birth), Epiphany (the revelation of Christ to the Gentile magi), Lent (the journey to the cross), Holy Week, (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday), Easter (Resurrection), Pentecost (the birth of the church). Then it’s Ordinary Time until we return to Advent.

To help you observe Advent in a richer, more meaningful way, we have created an Advent Scripture Reading Guide. It consists of one chapter from the Gospels each day, concluding with the stories of the birth of Jesus from Matthew and Luke on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So re-enter and re-live the mystery of the Gospel story through this Advent Scripture Reading Guide.

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Bulletin for July 18 & 20, 2014

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Church Bulletin for July 11 & 13, 2014

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The Joseph Company Monthly Meeting

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Baby Dedication Ceremony – Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Our next baby dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday morning, August 17th. Please sign up below if you have a new son or daughter you would like to have dedicated to the Lord.
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Church Bulletin for June 13 & 15, 2014

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Church Bulletin for June 1, 2014

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Volunteer Staff Party

Word of Life volunteers and families are invited to our 2014 Volunteer Staff Party on Saturday, June 21. We’re going to the St. Joseph Mustangs baseball game – start time is 7 PM. At 5:45, we’ll tailgate together right outside Phil Welch Stadium. Check your invitation for more details, and RSVP soon!

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Church Bulletin for May 2 & 4, 2014

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Graduate Recognition – May 18th

Our graduates will be recognized during both services on Sunday, May 18th. We will take a moment to recognize individuals and their academic accomplishments, pray a blessing over them, and present them with a small gift. Please sign up if you or your child will be graduating from high school or college this year and you would like to be part of the graduate recognition ceremony.

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Church Bulletin for April 11 & 13, 2014

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