Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

It’s hard to believe that this Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent! Where has the time gone? If you haven’t yet made it to church during Advent, don’t delay! The church looks beautiful and we’re singing everyone’s favorite carols. What’s not to love? This week we’re focusing on the story of Joseph. Poor Joseph; he’s just a small player in the story compared to Mary, but he really put his reputation on the line when he stayed with Mary. Most men would have left her when they found out she was pregnant, but not Joseph. He followed his heart instead of the law, and that made all the difference. When have you followed your heart?  And what difference did it make in your life? We’ll ponder these questions and others this Sunday.

Our Christmas Eve service is at 5:30pm and will include everyone’s favorite Christmas hymns and candles. Now is a good time to think about who you can invite to join you. Do you have family members here for the holidays? Invite them to church! We’ve created an easy way for you to invite someone by posting the service on the church’s Facebook page. You can find it here and share it using the “share” button on the event page. You can also directly invite friends using the share button. Not on Facebook? We’ll have postcards available at church for you to invite people.

Last but not least, I want to thank Elizabeth Pribor and Dianne Modrell for co-chairing this year’s Christmas Giving Tree. We supported 22 families from Southside Day Nursery and Lydia’s House, providing them with gifts and gift cards. Thank you, Dianne and Elizabeth for another successful Christmas Giving tree and to everyone who purchased gifts and gift cards.

I hope to see you Sunday.