Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent at Christ Our King

Do you long for someone or something to fix this broken world? Advent is the season to express such a longing.

Advent is from the Latin word advenire, which means "to come to." The season of Advent is therefore about our longing for something to be done to heal the brokenness of our world. Come join us as we watch and pray together, longing for justice, peace, healing, and unity in our city, our country, and our world.

This Advent at Christ Our King we are having special services, messages, and music especially arranged to help us increase our longing for Christ to come and for us to enter into our calling to watch and pray for His coming.

Our Advent Services:
Sunday, December 2, 10:15 AM
Scripture Text: Luke 21:25-36
Message: Longing for Someone to Fix our World

Sunday, December 9, 10:15 AM
Scripture Text: Luke 3:1-20
Message: The Announcement of His Coming

Sunday, December 16, 10:15 AM
Scripture Text: Luke 7:18-35
Message: Is He the One, or Are we to Seek Another?

Sunday, December 23, 10:15 AM
Scripture Text: Luke 1:39-56
Message: He Comes, but not in the Way we Expected

Click here for a blog post about Advent from our Pastor.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Cookie Exchange

The Annual Women's Christmas Cookie Exchange will be held on Thursday, November 29th at the Matz home at 7:30. Please bring 4-5 dozen of one sort of cookie or candy, or 2-3 dozen (each) of two or more kinds. It is especially nice to have treats decorated by sweet little children.

We will be making platters for the RUF Christmas party that will be held on Friday, November 30th as well as making up trays for our own Christmas party on the 1st. Samples and nibbles are encouraged by all participants. Contact Laura or Abbey if you have any questions.

Christmas Progressive Dinner

Here are the details for our upcoming church-wide Christmas party Mark your calendar as this is definitely an event you don't want to miss!

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 5:30 - ??
Where: Appetizer course will be at the Matz home (1801 University Ave.)
What to bring: Sign up at church on November 18th or November 25th or by contacting Gretchen Shults.

Other information: We will begin the evening at the Matz home with the appetizer course. After we will head to the LeCroy's for the main course and then onto the Shults home for dessert. We will end the evening with an ornament exchange. Please bring a wrapped ornament (either one per person or couple will work). 

We hope to see everyone there!! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Advent Missions Offerings

This Advent at Christ Our King we will be taking up a special missions offering each of the four Sundays of Advent.

This offering will be taken up separately from the regular offering, and the Session is asking each family to consider giving above your normal amount for this special purpose.

Each week of the four Sundays of Advent we will take up a separate Advent offering. These funds will be pooled together, and building on what we have been learning in our Fall Bible studies, the funds will go to support three areas of mission: local, domestic, and international.

Locally, we will be supporting the ministry of RUF lead by Rev. Ross Dixon. RUF is the college ministry of our denomination and through it we seek to proclaim the lordship of Christ on the college campus. If you would like to learn more about RUF at Mizzou, click here.

Domestically, we will be supporting the ministry of Pastor Jamison Galt who is in the process of planting a church in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Jamison is a close friend of Pastor LeCroy's and his church is doing a wonderful work to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in New York City. To learn more about Christ Church Clinton Hill, click here. You can also keep up with Christ Church on Facebook by going here and liking their page.

Internationally, we will be supporting the home church of our own Esther Njuguna, the Uthiru, Kenya congregation of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Their church has several financial needs and we are going to help them as a token of our unity with them in Christ and our partnership with them in the Great Commission.

I would ask you all to prayerfully consider how you can give above and beyond your normal giving this Advent season. This is also a great opportunity for children to be involved in saving up their money and giving to these expressions of our Lord Jesus Christ's mission to renew the entire earth.

-Pastor LeCroy

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Women's Dinner Out

All women are invited to join us for a dinner out at Trey Bistro in downtown Columbia on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30. We encourage you to invite a friend!

We have reservations but please do let us know if you plan to attend and if you are bringing a friend. We want to make sure there is enough seating and keep the bistro updated on our planned attendance.

Please contact Laura Talbert if you have any questions or to RSVP.