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Love. Jesus. Simple.
God has demonstrated his love to us through the person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we have hope and are able to offer that hope to others. 

Transforming people to
Christ-likeness thru:
Spiritual Practices
Spiritual Friendships

Join us Sundays
Gathering | cafe 10:00am.
Call to Worship 10:15am.
1301 Cheverly Road
Towson, MD 21286

This week’s passages for the 2nd Sunday of Advent
December 10, 2017
Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-15
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

ADVENT at churchONE | 2017 A.D.
The Overseers at churchONE wish you a joy-filled Advent season.
We have thoughtfully selected some simple Advent gatherings for you to consider.
They are listed below and we invite you to join us as we wait,
 wonder and welcome Christ.

Advent | Week 1
One of our 5 values at churchONE is Spiritual Practices. Finding tangible ways where we can experience God’s presence in our lives. Advent is a great time to incorporate the spiritual practice of waiting and preparation. As we talked about last Sunday, the Advent wreath has four candles to be lit in succession for each of the four weeks of Advent. Hopefully you have picked up your candles at church and are putting together your wreath. Candle sets and guides will be available again this Sunday.

The purpose of the wreath is to light the candle during dinner and to read an Advent scripture together. It is a simple way to pause and reflect on what Christmas means. If you want to do something a little more family centric, I will email and post a Family Advent activity each week. Here is the first one.

This is the first week of Advent. We light the first purple candle this week.

Here is a Scripture you could read or use any of the Lectionary passages in the guide.

– Scripture
“Restore us, O God, let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:3)

– Prayer
Here is a suggested prayer also from the guide:
O holy God, there are dark places in my life and in my world I want to avoid-places that feel quite hopeless. I wonder what you want to form in me, what new birth you have in mind? Give me courage to not only wait in these hard places, but to be alert with expectation, alive to the hope that your light will soon come and that something new is on the way. Amen.

– Family activity
When you are waiting for someone important to arrive to your home, you don’t always sit around. You do things while you wait. You might clean the house, shop for things, get out toys and other things to do when they arrive. There are things we can do to wait for Jesus.

Here is one:
Draw family names out of a hat. Whatever name you draw, try and do one nice thing for that person this week. This is a way you can show you are getting your heart ready for the kindness God demonstrated by sending His Son Jesus to earth. Talk about the kind things that have been done as you light the candle the following week.

Join us at churchONE this Sunday for the Advent Season.

Mike Donohue
Point Teaching Pastor

Our annual holiday gathering as a community.
Sunday, December 10th. 5pm. Dinner & caroling.
Sign up to serve or RSVP for dinner: islandvalet@me.com

Join us at churchONE for caroling outside on the grounds.
Thursday, Dec. 14th, 6:30pm. Hot cider & cookies

Hosted by Mike & Anne Donohue
A Blue Christmas service is a space created for people to grieve their losses while holding on to the reality that Jesus is the Light and Savior of the world. Held on the winter solstice,
Thursday, December 21st, 7pm.
Sunday, December 24th, 5pm. Family service – infant and preschool care (No morning service Sunday, December 24th)
Sunday, December 31st, 2017, 10:15am. with Mike Donohue

John 17:22 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be ONE as we are ONE.”