Advent has truly felt like the beginning of a new year at Isaiah’s Table. A stronger sense of community is a large part of this feeling of newness. Attendance is up both on Saturday mornings (with most people coming for BOTH breakfast and worship) and for Spiritual Nurture on Wednesday evenings. Relationships are growing amongst those in attendance and outside the doors when we go out into the neighborhood as we did on December 13th for Christmas Caroling (see photos below). We distributed gifts of apples and pears as we spread Christmas cheer while “making a joyful noise” as we do very well!
As we study and worship together we are grateful for partnerships that have arisen from sister churches in our Presbytery. Faith United in Oswego gifted us with a beautiful Advent prayer board that we use each week. Fayetteville United, Liverpool First Presbyterian and Jamesville Community Church have all come with food to serve at breakfast. Other congregations have chosen to donate mission funds to our feeding programs as well. It is so nice to be part of a connectional church, knowing we are prayed for and supported in what God is doing through us in the neighborhood.
There are a few special events coming up to celebrate this special Season….
Christmas Eve Worship- 7:30 pm in Lee Chapel- this will be a lessons and carols type service, ending with candlelight singing.
Christmas Carols Service- 10:00 am on Saturday December 27th- we will have a “carols sing” where people request their favorite carols (from the hymnal) be sung while sharing why this particular carol is meaningful for their life.
Epiphany Worship- 10:00 am January 3rd
After this wonderful season ends we will have another beginning- an eight week discernment process beginning January 10th. We will meet after worship each Saturday through February 28th. We will work through parts of the discernment process that the original “founding” members of Isaiah’s Table used back in 2011/2012 to figure out what God was calling us to do when the former First Presbyterian Church United voted to close. Newer community members will join in the process and out of this time of study and prayer we hope a new initiative or two will come from this larger and different body of Christ.
God is continuing to “do a new thing” at Isaiah’s Table. We are very much looking forward to what will come next in 2015! God is so very good!
Peace and love,