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Emmanuel Advent Series
Personal and Family Pilgrimages to Christmas
December 1 at 6pm - Making an Advent Wreath
first Sunday evening in our Advent Series will focus on the Advent
Wreath - a tool that can assist us as individuals and families take time
out of our busy lives to prepare our hearts for the coming of
Jesus. While we create our easy Advent wreath crafts, Fr. Rob and
Mo. Lyn will remind us of the history and meaning of this beautiful
holiday symbol. Come and sip a cup of hot cider, snack on warm popcorn,
share some of your favorite Christmas traditions - and start your
Pilgrimage to Christmas with fellowship instead of frenzy. Cost is
$10.00 per Advent Wreath. (Bring a sharp pair of scissors. All other
materials will be provided.)
December 8 at 6pm - Pilgrimage - Buen Camino!
join Fr. Rob, Ken and Kathy Peters, and Dave and Karen Maurer as they
tell stories and show pictures of their pilgrimage on the Camino de
Santiago de Compostela. "The Way of St. James" is a pilgrimage route to
the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Northwestern
Spain, where the remains of the apostle St. James are buried. Food and
drink will be provided.
December 15 at 6pm - Las Posadas
is Spanish for lodging or accomodation. It is said in plural because
traditionally Las Posadas is held for nine days in Spain, Mexico, and
many South and Central American countries. The procession represents
Mary and Joseph's search for a place for the Christ child to be born. It
may have been started in 1538 by St. Ignatius of Loyola or Friar Pedro
de Gant. It has been a tradition in Mexico for 400 years.
at Emmanuel Las Posadas is celebrated with "inns" located in the
various rooms around the church campus. We travel from place to place by
candlelight singing songs accompanied by Fr. Rob on guitar. There are
"grumpy" innkeepers found at each "inn" refusing us entrance. At the
final "inn" we are welcomed by more hospitable innkeepers who invite us
in for a feast of tamales and other goodies and a pinata for the kids.
Come join us for this inspiring and enjoyable evening starting at 6 pm
on Sunday December 15th. For many of us Las Posadas has become a regular
part of our yearly Christmas tradition.
December 22 at 4pm - Greening of the Church
long-time Anglican tradition is an event called the greening of the
church. This is the time when we set up the Christmas tree, and the
nativity set as well. This is all done to the sound of Christmas carols
and lots of laughter. Come join the fun and be amazed at how beautiful
our sanctuary looks when we are done! Afterwards we adjourn to Havermale
Hall for a pot luck soup supper.