Advent Greetings, Bay Shore!
Our latest weekly newsletter will be emailed to you all on Friday morning. We call our newsletter the “Beacon” because hopefully it provides some light and love through the sharing of information about our community. That is our goal with our newsletter—to give our community members and friends what you need to know so you can fully participate, as you are able, and to keep you informed of our latest “news.”
Staying connected this Advent and Christmas season is so important. Some ways you are invited to do so are highlighted in the Beacon, but I want to share with you a few calendar notes below.
This Sunday, we will gather for worship on Zoom at 10 a.m. Following our service, we will have our virtual fellowship time. Don’t forget to bring your candles and light all 4 when we do this week.
Thursday, Christmas Eve, we will host a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to noon. We will do this on Zoom, and you are welcome to “drop in” at any time and wish your fellow friends a very “Merry Christmas!”
On Christmas Eve, we will share our recorded Christmas Eve Worship Service on our YouTube Channel. Any time after noon, you can visit our channel and watch our service. To make our service more meaningful, we encourage you to visit our Dropbox folder and print off the Liturgy for the service. It also includes the hymns. We also will celebrate Communion—so be prepared at home with your own bread and preferred wine/grape juice.
We also will have a Special Lessons and Carols Service for Sunday, December 27. This too will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel early Sunday morning. We have special singers for our carols and more. It will be a lovely service for you and your loved ones.
Watch our YouTube channel as well for a few short offerings for you and for our families, especially on Christmas morning. While we cannot actually be together physically, we can connect virtually. As for me, I am already thinking of what we will do NEXT year, when we are all together and celebrating the sacraments in our sanctuary once more. These are trying times, to be sure, but I am certain we will not only get through it but grow closer together as the Body of Christ.
Blessings and peace to you and your loved ones,