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Dear Congregational Family,

1. Advent: This Sunday is the beginning of the Advent Season!

a. The “Advent Season” has long been celebrated (perhaps as early as the 5th century) by the Church. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “ad venire” which means “to come”. During the Advent Season, we are to focus on the three Comings of Christ:

i. The First Coming of Christ as the Promised Savior, as a babe born in Bethlehem.

ii. The Second Coming of Christ as “King of kings, Lord of lords and Judge of all the earth” who is yet to come at the close of this age, and He will then usher in the eternal age of the new heaven and new earth.

iii. The Third Coming which is brought into focus is the need for Christ to personally coming into our lives! When Christ comes into our life, we are born again and have new life in Jesus our Savior!

b. The Advent Season is often celebrated with the use of the Advent Wreath, which we do at Ruthfred as well. The four candles of the Advent Wreath symbolize particular things:

i. The long standing tradition is that the candles symbolize:
Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherds, Angel.

ii. The more recent tradition has been that the candles symbolize:
Hope, Love, Joy, Peace.

iii. Our Theme this Advent/Christmas Season is:
“The Lights of Christmas: The LIGHT of CHRIST!”

iv. Within our theme we will be tracing the themes of both traditions of the Advent Wreath Candles as the Scriptures tell the story of the Light of Christ which has come into our dark world to save us. This Sunday will focus on
“The Light of Hope is Promised!”

2. Advent/Christmas Post Card: Today we are mailing out your Ruthfred Advent/Christmas postcard. Please post it on your refrigerator as a helpful reminder of the focuses of Advent as we journey through this season together as a congregation.

· Remember to take this opportunity to invite family and friends with you to church, especially during this Holiday (Holy-Day) Season!
· This Sunday, as the first Sunday of the month, we will also hold our evening service at 6:00pm. Holy Communion will be offered at all of our services.

God bless you as we journey through Advent by,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”

Pastor Carlson

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