Advent Wednesdays at SpringHouse
For three Advent Wednesdays (December 6, 13, and 20), folks from all three SpringHouse congregations are invited to gather to share a soup supper, participate in Holden Evening Prayer, and watch a documentary movie together. Soup supper begins at 5:30 pm; Holden Prayer begins at 6:00 pm and the movie will be shown at 6:30 pm. You are invited to come for the whole evening, or any of the activities. Feature movies are described below.
December 6 – White Like Me
White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege.
December 13 – Doctrine of Discovery
Many Americans grew up learning that this continent was ‘discovered’ by Christopher Columbus. The concept of ‘discovery’, as if the land was empty prior to arrival and its indigenous inhabitants were ‘less than’ the white explorers, is at its heart, racism.
December 20 – 13th
13th is an in-depth look at the prison system in the US and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. This documentary traces the rise of our country’s prison industrial complex and its decimation of Black America.
Join Us to Decorate for Advent!
Come one and come all on Thursday November 30 to get ready for the season! Join us for a pot-luck dinner at 6 pm and time to decorate the sanctuary for Advent and prepare for Christmas. We will not only be setting up the tree, but creating some new pieces of liturgical art and paraments to use for the season. Everyone’s help is needed to make the season bright! Mark your calendars today!
Join us for our annual adventure making lefse! Prep work will happen Friday December 15 in the evening and everyone is invited to join in the fun of rolling and grilling the lefse on Saturday December 16 at 9:30 am. *No experience necessary! Don’t miss out on our great annual tradition…not to mention yummy lefse.
Join us on Sunday December 17 for all the fun and festivities that surround a good old fashioned Christmas Pageant at our joint 10:30 am worship service. Our children and youth will present “Ruby’s Runaway Pageant” to all of SpringHouse and its guests, Come and experience just how many wrong turns the telling of Jesus’ birth can take. We will gather following the pageant for a meal and fellowship with all of SpringHouse!
Don’t forget kids will be practicing on Sundays during Sunday School on December 3, 10, and 17.
SpringHouse Adult Faith Formation
–Join Us, It’s Fun!
Join us for our Advent Joint Adult Faith Formation, “Christmas Accounts in the Gospels” beginning November 26 and running through December 17. Come experience how Christmas is observed in each of the four Gospels. Peek in and compare each of the Gospels to homes that Christians visit. Illustrations of each Gospel house are provided by artist Kevin Burns based on his interpretation of the shape and character of each Gospel.* Together we will be challenged to see Christmas from the different perspectives offered in each house as we reflect on the mystery of Jesus.
Reformation Confirmation, the joint confirmation ministry of the Minneapolis Synod, has met twice this fall and each time we have hosted 50-60 youth and adults from congregations around the Synod. We talked liturgical arts and covenants in September and covered the Reformation in October. What an exciting adventure for our young people. Here is what is coming up next!
December 3: We will be meeting at Messiah Lutheran Church to talk about the Church Year.
January 7: Place TBD, the topic will be Interfaith Dialogues.
Just a reminder that we meet from 1–4 pm on the designated Sunday. Pastor Rhonda is still looking for an adult mentor who would be interested in participating with her in mentoring our amazing 5 young people taking part in this adventure. Let her know if you are interested.
On Sundays Salem offers two worship options – Traditional Worship and Jazz Worship. These two worship services are connected by Sunday School and Youth Group, as well as Adult Ed. Child care is available throughout. Full schedule >
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