ADVENT MID-WEEK WORSHIP
Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas just as Lent and Good Friday are in preparation for Easter. Throughout the season of Advent, we welcome you to join us for a contemplative Holden Evening Prayer service on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm filled with rich music (Dec. 5th, 12th, and 19th). Read more about the season of Advent in an article written by Montana Synod Bishop Jessica Crist here.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
You won't want to miss this year's Children's Christmas Program on Sunday, 12/16, with singing and the Christmas story. The kids will be putting it on in worship at the 9 am service, and we'll record it to view at the 11 am service as well. To cap it all off, the Children, Youth, & Families team will be selling fresh baked cinnamon rolls in the Lower Level between services. This year's fundraiser will benefit the church's local emergency assistance fund.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP
During Advent we worship as usual on Sundays at 9 am and 11 am and on Mondays at 6:30 pm with one additional worship mid-week on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (see above for details). On Sunday, Dec. 23rd, however, we will only have one service at 10 am. Christmas Eve will have four services in the afternoon and evening: 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm. On Christmas day we will gather for just one service at 10 am.
OUR NEW PRAYGROUND
We love to give our younger children a special place in our church family and Sunday worship, so we are literally putting them first! September 9th was the first Sunday of our new PrayGround, a space at the front of the sanctuary designed for children to be active participants in every worship service. This space features quiet activities for kids during worship, and our youth director is present to guide them through the rhythms of worship in ways they can understand. Kids are invited to sing and pray with the whole congregation. A children’s lesson helps them connect to the Bible stories that shape our faith, and playing is always an option! All children are welcome, and parents can feel free to stay with their children at the PrayGround or sit in a nearby pew. We hope that the PrayGround is an engaging place for children to be present in the worshiping community and is of service to parents who want to direct their focus toward participating more fully on Sunday mornings. Questions or concerns? Contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
GROW IS GROWING!
Growing Relationships On Wednesdays is now open to ALL elementary-aged children, kindergarten through fifth grade! We meet in the upstairs Fellowship Room, #210, in the Education (SW) Wing of the building, each Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm during the school year.
Together we’ll share a meal and gathering songs before forming two groups, K - 2nd grade in one group and 3rd -5th grade in another, and exploring a Bible lesson and incorporating games or crafts! This is a fun-loving ministry that takes the place of a traditional “Sunday School” to teach children the stories and ideas that form our Christian identity. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of this expanded program, and we hope you’ll join us! Questions? Feel free to contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
NEW SOLAR ARRAY
As part of our goal to care for creation, we installed an array of solar panels to offset our electric demand.
We raised 50% or $33,814 of the cost of a 26.2 kW solar electric system, and we were honored to receive a grant from the NorthWestern Energy USB Program for the remaining 50% of the cost of our solar project, or $33,813! This grant was made possible by the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program which is established with the Universal System Benefits (USB) Program funds collected from all NorthWestern electric customers in the state of Montana.
We hope our solar project can inspire others in the community to move towards renewable energy sources and serve as an educational tool for other Missoula churches seeking to fund their own solar project in the future.