Friends in Christ,

As most of you know, during Lent we hold mid-week services with four churches involved: Bethlehem, St. Paul, Immanuel, and Bethany. These mid-week Lent services have been meaningful for all involved, providing worship and fellowship between our church families. This year we are going to try something different during Advent. We are going to join with our Lent partners for four Advent mid-week services. Advent is the time leading up to Christmas. Our first mid-week Advent service will be Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm. The schedule is:

First Week of Advent: "The Candle of Prophecy"

St. Paul in Irwin

Second Week of Advent: "The Candle of Bethlehem"

Immanuel in Kimballton

Third Week of Advent: "The Candle of the Shepherds"

Bethany in Kimballton

Fourth Week of Advent: "The Candle of the Angels"

Bethlehem in Jacksonville

There will be a lighting of the Advent candles, Christmas hymns and carols, and I hope the youth will take part in leading our worship. I also hope during this busy time of year, you can set aside time for these special worship services. (Since Christmas Eve is on a Wednesday this year, our first mid-week Advent service will be on Thanksgiving Eve. Our Luther League will be putting our Annual Soup Supper at the Irwin Community Building on that night. Come support our youth and then join us for worship at St. Paul.)


Your friend in Christ,

Pastor Ron