Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent & Christmas Seasons

We've lit up the building, inside and out this year.  Somehow that makes it feel more festive and a little bit warmer.  The extra light brightens the season here in the North where daylight is at a premium at this time of year.  

We've been enjoying the weekly lighting of the Advent candles and reflecting upon the meaning for the season.  Last week (photo above) we celebrated the 3. Advent (theme of JOY) by giving pink roses to those who attended our evening celebration ("Heaven @ Seven"). The theme for the 4th Sunday is "Love."  We would *LOVE* to have you attend one of our activities as we bring Advent to a close and begin our celebration of Christmas: 

Sunday, the 22nd, we have our two morning services (8:30 and 10:00).  Our evening informal gathering "Heaven @ 7" is, as you guessed it, at 7 p.m.

On Monday, the 23rd, we will go caroling around the community.  This is a good chance to share our love and care for the people of Girdwood, as well as members of our chapel who are shut-in or unable to attend services regularly.  We will be gathering at 7 p.m. and head out to sing shortly thereafter.  We hope to be back at the chapel by 8:30 p.m. to enjoy a time of singing Christmas carols while enjoying some warm chocolate, cider, etc., to warm back up again.  Join us for either/both activities.

On Tuesday, the 24th (Christmas Eve), the annual Christmas pageant will be presented at the Hotel Alyeska, followed by our Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. in our chapel.

We hope to see you at these holiday activities.  Merry CHRISTmas!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Join the Conspiracy!

Join us at Girdwood Chapel during the Advent season (Dec. 1-25) to learn more about this "Christian conspiracy" to "take back" Christmas from consumerism that some say has stolen the soul of Christmas.

Those who take a stand against consumerism will join thousands of other Christians who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be -- a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth, not a retail circus.  We will be challenged during this time to substitute compassion for consumerism by practicing four simple, but powerful, countercultural concepts:

• Worship Fully - Because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus!
• Spend Less - and free your resources for things that truly matter.
• Give More - of your presence (not presents): your hands, your words, your time, your heart.
• Love All - the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, in ways that make a difference