The Fruits of the Spirit throughout Advent and Epiphany
Throughout the seasons of Advent (the first four Sundays before Christmas) and Epiphany (the Sundays following January 6th until Ash Wednesday/Lent), we will be considering the Fruits of the Spirit in our journey of discipleship.
During Advent we remember with sincere hope, joy, love, and peace the eager preparation of the first coming of Jesus Messiah. We pray that the hope of the season will enliven the ways that we experience our every-day yeses to God.
As we move through Advent and Epiphany we hope that together we’ll gain a greater awareness of how God’s life and work continues in us and around us growing the holy fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.
Christmas Eve Service – Tuesday December 24th – 5:00 PM
All are welcome to our Christmas Eve service which will take place in the Sanctuary at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24th. This will be a fairly simple Candle-Lighting service comprised of some scripture readings, prayer, and singing lots of songs as we celebrate the humble birth of Jesus. You may even want to bring your own instrument to celebrate! If you have any questions about the service, please feel free to reach out to one of the pastors (info at the bottom of the email). We are looking forward to worshiping together!
Prayer and Anointing with oil
You may have noticed that each week we offer prayer and anointing in the back during Eucharist, if this is something that you’re interested in receiving, please know that all are welcome to receive prayer and anointing.
While we’ll be working on developing collective meaning over the next weeks and months, one thing that may come to mind, for some, is the verse from Psalm 23.5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”
We use oil as a way of blessing one another with God’s love as it is a symbol of God’s anointing of our individual lives. We use oil as a symbol to recognize that in baptism, we are sealed in Christ. We use oil, sometimes particular kinds of oils with particular meanings, as a fragrant offering of prayer, healing, protection, and love. And we use oil for so many other purposes. We offer prayer to one another in specific ways to remember Jesus’ consistent invitation to prayer as well as his gift of prayer, touching others, and offering blessings whenever someone asked. When we consider what it means to be disciples, we know that many kinds of prayer, including interceding on others’ behalf, is a deeply important part of our lives as disciples and in loving God and our neighbors as ourselves.
2 • 4 • 6 Youth Group
Second Half of Life Group – 2nd Sunday of the Month
Contemplative Rhythm – 4th Sunday Evening Prayer
On the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:15 – 7:30 in the south transept of the Sanctuary, we will create a quiet space and time to engage in contemplative prayer practices together as we listen for the voice of God in our midst. This prayer service is suitable for adults and high school ages. Upcoming dates: Nov. 24.
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Book Club
This group will be facilitated by Joel Perez. It begins on Sunday, January 5th at 12:15 pm at 303 W. Colorado and will run until Sunday, February 9th. Feel free to bring your lunch. At each meeting we will be covering three chapters of the book at a time. You do not need to attend every session. If you want to be a part of the discussion you can come having read the three chapters we will be covering for any particular meeting.
For questions you can email Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-7:30 pm Westra backyard. Join us for warm drinks and Christmas carols. Bring a picnic blanket or camping chairs.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Confirmation & High School News
To get the full picture on what the youth of Mountainside are up to, sign up to receive the Teen Tidings. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Friday @ 303 West
On the 2nd Friday of the month, shared work and shared childcare will be available at 303 West from 10:00 AM – Noon. RSVP is helpful to Deborah at email@example.com.
Fall Men’s Gatherings
For men looking for deeper connections and conversations about their lives around a fire. Meeting every other week over the Fall quarter from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Locations are rotating.
ALTERNATING TUESDAY/THURSDAYS @ 8:00 PM EVERY OTHER WEEK
*Thursday, 12/5 | 518 West Olive Avenue, Monrovia | DANIEL LUNDGREN hosting
* Tuesday, 12/17 | 347 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia | JEFF WESTRA hosting
Thank our Mountainside Staff
it’s time to thank our Mountainside staff for their time and energy and commitment to our church and our community. If you would like to financially contribute to this gift, please feel free to directly Venmo Heather-Castle, or you can throw some cash or write a check directly to Heather Castle (put in the bottom row of the check that it’s for the MC staff gift). Thank you so much in advance for your help blessing MC staff.
Great news! We have edited and updated our Advent calendar for 2019… this year includes Christmastide– bringing us to the end of the Christmas season on January 6th. This calendar is for all ages, but was initially designed with children in mind. Please consider participating this year, in these reflections and activities as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. If you are new to this, make sure you view the guide ahead of time. There are a couple of opportunities for the activities to be done with one another in the community. Below are links to access the materials. The calendar cards can be printed and hung in small envelopes for each day.
If you have any questions, please contact Sonia or Tiffany.
Grieving Through the Holidays
For many who are experiencing grief and loss, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time to navigate. This group is for any (adults and mature adolescents) who are seeking extra support this holiday season. We will spend time reflecting and in prayer, and I will provide some basic resources that may help with coping throughout this season.
We will meet three Saturdays throughout this season – November 16th, December 21st (prior to the Longest Night service), and on January 11th. Meeting locations and times will be determined based on participant’s needs and availability. Food will likely be involved!
This group is RSVP only.If you are interested in joining or think this might be a good group for you, please reach out to Misty Easton-Wise.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 626.258.9239.
Support others through gift-giving – by December 8
Quick reminder that if you signed up to bless an individual as part of confirmation and compassionate action’s holiday project, please bring those gifts this coming Sunday 12/8. Do not wrap items, be sure to clearly label who they are for and include a personal card from your family. If you did not sign up but still would like to participate, we are still in need of grocery or gift cards to add to each one. contact Jen Hicks or Jordan Boldt if you have any questions.
Vocation Groups – Coming this Winter and Spring
Coming alongside one another and discerning what God is doing in our lives. Sign up for future groups. Deborah email@example.com
Save the Date! Group Camping Weekend April 24-26
Who loves to camp? Please join us for a weekend at Sage Hill Campground in Santa Ynez. We’ve booked three group sites that can accommodate 30 cars and 150 people.
Link to the website: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231960
Brief description: Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Sage Hill Campground is a great group camping spot with easy access to the Santa Ynez River. Spend time fishing or take in the epic scenery on one of the trails designed for both hikers and horseback riders.
Cost to be determined once we have a definitive number of people (roughly $5/person if we max out). We’ll also coordinate a couple of group meals once we get a head count. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a4a729a20-camping