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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
November 24, 2020

Greetings, CHLC family and friends,

First of all, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! We have so much to be grateful for, as God continues to bless our congregation so that we can be a blessing to others.
Our family thanksgiving was going to be different this year - instead of travelling to be with extended family, it was going to be just the four of us gathering around the table. Now even that has changed, as our Hannah has tested positive for Covid19. She has been in the Capital dorms since September, but yesterday afternoon she returned home following a rapid test, and is isolated in her bedroom and her designated bathroom. Our entire family is masking up whenever we are in the house except when eating, showering or sleeping. Hannah is taking her meals in her room. She has experienced some mild symptoms - cough, congestion, slight fever. It appears she may be losing her sense of taste. Thank you in advance for prayers of healing for her and protection for our family as we hope to avoid spreading it through our family.

This Sunday, November 29, is the First Sunday of Advent - a season of watching, waiting and preparing for the presence of Jesus in our midst. I want to thank Mitchell Hester and Jon King who have agreed to play organ and run the camera respectively for this Sunday's live-stream/video worship. As I try to limit my exposure to others, we are limiting the people involved in the worship. You will also notice that I will keep my mask on during the duration of the service.

Attached to this email you will find the bulletin for this Sunday as well as two Advent Devotionals. One, "O Lord, How Shall We Meet You?" is a standard Advent devotional for use by individuals or older folks around a home advent wreath or the dinner table. The other is a simple Advent Calendar with activities geared toward families with children. Print them, duplicate them, share them and use them as you wish! The calendar was too large to send as an attachment, so you can see it below as a Google Drive document.

Advent calendar.pdf

Thank you for your generosity with the LSS "Thankfull Bags" and the turkeys for the CRC. You can drop off new socks for the LSS food pantry or fast food & department store gift cards for Oesterlen at the church until December 13. You can also drop off a monetary gift for either project, and someone will shop for these items on your behalf. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Poinsettia orders for Christmas are due Monday, November 30. Call the church office if you don't have an order form and would like to reserve some plants ... 614-267-4991. Feel free to leave a message if no one answers.

Here is a video version of this update:

https://vimeo.com/483224644

God's blessings to you and your family!

Pastor