By Pastor Don Nelson
O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear …
These plaintive words cut through our typically frivolous wish lists, exposing our profoundest need and deepest longing: for God to be with us.
To be sure we require material sustenance, clothing, and shelter. We benefit from technology that makes day-to-day existence easier, and luxuries that delight our senses, stimulate our minds, and nourish our souls. Yet, as Blaise Pascal observed, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart … which cannot be filled by any created thing, but … only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
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DON'T FORGET January Beacon is Sunday, December 17th. Please place a hard copy of your article on the desk in the church office or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friends in Christ,
We have so much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on what the Lord has done for us and what He means to us. Thanks again for the care and compassion shown to our family. May the Lord bless all of you mightily. May He grant you peace in the midst of trials.
Louie & Jean Nelson
Bonnie Palmquist Hansen
John P. Daley
Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry & Messiah
M.O.P.S. at Beverly
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SOUTHWEST CHICAGO HOMELESS SERVICES
Volunteers are welcome to join us on Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex outside the lounge door. If you need any further information contact Peter Berghoff, Harold Burton or Cheryl Christ.
The Southwest Suburban Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will return to Beverly Covenant Church to present a recital of Advent and Christmas music on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:30 PM. This program will also mark the 55th anniversary of the church's Schantz organ. Organists to be featured are Benjamin Amenta, Sharon Fisher and John MacKey. Please come for the program after which a reception will be held to greet the recitalists and to celebrate the organ's faithful service during these many years.
Wednesday, December 13th
7:00 p.m. ~ Individual Boards
8:15 p.m. ~ All Board
Saturday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m.
This special service will provide a space for people who are grieving or experiencing other difficulties to seek God’s presence, receive comfort, and find hope.
INTERGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL
Join us Sunday morning, December 17thfrom 9:30 to 10:30 for our Mitten Tree & Carol Sing. Advent lessons will be presented by Sunday School intergenerational participants. A light breakfast will be served. Please join us!
Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Saturday, December 24th at 11:00 p.m.