All Things New…
Advent devotional books can be picked up in the church narthex. An online Advent scripture reading, prayer, and reflection on each day's devotion written by a Church of the Brethren denominational staff member may be found at the brethren.org blog.
Advent Special Worship
Longest Night Service
Sunday, December 22, 7 p.m.
Chapel of the CoB General Offices
1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.
Illinois Tornado Relief
During the next 2-3 weeks Highland Avenue will be collecting items for tornado relief. You may place your items in the bin in Fellowship Hall or give to Brethren Disaster Ministries. To join a volunteer recovery team on Saturday, December 7, contact Pastor Joel or Lynne Kern.
You Could Be the One to Love a Child
Kids Hope USA
Become a Kids Hope USA mentor for a student at Washington School. Mentors meet with students for only one hour a week but can make a huge difference in their lives. Contact Don Knieriem or Pastor Joel for more information.
Please reserve Sunday, Dec. 8 for the Congregational Business Meeting at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The pastors will give their annual reports and we will call leaders for the upcoming year, as well as discuss the 2014 budget.
Spirited Sisters Christmas Get Together is Dec. 8th, 5pm–7pm at the home of J. Nolen. Bring a finger food, article(s) of warmth (hat, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, etc.) to be given to those in need. Activity will consist of mini-Vital Ministry groups and general relaxed sharing. RSVP to S. LeCount or J. Nolen by Sunday, Dec. 1 — only if you plan to attend. Beverages will be provided.
Seniors are invited to a Christmas Luncheon in the Solarium at Jameson’s Restaurant (Sun City in Huntley) on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at noon. Please see V. Hileman or V. Meyer to purchase a “ticket” for this fun holiday event. You may either meet us at Jameson’s at noon or carpool from the church at 11:15 a.m.
Toy Offering for Children in Need Highland Avenue is one of the sponsors of the Elgin Community Holiday Toy Giveaway. Last year they served over 1000 families in need. We will be collecting toys during the morning worship service on Sunday, December 15. Please bring a new unwrapped toy ($10-30 range) as an offering. Volunteers are needed at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18. If you would like to volunteer, please call 847-742-4088 x304, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Sam Flora turns 90 years old December 11! Sam’s family invites HACoB members to send a card for his birthday if they wish. Contact the church office for his address.
Deacons for November are M. Dorsey and D. Kline. Deacons for December are C. Douglas and R.Tomasek.