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Here’s What’s Happening Sunday ...

New Church Calendar Year Begins with First Sunday of Advent, Sun, Nov 29th

Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the new church calendar year! The festivals and seasons of the Christian year (or liturgical calendar) offer a way to order the annual life of the church according to the life of Christ and the events of salvation history. We also begin Lectionary Year C, where we will begin going through the Gospel of Luke. The Revised Common Lectionary provides a set of Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments that is both organized around the Christian year and attentive to the broad themes and narratives of the biblical story.

Last Sunday we gave thanks and praise for sovereignty of Christ, who is Lord of all creation and is coming again in glory to reign — Christ the King Sunday. This Sunday we begin the season of Advent. “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return.

Come out this Sunday and receive your “Rediscovering Advent” Devotional Calendar! This Sunday our lectionary readings include from the Older Testament, Jeremiah 33:14-16, where Jeremiah says the day is coming when the Lord will fulfill the promise made to Israel and Judah; and the Psalm reading is from Psalm 25:1-10, where the psalmist offers a prayer for deliverance from personal enemies; with the epistle reading coming from 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, where Paul writes that the church abound in love for one another and for all; and, the gospel reading is Luke 21:25-36, where Luke tells of signs that the kingdom of God is near. This week’s sermon by Pastor Peter will be “Be Alert — the Reign of God Is Near!”

Remember, if you missed one or more sermons in the Fall Sermon Series: “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations,” all of the past sermons are available online; visit j.mp/bhpc-sound-archives.

The Giving Tree Is Decorated, Sun, Nov 29th

The Giving Tree enters its third year we help more than 30 children of low-income families from the Bridgehampton Public School have a merry Christmas. We receive children’s gift wish lists, hung them on The Giving Tree in the Narthex, where you can take a slip and shop to fulfill their Christmas wishes. Lists will be available the First Sunday in Advent, November 29th, for you to take an “ornament” from The Giving Tree with the wish list from a child. Food items are also collected so the families can have a holiday meal. The children would not have gifts without The Giving Tree! Thank you for your support!

Annual Christmas Pageant Cast Call — Rehearsals begin Sun, Nov 29th

Calling all angels, sheep, shepherds, magi, Marys and Josephs for our Annual Christmas Pageant to be held Wednesday, December 24th, at 5:00 pm. It’s not too early to start thinking about this year’s special presentation. Casting and introduction to the Pageant will be Sunday, November 29th, during Sunday School. Rehearsals will be December 6, 13 and 20 at 11:45 am after worship and on December 24 at 3:45 pm (“dress rehearsal” before the pageant). All ages 3 — adult are invited to participate. Invite all your family and friends to take a part in this service. See Kathy Lowe to express interest and for more information. It is important to be present at the rehearsals and Sunday School Choir to be included in the presentation Christmas Eve.

A Stewardship Message: Remember Your Anticipated-Giving Commitment Form

To date, we have received eight pledges totaling $33,820.00. Our church budget planning and our mission rely on your yearly tithes, gifts and donations. Please mail in or place your Anticipated-Giving Commitment Form in the offering plate, please pick up one of the forms on the table in the Narthex. Financial Secretary Elizabeth Barton is available if you would like to have stewardship envelopes. See her Sunday or call the Church Office for more information: 537-0863.

Feature Story of the Week ...

John the Baptist points to Christ, as depicted by Matthias Grünewald (1470-1528). This was a favorite image of the theologian Karl Barth.

Advent Is a Time Between Memory and Hope *

In Advent we expectantly wait for the One who has already come. We anticipate the promised justice of God’s new world, yet we praise God who raised the “righteous branch” to rule with justice and righteousness. We hope for the restoration of the afflicted, the tormented, and the grieving, yet we delight that healing has come in Christ. We long for the beating of swords into plowshares, yet we rejoice that the Prince of Peace has appeared. We yearn for the barren deserts of our inner cities to flourish, yet we laud the desert Rose that has bloomed. We dream of the land where lions and lambs live in harmony, yet we acclaim the child born to lead us into the promised land.

Christ has come! Christ is risen! Christ will come again! In Advent, we are living between the first and the second coming of the Lord. The dialectical tension of maranatha [alternately translated “Come, our Lord!” or “Our Lord has come”] — placing us between memory and hope, past and future — may strengthen our Advent liturgies. Perhaps we need to cling to the ancient cry of maranatha! and its paradoxical meanings so we may freely embrace “the new thing” prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 43:19) that God is doing among us right now. The tension and paradox we find in Advent shapes our celebrations during the season.

* An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 96)

Here’s What’s Happening ...

Nominations Committee Seeks Elders and Deacons

Nominations are now being received for church officers — Session and Deacons — and may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the Church Office with notation “Nomination”. You may nominate yourself or any active member of the Presbyterian Church of Bridgehampton, whom you believe will be a responsible candidate to fill the office. The Nominations Committee will consider all nominations and they will bring their recommendations to the Congregational Meeting. Nomination forms have been placed in our bulletins and on the table in the Narthex.

Advent Soup And Study: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
Reflections On Four Seasonal Hymns For Adults
Wednesdays, Dec 2-16, With Soup At 6:30 PM And Study At 7:00 PM

Discover the meaning of the season with "O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Reflections on Four Seasonal Hymns." Written by Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle, and Beverly Howard, this four-session adult study pack takes a look at the meaning of four popular Advent and Christmas hymns. Each of the four Wednesday sessions will include a 6:30 pm Soup and the study will begin at 7:00 pm and will feature an Advent hymn:

  • November 18: "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus;"
  • December 2: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence;"
  • December 9: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel;" and
  • December 16: "In the Bleak Midwinter."

Co-taught by Music Director Thomas White and Pastor Peter, this study will encourage group members to discuss the importance of the hymns, explore the meaning of the featured text, and learn more about the hymn writers. Each week will include a forty-five minute session following the soup and will feature various exercises, including prayers, reflection and discussion questions, and group activities.

Mary Louise Bringle is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Brevard College in Brevard, NC and was chair of the committee that oversaw the publication of the new Glory to God hymnal. Beverly Howard is a professor of music at California Baptist University and organist at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside, California and a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song.

Choral Society of the Hamptons Concert: “A Rose in Winter”, Sun, Dec 6th

The Choral Society of the Hamptons will present, “A Rose in Winter” on Sunday, December 6th, at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm in the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Tickets are available at 631-204-9402 and at www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org.

Invite Friends to the Christmas Tea and Chinese Auction, Wed, Dec 9th

The Second Annual Christmas Tea and Chinese Auction will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, from 3:00 — 5:00 pm in The Parlors. Last year all attending found the Christmas Tea an opportunity to relax during the busy rush of the holidays. This year there are already more than 40 baskets and special items for the silent auction plus numerous door prizes.

Make Sandwiches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Program, Dec 12th

BPC will be making sandwiches/lunches for the Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Program once a month this season. Sandwiches were made in November and there are opportunities where you can help on Saturdays: December 12, January 23, February 27, and March 12.

Share the Joy! Go Caroling and/or Enjoy Christmas Soups, Sun, Dec 13th!

Jump on the bus (or climb!) and go Christmas Caroling! On Sunday, December 13th, arrive at the Church Parking Lot at 3:30 pm to go caroling to homebound members and friends and in the Hamptons Rehabilitation Home. After caroling, the bus will return us to The Parlors, where there will be hot cocoa, chili and several soups to enjoy. Join in this year and spread the Christmas cheer! Parents unable to sing with their children are invited to drop off your children as the Sunday School staff will gladly care for them and — with others not able to join in the caroling — please join in for Christmas soups at 5:30 pm.

Service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Sunday, Dec 20th

The Annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be held on Christmas Sunday, December 20th, during worship. Special music will include the Children’s Sunday School Choir and the Vocal and Bell Choirs.

Harbor Bells Holiday Concert at BPC Sun, Dec 20th

Once again BPC will host the Harbor Bells with their Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 20th, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Whenever you see the “Give Now” button on our church Website or E-pistle, simply “click” on it and complete the easy and safe form to make your donation.

Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s New Online Giving Option!

For the first time BPC members and friends can now give to the church online — just as you do for many charities — using a debit or credit card or electronic funds transfer to support our congregation’s ministries!

All you have to do is click on the “Give Now” button on our church website: www.bridgehamptonpc.org. You will be redirected to the Presbyterian Mission Exchange and our Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church“Donate” page. A secure form is easily completed and you can designate and make your donation all in a matter of minutes. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation as your weekly offering or stewardship pledge. It is the generosity of members and friends like you that allows us to do what we do.

By clicking “Give Now” and filling out the form, we realize that you are trusting us with your money. We want you to know that every attempt has been made to make this process simple, easy and safe. The information you provide is encrypted, secure and confidential. We appreciate your confidence in our ministry and value your contribution through our partnership with Presbyterian Mission Exchange (a service of the Presbyterian Foundation).

In order for you to make your online donation, simply “click” on the icon and complete the form, indicating your choice of the funds available:

  • Capital Improvement Fund
  • Mission Fund
  • General Fund
  • Music Fund

If you wish to designate a donation more specifically, check “General Fund” and indicate the special work you wish to support in the “Note” area near the bottom of the form. Your transaction will appear on your statement as BB - Presbyterian Foundation. You will receive an email acknowledgement and expression of gratitude. Your full donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Go ahead! Give it a try! Why not become familiar with how it works by donating $10.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund. It’s that easy!

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