You’ve likely heard of, if not experienced, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
It’s a type of sadness or depression that comes about with a change in the seasons—typically, though not always, starting sometime in the fall and continuing through the winter months. When it is severe, it calls for professional therapy, and even medical intervention. There are degrees of seasonal angst, however; and, short of something approaching clinical depression, it can be a condition lessened, if not eliminated, by the supportive, caring, perspective-giving presence of other people. As I shared in my November article, however, research indicates that “nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone, left out, not having meaningful relationships, or believing they are isolated from others.”Read more
We have once again come to one of my favorite seasons on the Christian calendar.
Advent (which comes from the Latin word “adventus”which means “coming”) is the season between Christ the King Sunday (Sunday, November 25th) and Christmastide. It includes the four Sundays in between and is a season that helps to prepare for the coming of the Christ child.
Our first Sunday of Advent is Sunday, December 2nd.
My sermon title will be “Hope” with Luke 21:25-36 as our scripture lesson. This traditional first Sunday of Advent passage takes place near the end of Jesus’ life. It’s a passage telling us about the second coming of Christ. It’s a message of hope which connects us back to Jesus’birth and the journey we all begin with Him.
Throughout the Bible, we are called to serve others with a spirit-filled heart, both locally and globally. All of us on the Missions Team want start with a big Thank You to everyone who made our 2018 projects possible. This past year, our outreach consisted of helping our two- legged and four-legged friends within our […]