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An Advent message from the pastor:  “Advent, Waiting With Hope”

Advent (from Latin, adventus, meaning “coming towards”) is a four-week season of preparation for Christmas. The First Sunday of Advent (December 3) marks the beginning of the church’s year.

Advent and Christmas focus both on the past—the coming of Jesus as an infant born into poverty in Bethlehem, and the future—the coming of Christ in glory to fulfill God’s loving purposes for humanity. This past and future orientation is reflected in the readings and the messages that I have prepared for each Sunday of Advent.

Advent this year comes at a time of anxiety but also at a time of hope. Many of us are struggling and are afraid of what the future may hold. It's not easy to hope when times are bad. Mary, as she waited for the birth of her child into an uncertain world, knew how to live with hope—to believe the promises of God. So Advent is a time when we wait, with Mary, for the birth of new life into a world living in shadows.

Pastor Ray 
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WHAT’S NEW AT NPUMC

We are now live streaming our services on our facebook page for your convenience.  If you wish to donate to our ministry checks can be mailed to North Pownal United Methodist Church, PO Box 107, Pownal, Me.  04069.  A receipt is available upon request.  We will soon be able to provide pay pal options for electronic gifts.  

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Dec. 17, 2017 - Christmas service totally lead by the youth at 
10:00 AM

Dec. 24, 2017 - Traditional morning service at 10:00 AM
Traditional Christmas Eve candle light service with communion at 6:30 PM.
No service on the 25th.  

Weekly Bible Study: Every Thursday at 6:30 PM. Come early to join us in a light super and fellowship starting at 6:00 PM.

Bean Suppers: Every first Saturday, from April thru November; 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM; with a time of reflection and prayer at 4:00 PM for all who wish to participate. Our 2017 suppers begin on April 1st.

Food Pantry: Wednesdays; 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. (Is open to all in need.)

FMI:  Contact Pastor Ray at 207-688-4938

Child care available during the service; “Infants through 6 years old”.

Prayer request e-mail:  margo.tripp@myfairpoint.net
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SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday School for all ages resumes September 10th. Children and Teachers will be dismissed during the Worship Service. 

Church cancellation due to bad weather
watch channels 6, 8, &13.
 
UPPER ROOM MAGAZINE
You can pick up the latest issue on the table as you enter the church.  The Upper Room Magazine is a devotional guide, in large print.

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NEED A GATHERING PLACE?
-RENTING AVAILABLE-

Our facility has a kitchen, two rooms, holds approximately
100 people.

You can rent it for:  Birthdays, Meetings, Reunions, Suppers,
Entertainment. 
Lots of parking and handicap accessibility.

NO alcohol beverages or smoking.  If interested call Nancy @
688-4481
.