Each Sunday of Advent, we’ve been lighting candles during the worship service to represent the four Advent themes: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Last week, Steve Waldron and his wife, Beth Melillo, and their son, Ethan, lit the candle of joy and shared these reflections with the congregation:   This
I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! ‘Tis the season for carols and bells, and tidings of comfort and joy. It’s supposedly the most wonderful time of the year. But each
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul instructs us to: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. That can be difficult sometimes. Before Thanksgiving, our church took time to write on leaves various things for which we are thankful. Those leaves have now been
It’s easy in this season of giving to overspend on store-bought gifts that the receiver will likely not even remember come next Christmas. This year, instead of racking up the credit card bill with meaningless gifts, think about how you can express deeper love and care as you give gifts to your
Invite friends over to watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Clean the apartment for watching of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Make cookies to eat while watching “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Invite neighbors to the church Christmas concert Write Christmas letter and mail to long-distance friends Buy gift for my Secret Santa
For those who serve with Family Promise at NSCBC, Sunday was a goodbye (of sorts). We finished our week of hosting—sharing dinner, playtime, and overnights in the church with four families currently experiencing homelessness. As the program moved on to the next church, two precious families also graduated from the
One of the aspects of our church that many of us value is our inter-generational congregation. Today we’re starting a new series of posts called “Senior Moments.” Through these interviews with seniors at NSCBC, we will see how God has sustained them, taught them, and used them. Sometimes they will
We invite you to read this year’s NSCBC Advent Devotional! Take a look at this message from our Director of Worship Ministries, Melissa Bull.   Emmanuel, God with us. What a glorious mystery—that Jesus left the throne of God to take on human flesh. And he did so knowing the