Hallam, PA

St. James Lutheran Church


Rev.† PAUL N. FRANK, JR.†††† †† †††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††† CHURCH TELEPHONE:

†(717) 757-6818


"You know what time it is."

(Romans 13:11)

†††††††††† The new church year begins with the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a time of preparation. lt is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ. We celebrate Advent as a past event, preparing to celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus as a baby born in a stable in Bethlehem. We celebrate Advent as a present event, inviting Jesus to be born or reborn in our hearts today. And we celebrate Advent as a future event as we prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus.


†††††††††† One of the best known customs of Advent is the Advent Wreath. Traditionally, the wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreen. Three candles are violet/blue and the fourth candle is rose. Each week one candle is lit - one candle the first week, and then another each succeeding week until December 25th. A short prayer may accompany the lighting.


†††††††††† †Sunday, December 3rd : The First Sunday in Advent. Theme: Keep awake, for you do not know the day or the hour when the King is coming.


†††††††††† Sunday, December 10th: The Second Sunday in Advent. Theme: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight . . . Mark 1:5.


†††††††††† Sunday, December 17th: The Third Sunday in Advent. Theme: Rejoice!


†††††††††† Sunday, December 24th: The Fourth Sunday in Advent. Theme: The Annunciation.




Christmas is a time for giving. On Christmas God gave us the gift of his Son, the gift of salvation. But let us do more than just give gifts on Christmas Day. Let us give gifts every day during Advent, the days leading up to December 25th . Give one gift a day from now until Christmas. Here are twenty-four suggestions.

†††††††††††††††† †1. Mend a quarrel.

†††††††††††††††† †2† Send a card to someone who is in the hospital or nursing† home.

†††††††††††††††† †3.†† Invite someone to attend church with you.

†††††††††††††††† †4.†† Share a smile and a laugh with someone.

†††††††††††††††† †5.†† Tell someone how much you appreciate them.

†††††††††††††††† †6.†† Share a cup of tea and a cookie with a neighbor.

†††††††††††††††† †7.†† Tell someone that you love them. Everyone likes tohea††† these words

†††††††††††††††† †8.†† Speak words of encouragement to someone who is †††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† discouraged.

†††††††††††††††† †9.†† Pray for someone who is ill or in need.

†††††††††††††††† 10†† Give someone a hug.

†††††††††††††††† 11†† Send a Christmas card with a note to someone who will†† not be home for Christmas, †† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† perhaps someone in†† the military. Tell them you will pray for them, and †† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† ††do it.

†††††††††††††††† 12††† Write that long overdue thank you note.

†††††††††††††††† 13††† Send a Christmas card with a note to a missionary. Tell †††† ††them you will pray for them, and †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† do it.

†††††††††††††††† 14.†† Ask someone--your children, your spouse, your†† parents, a neighbor--"How was your day?" †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† And† listen to their response.

†††††††††††††††† 15.††† Say to someone "God loves you."

†††††††††††††††† 16.††† Do the dishes for the family.

†††††††††††††††† 17.††† Make or bake something for someone. Anonymously.

†††††††††††††††† 18.††† Take a walk with a friend.

†††††††††††††††† 19.††† Buy a cup of coffee or a donut for a stranger. (Pay it††† forward).

†††††††††††††††† 20.†††† Donate a toy to an organization that gives gifts to needy † †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† children.

†††††††††††††††† 21.†††† Think about something special you can do for someone, † †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† and do it.

†††††††††††††††† 22.†††† Seek out a forgotten friend.

†††††††††††††††† 23.†††† Share the Christmas story with someone.

†††††††††††††††† 24.†††† Invite someone to attend the Christmas Eve service with† you.


What a good way to celebrate Advent. Let us make Christmas one long extended gift of ourselves to others: unselfishly, without announcement, obligation, or reservation. This is Christianity. Merry Christmas!


†††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† ††††††††††

†††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† See you in church,

†††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† Pastor Paul N. Frank, Jr.





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