An At-Home D-I-Y Advent Wreath

advent wreath

Since we are celebrating Advent by being good neighbors and staying home this year, I encourage you to make your own Advent Wreath.  It can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like.  All you need are five candles and a plate.  You can add greenery around the plate if you wish.  The five candles can be traditional or battery-operated; they can be votives, pillars, or tapers, any size.   Place four of them in a circle on the plate, and one in the center.  The four surrounding candles represent the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  On Week 1, one candle is lit, and each subsequent week, another candle is added until on Week 4, all four are lit.  The fifth candle in the center, called the Christ Candle, is lit on Christmas Eve.  

You may wish to have your Advent Wreath close by in your sacred space or worship area when we gather together in worship each Sunday.  As the candles in the Sanctuary are lit, you may join in by lighting your candles at home.  After worship, you may find it lovely to sit and bask in the wonder, delight, and quiet of this reflective season of waiting.  You could also do this after sundown, and think of the Light of the World coming through the darkness.  Perhaps we could share our Advent Wreaths with one another during our Coffee and Fellowship time after worship. 

Please note that while traditionally the candles are purple for Hope, Peace, and Love, and rose for Joy, and white for the Christ Candle, in this year of everything being non-traditional, feel free to use any candles that you already have at home.  This is meant to bring you some calm, thoughtful inspiration during the season of Advent, not to add stress and burden to you.  

  ~ With Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

    In the time of Advent During Coronavirus,

   Rev. Stacy

Serving Those in Need During Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to look at our various ministries and adapt them to the realities of the time. We have had a longstanding relationship with The Samaritan Center in Simi Valley and have been active participants in their Community Dinner program. Gathering for meals at our church property posed a health risk, but we wanted to continue to serve the community during the current public health crisis.

Every month, the $65 we would have used to provide a Community Dinner is designated for the Center along with any new donations we receive for the Community Dinner Fund that month. A volunteer offered to be a buyer for items that The Samaritan Center need and have difficulty locating.
 
Let’s reach out with our compassion and actions.

Would You Like to Help?

Please visit our https://uccsimi.org/giving/ and select “Community Dinner” as your choice under “Designated Giving.”

A Just World for All

In 2016 the United Church of Christ spent a full year examining its purpose, vision and mission. The phrase that came out of the discussion was “a just world for all.” This simple phrase encompasses both a compassionate, Christ-like theology and worldview and is instructive on how to focus our energies as individuals and as a church body.

Purpose:
To love our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and our neighbor as ourselves.

Vision:
United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.

Mission:
United in Spirit, inspired by God’s grace we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

For more information visit: https://www.ucc.org/congregations_weekly_a_just_world_for_all