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Preparing the Church for
Advent and Christmas
December 6

Join the Worship Committee at noon on Saturday, December 6, to prepare the Sanctuary for Advent with poinsettias and greens.

Honoring Fernando González
December 7

On Sunday, December 7, all are welcome to join a celebration of Fernando Gonzalez's service to Old First as its beloved sexton and custodian, which ended with his retirement in October. Please see Shared Life for more details.

Interfaith Food Pantry
to be Staffed by OFPC
December 13

Old First is responsible for providing the volunteers needed for the Interfaith Food Pantry December 13. Come help unload the truck, bring food inside, distribute food and clean up later. Contact Dana Nojima or foodpantry@oldfirst.org. This would be a great opportunity for the practice of giving of yourself in Advent and Christmas.

Christmas Eve Worship
December 24, 8:00 pm

Join Old First Presbyterian Church for Christmas Eve worship on Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 pm.

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Old First Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith united by trust in God and faith in Jesus Christ. We warmly welcome all who accept and respond to God's saving grace in Jesus Christ and who desire to participate in the life and ministry of this church.

Established in 1849, we are the oldest active Protestant congregation in California. We are constantly renewed through a wide spectrum of activities, and of course, through new members and visitors.

Maggi's Musings - December 2014

The season of Advent, a time of reflection and preparation before Christmas, begins this year on November 30. If we look and listen to the secular calendar or store windows, we could easily think that Christmas is already upon us and that it has little to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. But we, as disciples of Jesus, work and live by a different calendar. We seek to walk in the way of Jesus – not just during this season – but 365 days a year.

The season of Advent is a gift for refocusing ourselves, for setting ourselves on the path towards Jesus anew. Indeed it is a challenge to keep Christ at the center of our lives and perhaps especially amid everything that takes place in December. Yet, let’s see if Advent can be a gift to help us to seek simplicity in all things and nurture our inward faith for outward living.

We are invited to go into Advent with joy, to let go of anxiety and to take on a spiritual practice which embraces simplicity and the meaning of the season. Here are some ways to start:

Frankly, I need the focus of Advent this year. I will be praying for you, and I hope you will be praying for me, as we all seek to develop a life-giving, life-clarifying spiritual practice this year. I will leave you with a poem by the pastor and poet Ruth Burgess who often points me in the right direction.

Peace, Pastor Maggi

Bright Star-Maker God

Bright star-maker God,
travel with us through Advent
shine into our dark corners
lead us into ways of justice
warm us with joy and wonder
bring us to new birth.