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Donna Hester: Get Ready for Sunday

Each week pastor Donna Hester unpacks the scripture that will be the focus of our worship together on the upcoming Sunday.

Thank you for your Christmas Parade Donations

The Oak Ridge Christmas Parade is coming up on December 12, 2020 and we have big plans.

Thank you for your generous contributions of Christmas candy, new socks, gloves and mittens that will be given out in our goody bags at the Oak Ridge Christmas Parade. In this year's reverse parade, the floats, including ours, will stay in place on one side of the road and visitors will drive through on the other side, and receive their goody bags at the end. Hope you can come out December 12 and enjoy the new-style parade.

Get Ready for Advent

Pastor Donna shared a lesson this week on the season of Advent, it's meaning in the life of the church, and what we can do to prepare.

Join Us Sunday for a Special Service of Mourning and Hope

This Sunday, November 1 is All Saints Day, a time on the church calendar that we remember and grieve those who have died. This week's service will depart from our usual order of worship. It will offer us time to reflect on the one million lives around the world lost to Covid-19 and to mourn the many things we have lost this year. And it will be a time to seek the promises of hope that we find in Christ.

You are invited to participate in the service by having three candles (of any kind) prepared to light as the candles are lit on the alter at Kern during the service.

Holy Communion Vespers

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.

This World Communion Sunday, the table will be prepared for 20 in each session. You will bring your communion elements (bread/cracker/grain and juice). We will mask except for taking the bread and cup. Make your reservation today and come meet Christ at the table.

UMCOR Bucket Supplies Urgently Needed

The Flood Bucket kits that help areas hard hit by storm damage have hit rock bottom in the face of record storms and the inability of church members to gather to assemble new ones. Now that we can gather in small numbers, it’s feasible to try to help fill this need. Hygiene Kits are also needed to meet future demands. Instructions for assembling kits are provided by UMCOR. Each cleaning kit is valued at $75. Donations may be made to Kern to supply these buckets.

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