Friday, December 1, 2023


1  Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
and come to save us!

3  Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Psalm 80:1-3



Sunday Worship Services

First Sunday in Advent - Traditional Service

Isaiah 64:1-9

1 Corinthians 12:3-9

Mark 13:24-37


Worship service is hybrid:

Onsite & via Zoom. 

The ZOOM meeting ID is: 485 087 170

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:

You may also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833.



Midweek Advent Services

  • Wed 12/6, 7:00pm
  • Wed 12/13, 7:00pm
  • Wed 12/20, 7:00pm

The ZOOM meeting ID is: 485 087 170

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:

You may also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833. 



Midweek of Advent 1

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Look Up! The Star of Peace Draws Near 

We begin our Advent journey with the most common way to seek peace: possessions. This is the top of our star, the most obvious pursuit of peace, shooting upward without an end in sight. The Advent season knows all about seeking more things. Shopping is in full swing and the promise is that if only we had all the right things, then we would be complete and at peace.

          To counter that pursuit of peace by gathering more and more, God intersects us with the words of contentment from Paul. “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8) Join all who have heard His invitation and have followed His star. In Him we have a lasting peace.



Guest Musician this Sunday!

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Don’t miss this week’s worship guest musician, 

Lars Johannesson, Flute. Sunday 12/3!!




L👀king Ahead – Volunteers Needed!




Living Nativity Volunteers Needed

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Saturday, December 16, Volunteers Needed

  • Choir – Contact Nancy
  • Snacks – Contact Darlene
  • Luminary – Contact Gretchen
  • Set Up/Lighting/Sound – Contact Pastor




Sunday Supper Next Sunday 12/10

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12/10 MENU





Please call or email the office to RSVP,   (831)423-8330

$15.00 each meal.



MLC – Stanford Blood Drive Friday 12/8

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Online:  Use sponsor code 2662

Phone: 888-723-7831





Thank You!

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Thank You to Gretchen, Shirley, Erin, George, Tami for decorating the Sanctuary last Saturday!





Advent Wreaths Available

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Do you have an Advent Wreath? 

We have a couple available in the office for $25, and need to place an order if more are needed.  Please let the office know if you need one, we have time to order more if we act quickly.



Praise Team is BACK!!


Nancy is calling all Praise Team Members!

Please mark your calendars for rehearsal Thursday 12/7 6:00pm, 

and Sunday Worship 12/10. 

Contact Nancy and let her know you’re in!!



Christmas Eve Choir

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Interested in singing with the choir at the Candles and Carols 11pm Christmas Eve Service?

Please contact Nancy.





Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursday at 9:30am, we are studying 1 Timothy.

Zoom meeting ID: 450 934 553

Please call the office at (831)423-8330 for passcode.

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:

You may also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833.



MLC Birthdays & Anniversaries






Please Help Stock the Food Pantry


The office is seeing an increase in people coming to the door needing food assistance.

The Pantry is getting low and specifically needs pop-top canned food items. 

Please consider helping:

  • Pop-top canned food:  tuna/chicken/meat beans, stew, chili, pasta
  • Ready-made, shelf stable meals
  • Granola/Protein bars
  • Nuts
  • Can Openers!



Agnus Day

Don’t we all, don’t we all.



Preschool Update

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