CALLING ALL HEROES!
Who: All Members of ULC
What: ULC Winter Blood Drive!
When: Wednesday, March 11th from 11AM-5:40PM
Where: UCLA Blood & Platelet Center located on the A-level of Ackerman
Why: To give back to the UCLA Community, and save lives! You also earn a movie ticket/meal voucher/or 4 hours of pay time if you work for UCLA.
The Ackerman donor center does get busy so we recommend making appointments for the day of the drive. Here is the link to make an appointment online:
If you HAVE DONATED BEFORE, please use the same email that you provided us at the time of donation.
If you HAVE NOT DONATED before, please click the “Click here to register and schedule an appointment”
You can also stop by the center or call us at 310-825-0888 (ext. 2) to make an appointment as well!
Please remember to have a good meal before and drink a lot of water on the day of your donation! Don’t forget to sign in with ULC the white binder at the front desk.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
Come support the chapel as we hold a fundraiser for our church!
Join us at BJ’s in Westwood for from 5-9pm on Thursday, February 12th food, drinks and an all around great time. AND… if you hand in one of these when you order your food (which you can keep your eye out for at church or at the actual event), BJ’s will donate 15% of whatever you spend to the Chapel.
Come out and show your support… we hope to see you there!
Each year, along with the season of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and furiously shopping for Christmas presents comes another special season: Advent. The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word “coming”. The four weeks of Advent are representative of the time we await the coming of Jesus Christ here on earth.
People honor Advent in a number of ways, some of which include counting down with an Advent Calendar where various characters from the famous Christmas Eve scene make their appearance on the calendar as the days count down ’til Christmas. A more formal way that the church often recognizes Advent with is the Advent candles (and sometimes wreath). This includes four candles, which are lit one after another for each Sunday of Advent. The use of these candles began in Germany and dates back even prior to the Reformation (1517). By the beginning of the 1900’s, the tradition included three purple candles and one pink candle. The purple candles are meant to represent Jesus’ royalty and kingship. The pink candle is to be lit on the Third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” means “rejoice” in Latin, and this day is in reference to Philippians 4:4 which states “Rejoice…the Lord is near.”
The anticipatory time of Advent is not only one of the most spirit-filled and exciting times of the year for Christians, but it is also the beginning of the church calendar. It begins the church year because it references the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus’ incarnation. Following Advent comes Christmas (about His birth), Epiphany (His miracles and ministry), Lent (His journey to the cross), Easter (His resurrection), Ascension (the 40 days after Easter) and finally Pentecost (the sending of the Holy Spirit).
The coming of Jesus is represented in three ways during Advent: past, present and future. The past “coming” is represented through readings of Old Testament prophecies of his birth in Bethlehem. The present is represented through readings which highlight the way He works through us today through Word and Sacrament, and the future through the prophecies in the New Testament about His second coming.
As you begin the month of December with anticipation of seeing your families, exchanging gifts and celebrating Christmas together, take time to prepare your heart to once again commemorate the coming of Jesus all those years ago. He was called “Emmanuel”, God with us, and we are blessed to have a God who loved us enough to break the boundaries between earth and heaven to make Himself known to us.
If you would like to sign up for free Lutheran devotionals to be sent your email inbox daily throughout Advent, you can click here: Advent Devotional
Information for this piece was taken from ©The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, www.lcms.org/faqs