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Join Us This Sunday!

March 2, 2015

sunday brunch

Join us this Sunday directly after service for a complementary brunch at the Chapel. It will be a great time to enjoy some good company while eating great food. We’d love to see you there!

Ash Wednesday

February 16, 2015

ash wednesday

Join us this Wednesday for our Ash Wednesday Service. The service will be held Wednesday, February 18th at 7pm. All are welcome.

*Also, note that this will be replacing our regular Ascend Service

Join Us For A Fundraiser at BJ’s!

February 5, 2015

BJ's Flyer

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!

Advent: “Rejoice! …the Lord is near”

December 4, 2014

advent calendar ulc blog

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

SEXTON OPENINGS!

November 17, 2014
We currently have 2 spaces opening up in our sexton program beginning next quarter! We are looking for 1 male and 1 female who are interested in becoming a sexton, living and working here at the Chapel. For more information on the program, and to find the application, please visit the Sexton Program tab of our website. Email completed applications and resumes to ulcbruins@gmail.comby November 21st. Interviews will be conducted during the first week of December. We look forward to welcoming two new members soon!
Thanks!

Pumpkin Carving Party!

October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Party

Join us THIS FRIDAY at 7:30pm for our annual Pumpkin Carving Potluck! Bring your own pumpkin and a snack to share!

Taboo – What We Haven’t Been Talking About

October 20, 2014

taboo

“TABOO” is the long-awaited follow up to the 2013 UNWRAPPED National Campus Ministry Conference, which was attended by more than 400 college students and campus-ministry workers from around the country. Attendees represented 90-plus college and university campuses, including students from our Concordia universities.

We will once again be returning to Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo., for three days of study, worship, fun and fellowship with college students from around the country. This year, we will be addressing a lot of timely topics related to marriage, dating and sexuality. We will learn, grow and struggle through some rather tough issues together, as well as make many lasting connections that can continue to be fostered even after we head home to our local colleges and universities.

For more information, visit the website: http://lcms.org/events/taboo

Email Mercedes.Smith@att.net if you are interested in getting a group together to go.

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