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Advent Snowglobes (Day 2)

This snowglobe was given to me in 2000. What I love about it is how the snowman is reaching for the star. Advent is a time of reaching. Christians do not reach for things (hey today is CyberMonday), but we reach for hope. For love. For peace and joy. "The Lord isn't slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives" (2 Peter 3:9). On this second day of Advent, what could you change about your own life to make that star a little closer to your reach? ‪#‎advent‬‪#‎day2‬‪#‎snowglobe‬‪#‎snowman‬‪#‎keepreaching‬‪#‎christmas‬

Advent Snowglobe Devotions-- Day 1

My mom has given me a snowglobe at Christmas every year since I was in high school. Today (Nov 29) was the first Sunday of Advent. My goal is to post a picture and reflection every day until Christmas. I received this one in 1989, my senior year. It once had a light in the steeple. It does not play music, and the church has become detached from its base. Like the church in the snowglobe, at times the Church around the world sometimes seems detached from both its audience and its Lord. In the current climate, where more and more folk self-identify with no religious preference, the gospel message is still vital. This is from today's epistle lesson- it speaks to our purpose: "May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all" (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day has a special place in my heart, and not because I ever served in the military (I did flirt with the idea of serving as a chaplain once or twice). So many men who have impacted my life served in the United States Navy: both grandfathers, my dad, and his brother, my Uncle Donald. I have two cousins currently serving (Army and Air Force). Very proud and thankful for all of them-- and everyone who has served.


Yesterday I did a little research into the observance: Originally Armistice Day, first observed in 1919 to commemorate the end of WWI (November 11, 1918). My maternal great grandfather served in the cavalry in WWI Mema still has his saddle in her garage somewhereChanged to Veteran's Day in 1954 with three emphases:remember those who fought and diedto commemorate the service of veterans of all warspromote an enduring peace
And then I found this litany online, which sums up well the three purposes of the day (Presbyterian Church, USA): A Litany for Veterans  The R…

Skyfell

We had a pretty great weekend at La Casa Drenner. Celebrating Christy's victory over the CPA exams Friday night we enjoyed dinner at Roma's, our favorite family pizza joint in Dallas (we were going to watch SMU play Temple but the rain washed us out). Saturday we journeyed to Alamo to watch The Peanuts Moviewith the boyos (it's great!). Then we dumped them at home and went out for a date night: dinner at her favorite place, Whiskey Cake, followed by the new James Bond movie, Spectre.

I've been very excited about this movie for several reasons:

I am a lifelong Bond fan. My favorites: Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only, License to KillGoldeneye(also a great video game on the ol' Nintendo 64!), Casino Royale2012's Skyfall may be the best Bond movie ever.So this was building on greatness and adding the greatest actor of our time, Christoph Waltz as the villain Blofeld.It's a November release, meaning the closer it gets to us the closer I am…

The Birth of the Messiah study

Last year during the Season of Lent I led a study called The Death of the Messiah. We explored the Passion of Jesus in great detail- both the stories from the Bible and classical depictions in Christian art. It was a great class and well attended. So this winter I will offer a companion study: The Birth of the Messiah.

Info & registration link for a new study I will offer @CusterRoadUMC this December: https://t.co/3nf6uQzO3D#Adventpic.twitter.com/BekFFfEBmN — Frank Drenner III (@revfrankdrenner) November 3, 2015

We will explore the nativity traditions of the Bible: wise men and the star, shepherds and angels, Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph. We'll also explore the stories of Jesus' birth as it has been expressed through art- one painting each week. 
During Lent we offered the class on Wednesdays, but for Advent it will occur on Sundays to invite more to participate, including choir members. Here's the link to register: https://crumc.wufoo.com/forms/r1fpuqrl0yt935o/
The Birth …