November 25, 2022
The Pastor's Corner: The Seasons of the Church Year
The new Christian Year for the church always begins on the first Sunday in Advent.  Just as there is a rhythm in the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons, there is also a rhythm in the liturgical seasons of the Christian Year.  Please note the color changes in the parament cloths on the altar and pulpit of our church.

Advent: November 27 through December 23, 2022: “He is coming!”  Advent is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.”  Advent is the season in which we prepare for the coming of Christmas.  It is a season of preparation, anticipation, and expectation.  The parament color on the altar and pulpit is purple, symbolizing both penitence and royalty.

ChristmastideDecember 24 through December 31, 2022. “He is born!”  Christmastide begins on Christmas Eve.  The name “Christmas” comes from “Christ’s Mass.”  We are offered the gift of forgiveness and hope as we celebrate Christ's birth.  The parament color is white, symbolizing the purity of Christ.

EpiphanyJanuary 1 through February 21, 2023.  “He is The Light of the World!”  Epiphany comes from the Greek word “epiphany,” which means “manifestation” or “appearance.”  It commemorates the coming of the Wise Men (Magi), who brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Christ Child.  The color white is used on Epiphany's first and last Sundays in honor of the Baptism and Transfiguration of Jesus.  The color green is used on the other Sundays of Epiphany.

LentFebruary 22 through April 8, 2023: “He Suffers and Dies!”  Lent is a season of spiritual discipline and sacrifice.  The focus is on the suffering death of Jesus on the cross.  The parament color is purple, symbolizing penitence.

EastertideApril 16 through May 27, 2023:  “He Lives!”  Eastertide celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of life eternal.  The parament color is white, symbolizing purity. 

Pentecost:  May 28 through November 12, 2023:  “He sends the Holy Spirit!”  Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit that descended upon the disciples, and the church was born.  The parament color is red on Pentecost Sunday, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.  The parament color is green on the final Sundays of Pentecost, symbolizing growth.

This ends the church year. The new church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent 2023.

Pastor Bobby 
Thank you, Jay Pasicznyk
Over the last few years, many selfless servants have shared their gifts and graces with Cokesbury Church. But perhaps no one has been more instrumental in helping our church adjust to life post-Covid and post-hurricane than Jay Pasicznyk. Jay’s knowledge of technology has been invaluable to us as our church has navigated life through Zoom and other forms of communication and technology.
We are sad to announce that Jay will be moving from the area and taking another position of employment in December. His last Sunday with us will be November 27th, as his new position will begin in December. Please make a point to call Jay or see him personally to express your appreciation for all he has done. We wish him God’s blessings and offer our prayers for him in this new chapter of his life. 

This week at Cokesbury

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Upcoming Events

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Cokesbury signed up for bell ringing with the Salvation Army Annual Kettle Drive during this season of extraordinary giving. We are assigned to Publix Supermarket on Ninth Avenue and Sam’s Club on Airport Blvd. Our dates are Saturday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 10th. If you feel led to help, please pick a 2-hour shift on the sign-up sheet in the Atrium.

The Contemporary Sunday School class is collecting hygiene products for
Bright Bridge Ministries. We would like to open it up to the church.

If you would like to donate, the following items can be accepted:
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothrbushes
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene products
We hope to deliver them by Wednesday, Dec. 14. There will be a collection box in the Atrium by the angel tree.
Tickets are available online now!

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