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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Our look at the songs of Advent from the first chapter of Luke's gospel continues this week with Zechariah. Zechariah is the father of John the Baptist, mostly known for becoming mute during Elizabeth's entire pregnancy. When God finally releases him to speak, he sings a song of blessing.

Zechariah's song has me thinking about blessing. What does it mean to bless something or someone? Does it confer power or protection, or is it just like saying 'good luck'? Who has the power to bless, and do you have to be good to receive a blessing? 

Join us on Sunday, and you too will have the opportunity to be blessed--by our music and worship, by partaking in communion, and even by one of your ministers, if you choose. 

Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer

 

COVID Update
AIC's leadership team is watching carefully and cautiously the news about the new COVID variant. As of now, our current protocols are sufficient to meet and exceed all the government recommendations. Please continue to wear your face covering for worship, sanitize hands upon arrival, and stay home to participate online if you are unwell with any COVID symptoms. If there are changes in the coming weeks, this weekly email will contain all the details.

Scam Warning
Your ministers, church staff and lay leadership will NEVER contact you directly to request money or gift cards. If you receive such a request via email, text or social media, please DO NOT reply. Instead, notify us directly, then report and block the sender. Unfortunately, criminals are attempting to using church websites to try to fraudulently collect donations. If you ever receive a request from AIC that is not from an "amchurch" address, please assume it is fake.
WORSHIP
Sunday Worship from 28 November
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Sunday, December 5           Zechariah’s Song (Benedictus)
                                                  Communion

Sunday, December 12           Shepherd’s Song (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
                                                  Unrehearsed Nativity Play during worship
Sunday, December 19           Simeon’s Song (Nunc Dimittis)
Friday, December 24             Christmas Eve Carols and Candlelight 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 26           Bach Sing on Boxing Day
                                                  Cantata with AIC choir and orchestra

 
Christmas Concert
 
In support of the Cold Weather Shelter
The High Holborn Chamber Choir will be holding their Christmas concert here at AIC on Saturday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite or at the door, £10 for the general public and £6 for under 18 and over 65. 
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Final Session: Wednesday, 8 December
Read: Prayers and Afterword

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81254079659?pwd=NGRTLzR5TGJicTMvOU5Qc1BDeXJiQT09
Meeting ID: 812 5407 9659
Passcode: 082803

Join us for online Bible Study via Zoom. Through 5 December, we will be studying marriage and sexuality. 

Note the early start for those who want to attend Bible Study and then travel to worship.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757897061?pwd=dVBkcW9OVE5hTUt3a25uZmxqbG1odz09
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537

SERVE & GIVE
Year-End Gifts and 2022 Pledges

We are reaching the end of our fiscal year, and facing a deficit. At the same time, we are planning our ministry for 2022. Can you help us with a year-end gift for 2021, and a commitment to give in 2022?

You can read more in letters from Assistant Treasurer Serge Ramin and Pastor Jennifer, sent in recent weeks. Make a 2022 commitment via this link.
Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

This year remains difficult in many ways, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making a gift to keep our ministries thriving. 

You may give via bank transfer with the following information:
Beneficiary: The American Church in London
Sort Code: 40-05-16
Account Number: 81651498
PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you have concerns to add to our prayers or outreach, please e-mail prayer@amchurch.co.uk or contact us directly.

Reach out to us:
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen,  jmk@amchurch.co.uk, 0780 143 7133
Jared Jaggers, jared@amchurch.co.uk, 0756 568 7333
Jonathan Miller, jonathan@amchurch.co.uk, 0752 235 5669
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