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

Mary's song of praise after she learns that she will be carrying the Christ child, known as the Magnificat, is a bold and beautiful testimony. She claims without hesitation that God takes the side of the poor and the vulnerable, rather than those that the world has already rewarded with strength, power and wealth. It echoes the messages Jesus himself will speak in the Sermon on the Mount.

In order to take the side of the vulnerable ones, God becomes vulnerable Godself, in the form of a newborn baby, flesh and blood like all of us. Such is the depth of God's love and solidarity with us. Such is the lengths God will go to to demonstrate love for us.

As we draw near to Christmas with this final Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve, join us on Sunday to hear Mary's song of praise and power, and know again God's presence with us, in vulnerability and love. 


Faithfully,

Pastor Jennifer


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Missions Opportunities
Invitation to Support Refugees This Holiday Season
 
Will Jungman, a member of AIC, and his family have been involved with an organization called Refugees at Home. In response to Jonathan's sermon last Sunday, he offers the following invitation to any who might be willing and able to offer short-term shelter this Christmas.

Dear fellow AIC worshippers,

I wanted to let you know about another immediate way to help refugees: offering to host a refugee or asylum seeker for 1-2 weeks over the Christmas and New Years period.

Rickie and I, along with her parents, have been involved with an organisation called Refugees at Home which arranges for people to host refugees and asylum seekers (short-term or long-term) in their homes. In particular, a young Syrian man named Basel, whose family I've mentioned before at prayers, has now lived with Rickie's parents for a year and a half and become part of our family. Additionally, both we and her parents have hosted several people on a short term basis. Rickie's mother and Basel were even featured in a recent article on Huffington Post. (Though the journalist describes Rickie's Jewish family's first Christmas celebration at home as being for Basel, they actually did a Christmas celebration the year before when hosting another new arrival to London in need of a home, me!) We've all found it a very rewarding way to help those in need and better understand other parts of the world.

We've recently become aware of an immediate and short-term hosting need in London, as well as Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. There are 46 people who, like Basel, have hosts, but those hosts need their spare bedrooms for visiting friends and relatives over Christmas and New Years. Each and every one of these people has been carefully vetted, has a track record with his or her current hosts, and most importantly has a place to go back to once the holidays are over.  So this is a guaranteed time-limited ask for short-term hosting of 1-2 weeks over the period. Offering to host during this time will keep a person from needing to go to a pop-up Christmas shelter for refugees. If you have a spare bedroom and wish to share Christmas with someone in need, then please reach out to Refugees at Home. Thank you.

Link: www.refugeesathome.org
Contact: info@refugeesathome.org

Happy Christmas,
Will Jungman
Church News
Staffing Update
 
After seven years of faithful service, our Director of Worship and Music Scott Stroman will be headed on a sabbatical from January 1 through Easter Sunday. Scott will be using his sabbatical time to complete his Ph.D. coursework and thesis in composition. He will also have the opportunity to visit other churches, learn new music, get new ideas and return to AIC with fresh perspectives and renewed energy. 

During his absence, Liam Dunachie and Joanna Davies will step up to plan and lead the choir and service music, in partnership with Pastor Jennifer. Both bring much expertise and energy, so we will be in good hands.

On Sunday, December 23, we will offer a blessing prayer for Scott during his sabbatical time, that the Spirit would be present to guide and renew him. We look forward to his return after Easter.
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