|Epiphany||Epiphany means “to reveal.” It celebrates the coming of the Magi, whose bringing of gifts revealed Jesus to the world as Lord and King. The season of Epiphany continues until Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent. Depending on the timing of Easter, the season of Epiphany includes four to nine Sundays. The sanctuary colors of Epiphany are white and gold. These are the colors of celebration, newness, and hope that mark the most sacred days of the church year. Epiphany is a time of focusing on the mission of the church as revealing Jesus as the Savior of all people.|
|Second Sunday||Scapegoat Service. In the Old Testament, God commanded his people Israel to send a goat into the wilderness, symbolically carrying away their wickedness and rebellion with it. We commemorate a similar ceremony at the beginning of each year by writing down regrets, hurts, and sins on scraps of paper and burning them in the flame of the Christ candle.|
|Fourth Sunday||Common Meal|
|Fourth Sunday||Chili Cook-off: Participants bring their favorite chili to share with the congregation and compete against one another. Vote determines winner of 'valuable' prizes. Pinata for the kids.|
|Lent||The season of Lent spans forty weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on the Saturday before Easter. In the Bible, the number forty is associated with suffering and temptation. However, because Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the forty days of Lent. The sanctuary color of Lent is purple, the color of suffering. The season of Lent is a time of prayer and repentance, as we remember the suffering of Jesus and focus on our need for grace. It is also a time of preparation
for the celebration of Easter and the coming resurrection.
|Palm Sunday||Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, marked by crowds in Jerusalem for Passover waving palm branches and proclaiming him as king. We celebrate by waving palm branches and singing songs of celebration. The sanctuary color for Palm Sunday is the color of Lent, purple. Purple is the color of suffering, and Palm Sunday is a time to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus as a contrast to his resurrection.|
|Maundy Thursday||Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, his betrayal by Judas, and his prayer in Gethsemane as the disciples slept. Maundy means "to give" or "to entrust," referring to Jesus’ institution of the sacrament of Communion; we celebrate Communion during the service in honor of this trust. We also honor Jesus’ example of humility by participating together in the washing of hands, a contemporary corollary to Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet before the last supper. The sanctuary color for Maundy Thursday is the color of Lent, purple. After Communion, the purple at the front of the sanctuary is removed to symbolize Jesus having been abandoned by his disciples and stripped by the soldiers, and the communion table is covered in black to symbolize the consequences of sin. As we depart in silence, we remember Christ’s sacrifice and prepare to celebrate his resurrection on Easter.|
|Easter||The season of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, through which we receive redemption from sin and death. We celebrate Easter with a flowering cross, which represents the new life in Christ that we are celebrating. The cross, an instrument of death, is transformed into a symbol of life. The sanctuary colors for the seven Sundays of Easter are white and gold. White symbolizes hope for the resurrection, purity from sin, and victory over death. Gold symbolizes Jesus as the light of the world and as exalted king. During Easter we celebrate God's work in the world and reflect upon our purpose and our calling.|
|Fourth Sunday||Common Meal|
|Finance||The Fiscal Year at Loop Church runs from July through June. Team/group budget line item requests for the upcoming fiscal year must be submitted by May 15.|
|Fourth Sunday||The May Common Meal is the annual Church PicNic. The actual date is an agreed upon Sunday in late May or early June.|
|Finance||The budget for the upcoming fiscal year and an agenda will be distributed two weeks prior to the Annual Congregational meeting which takes place the 2nd or 3rd Sunday in June.|
|Fourth Sunday||We celebrate All Nations’ Sunday. Our service is a celebration of the unity and diversity of God’s people. We affirm the ethnic identities of all members of Christ’s Church and proclaim that their cultural lives are a gift from God worthy of celebration.We also hold a potluck dinner featuring dishes from numerous ethic backgrounds.|
|Fourth Sunday||The October Common Meal is the annual Pancake Brunch.|
|Last Sunday||Reformation Sunday celebrates our doctrinal heritage by commemorating Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses concerning
the doctrine of grace through faith, nailed to the door of Wittenberg Church in 1517. On Reformation Sunday, we acknowledge that our redemption comes through faith in Christ, without regard to individual merit. The sanctuary color for Reformation Sunday is red, the color of the church.
All Saints' (or All Souls) Sunday celebrates the communion and fellowship of the Church and the promise of eternal life to those who are in Christ Jesus. The sanctuary color for All Saints' Sunday is red, the color of the church.
At the beginning of November we distribute Peter Fish banks as part of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee campaign to combat world hunger.
Our Ebenezer service is part of our celebration of Thanksgiving. Ebenezer refers to a stone erected by the prophet Samuel as a monument to God’s providence. During our service we have the opportunity to create our own monument at the front of the sanctuary, as we remember God’s faithfulness to us.
At the end of November we collect the Peter Fish banks as part of the CRWRC campaign to combat world hunger.
We conclude our celebration of Thanksgiving with a potluck dinner after the worship service.
|Advent||Advent means “coming.” The Advent season celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and the anticipation of his return. Advent symbolizes the spiritual journey of God’s people as we affirm that Christ has come, that he is present in the world today, and that he will come again in power. The sanctuary color for Advent is purple, the color of royalty. It is also the color of suffering used during Lent, pointing us to an important connection between Jesus’ birth and death. The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world and dwelling among us is to reveal God’s grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, as well as his suffering, death, and resurrection.|
|Christmastide||The Season of Christmas begins with the First Sunday of Advent, marked by expectation and anticipation, and concludes with Epiphany, which looks ahead to the mission of the church to the world. The twelve days that separate Christmas Day and Epiphany are called Christmastide, or the Twelve Days of Christmas. The sanctuary colors for Christmastide are white and gold. These are the colors of celebration, newness, and hope that mark the most sacred days of the church year.|