The whole year of 2019 has passed by and it’s time for us to meet again for our General Assembly. This is an opportunity to hear from the ministry teams, board and pastors as they share the highlights and challenges of 2019, as well as their plans and hopes for 2020. It is also when we get to review our budget for 2020, making sure that we are using our resources wisely and supporting our ministry teams as best we can. Finally, we want to provide some information concerning our process for moving from Bakkehaugen church to our new location later this spring.
Please note a few things about the next few weeks at OiC.
Sunday, the 15th of December (THIS SUNDAY) service is at 11:00, not 16:00! The congregation we share the church with has a special evening service this Sunday, so we are taking their morning service time.
Sunday, the 22nd of December is our Christmas Service. It will be at our usual time, 16:00. There will be no Christmas service on the 24th or 25th.
Here for Christmas?
Are you here for Christmas? You don’t need to celebrate it alone! If you are here for Christmas and would like to celebrate it with someone –either being hosted or hosting– please let us know! Living abroad is beautiful, challenging and sometimes lonely, and all of these feelings are often magnified during the holiday seasons. We at OiC would love to connect you with someone to celebrate with, to highlight the beautiful aspects of living abroad, to love each other and to see the Body of Christ in action. You can respond to this email, or talk with Maicon on Sunday if you’d like to host or be hosted. It’s a lovely time to get to know others in the church.
This Sunday, December 8, is our annual Advent Celebration at OiC. We would love you to join us!
All of the events will take place at Bakkehaugen kirke.
Here’s the rundown for the day:
13:30 – Workshops 15:00 – Potluck (bring a dish to share) 16:30 – Service with OiC Kids performance After the service – Church Coffee
The workshops will take place in various rooms around the church and include Christmas cookie baking, pom-pom creature making and candle rolling. For the potluck dinner, please bring a food item to share. This can be a special Christmas item from your home country, a favorite Norwegian dish, or anything else you please. The kids are really excited for their Christmas performance that will take place near the end of the regular service, so be sure to watch them! To finish our festive day, we will drink a bit of coffee and have some sweets in the dining area after the service.
This Sunday December 9th, there will be a morning service at 11h and no afternoon service. In this Sunday morning service, there will be baptism.
After the Sunday service, we will have a potluck lunch together to celebrate the baptism. You are welcome to bring a simple lunch dish or a cake to share. The location is the same as usual – Bakkehaugen church.
Let children be children! #GivingTuesday 2018 is about children who think it’s okay to be ashamed of themselves, children who are married away, and children who quit school. Will you help them get their childhood back?
GIVING TUESDAY is a day to give. NMS is along to join #GivingTuesday in Norway because we want everyone to experience the joy of giving. Giving Tuesday lands on is November 27th, but the campaign started at the beginning of November. Read more about Giving Tuesday in Norway.
WHAT THE MONEY GOES TOWARD: The church in Norway wants to support Saturday Clubs for minority children in Northern Thailand. Several people groups with their own mother tongues are discriminated against and are forced to become “Thai,” in a similar way to how the Sami people were forced to become Norwegian in Norway in the past. These children are also vulnerable to forced marriage, and receive little education. The Saturday Club gives children a place to be while their parents are at work. While there they receive a healthy meal. They are allowed to speak their own language. They learn about children’s rights. The goal is to change life in the village so that children can attend school longer, and so that girls won’t be married away while they are still children.