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.
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.
On May 27, 2018, we will have a joint service with Bakkehaugen congregation at 1100h. There will be no service at our usual time (1600h). The location will be the same as usual – at Bakkehaugen Church.
On Norway’s Constitution Day, the 17th of May, you’re welcome to celebrate with us at 4pm! We’ll have a hot barbecue, so please bring something to grill, drink, and share. Continue reading “17. mai BBQ”→