And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth.
The Scott Valley Berean Church, affliated with the Berean Fellowship of Churches, is located in the town of Etna, California towards the southern end of beautiful Scott Valley. Here, nestled next to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area, we serve a risen Savior, Jesus Christ, and minister to the people in our communities and beyond.
Scott Valley is a healing place. Isaiah 35, Isaiah 53
“The Coming” “The Arrival”
Advent begins the Church’s year of public worship
with focus on Christ’s threefold comingpast, present, and future.
The Advent calendar starts on the Sunday nearest November 30 (November 29, 2015) and concludes on Christmas Day. The spirit of Advent is marked by expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing.
The pedestal is decorated with an evergreen wreath; the circle reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son.
- On the First Sunday of Advent, a purple (or blue) candle is lit to celebrate Hope, the inspiring and uplifting hope that Christ among us represents.
- On the Second Sunday of Advent, another purple (or blue) candle is lit to celebrate Peace, both the Prince of Peace himself and the promise of peace on Earth.
- On the Third Sunday of Advent, a pink candle is lit to celebrate Joy, the joy the shepherds received at hearing the news of Christ’s birth, or the joy that God brings into our lives.
- As the coming of Christ draws near, the final purple (or blue) candle is lit on the Fourth Sunday of Advent to celebrate Love, both God’s boundless love for us and our love for one another.
- The fifth, “Christ” candle is lit Christmas or Christmas Eve to celebrate the purity of Jesus and the joy felt on this day.
The bright light from the candles is an expression of the growing anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ, who in Christian faith is seen as the Light of the World. The circular shape of the wreath represents God’s eternity and unity. The evergreens, flowers or foliage are symbols of enduring life.