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How familiar are you with meaning of Advent?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 12/11/19

Hello, people! What a wonderful time of the year! Is this true for you?

One way to avoid being frazzled and stressed out is to keep things simple and focus on things of importance. Maybe you need …

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How familiar are you with meaning of Advent?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! What a wonderful time of the year! Is this true for you?

One way to avoid being frazzled and stressed out is to keep things simple and focus on things of importance. Maybe you need some ideas here.

We are already half way through Advent. You might have seen this word associated with Christmas. Adventus is Latin and means “coming.” 

Dec. 1 was the first day of Advent this year.

The early Lutheran Church came up with the Advent wreath, five candles, to be lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas. Each week, a new candle is lit. Usually three candles are purple, one is pink and the center one is white.

The first purple candle represents hope. Some call this the “Prophesy” candle. It is in remembrance of prophets like Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. There is great expectation felt in anticipating the coming Messiah.

The second week started Dec. 8. This is when the second purple candle, representing faith, is lit. Some call it the “Bethlehem” candle. It is a reminder of the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem.

Dec. 15 is the third Sunday in Advent. A pink candle will be lit. It signifies joy and is referred to as the “Shepherds” candle. It reminds us of the joy the world experienced at the birth of Jesus Christ.

The final purple candle will be lit on Dec. 22. This is called the “Angels” candle. It represents peace. We are reminded of their message: “Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men!”

Finally, on Christmas Eve, after each candle is re-lit, the center white candle is lit. This is white for purity, representing the sinless life of Christ. The Savior came to set the captives free. His invitation is to each of us, still, after so many years.

I hope you have a time to reflect on these things, and that the thought of someone coming for you with a lavish, redeeming love would cause you to pause and look into these things more deeply.

Have a joyous week, and let me know your news to share.


Happy quarter of a century birthday to Eric Mosher on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Congrats on turning 25!

Best wishes for a happy 17th cake day to Natalie Krupilis of Middletown. She celebrates on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Ayla Windows of Susquehanna Township turns a nice 9 on Thursday, Dec. 12. Happy sparkles and glitter day, Ayla!

Happy birthday balloons are sent to Eric Tomalis of Lower Swatara Township on Dec. 12. Enjoy your Thursday!

Happy Saturday cake-and-ice cream day to Jennifer Hunter of Lower Swatara on Dec. 14. May you have the best birthday weekend ever!

Happy sparkles-and-glitter birthday to Audrey Gatesman of Lower Swatara. Her 8th cake day is Saturday, Dec. 14. Enjoy!

Here is a birthday shout-out to Mike Pavlishin of Lower Swatara! Wishing you a super-duper Saturday, Dec. 14, as you enjoy your cake!

Brooklyn Rodriguez of Royalton has 12 reasons to rejoice on Saturday, Dec. 14. God bless you on your birthday and always!

If you see Jack Etter out and about in Lower Swatara on Sunday, Dec. 15, be sure to give him a joy-filled happy birthday greeting!

Wishing Lisa Miller of Lower Swatara a marvelous Monday birthday Dec. 16. I hope you have your warm fuzzies on, Lisa. Enjoy!

Happy landmark big-deal birthday to Oman Kamara on Monday, Dec. 16. May 21 exciting things happen for you this week.

Lots of love and birthday blessings are sent to Quincy Dukes of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Dec. 17. For you, the best, Quince!

Cozy quiche

1 1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. Bisquick

6 Tbsp. butter, softened

3 eggs

Salt, a pinch

1 c. bacon, cooked, crumbled

1 c. sharp cheddar or Swiss cheese, shredded

Durkee French fried dried onions

2 green onions, chopped (optional)

1 can sliced mushrooms, 4 oz. (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together milk, Bisquick, butter, eggs and salt. Blend well. Pour into ungreased 9-inch deep-dish pie pan or 10-inch pie pan. Add meat, poke in. Sprinkle in mushrooms, onions and cheese. Poke in. Top with dried onions.

Bake 45 minutes, uncovered, or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Quote of the Week

“Christmas is about celebration, but Advent is about giving space for the hard places in which we still wait for deliverance. Christmas shouts for joy. Advent weeps and waits, in hope, that though the night is dark, the Prince of Peace is on his way.” — Sherri Gragg, author.

Question of the Week

What is an idea of what you can do or say to bless someone this Christmas season?

“I like to do things anonymously this time of year. Send a gift card to a family in need, pick up someone’s tab who looks like they could use it. Buy the bell-ringers a hot chocolate. Non-monetary: I try really hard to slow down and really see and hear people. A genuine smile goes a long way.” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey.

“Tell someone ‘Merry Christmas and I love you!’” — Luca Ryan, 5, West Hanover Township.

“Bake cookies and give them away.” — Stella Ryan, 9, West Hanover.

“Participate in a giving tree!” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

“The ability to meet a need someone has who is not capable of meeting that need is what Christmas is all about. Our culture values Christmas as a time of receiving gifts. The one whose birthday we celebrate during this time came to give gifts to those who believe in him. Serving others is the best way to exemplify why we celebrate this season.” — Jeff Denis, Palm Beach Shores, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense (12:11).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at