Advent 2019

WORSHIP

Sundays of Advent: A Wonderful Life     Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15  |  8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Join us for worship during Advent as we consider some classic scenes in Frank Capra’s classic film It’s A Wonderful Life,whichtells the story of an angel-in-traning who gives a despondent man, George Bailey, a look at what the world would be like if he had never been born.  Rotten Tomatoescritics have called the film “theholiday classic to define all holiday classics, one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.”  Each scene we’ll look at includes one of the main characters in prayer.   We’ll hear their prayers alongside traditional Advent Scripture passages to see what they can tell us about how to prepare for Christ’s coming adventamong us.

 

Moravian Love Feast     Sunday, December 8 |  7:00 p.m.

Join us for a traditional Moravian Love Feast, a special worship service led this year by the youth of the congregation, with special music from soloists and our adult handbell ensemble, Bellissimo.  The service includes sharing in spiced buns and coffee, symbolizing the sharing of God’s love among us.  It concludes with a traditional candle lighting. 

Christmas through Lessons and Carols, Word and Song     Sunday, December 22  | 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Join us for worship as we experience the mystery and wonder of Jesus’ birth.  At 8:30, the story will be told through Scripture interwoven with contemporary hymns and songs, led by our worship team.  At 11:00, we’ll share in our traditional service of Lessons and Carols with music from our Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir and Adult Handbell Choir.

Service of Hope and Consolation     Thursday, December 19 |  6:30 p.m.

All who have suffered the death of a loved one or other loss this past year, or are feeling the weight of particular needs and burdens this holiday season are invited to join us for a special service of hope and consolation.  The service will include scripture, prayers, candles of remembrance, and special music. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve    December 24  |  4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Come celebrate Christmas Eve with special music, scripture, worship and Holy Communion. Services will include a Nativity at 4:00 p.m. and traditional worship at 6:00 p.m. Guest musicians will provide special music starting 15 minutes before each service.

 

Grow

Advent Workshop     Sunday, November 24  | 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an intergenerational night creating Advent wreaths, nativities and other crafts to help you engage in the season all season.  To rsvp, email JKelso01@yahoo.com.

Advent Devotional Booklets     Available December 1

Pick up your free Advent Devotional in the narthex to guide you in spending intentional time with God throughout this holy season. 

 

Serve

Feeding the Children     December 20 – January 3

During the winter break, we will be delivering hot meals to children whose parents request assistance during the Christmas break. Teams will prepare and deliver meals each day. Click here to volunteer. Meals are delivered each weekday when school is out, except Christmas Day.

 

Give

Feeding the Children Cookie Collection     December 1-15

You can support Feeding the Children this year by donating individually wrapped cookies to be shared in lunches each day.  A donation box will be in the narthex. 

ZOE Alternative Giving    December 1-22

Our ZOE Team will be in the narthex following worship throughout December to help you shop our Alternative Giving Market.  Give food, livestock or supplies to children in our working groups in Rwanda to honor loved ones.  Ornaments handmade by children in Rwanda will be for sale at a suggested donation of $20. 

Reverse Advent Calendar

Celebrate the gift of giving each day during this Christmas season with a reverse Advent calendar. Rather than receiving something each day, our reverse Advent calendars will encourage us to practice giving. Pick up an empty Advent bag in the narthex, placing one canned good, dry good or toiletry in the bag each day during Advent leading up to Christmas. Return the overflowing Advent Bag on Christmas Eve or Sunday, December 29 for delivery to the BCO and given to those in need.

Christmas Eve Offering

This year’s Christmas Eve Offering will support our daily Feeding the Children ministry.  Each spring and winter break we serve over 200 families.  This winter break is the longest we’ve ever served, 10 days in total.  Your offering will help ensure funds are available to continue providing children in our community hot, nutritious meals, reminding them of God’s grace and love at a very special time of year.

 

Celebrate

Holiday Movie Matinee     Sunday, December 1  |  2:00 p.m.

Join us in the Youth House for a fun afternoon screening of It’s A Wonderful Life.  Popcorn will be served.  All are welcome!

Senior High Youth Event    December 6-7  |  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Senior High youth are wanderers of the night as they travel to experience the joy of Christmas through fun, service and worship.  All destinations are a mystery.  $25 registration due by Nov 24.

Middle School Youth Event    Saturday, December 7  |  7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Middle school youth are going to Frankie’s in Huntersville for a night of rides and games.  $25 registration due by Nov 24. 

Primetimers Christmas Lunch     Tuesday, December 10  |  11:30 a.m.

Our 55+ group, Primetimers, will gather for a special lunch to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season.  The time will include a special Christmas sing-a-long after lunch.  To rsvp email greene130@aol.com by Dec 3. 

Christmas Musical and Dinner: Journey to Bethlehem     Sunday, December 15  | 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we “Journey to Bethlehem” as our youth and Alleluia choir present the story of Jesus’ birth long ago.  Along the way we’ll meet a cranky innkeeper, a busy shepherd, a wise person and an angel who loves to tell the good news!  Dinner follows the musical.  Later, join us outside to meet some of the live animals who visited the baby Jesus on Christmas night.  Reservation forms will be available in the narthex.  Adults $6, children $4. 

Youth Walk McAdenville     Monday, December 16  |  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Students in grades 6-12 will meet at church and travel to the home of Larry and Angela Bradmon for dinner, followed by a stroll through Christmastown.  Rsvp by Dec 11.