Advent and Christmas 2018

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Family Advent Experience Kits  Our Learning and Formation team has worked to provide our congregation with Advent kits which include intentional activities for persons of all ages.  These activities will help your household embrace the Christmas season throughout the season using prayers, Scripture readings, service opportunities and conversation starters.  The Cokesbury Advent devotionals will be inside these kits.  While supplies last, these will be available in the narthex beginning December 2nd.

Advent Workshop   Our annual Advent Workshop will be on November 25th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in Carpenter Hall. Together, we will prepare for Advent by slowing down while making Chrismons, Advent  chrismonwreaths, nativities and more as we take time in the busy season to be reminded of all that awaits us- celebrating the birth of our Savior. Plan now to join us. There will be activities available for folks of all ages along with resources to encourage your family to mindfully and intentionally participate in the Advent season. Participants are asked to bring a crock pot of soup to share.

SERVE

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

Family Promise    On December 2nd, our church will welcome guests of the Family Promise program into our church as we turn classrooms into bedrooms.  We will prepare our spaces for families to be our guests for the week through cooking dinners and dining together, offering fellowship and serving as overnight hosts.  There is a space for everyone!  Contact Lynn Hansen with questions.  Click here to sign up.  

GIVE

Alternative Giving   Our fundraiser to support ZOE will be our Alternative Giving mission during the Advent Sezoe-color-no-byline-smallerason from December 2nd to December 23rd. This will be an opportunity to give a gift of food, livestock or supplies to deserving children in honor of family, friends or a teacher. Look for more information in the Narthex. To give online, click here.   

NEW THIS YEAR!!! ZOE handmade ornaments from children in Rwanda will be available for purchase.  A recommended $20 donation for each ornament is suggested.  All proceeds will go towards our Imena working group.

Reverse Advent Calendars     Celebrate the gift of giving each day during this Christmas season with a reverse Advent calendar.  Rather than receiving something each day, our reserves Advent calendars will encourage us to practice giving.  Pick up an empty bag in the narthex, placing one canned good, dry good or toiletry item in the bag each day during Advent leading up to Christmas.  Return the overflowing bag on Christmas Eve or December 30 so that all of the items can be delivered to the BCO to be given to those in need during the winter months.

Christmas Eve Offering     Our Christmas Eve offering will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief designated to Disaster Response and Recovery.  All monies collected are given to UMCOR and used to support efforts responding to natural disasters in the U.S.

WORSHIP

The Sundays of Advent   Join us on Sunday mornings, December 2- December 23 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. for Advent worship, preparing us for the coming of Christ.

Pray-Where-You-Are Vigil   You’re invited to pray where you are on Tuesday, December 11. Sign up for a 30-minute prayer time in the narthex or click here to sign up online. The sanctuary will be available from 9:00 am. – 5:00 p.m. for those who would like to come and pray on our campus during their chosen time. Prayer ideas will be sent to participants who sign up on December 9th and be available in the nartehx for anyone wishing to pick it up Sunday.

Lessons and Carols   Join us on December 23rd at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

Service of Hope and Consolation   On Thursday, December 20th at 6:30 p.m. there will be a special service held in the sanctuary for those who have suffered the death of a loved one or other loss. The service will include Scripture, prayers, candles of remembrance, and special music. All are welcome.

candlelightChristmas Eve   Join us on Christmas Eve for worship. Our 4:00 p.m. service will include carols and a nativity for children. Our 6:00 p.m. service will include carols, Holy Communion, and music from our chancel choir. Both will conclude with candle lighting. Guest musicians will provide special music starting 15 minutes before each service.

CELEBRATE

Christmas Caroling   The Youth invite you to join us Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. to roast a hotdog in the fire pit before we head out to go Christmas caroling.  We will be singing songs of the season as we visit some within our faith family.  Please come join us!

Primetimers   Our Primetimers will have a Christmas lunch and celebration with Christmas music on December 13th  at 11:30 a.m.  Email Nancy Stamps to let us know you are attending.

Christmas Handbell Concert   What is more fehandbellsstive than hearing bells ring at Christmastime? Come and hear our adult handbell choir, BELLissimo, ring favorites such as The First Noel and Carol of the Bells. Our concert will be held on December 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Christmas Dinner   On December 16 at 6:00 p.m., our annual Christmas dinner will follow the BELLissimo concert. Adult meals are $6/person, children ages 3-10 are $4, There is a $25 maximum per family.  Registration forms are available in the narthex.

Youth Events

To see all the ways in which the youth will participate during this Advent season, go to their Upcoming Events page here.