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DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS

The Advent Workshop

This year’s workshop will be packed as usual with cookie baking, ornament making, great company, fun and festivity for all ages. So mark your calendars for Dec. 3, following worship.

As usual, we will also be having our Bake Sale that day. Please bring in your most winning items to sell, and your pocket full of cash so you can purchase some treats to take home. The Women’s Board hosts this event, and uses this money to help us purchase items like cutlery or covers for the chairs in the Fireside Room. Come enjoy!

A Visit to Loaves & Fishes – Friday, Dec. 8

Each year on the second Friday of December we join together to serve a meal at St. Stephen’s Church in Minneapolis. Those of us who are able gather at 2:30 to begin preparing the meal. Others join us around 5:30 to serve the meal. We also collect toiletries and new white men’s socks to give to folks as an additional outreach.

Choir Christmas Program – Sunday, Dec. 10

The choir will be sharing the “Gloria” by John Rutter this year at Christmas time. This is a beautiful piece of music that will fill our whole worship service. Extra singers have been practicing with the choir, so come enjoy the gift of this musical offering with family and friends.

Children’s Christmas Program – Sunday, Dec. 17

On the third Sunday of Advent, the children will be sharing their Christmas Program – The Journey. This is always a highlight of the season.

Blue Christmas Service – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:00 p.m.

Because we all understand too well that the holidays can be times of loneliness, sadness and pain—often made more acute in contrast to the merriment around us—we invite anyone who would like to do so to come to our Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. for a time of quiet reflection, support and comfort. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve Falls on a Sunday

Three Services to enjoy – Sunday, Dec. 24

Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we will have three different services here that day. The early service will be at our usual worship time, 9:30 a.m., and will be the cele-bration of the fourth Sunday of Advent – the Sunday of Love.

We will also have our usual Christmas Eve services at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The 4:30 service will be oriented toward families with younger children, and the 10:00 service will be a quieter service of scripture, music and prayer. Candle lighting will be part of both services, and all are welcome at either one. We look forward to sharing this special time of remembering Christ’s birth with our whole-church family.

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