Special Events in December
The Advent Workshop – Sunday, Dec. 1, during the Education Hour
It has also become a beloved tradition of our church to join together in this annual event. This has become a “homecoming” of sorts – a time when we are reunited with members and friends we perhaps haven’t seen in a while. We hope you will join us again for this time of making Christmas crafts, enjoying homemade cookies, and being together in fellowship.
Bake Sale – Sunday, Dec. 1, after worship
Many members of the church are generous enough to take the time to bake delicious goodies to share for this bake sale, an event that was started by the “Women’s Fellowship.” Though this group does not meet formally any more, they do maintain a fund, out of which they purchase such things as cutlery for the kitchen or furniture for other spaces, as needed. Please come and spend a little money, and enjoy the culinary gifts of our membership.
Choir Christmas Program & Handbells – Sunday, Dec. 8
Each year during one of the Sundays of Advent we welcome the Choir to sing additional anthems of the season. This year is no exception. We look forward to hearing three beautiful offerings that will help us connect more deeply with our Advent and Christmas seasons.
Blue Christmas Service – Thursday, 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 Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:00
p.m. for a time of quiet reflection, support, and comfort. All are welcome.
A Visit to Loaves & Fishes – Friday, Dec. 13
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 men’s new white socks to give to folks as an additional outreach.
Children’s Christmas Program – Sunday, Dec. 15
On the third Sunday of Advent, the children will be sharing their Christmas program, “An Inn Without Borders,” a story adapted from Mitali Perkin’s Between Us and Abuela. This program is always a highlight of the season. Please see page 5 for more information.
Christmas Eve – Tuesday, Dec. 24
Once again, we will 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.