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Hanging of the Greens and Ecojustice Worship Sunday, Dec. 2

It has become a tradition at UCCNB that on the first Sunday of Advent, as we adorn our space with the greens so familiar to our sense and customs, we also reaffirm our commitments to ecojustice and care for creation. Our youth will be part of the leadership on this day, and we will welcome guest preacher, Matt Gladue, who works for the Nature Conservancy of Minnesota. Please join us.

The Advent Workshop – Sunday, Dec. 2, 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. 2, after Worship

Many members of the church are generous enough to take the time to bake delicious goodies to share for this bake sale, 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. 9

The choir will be sharing Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata during our service on the 9th. This is a wonderful piece of music and will be the primary message in that service. We will also welcome our new and wonderful Handbell Choir as we enjoy a service full of music.

Blue Christmas Service – Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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. 11 at 7:00 p.m. for a time of quiet reflection, support, and comfort. All are welcome.

A Visit to Loaves & Fishes – Friday, Dec. 14

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. 16

On the third Sunday of Advent, the children will be sharing their Christmas Program that is adapted from Ray Buckley’s The Give-Away. This is always a highlight of the season. Please see page 7 for more information.

Christmas Eve – Monday, 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.

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