CAROLING AND ELASTIC BAND CONCERT– Sunday, December 13
Sunday, December 13. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 2:30 pm. We will be caroling to our members and friends; after we return from caroling, pizza and drinks will be provided. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a dessert; N-Z, bring a salad or side dish. The Elastic Band will perform after dinner.
ADOPT-A-SCHOOL GIFTS – Sunday, December 13
Gifts for the Adopt-a-School program are coming in at a fast and furious rate. Please don’t forget to bring your gifts to the church this Sunday, December 13.
POINSETTIAS – Wednesday, December 16
It is time to order your poinsettias for this Christmas season. The cost is $10 and you can either pick yours up on Christmas Eve or donate it to a homebound member. Please complete the form in the Spire or the Bulletin and return it to the Church Office no later than Wednesday, December 16.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Sunday, December 20
Following the worship service is the children’s traditional Christmas pageant. Join us in the Fellowship Hall after the pageant for refreshments.
CHRISTMAS EVE – Thursday, December 24
We are offering two worship services. The first service is a family service at 5:00 pm. and features InSPIREd Voices and the Elastic Band. The second service is a candelight service which starts with music at 10:45 pm. and features the Motet Choir. Please join us on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The Advent of Advent
The Christmas season comes upon us so quickly and goes by us in a blur. This year, we are presenting pre-Advent activities, or The Advent of Advent. Take some time to recapture the innocence and joy we all remember, Center yourself before it gets too hectic so that we can Celebrate Advent with the Heart of a Child.
Baby Donation Drive – November 1st – November 8th
Our pre-Advent drive this year is to benefit Someplace Safe and Beatitude House. We will be collecting baby items to help with the work that these two organizations do. Mary and Joseph Carpenter are registered at Walmart and Target.
A Baby Shower for Mary
November 1st – Drive Kick Off
Bring a wrapped baby gift for Mary’s Baby Shower. After church we will enjoy refreshments and games as we kick off our baby drive. Mary and Joseph Carpenter are registered at Walmart and Target.
Alternative Christmas – November 8th
Join us in the Fellowship Hall after church and get your Christmas shopping done early and help local and global charities.
The Love Tree – November 15th
Come to Church to celebrate Founder’s Day and don’t forget to pick up a name from our Love Tree. Love Tree Gifts are to be returned to church by December 6th.
Advent Craft Sunday – November 22nd
A Christmas craft for the whole family to enjoy. Make an Advent count-down craft for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Refreshments will be provided.
The Christmas Experience:
The Christmas Experience is a small group study that examines the Christmas story in detail, helping groups prepare for the Christmas season. Those participating in The Christmas Experience study will be able to find themselves in the Christmas story as they learn that what happened then changes everything now.
Friday, November 6th: This is God’s Plan?
The circumstances of Christ’s birth have been softened by the passage of time, but for Mary and Joseph, there were a real test. Abject poverty? Scandal? Political upheaval? A torturous hundred-mile journey at the height of her pregnancy? God didn’t even arrange for a room at the inn.
DINNER: Bring your favorite appetizers; beverages and dessert provided.
Friday, November 13th: Immanuel
A tiny baby, lying in a feeding trough, wrapped in rags by his exhausted parents. Not much to see if you’re looking with the eyes of man. But look with the eyes of God, and you see a supernatural celebration beyond the scope of human imagining.
DINNER: Dinner provided, Mac & Cheese, beverage and dessert.
Friday, November 20th: Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh
As a two-year-old Jesus toddled through the streets of Nazareth, he and his parents receive an exceptional entourage of guests — wise men from a distant country, bearing gifts of great significance. But Myrrh and embalming ointment? What did this say about the divine destiny of their son?
DINNER: Salad bar: salad provided; bring your favorite add ins. Dressings, beverages and desserts provided
Each week we will meet at 6 p.m. for dinner and fellowship. The study will begin after dinner when we will watch a short video followed by an interactive discussion. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Hall.
The excitement generated by the self-study process has been tremendous. That said, we are asking everyone to complete the Online Survey. You will have access to the survey from July 31st through August 10th. Take a moment to provide some feedback as we look toward the next 213 years.
Thank you in advance for your continued time and effort!