Advent Sundays — Adult Ed: Stories of Calling, 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 15 — Third Sunday of Advent
Dec. 15 — Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence and Celebrate Hope, 4 p.m., St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish
Dec. 18 — Blue Christmas service, 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 — Fourth Sunday of Advent
Dec. 22 — Fourth Sunday offering: Syrian refugees
Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve services, 5 p.m. pageant, 8:30 p.m. blended traditional/jazz worship
Dec. 24-Dec. 27 — Church office closed from noon Dec. 24 through Dec. 27
Dec. 29 — "Sticky church" worship
Dec. 29 — NO Church school or Adult Ed
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 — Church office closed
— Lydia Mulkey
Advent Sundays — Alternative Christmas Store, before and after worship
Dec. 14 and 15 — Sing We Joyous concert; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 4 p.m. Dec. 15
Dec. 22 — Christmas pageant rehearsal, after worship
Jan. 10 — Dinner and a Movie, 6 p.m.
Jan. 17-19 — Senior High Youth Group retreat
Jan. 21 — First United Nursery School open house, 7:30 p.m.
Hebrews 11, 12 - selected verses
This means that there has not been a single generation of humanity, not a single generation of humanity that has been spared the pain of grief. Not even Adam and Eve were spared the pain of grief. To live is to know grief. It has been for every generation ever to live.
— John Edgerton
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Our theme for Advent is "calling." Each of us is called to do something, whether an audacious bold action or a small decision that leads to wholeness and healing. Throughout the weeks of waiting for the birth of Jesus, First United Church will be filled with special worship, special music, special story-telling, and special times to be together. All are welcome! Join us for Sunday worship, the most fun Christmas concert in town, two Christmas Eve services, and other special events. The link below has the entire list.
We'll light the Advent candles to watch ... and wait.
Just like winter, the Alternative Christmas Store is coming
Rethink gift giving by shopping to help others on Advent Sundays at First United's Alternative Christmas Store. Find beautiful items from around the world, from small ornaments to scarves. Consumable favorites include dry ingredients for soup, fair trade chocolate and coffee, and Palestinian olive oil. Among the groups that benefit are Church World Service, SERVV International, and the church’s Mission Partners.
The Alternative Christmas Store will have items on display in the Church Lounge on Sundays in Advent, Dec. 1-22. In the spirit of the season, let's keep it green — bring your own shopping bags if possible.
Interested in helping out? The Alternative Christmas Store is looking for some new volunteers on Sunday mornings! For more information or to offer your services, contact Teri Omert or Mary Sue Voth.