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christmas 2017

Advent News

We have lots going on this advent!  Full details are in the December issue of the Prism.

all i want for christmasOur Advent/Christmas sermon series is All I Want for Christmas runs from November 26 to December 31. In this series we will look at the true gifts that Christ brings with his coming into our world. What if what we really want at Christmas isn’t found under a tree or in a store? What if it is only found in Jesus? Hope, peace, joy and love together with light, God’s presence and new life.  This is what God wants for our lives year-round. Join us as we discover these great gifts.

advent devotionalsWe have two Daily Advent Devotional books to choose between. Both are now available at church while stocks last. All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas by UCC pastor Quinn G. Caldwell. Suggested book donation: $12.  This book is playful and funny and theologically profound. Readings begin Friday December 1. Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas by UMC pastor Jan L. Richardson. Suggested donation: $20. This book has a more contemplative approach with some rich poetry, prayers and beautiful illustrations to draw the reader into the quiet spaces of an often-frenzied season. Readings begin Monday November 27.

Our small group study on All I Really Want is being held on Thursdays at 10.30 a.m.

Hanging of the Greens is on Sunday November 26 at 11 a.m. immediately following the worship service.

The service on Sunday December 17 will be immediately followed by Christmas Morsels and the opportunity to stock up on those final Christmas gifts. There will be Christmas cookies, cakes, candy and other goodies all carefully wrapped and looking gorgeous.

christmas eve 2017Our Christmas Eve Service is at 6 p.m. and there will also be our regular Sunday service on that day at 10 a.m.

We have adopted a family in need through Women of Worth for Christmas. Please choose a tag off the Christmas Tree, purchase the requested gift, and return it wrapped under the tree by December 10.

This year we are supporting the non-profit Rebuilding Alliance, in their Brighten the Future of Gaza’s Children campaign, to send Luci Lights to Gaza. A Luci Light  is an extremely durable solar LED light that is Inflatable, collapsible, lightweight, and waterproof. It has 10 powerful white LEDs which shine in 3 settings: bright, super bright, one second flashing. It features a strap so that it can held or strung up wherever light is needed. Give the gift of light this Christmas: for $40, you will receive one lantern for yourself and two additional lanterns will be sent to Gaza.

And a fun event.  We will be taking a group to see A Celtic Christmas performed at Auburn State Theater by Colla Voce at 3 p.m. on Sunday December 17.