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Join us on Friday, December 1, at 6:30 for the Annual Christmas Decorating Party!  Everyone attending should bring an appetizer to share.  We’ll eat, fellowship, and decorate for Christmas. Please sign up!

The First Sunday of Advent is December 3. Wednesday Advent services will be December 6, 13, and 20 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Advent meals will be served from 5:45 to 7 p.m.  Confirmation and Midweek classes will be from 6:30 to 7:15 on December 6 & 13; there will not be classes on December 20.  For the meal on December 6, the Board of Elders will be serving chili dogs.  Everyone is asked to bring a salad or dessert.

The SCIA Christmas gathering will be Thursday, December 14, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Places Restaurant at John Knox Village.  We will meet in the Gallery Room at Places and will order lunch off the menu.  After lunch, we will sing a few Christmas carols and enjoy fellowship.  Those attending should sign up in the communication center by December 10.  If you have any questions, please call Kenneth Bergman.

Here we come a-caroling!  On December 17, all ages are encouraged to join us in sharing the Gospel and spreading Christmas cheer to our shut-ins and local care facilities.  This is an enjoyable time of fellowship and a great way to meet new people.  We will be meeting at church at 3 pm and return to church by 5 pm. If you plan to attend, please sign up!  Questions? Please contact Korey.

2nd Annual Beautiful Christmas Music Program – “Echoes of Joy” – Long ago and far away from here, angels appeared to some shepherds in the night to announce a very special birth of a very special boy.  It brought joy to their hearts!  The joy has spread through time and space, and our hearts echo also the great joy of knowing Jesus Christ was born for us too!  Join us for a special musical celebration of this echoing joy on December 16 at 6:00 p.m. in our Family Life Center.  Here is information for all those who will be participating!

  •  Preschool Choir – will be practicing Sunday mornings (Dec. 3 & 10) during Sunday school.  Abounding Love students will also be practicing in their classroom during the week.  Make sure your kids are here and ready to go by 5:40pm on the 16th!
  •  Children’s Choir (Kindergarten and older) – will practice on Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16, from 11am to noon.  Arrival on the evening of the 16th by 5:40pm.
  •  Instrument Ensemble  - Ages 7th grade and up, BY NOVEMBER 26, please tell Pastor Jon your name and what instrument you will play if you would like to participate.  Practices will be on Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 9, from 9-10:30 a.m., and on the 16th from 10-11am.  Be here and ready to tune that evening at 5pm.
  • Adult Choir – Will practice at their normal choir rehearsals.  Will practice on the 16th from Noon – 1pm.  Sound check that evening at 5:20pm.

Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year! What a great day to celebrate that our Lord took on flesh and dwelt among us—the same day of the week His crucified body rose from the dead, and the same day we always gather to worship Him and rejoice in our salvation!  The Board of Elders has set the following schedule based on what they anticipate will be the most desired worship options, mindful also of how much we will be asking our pastors to do.  So mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Sat.  Dec. 23 (No worship service)

Sun. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

            (No morning worship services)

            3:00 p.m. - Traditional Family Service (with Children’s Message)

            5:00 p.m. - Traditional Festival Service (with Holy Communion)

            7:00 p.m. - Contemporary Family Service (with Children’s Message)

            9:00 p.m. - Traditional Festival Service (with Holy Communion)

Mon. Dec. 25 (No worship service)

Sat.   Dec. 30 (No worship service)

Sun.  Dec. 31 –

          8:00 a.m. – Service of Readings and Carols (with Holy Communion)

          10:30 a.m. – Service of Readings and Carols (with Holy Communion)

          10:45 a.m. – Service of Readings and Carols (with Holy Communion)

          5:00 p.m. –           New Year’s Eve Worship (with Holy Communion)