Advent & Christmas

Hanging of the Greens
Date TBA, 5pm pizza and 5:30pm decorating
Join Associate Minister Antigoné Lowery for this informal, season-setting fellowship occasion to “deck the hall” with greenery in anticipation of the Christmas season.

First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 9:30 and 11am services
Celebrate the first Sunday of the season of waiting and hoping for the coming of Christ.

Second Sunday of Advent — Communion & Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 6, 9:30 and 11am services followed by the Advent Workshop
On the Second Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate Communion in both of our morning worship services. Following the services, at noon, we will host an Advent Workshop for the congregation including a sloppy joe luncheon. Free-will donations for lunch would be gratefully accepted. Join us for a time of crafting and fellowship that will warm the heart and soul!

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 12, 9-11am
This family-friendly community event invites families with children to enjoy a pancake breakfast and a morning full of fun activities, including having a picture taken with Santa Claus! This event is free and open to the public. We are also seeking elf volunteers to help in the kitchen, serve, and clean up at this event. Please email Kasey Kalchert to learn more. Volunteer this year and bring love and light into a neighbor’s heart!

Third Sunday of Advent — Wassail Sunday
Sunday December 13, 9:30am and 11am followed by Wassail
Follow your nose and the scent of clove and spice to Fellowship Hall after each of our morning’s Advent services for a warm cup of wassail (alcohol free). This time honored recipe has been handed down through the generations at First Church from the Nowell’s family and is carefully prepared each year by Don Cooper.

Service of Hope & Healing
Wednesday, December 16, at 7:30pm in the Chapel
The festive season is not always an easy or joyous time for those of us who are grieving or who are struggling to make sense of our world and life experiences. You are invited to enter into a comforting and honest space for our Service of Hope & Healing that makes room for those who need a time apart, those who may be wrestling amidst all the holiday cheer. Childcare is available.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 22, 9:30 and 11am (featuring the pageant)
Join us for a regular 9:30am service in the Upper Room. At the 11am worship, attendees of all ages are invited to pick up a costume as they enter the Meetinghouse to participate in our annual Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant. A telling of the birth story that brings the hope of the nativity to life in the midst of the gathered community as we tell the story once again and form a tableau around the manger.

Christmas Eve Services on Thursday, December 24
Thursday, December 24, 5pm, 8pm, and 11pm
Children’s Worship – At 5pm, join our pastors and jazz pianist, Dave Aberth, for a 45 minute service for those who are young in age and young at heart.
Lessons and Carols – At 8pm, our Festival service of Lessons and Carols together with organ, brass, handbells will lift your spirits as we sing carols and light candles while singing Silent Night, celebrating the Christ-child.
Carols, Candles, and Communion – At 11pm, the service offers a more reflective opportunity for worship with communion, candle lighting, and carols accompanied by the gentle sounds of piano and organ and the sounds of O Holy Night.

Carol Sing Sunday
Sunday, December 27, 9:30 and 11am
Celebrate the twelve days of Christmas – the season of Christmas that lasts from Christmas Day until Epiphany – by joining us for a carol sing at both our 9:30 and 11am worship services.

Epiphany Sunday
Sunday, January 3, 9:30 and 11am
Welcome in the New Year with the revelation of the power and purpose of the Christ-child who we remember was revealed to the world on Epiphany Sunday.