Sunday, December 1 – First Sunday of Advent Philippine Partnership Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 2: 1 – 5
Sermon: “Peace Partners” Reflections with and from our Partner Congregations in the Philippines.
Rev. Glen Herrington Hall and Tom Liddle, who both traveled with Pastor Kathy to our partners in the South East Mindanao region of the Philippines, will be with us. There will be a special lunch with a free will offering after the service to help with Typhoon Relief. If you would like to give to this offering for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Relief work you can give to the church or directly through UCC.org. Gudrun Witrak, Emily Ramsey and Mark Hakes will provide special music today. Communion will be celebrated at both of our services.
Sunday, December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent
Rev. Shari Prestemon will be our guest preacher. Shari is the new Minnesota UCC Conference Minister . She comes to Minnesota via Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS where she was the executive director for thirteen years. Several of us met Shari while she was working at Back Bay. We are blessed to have her in Minnesota. A soup lunch will follow worship for those who wish to have more time with Shari. Our worship team will lead music with our choir this morning.
Sunday, December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent
Children’s Pageant, “The Special Star”, will be performed at our 10:30 service
At the 8:30 service, Pastor Kathy will preach on the texts
Matthew 11: 2 – 11 and Isaiah 35: 1 – 10.
Sunday, December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Choir Cantata written by Paul Winchester of our congregation will be performed at our 10:30 service. The Cantata is called “Holy Night, an Advent Cantata on the Full Christian Year”. Paul based the words of the cantata on the writings of Peace Church members from last year’s Advent Devotional Guide. Pastor Kathy will preach on Matthew 1: 18 – 25 “Joseph the Dreamer” at the 8:30 service.
Sunday, December 29 – First Sunday of Christmas
A service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at both our 8:30 and 10:30 services this morning. At 10:30 we will also celebrate the baptism of Sequoia Drengler. A potluck breakfast will be held between the services at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Join us downstairs for fabulous food and fellowship.
9:30am Sundays in the Fireside Room Grab some coffee in the narthex and join us!
Sunday, December 1 – Advent Workshop in the Fellowship Hall. Join us as we make wreaths, cards and cookies. It is a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas. The cookies and cards will be taken to our homebound members when we go caroling on Sunday, December 22. There is always enough for folks to take some home too.
Sunday, December 8 – Time to talk with Rev. Shari Prestemon, the new UCC Minnesota Conference minister. Shari joins us from Biloxi, MS where she was the executive director of Back Bay Mission. Many of us have done workcamps at Back Bay and know what a great church mission and outreach it is.
Sunday, December 15 – Paul Winchester will talk to us about his process and thoughts in writing the Christmas Cantata for our choir and congregation. The Cantata , “Holy Night”, will be performed during the 10:30 worship service on December 22.
Sunday, December 22 – The Birth Stories of Jesus. So what does the different telling of these stories in Luke and Matthew mean for us today? How is “God with Us”?
Sunday, December 29 – Christmas Potluck Brunch. Bring something to share as we break bread together. Always a feast and full of fun!