Exploring the Wonders of God's Love:
Advent & Christmas at MHCUCC

Rather than “joy” being another word for “happiness,” we will spend our Sundays in Advent discovering that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion – all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs. And then, on Christmas Eve, we will celebrate in song, candlelight, communion, and the beloved story. Please join us in this season; there is a space for all to find hope, peace, joy, and love.

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The weeks leading up to Christmas are a special time of anticipation. In the lyrics of Joy to the World, it is a time to “prepare Him room.” We have many ways we celebrate Advent itself, and you are a welcome part of our activities.

Worship series

Over 300 years ago, Isaac Watts wrote a song based on Psalm 98. “Joy to the World” became a beloved Christmas carol, but it’s still a call to sing  a “new song” – a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed.

November 27: “Hopeful Joy”

December 4: “Peaceful Joy”

December 11: “Unabashed Joy”

December 18: “Loving Joy”

faith formation

A favorite Advent tradition for many is the lighting of the Advent Wreath with the four candles representing Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Have you ever wondered why we do this? This light and interesting study will use scripture and other resources to dive into the deeper meaning of the Advent Wreath. No book or homework required.

Sundays at 9:15 AM in Room 104 (November 27 – December 18), OR
Wednesdays at 7 PM online (November 30 – December 21)

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Advent Festival

Sunday, December 4 at Noon in Fellowship Hall

Following a light lunch, we will celebrate with a beloved tradition of Advent and Christmas-themed crafts available for all ages and skill levels. All are welcome! Please sign up to aid in the planning of the event.

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Advent Blessing Bags

Pick up bags in the Parlor; Return by December 18 or Christmas Eve

Families have used Advent calendars to countdown to Jesus’s birth since German Lutherans in the 19th century started the practice. We turn this concept upside down by filling Advent Blessing Bags. The bags contain a calendar with suggestions of what to add to the bag; modify as needed. Extra bags are available! Some donations will be used in our Little Food Pantry; the balance given to Second Mile Outreach.

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Here We Go A-Caroling

Sunday, December 11 at Noon, meet in Fellowship Hall

Following worship and a quick soup lunch, we will carpool to homebound members and friends to sing some of your favorite holiday tunes. All are welcome to participate in this annual ministry of bringing cheer!

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Christmas Luncheon

Sunday, December 18 at Noon in Fellowship Hall

Sharing a meal together  brings joy to ourselves and others. Featuring ham, scalloped potatoes, and all the trimmings including dessert. Suggested donation is $12 per person or $40 per family.

support

As holidays approach, we often find our experiences of grief and loss a bit more profound.  Anticipating and planning for this time of year can be helpful.

GROUP SUPPORT

Grieving Through the Holidays

Sundays at 4 PM in Room 104
(November 20 – December 11); online by request

If you are missing someone this holiday season, whether the loss was recent or long ago, you are invited to join us for sharing, support, and an exchange of ideas that might help us through these weeks.

SPECIAL WORSHIP

Service of Remembrance

Saturday, December 17 at 4 PM

Join us for a “Blue Christmas” service to acknowledge the many forms of loss we experience. In a season filled with festivities, many people struggle to reconcile their grief. This brief but poignant service will offer an opportunity to lift our pain to God as we gather as a community of support, healing and love. We will create quiet space for reflection, prayer, scripture and music. Come and receive a gift of healing for the holidays.

CHRISTMAS EVE

Carols, Candles, Communion & the Christmas Story

Saturday, December 24 at 7 PM (onsite & online)

Come for the celebration, stay for the adoration. We will retell the series of miracles that is the story of Jesus’s birth through scripture and song, including the powerful singing of Silent Night by candlelight. You don’t want to miss this meaningful and memorable night of worship.
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