Christmas at Avery

Advent Sermon Series: A Season of Little Sacraments

based on the book of the same name by Susan Swetnam

We know Christmas isn’t about baking, shopping, writing a Christmas letter, or stringing lights. But that doesn’t mean these additional activities of the season are meaningless. This Advent (Dec. 3-24), turn Christmas chores into little sacraments: ritual acts that signify God’s grace entering our lives.

 

Dec. 3 First Sunday in Advent

The Sacrament of Decorating: Offering hope with lights and trees

 

Dec. 10 Second Sunday in Advent

The Sacrament of Charitable Giving: Providing more than wrapped gifts

 

Dec. 17 Third Sunday in Advent
The Sacrament of Patience: Navigating busy sidewalks with God at our side.

 

Dec. 24 AM Fourth Sunday in Advent
The Sacrament of Decluttering: Making room for Jesus

 

Service of the Longest Night

A service of hope for all who are hurting this holiday season.

Thursday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The holidays can be a source of pain when we’re mourning the loss of a loved one, facing serious illness, coping with life’s difficulties, or encountering broken or strained relationships. Yet the birth of Jesus is celebrated in winter, when life seems most dark. God’s arrival into our world is a single candle of hope, piercing the darkness. Join us on the longest night of the year to find the hope you need.

 

Christmas Eve Morning Worship

Dec. 24 at 10:30 am

Bring the kids in their pajamas and wear your most festive Christmas sweater for our informal time of worship on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec. 24 at 7:30 pm

Sing the songs, hear the story, and see the beauty of a candlelight service as we worship the birth of Jesus Christ! Childcare is available in the nursery.

 

Season of Giving

Christmas for Avery Shut-Ins

The Shut-in Committee is collecting donations for Walmart gift cards to give to our members who are unable to attend church. Give directly to Rosemary Tarr or write a check payable to Avery UMC, with “Shut-ins” in the memo line. Donations accepted through December 10th. Thanks for your generosity!

Gifts for Families in Need

Check the display in the welcome area for Christmas gift requests for families of Trinity West Elementary. Follow the instructions and bring gifts to the church by Sunday December 10th, when we’ll have a blessing in worship prior to distribution.

Gifts for Presbyterian Senior Care

Give a gift to local Alzheimer’s and dementia care residents. White tags with red ribbon are in the welcome area. Please use gift bags rather than boxes and bring gifts to the church by Sunday, December 10th, where we’ll have a blessing in worship prior to distribution.

UMW Bake Sale

Everyone is welcome to donate baked goods for the upcoming UMW Bake Sale, which will take place in Heiskell Fellowship Hall following worship on December 10th.