Season of Advent
ADVENT AT PEACE MEMORIAL
"Let every heart prepare him room"
Bring out the boxes! Unpack the ornaments, lights, wrapping paper, candles, and wreaths! It's time for the pre-Christmas clutter! The excitement and anticipation of Christmas fill our Advent thoughts to overflowing. We fill our schedules and homes to overflowing as well, making Advent full of stress and exhaustion. This year, let's take a different approach. In the spirit of spring cleaning, let's do an Advent cleaning and use the four weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of uncluttering, of emptying our schedules, homes, and hearts. May this be the Advent when we intentionally make room for the Christ child, so that as we song, "Let every heart prepare him room," we will indeed have just done that.
The Giving Tree. The annual Linda Pendy Giving Tree will be in Roebling Hall throughout the Holiday Season. We wish all members of Peace would take an “ornament” off this tree and purchase what the ornament suggests. It may be a gift for an individual in need, supplies for our own Peace Café or something needed by RCS. Please take an ornament today and return the unwrapped gift as soon as possible. Place your gifts around the tree with the ornament tag attached.
Poinsettias. Please help cover the cost of our poinsettias. Donations will be received through December 15; cost is $10 per plant. The gift may honor or remember a loved one and their names will be published in the bulletin on Christmas Eve.
Blue Christmas. Christmas is not always a time full of good cheer. The Christ-child was born into a world of real sorrow and suffering. Prayer stations for Advent will be set up in the chapel. Allow these interactive stations to focus and center your heart and mind on the meaning of Christmas, acknowledge the heartbreak of suffering and the hope in the midst of it.
“Decluttering Christmas” 2014 Advent Calendar. More than any other activity, Advent can restore Jesus to the center of the Christmas Celebration. Take time each day to talk about Jesus and read scripture. The whole family can participate and find the observance meaningful.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Deck the Halls from 10:00am - 12noon. Come decorate the church for Advent. Meet in Roebling Hall for a cup of coffee and grab a danish. Then we’ll split up and decorate the church. One hour our the entire morning will be appreciated.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Advent Workshop beginning at 9:00 am. ALL ARE INVITED! Come explore your creative side as you learn more about the church season of Advent. We’ll work on some projects (like an Advent Wreath) so you can bring home an artistic expression for this time of preparation. There will be a couple of service projects as well.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
Church-wide Christmas Party at 5:30 pm in Roebling Hall. Join your church family and celebrate the holidays with a traditional Christmas party - complete with fire place, Christmas stories, and carol singing! You don't want to miss this festive celebration! Dress in your most "Christmasy" garb, bring a traditional holiday dish (hors d'oeuvres are best) or a plate of Christmas cookies! We will provide roast turkey, warm cider, egg nog and an experience you won't forget! Stop by the church office and pick up a ticket (no charge - donations accepted).
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Concert Series at 3:00 pm. "Autumn and Advent" The St. Pete College Madrigalians vocal ensemble will put you right into the holiday spirit with a delightful program including madrigals evoking the moods of Fall, along with Christmas classics, carols, and popular tunes of the season. Under the direction of Dr. Vernon Taranto, this elite ensemble has been selected for vocal skills and superior ability to perform a wide range of vocal styles.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 ~ FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Service of Lessons & Carols. Join us for worship as we celebrate our annual tradition of celebration of the Nativity of Christ in scripture and song.
Christmas Joy Offering. This special offering is a Presbyterian tradition of almost 70 years. Half of the offering is for assistance programs providing support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other half of the offering supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic education. Please place your donation in the pew envelopes.
Living Nativity from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Bethlehem comes alive on the front garden of Peace Memorial. Both children and adults can fill the roles needed for the scene. Cast include all your favorite characters with special appearances by four legged guest stars. Kids are invited to get up close and personal with the animals. Bring the whole family, neighbors and friends to experience the magic of the nativity. Sign up to be part of the cast with Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve Services:
5:00 pm Worship - Family Service
Children are welcome and encouraged to join their families in this interactive worship experience. Professional Nursery Care is available for children age-3 and under.
6:00 pm - Holiday Reception in Roebling Hall
7:00 pm - Worship - Candlelight Communion Service
11:00 pm - Worship - Candlelight Communion Service