ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS
POINSETTIAS: You are invited to decorate our church for the Christmas Season by donating a Poinsettia plant in memory/honor of a loved one. Look for the order forms in our Sunday bulletins and this newsletter. Forms can be returned to the Church Office or placed in the offering plate on Sundays. The deadline for placing orders is Sunday, November 25. Donated plants can be brought to people needing some Christmas cheer! Otherwise, you may take your plants home on Sunday, December 23.
ADVENT WREATH: You, your friends, and family are invited to lead us in the lighting of our Advent Wreath during the Sundays of Advent and on Christmas Eve. Please add your name/s to the sign-up sheet at church if you would like to light the wreath this year.
CHRISTMAS WINDOWS: You, your friends, and family are invited to decorate our windows for Christmas. Windows should be decorated by Sunday, December 2. A sign-up sheet is available for adopting a window to decorate!
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT: DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE WORSHIP: December 2. Come join in this festival of decorating our tree as a family of God. Everyone is welcome! Children will remain in worship on this day. Communion will be shared
GALESBURG WINTER WONDERLAND: Wednesday, December 5. City Parade at 6pm, and many events happening throughout Galesburg.
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT: December 9. We continue to journey together in this Advent Season. All are welcome!
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT: CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: December 16. Children & youth who are participating should arrive to church by 10:00am! We will receive and dedicate our gifts to the Christmas Fund, White Gifts for the food pantry, and our Mitten Tree gifts. Bring a small plate of goodies to share at Coffee Hour!
CHRISTMAS COFFEE HOUR: On Sunday, December 16, we invite everyone to bring a small plate of Christmas goodies to share during Coffee Hour!
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT: Sunday, December 23. A morning celebration of welcoming Christmas. Everyone is Welcome!
CHRISTMAS EVE: December 24. A candlelight worship of song and story will be held in our sanctuary at 8:00pm. Kids are welcome to wear pajamas to church! This service is a serene experience of both calm and joy. Everyone, family and friends, is welcome!
SPECIAL OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:
- Mitten Tree: You are invited to bring a pair of snow pants, mittens, gloves, a hat or scarf to place underneath our Christmas Tree. Our gifts will be given to the local schools for children in need.
- White Gifts: White Gifts are gifts of food items that can be placedunder the Christmas Tree. Our White Gifts will be donated to the local Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry here in Galesburg.
- Poinsettia Delivery: You are invited to sign-up to deliver a Poinsettia plant to someone you personally know who could use some cheer this season. Our sign-up sheet will list the numbers of plants that have been donated for this purpose.
- Christmas Fund: Gifts given toward this offering help to care for our retired clergy and/or their spouses with emergency needs. We will be receiving these gifts all through Advent, and dedicate them on Sunday, December 23. Please make your check/envelope out to “CUCC” and writing in the memo, “Xmas Fund”.
NEW YEAR’S WORSHIP: Sunday, December 30, 10:30am. Come welcome the New Year together in community. Bring your hopes, prayers, and dreams!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019: Come renew your spirit in worship. as we celebrate Epiphany! We will need help following worship to take down our Christmas Decorations. Many hands make light & merry work! Thank You!!