This time of year is filled with Christmas music, shopping, delicious treats, and cheesy Christmas movies! The made-for-TV romantic comedies present a picture-perfect world filled with snow, music, romance, and flawless Christmas decorations.  This Advent, we’ll be looking how life is and isn’t like these charming movies in our worship series, “The Hallmarks of Christmas.”

Sundays in Advent: 10:15 AM Worship online or in person.

Advent Journaling: Hope, Peace, Joy & Love

Join Liz Neal, who has been leading journaling groups for over 20 years, for a fun journaling opportunity! Each week, you’ll explore one of the themes of Advent including Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Liz will gently guide you through the process of self-reflection and personal growth. Classes will be held at 10AM at the church or at 7PM via Zoom. Beginning November 20th, journals can be picked up at the church. Sign up here.

Sunday, November 27: The Hallmark of Hope

What hope does the Christmas message have for our world today?

Join us after worship for the 2nd Annual Pastors’ Office Open House.  Check out the pastors’ decorations as you stroll through their offices and pick up delicious Christmas goodies.

Sunday, December 4: The Hallmark of Peace

How does the Santa of television compare to the real-life St. Nicholas, the fourth century bishop who brought peace by caring for his community?

All the Christmas movies need a festival so join us after worship for the St. Nicholas Christmas Festival! We’ll have food, fun, crafts, games, and mission booths set up for you to explore. Learn more here.

Sunday, December 11: The Hallmark of Joy

Music brings joy to every part of our lives! Our musical groups will share their talents as they lead us in worship on this joyous day.  Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas clothes: ugly Christmas sweaters, beautiful Christmas sweaters, Christmas suits, red and green, subtle or wild! The choice is yours!

Join us at 6 PM for Movie Night featuring the fun new movie “It’s Christmas Again.”  To buy tickets, click here. To see a trailer for the movie, click here.

Sunday, December 18: The Hallmark of Love

Why is going home for Christmas a common theme of Christmas movies?  What does it mean to go home for Christmas?

Before and after worship, we’ll have the Christmas photobooth set up! Stop by for your perfect Christmas picture.

Join us at 6 PM for our Christmas Pageant, “When Cowboys Watched Their Herds By Night.” Afterwards, come on down for cookies and cocoa in the Fellowship Hall with a visit from a very special guest! Click here to get involved.

Wednesday, December 21: The Longest Night

On the longest night of the year, we join together for a worship experience acknowledging the heartache, grief, and pain that often comes during the holiday season. Join us in-person or online at 7 PM.

Led by Rev. Christine Kumar, Pastor of Connections and Care with music by Dr. Roy Belfield, Jr., Liz Clasing, and the Handbell Choir. Special guest hymn leader, Pastor Michael Reese Ritt of Pleasant Hill UMC, will also be joining us!

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Worship

5:00 PM Family Service with “Silent Night” by candlelight.

8:00 PM Traditional Lessons and Carols with “Silent Night” by candlelight.

Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day

Online worship ONLY.

The staff is putting together a beautiful, music-filled worship service that you can enjoy at home! Grab your hot cocoa and keep on your slippers, it’s time for Winter Sunday Worship!