Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship Times; 5:00, 8:30, & 10:00
Join the congregation in celebrating the birth of Christ this Christmas Eve at any of the three worship times that best fit your schedule. Here are the times and a brief description of each.
5:00 Family Worship: A Children’s Sermon and anthems sung by both the Cherub and Children’s Choirs as well as the Children’s Bell Choir ringing are the highlight of this worship service. This is a great family-focused worship and we hope you will invite your friends without a church home to join you. Communion will be celebrated and the service ends with candlelight singing of Silent Night.
8:30 Traditional/Youth Worship: The Youth Choir and Bell Choir continue to be the featured choir at this service and returning college students are invited to join them in singing familiar anthems if they choose. A traditional sermon is preached. Communion will be celebrated and the service ends with candlelight singing of Silent Night.
10:00 Classic “Midnight” Worship: The Adult Choir and Bell Choir are the featured choirs at this service with a traditional sermon preached from the pulpit or aisle. Communion will be celebrated and the service ends with candlelight singing of Silent Night.
Christmas Pageant & Breakfast Set for Dec 15 @ 9:15 AM in Parish Hall
This pageant is an original script written predominantly by our own Bonnie Richards and involves our children from age 3 to grade 5. The pageant will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 9:15 in the Parish Hall followed by an extensive Coffee Hour/Breakfast in the Parish Hall. The change in time and location last year was to provide an opportunity for a greater number of the congregation to attend the pageant and share in fellowship following the event. It had great success and so we are doing it again this year.
Reflections Worship will not be held that day and regular attendees are invited to worship at 8:00 or 10:30. There will still be Sunday school during the 10:30 worship as well. Come out and experience how Advent prepares us not only for the coming of Christmas but the coming of our Lord in our lives each and every day.
The Christmas Pageant will be held on December 15th at 9:15 in the Parish Hall. Everyone is welcomed to join us for this great event! We will be having a potluck breakfast following the performance. If you are able to provide anything for the potluck, please let Jaime know.
We will be having a dress rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant on December 8th at 11:45am in the Parish Hall. The Confirmation Class and Oasis will be hosting their annual Drop and Shop during this time, please plan on packing a lunch for your child if they are staying for the Drop and Shop.
There will be no Sunday School on December 22nd, so you can enjoy Lessons and Carols as a family during the 10:30 service. On December 29th we will not be having Sunday School either.
Advent Brunch Held at Parsonage on Sunday, Dec 1 from Noon-2:00
Advent Brunch will again be hosted by Pastor Wayne and Kate Zschech at the parsonage next door to the church at 201 Rhoads Ave on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec 1. Adult beverages will be available as well as ham and turkey, and guests are invited to bring a brunch item to share with other participants. This is a great way for members and guests to mingle and get to know one another in a festive setting and you won’t even need to move your car! You can even use the church ovens if needed to keep your entrée warm during the 10:30 worship. Need childcare? Contact Pastor Wayne and we can arrange for it at the church with some of our senior high youth who are experienced in babysitting.
Deck the Halls and Drop ‘N Shop Events on Dec 8 at Noon
“Deck the Halls” for Christmas from Noon-2:00. The congregation will work with confirmation youth and parents to prepare our church for Christmas by putting up the two trees in the sanctuary and one in the narthex with lights and Chrismon ornaments. This is a great time for families to learn about the meaning behind the unique Chrismon ornaments that adorn our sanctuary trees each year. Lunch will be coordinated by Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Jaime Frazier-Baldwin, and the three large artificial pine trees will be put up, strung with lights, and decorated with the handmade Crismons immediately following the meal. Help get our church ready for the Christmas Season and Lessons and Carols events in the coming weeks. Contact Jaime if you plan to attend to insure enough pizzas are ordered. Homemade Christmas cookies are always a great treat to share if you would like to bring some.
Christmas “Drop ‘N Shop” Childcare from Noon-3:00. Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Want to spend three uninterrupted hours focusing on your To Do List? Or maybe you just want to enjoy a quiet lunch and a movie. Consider leaving your children with the Oasis Senior High Youth Group for three hours after worship. Please pack a lunch for your child. The children will engage in various crafts and games as well as see a variety of classic Christmas children’s movies (Pastor Wayne has a big collection). Don’t be afraid to let your friends and family know about it too.
Sisters in Spirit: Helping the Environment, One Ornament at a Time
This December please join Sisters in Spirit in raising funds to aid the work of the NJ Nature Conservancy, a local group that focuses on stewarding our natural resources both here and throughout the world. As Christians, we are called to care for and nurture the earth, God’s creation. God calls us to protect and nourish this environment he gave to us.
On December 8 and 15 Sisters in Spirit will be accepting donations for this important work. In appreciation for your donation, our gift to you will be a handmade Christmas ornament—great for holiday gift giving or for your own tree. Donate in memory of a loved one or to honor someone special in your life. All ornaments come with gift cards to let recipients know how these ornaments will help the environment.
Please stop by our table in the narthex after each worship service on Dec. 8 and 15 to receive your ornament and support God’s beautiful creation. Thank you!
Poinsettia Delivery People Needed Dec 26 at 9:30
Help is needed on Wednesday, Dec 26, to deliver the poinsettias that decorated the church on Christmas Eve and Day to our homebound members. This is a wonderful family ministry opportunity and is a great way to meet members who are unable to attend worship any more or regularly. Contact the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to assist in delivering poinsettias.
Each year the altar is decorated with poinsettias for the Christmas Eve services. If you would like to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion, please fill out the form in the newsletter and enclose a check for $25, made payable to “LCOS Altar Guild.” The poinsettias are delivered to our homebound members and nursing home residents on Thursday, December 26. The deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019.