During the holiday season, we often spend much of our time planning, cleaning, shopping, baking, and traveling. We don't always take any time to PAUSE and take a breath and reflect on the Advent season. The church has several advent opportunities which have become a First Presbyterian tradition.
Advent preparation began on November 29. The church was decorated for the upcoming Advent Season by hanging the greens, changing the banners and putting up the Big Tree. We had lots of hands to get everything up, and there was plenty of donuts, hot chocolate and Christmas music. Enjoy the photos taken that day and watch as the banners change from one week to the next.
The first Sunday in Advent, Hope, was marked by the first banner being hung and the advent candle lit during the service. That morning everyone enjoyed eating breakfast together at the advent breakfast. Each Sunday the next banner from the set of four made and given to the church by Donna DePrenger, is hung in anticipation of the coming of Christ. Each Sunday we enjoy an intergenerational events:
December 7 - PEACE (Activity: Christmas Letters)
December 14 - JOY (Activity: Joyful Wreaths)
December 21 - LOVE (Activity: Love-Filled Morsels)
Other traditions we follow during this season are:
Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringers, December 12, 13 and 18
Participating in the Ecumenical Christmas Dinner, December 25 at at First Covenant Church
Decorating the church sanctuary with a poinsettia, after December 15
Christmas Caroling, December 17 @ 6:00 pm
The Giving Tree for Four Oaks
Christmas Joy offering
Continue to watch for further photos of this years advent happenings in the Christmas 2014 gallery on the right column. Note the calendar at the bottom of the home page for events times. The Gathering and Going links contains more detailed information of the various advent opportunities. The pulse link above has all the latest news on what is happening in the life of the church.
Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
We hope you will join us for our Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols. At 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve, we will gather in the sanctuary to celebrate the light that has come into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. A Service of Carols and Lessons will take us through the timeless story of that night with readings and music.