Advent & Christmas 2015

Christmas is all about a journey – the journey of faithful people through the desert to find a Savior. And people today are still seeking, although they don’t always know where to look. We invite you to join us, at PB UMC, this Christmas season to experience the journey together. For the shep- herds and wise men, it ended with a baby in a manger. But for us today, it’s where the journey begins.

This Advent and Christmas season have a number of possibilities for fun and faith.

Our sermon series, “The Journey” (based on Adam Hamilton’s book by the same name) will run throughout the month of December. During the series, we’ll look at Mary and Joseph’s geographical and spiritual journey to Bethlehem. To hear previous sermons in this series, click here. The page will be updated as sermons are added. Back to top.

And while we’re on the journey, let’s not forget about our very special stops along the way! Our Children’s Choir has been working very hard to present “The Best Place to Celebrate Christmas” for you on Sunday, December 6th at both the 9 am and 10:30 am services. Come see our Angels in Training as they explore the Christmas story through music and acting. Back to top.

The Voices of Praise will hold their choir concert on December 13, during both the 9 am and 10:30 am services, and will also add a performance at 6 pm. Their presentation, “The Heart of Christmas” tells the timeless story that we remember each year in a creative, profound way – by probing the hearts of those most directly involved in St. Luke’s account of that first Christmas. This touching construct is complemented by a variety of musical styles including the warmly melodic and chorally traditional. Three narrators propel the scripture-based narrative, while soloists help to enhance the choir. The result is a musical, worshipful, and very accessible musical presentation. We invite you to embrace the courage, faithfulness, joy, and love of those who were there and live in “The Heart of Christmas.” Back to top.

What’s the Christmas Season without Caroling? Get ready to indulge in your Fa La La La Lah’s on December 20th beginning at 5pm. Meet at the church to ride together (or caravan) as we journey to some of our nearby members’ homes to bring good cheer! Back to top.

Our Wednesday Night Christmas Dinner will be held on December 23rd. Chef Ben will prepare a traditional Ham dinner with all of the fixings, and after our guests dine, they will be invited upstairs to pick out some practical gifts offered by our youth group. If you would like to help sponsor this dinner, you can sign up with Chef Ben to donate one or more hams, or make a donation to cover the cost of the dinner. This is a great chance for you and your families to help bring Christmas to our neighbors in need, by volunteering to help serve the meal or simply sitting and chatting with our guests. Back to top.

We will present three services on Christmas Eve (December 24th), at 5, 7, and 11 pm. Christmas Eve is a time for the entire family to worship together, so while a family-friendly service will be presented at 5pm, plan on the entire family being together for every service. Back to top.

So plan on this Christmas season on being a Journey. A Journey towards a timeless destination – the birth of Christ!

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