Thanksgiving Eve Prayer Service
Wednesday, November 25⋅6:00 – 7:00pm
Please bring some bread or crackers and juice to participate in virtual Communion.
Covid can’t cancel our Christmas spirit, and it can’t stop the CCUMC annual Christmas Fair! Join us online for a change-up to our silent auction with bidding starting on Nov. 29 and running to Dec. 5.
We thank our donors for a wide assortment of items for participants to bid on.
Unfortunately we aren’t able to have the cookie table this year. Please consider donating what you would have bought or the cost of the cookies you would have made for the table. Think of the calories and work saved!!
Thank you in advance for your participation, which helps us to raise funds to continue our ministries! God bless!
Fellowship and Song. Sunday after worship, in Pastor John's Zoom room. (We were extremely close to livestreaming as well as recording last week. Maybe God prevented us so we wouldn't start until Advent?!) If we are able to livestream worship, I will open the Zoom room about five minutes after worship and we can sing together and fellowship. If we are unable to livestream, it will again be at noon.
Check-in Prayer Time. There was much less interest in our check-in prayer time and fellowship the past few weeks than in the spring and summer. Perhaps because I tried having us meet at 6 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. Either way, the next few Wednesdays and Thursdays we have other things scheduled, but if you would like a weekly time to fellowship and pray with one another beyond Sundays after worship, please let me know. I'd be happy to do something during the day or on Saturday or Sunday evening.
United Methodist Women. Monday, November 30, 7 p.m., in Pastor John's Zoom room (just, without Pastor John... his lovely wife, Danielle, will be leading, though!). Continuing the series of exploring spirituality through the senses.
Christmas Fair. Sunday, November 29th (midnight) to December 5, 2 p.m. Our fair is on-line only this year! Please see our video on how to sign up for bidding here: Christmas Fair Info. Tell your friends, share on Facebook! Shortly before the end of the bidding on December 5, I'm going to be on Facebook doing a live something or other that will hopefully be fun and funny, so check that out, too.
Advent Bible Study. Wednesdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 6 p.m., in Pastor John's Zoom room. This will be an unusual Advent study because I tried combining things I planned on using for a scrapped Bible study intended for this month with the normal Advent stuff. Mostly it will focus on the questions, "Who is this Jesus whose birth we await? What does each gospel say?" If you plan on attending and would like information ahead of each week's study, let me know and I'll send out weekly prompt questions and scripture passages. Also, these will be recorded if you miss one.
Annual Church Conference. Thursday, December 3rd, 7 p.m., in Pastor John's Zoom room. If you would like a copy of the church conference booklet, there are some in the church building narthex. You can either stop by on Wednesday when I'm in the office or use your key (if you have one) to get yours. You can also contact me or Garnet Olson for a digital copy.
Blue Christmas Service. Thursday, December 17th, 6 p.m. (?) Charlton Federated Church is hosting this service on-line, more information to come. Traditionally, Blue Christmas services are intended to pour out our grief, loneliness, and despair that many feel during the holiday season.
Christmas Eve Vigil. Thursday, December 24th, 10 p.m., around outside Christmas tree at church building. There may be snow on the ground, it may be freezing cold, but it seems right to me that we gather in person on Christmas Eve somehow, some way. After the kids have gone to sleep (or at least gone to bed), come on down to share in a brief time of prayer, song, and holy silence.
Christmas Day Vigil. Friday, December 25th, 8 p.m. (same as above but on Christmas Day!)