A large group of us made a pilgrimage to Horizon House, Sunday, with poinsettias in hand. Greeted by friendly faces, we were led up and down elevators and through hallways to find more warm, welcoming faces who invited us in to chat. We left plants and warm memories with those in need of some holiday joy and gathered again in the lobby, leaving those present with a song. Thank you to all the kids and adults who made this event possible!
Christmas with the Messiah
Come celebrate the Christmas season with Handel's Messiah, 11 am, Sunday, December 22. Sunday morning worship service will be filled with sounds from the Christmas portion of this great work in the midst of a festive atmosphere! Childcare will be provided 10 am - 1:30 pm.
A Community Effort
Arms of the elementary advent mission project have stretched wide. Two Sundays ago, the kids put tissue paper and mod podge on pieces of wax paper that became the bodies of our lovely lanterns. Later that week a member's middle school class finished making the 65+ lanterns we need for the season. Sunday, a team of adults and kids put together all of the toiletry packets we plan to give WHEEL women. Finishing touches were done throughout the morning, while kids and adults in the childcare room constructed lanterns into the afternoon.
I hope you can be there this Sunday to hear the kids sing at the beginning of worship.
The kids will enter worship with their families and quickly come up front to sing before leaving worship as a class. They will proceed upstairs, where they will place a lantern and toiletries on each sleeping mat and consecrate the space where the WHEEL women sleep. They will return to the sanctuary before the end of worship.
The longest night of the year, we recognize dark and broken places in our lives that need acknowledgment and space, particularly around grief and loss, during this time of year. All are welcome 5 pm, Saturday, Dec 21, for worship followed by soup supper at 6 pm.
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Plymouth Church
Sunday December 24, three worship services are happening:
4 pm - Wee worship - The Christmas story and carols for very young children and their families, live manger too! Join us afterward for a cookie reception!
6 pm - Family worship - Featuring Plymouth Children's Choir and Children's Bell Choir, woven with the Christmas story. Come early for refreshments.
10 pm - Festive Candlelight Service - (Musical Prelude 9:45 pm) Come early (8:30 pm) for music, refreshments and fellowship.
Plymouth website offers a daily devotional for connecting with the Advent season. The focus for these last weeks are JOY and LOVE.
Prayer for Confirmands
God, may your blessings be with Wes Erickson and his mentor Laura Little as they walk together. Give them open hearts and hears to hear, that they both might deepen their life in you. Amen
Moving into January
Sunday, December 29
Join us for a simple morning with one service at 11 am, childcare 10:45 - 11:15 am.
Sunday, January 5
YF and Confirmation meet at 10 am, followed by worship at 11 am and childcare 10:45 - 11:15 am.
Sunday, January 12
Return to regular schedule Sunday with two services, breakfast and church school.
Masterminds & Wingmen
Are you interested in the discussion about Rosalind Wiseman's book Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping our boys cope withschoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of boy world? Your timing is spot on! Whether or not the Seahawks win their next important game a group will meet again on Sunday Jan 19th, 12:30-2pm. (Remember to park or move your car into the Plymouth parking lot so you do not have to pay for parking after 1:30.) Here's how to prepare for the January meeting:
read ch 1-5 (97 pages)
bring a potluck item to 221 by 12:20 to share, then come upstairs to 322 where the conversation begins at 12:30
Each of the four facilitators Barbara Staley, Jennifer Castle, Brandon Duran, and Cory Maclay will lead a different session. After a brief check in, we will discuss the section of the book, and end in prayer. Dates for subsequent gatherings, with the chapters to be discussed, are:
Feb 9th - ch 6-10 (88 pages)
Mar 16th - ch 11-15 (187 pages)
Apr date TBD - ch 16 - 18 + The Final Word (59 pages)
For those who do not already have a copy of the book, there are complimentary copies in the Plymouth Church office.
I leave you with an offering for a quiet moment in the midst of the Christmas hustle. Remember that God is present in every moment and our invitation is to simply open and receive. I look forward to seeing you on Christmas Eve and have a blessed New Year's celebration! The newsletter will return in January!
blessings, Karen Hollis
This Sunday at Plymouth
Sunday, December 22, 2013 - Advent Love
9:30 am Breakfast for All Ages (Lounge)
Childcare available Infant - 2nd grade (First floor classrooms)
10:00 am Littlest Pageant (First floor classrooms)
Children's Choir & Bells - grades K-6 (221 & 225)
Confirmation - grades 7 & 8 (222)
Youth Forum - grades 9-12 (322)
Plymouth Forum - JSOR Wrap-Up (Hildebrand)
11:00 am Worship for All Ages (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Elementary Church School (Chapel & 221)
12:15 pm Hospitality Hour (Lounge)
Childcare (First floor classrooms)
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