Will you celebrate Christmas by serving with us?
During the Christmas season, as we remember the birth of Jesus, we turn our eyes and hearts to those around us, finding ways to serve the community. Kids are encouraged to participate in our special project of making gifts at Children’s Church for those less fortunate throughout the entire month of December:
- Sat 5:30pm: Age 4 – 4th grade
- Sun 8:30 & 11am: Age 3 – 4th grade
Gifts will be made by kids each weekend during Children’s Church the first three weeks of December. Kids will make fleece blankets and lice-repellant spray bottles for the homeless, as well as cards for veterans in the community. What’s really neat about this project is that parents and children decided on the weekend service projects ideas together.
Do you like to have a good time with friends, laughing and clowning around? At Youth Group we throw numerous parties this time of year. These are opportunities to have a blast with friends, hang out with adult volunteers that care, eat, and enjoy having something to celebrate.
Fall Costume Party – Fri Oct 28, 6:30-9:30pm: Wear your best costume! Show up ready to bob for apples, play in the gym, and hear a positive message.
Thanksgiving Dinner – Fri Nov 18, 6:30-9:30pm: Gather and give thanks for God’s many blessings. We’ll provide the turkey, you just show up ready to enjoy our time and maybe even bring a side dish to share.
Christmas Party – Fri Dec 16 6:30-9:30pm: There will be trees, tinsel, Christmas lights, peppermint drinks and holiday treats. All your favorite Christmas tunes will be playing as we gather celebrate Christmas. Bring a “white elephant” gift to exchange!
Please join us Thursday December 24 at 6pm or 11pm for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. All are welcome.
Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. The classic Charlie Brown Christmas song lyrics capture the excitement, the beauty, and the nostalgia of this season.
But the music to these lyrics captures something else. It feels melancholy and longing. Almost sad.
This reminds me of something that C.S. Lewis wrote about: an “inconsolable longing” for “we know not what.” He said:
Apparently, then, our life-long nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both glory and honour beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache.
Christmastime is here. Our time. Our resources. Our attention. Our desires. All of these are being tugged at from one side or another. The beauty and the spirit of Christmas are so quickly lost, not only in the commercialism and consumerism of our society, but by the mis-directed longings of our own hearts and the busy-ness of our own lives. But, our truest longing is for something outside of the dark.
Christmastime is here. The time when we remember the birth of an infant … That powerless baby who was “inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside,” and who swung the door open, and brought to us what was inside, and who summons us inside, where there is the “healing of that old ache.”
Christmastime is here. Olden times and ancient rhymes / Of love and dreams to share. As you think about Christmas — about buying presents, about the meals, and the families, and the commercials, and the stores, and the vacations, and the bank account, and the travel, about the tree, and the lights, and the wreaths, and about the snow, and the ice, and the cold — Stop. Christmastime is here. A time to remember the olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share.
What do you want this season to be about?
Christmastime is here. Pause and consider the birth of the Savior. Stop to remember the birth of our King.
View the Young Family Advent Guide to pause and consider the birth of the savior.
In an effort to live out the true meaning of Christmas, we set aside a Sunday afternoon in December each year to serve others. We begin with a soup and sandwich lunch together at 12:15pm in Common Grounds, followed by singing a Christmas carol. At 1:00pm we will leave for our chosen serving venues.
Sun Dec 13, 2015
Lunch 12:15pm, Common Grounds Room; Serving 1pm
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Silent Light Serving Opportunities:
* denotes “family-friendly”
- *Baking goodies with Higher Up members (ministry to gang members) [Led by Bill & Brent; Appx 2 hrs]
- *Families Christmas caroling and delivering Christmas cards/cookies to senior living facilities. [Two groups; Led by Charlie A, Victoria P, Daniel R; Appx 1.5 hrs]
- Sorting & organizing donations for Albany Park homeless (at Bloomingdale Church). [Led by Dave L; Appx 1.5-2 hrs]
- *Christmas caroling at local nursing homes [Two groups; Led by Chris S; Appx 1.5 hrs]
- Cleaning a nearby domestic violence shelter (women only). [Led by Donna F; Appx 2 hrs]
- Repairing homes of widows & single moms. [Led by David R; Appx 2-3 hrs]
- *Delivering clothes/household items to Albany Park (Chicago) [Led by Dave L; Appx 4-5 hrs]
- *Family Empowerment Center of Chicago Kid’s Christmas party. [Led by Danny M; Appx 5 hrs]
- Set up food at 11am; Clean up lunch at 1:15pm [Led by Nate K]