Christmas & Advent

 

Advent Season Events – 2016

Sat Nov 26 & Sun Nov 27
First weekend of Advent. In our weekend services during Advent, we’ll explore how the birth of Jesus brings hope beyond the holidays. Through the Book of Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ birth we will find relevant and practical teachings to help us leave the holidays with hope.

Sat Dec 3 & Sun Dec 4
Saxophone ensemble to perform Christmas carols in all worship hours.

Sat Dec 10
PAK presents a Christmas play, New Testament Rewind, as part of the worship hour on Dec 10 at 5:30pm. A free dinner will follow in the Common Grounds. Friends, family, and community members are welcome for the play and the dinner.

Sun Dec 11
PAK presents a Christmas play, New Testament Rewind, as part of the worship hours on Dec 11 at 8:30am and 11am.

Sat Dec 17 & Sun Dec 18
Choir to perform Christmas carols in all worship hours.

Sat Dec 24
Christmas Eve candlelight services at 6pm & 11pm. Nursery available at 6pm. Children are invited to participate in these services in lieu of KidsQuest programming.

Sun Dec 25
Christmas Day worship hour at 11am. Children are invited to participate in this service in lieu of KidsQuest programming.

Sat Dec 31 & Sun Jan 1
Regular worship hours: Sat @ 5:30pm & Sun @ 8:30am & 11am.


KidsQuest Christmas Project: Serving Those Around Us

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.


Party with the Youth Group

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!

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Christmastime is Here

By Nate Kugel on November 27, 2015

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.