Lessons and Carols: December 8 at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m.

Lessons and Carols will be celebrated this year as part of both 8:30 and 10:50 services. The combined forces of our Choir and Chorus will sing carols of the season, including a new motet by our own Yanis Eberhart. The great story of salvation will be read and sung, also including wonderful carols for all. Holy Communion will be celebrated as always!

Bach Vesper for Advent: Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.

Bach Vespers for Advent on Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. will feature our Bach Choir and Orchestra presenting Bach’s Cantata 36 “Schwingt freudig euch empor.” Also featured will be hymns of the season, organ settings of the chorale “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” motets by Handl, Hassler, and a rare gem from the period of the Mexican Baroque by an anonymous composer! Please join us for this always popular seasonal observance. Vespers is preceeded by a talk in the parish hall at 5:15. A wine and cheese reception follows. Free will offering will be received.

Longest Night: Service of Hope and Comfort

Saturday, December 21, 6:00 p.m.
This contemplative service offers time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. Join others for whom the Christmas season is bittersweet to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness, and to sing hymns that acknowledge God’s presence with those who mourn and grieve, with those who suffer, and with those who struggle. God is the light shining in our darkness. All are welcome! The service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.

Paul and Marie Monroe have graciously volunteered to prepare turkey & dressing for a family-style Thanksgiving Day dinner in the parish hall. Any students who aren’t going home, young adults without plans, and all adults without family in town are invited to join them. If you would like, you may bring a covered dish to share (salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, fancy drinks, etc.). For an accurate count, please notify Beverly Davis. However, if you don’t sign up, you are still welcome: everyone will eat their fill and we’ll have baskets of food left over. Thanksgiving dinner will begin around 11:45 a.m. and run until the turkey tryptophan kicks in.