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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Family Friendly Service

All are invited to share in this beautiful celebratory service.  We will sing God's love into our lives as we await the birth of new life, and anticipate participating in the coming reign of god!  This is a family friendly service full of carols, lights, and love!

Lectionary for the Week of December 23, 2018

Lectionary for the Week of December 23, 2018  - Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C) Violet 0r Blue Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:107; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Christmas Eve Lectionary - White Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20
Christmas Day Lectionary - White Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Christmas Fund Offering

Our joy at Christmas is a response to God's promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. It is a joy we are called to share widely, through our witness and gifts, both to loved ones and to distant neighbors.
"It wasn’t easy picking up the telephone to share with you my present situation. In fact, it was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life although it reminded me that grace still happens. Sometimes we as clergy persons lose sight of God’s grace when the negative stuff comes into our lives."
"…thanks so much for sharing your time and ministry with me. Your most gracious gift is appreciated more than words can say as I continue to live in the 'meantime.'"
These eloquent words are from a pastor who is the recipient of the caring and concern of those who contribute to the Christmas Fund Offering.

You have the opportunity to be a part of this ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ t…

Youth Serve Wright Center Meal

Youth Serve Wright Center Meal
Seven youth brought holiday cheer to the Wright Center on Sunday evening, December 16. The homemade lasagna was a huge hit, almost everyone had seconds. There was also an abundance of fresh salad and garlic bread, and homemade sugar cookies with lots of decorating supplies. Thanks to all who cooked beautiful food! And thanks to those who served! And a shout out to Zenna and Sophie for leading us in a blessing song! Advent Love was all up in that place!
What a joy to behold! 

Pastor Letter - Guest letter from Jan Richardson

For a moment I hesitated
on the threshold.
For the space of a breath
I paused,
unwilling to disturb
her last ordinary moment,
knowing that the next step
would cleave her life:
that this day
would slice her story
in two,
dividing all the days before
from all the ones
to come. The artists would later
depict the scene:
Mary dazzled
by the archangel,
her head bowed
in humble assent,
awed by the messenger
who condescended
to leave paradise
to bestow such an honor
upon a woman, and mortal. Yet I tell you
it was I who was dazzled,
I who found myself agape
when I came upon her—
reading, at the loom, in the kitchen,
I cannot now recall;
only that the woman before me—
blessed and full of grace
long before I called her so—
shimmered with how completely
she inhabited herself,
inhabited the space around her,
inhabited the moment
that hung between us. I wanted to save her
from what I had been sent
to say. Yet when the time came,
when I had stammered
the invitation
(history would not record
the sweat on…

Advent 2018

Join us as we celebrate Advent with watchful waiting, preparation, justice, and joy.  Go to Advent 2018

December Youth Events

Sunday, December 23, 10:30AM: Worship with your Family

Monday, December 24, 5:00PM: Christmas Eve Service – Worship with your family
Sunday, December 30: Youth lead Children's Sunday School:Service Project Santi will assist the youth as they lead Children's Sunday School. Youth will read the Mexican legend of the poinsettia, and we will make paper poinsettia flowers.

Community Outreach Compassionate Giving Campaign Was A Great Success!

Thank you to everyone in the congregation who supported the Compassionate Giving campaign through Community Outreach Ministry.  With your support, we raised $1600 for local organizations working to make a difference in our community.  We hope that this campaign helped our congregation to reframe holiday giving from material goods to community good.

- submitted by Laurel Powell

Young Adult Reunion

Can you guess who has the best roommate situation this year, and who has the worst? Have you ever had a roommate who played their (not your) favorite music loud and late or early without asking if it would bother you? Or a roommate who never went to class and never seemed to leave the room? Or one who was super sensitive and took everything personally? Or one who never cleaned up? Or have you had a roommate you loved? With whom you shared interests? We heard it all on Wednesday, December 19, when 7 former CUCC youth met for a lunch reunion at Mellow Mushroom. There was great energy and every good report of busy lives, rapid growth, extensive learning, and fascinating work. Nice to see these young friends enjoying life with such care and intention! We missed those who could not attend.