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Advent

HANGING OF THE GREEN | ADVENT BEGINS

Sunday, November 27  | Video  Watch

8:00, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Sanctuary

10:45 a.m. Living Stone



MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES

WEDNESDAYS • With Holy Communion

Join us for Advent dinners in the gym following 5:30 p.m. services


Wednesday, Nov. 30 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

  • Bible  Sermon theme: Christ's first coming | John 1:35-42
  • Utensils  Advent dinner: White bean chicken chili, traditional chili, garlic bread, garden salad, and dessert.
  • Dinner proceeds benefit Mothers of Preschoolers

Wednesday, Dec. 7 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

  • Bible  Sermon theme: Christ's present-day coming in Word and Sacrament | John 15:1-11
  • Utensils  Advent dinner: Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, applesauce, and dessert.

  • Dinner proceeds benefit the eighth-grade class

Wednesday, Dec. 14  11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

  • Bible  Sermon theme: Christ's final (second) coming | Rev. 22:13-21
  • Utensils  Advent dinner: Gourmet dogs from Steve's Hot Dogs with a menu of creative toppings, french fries, mac and cheese, and desserts. 
  • Dinner proceeds benefit our youth group

Wednesday, Dec. 21 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

  • Bible  School grades 5-8 lead services
  • Utensils  Dine-out fundraiser at Chick-fil-A
  • No Communion

ADVENT MESSAGE THEME

St. Paul’s Advent sermon series, "Once He Came in Blessing," focuses upon the three-fold coming of Christ in Advent: First coming • Present-day coming in Word and Sacrament  • and final (second) coming.

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  • A SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC FOR THE TIME OF CHRISTMAS

    Saturday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. 

    Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m.  | Video  Watch


    Rest, refresh, renew, rejoice! 


    Come away from the noise, the hectic pace, and the pressures of the season, and be refreshed and renewed by the message of the heavenly angels: the Savior Jesus Christ was born for you. This divine proclamation will be presented by the choirs and instrumentalists of St. Paul's.


    The congregation will have opportunities to sing familiar hymns and carols of the season by shimmering candlelight.


    Please join us and invite your family and friends. The event is complimentary with a free will offering.


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  • CHRISTMAS CARD TREE BENEFITS COMFORT DOG MINISTRY

    Drop Off Card & Donation by Dec. 12 


    Share a Christmas card greeting with the congregation while supporting Comfort Dog 2.0. Here's how it works: Instead of purchasing extra Christmas cards and stamps for St. Paul's friends, many families like to donate that cost instead and save the time of addressing cards! 


    This year, all proceeds will benefit our Comfort Dog Ministry as we raise funds for our second dog.  We are working with Lutheran Church Charities and look forward to the dog the Lord sends our way to assist Tabby until she retires. 


    We'll hang your holiday card on our west lobby tree and list your name in the Christmas bulletin as a participant in the card tree fundraiser. 


    Please mail or drop off your card and donation to the church office; those received by Dec. 12 will be displayed and included in the Christmas bulletin listings.  

  • CHANCEL POINSETTIA ORDERS

    Due Monday, Dec. 12 


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    Help make our church chancel festive for the celebration of Christ’s birth, with the purchase of poinsettias. Each potted poinsettia with a gold cover is $7.50 and you may choose to take a plant home after our 10:00am Christmas Day service. Order yours at the church office or online. 

  • CHRISTMAS CAROLING TO HOMEBOUND: DEC. 17


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    Saturday, Dec. 17

    Meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, hot cocoa and Christmas cookies before caroling


    Join our merry band of carolers and bring a little Christmas joy to the doorsteps of our valued homebound members who are not physically able to attend Christmas services this year. No singing experience required! Carolers will meet at church for lunch, and be formed into groups who will visit a short list of nearby homes and care facilities, also delivering blessing bags made by our youth group.

  • FOUNDATION BIBLE CLASS SERIES

    "GREAT EXPECTATIONS"


    Sundays at 9:30am | Fellowship Hall


    With a focus on Advent themes, we'll explore the promise of Christ from the perspective of four Old Testament prophets: Jeremiah, Malachi, Zephaniah, and Micah.


    Read more about Foundation Bible study.

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  • CHRISTMAS DECORATING & DINNER: NOV. 25


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    Choose one or both shifts: 3:00-5:30pm or 5:30-8:00pm


    Help make St. Paul's merry and bright! Catch the Christmas spirit as we put up the church Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and our special "Chrismon" ornaments. Youth, adults, and families are all invited for this annual tradition with a complimentary light dinner.

  • CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX COLLECTION: THROUGH NOV. 20


    Video  Video: How/what to pack in shoebox |  Archive  List: Suggested items

    Alternate Calendar  Collection deadline extended through Nov. 20


    Send a Christmas gift of hope around the world! Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with gifts, supplies, and the message of the Gospel to children in need in more than 150 countries. Complimentary empty shoeboxes and fill-in-the blank letters are available in our narthex. Let’s beat last year’s total of 451 shoeboxes as we strive for 500. Three ways to help:

    1. Shop and fill a shoebox | Return to church by Nov. 20
    2. Donate | Write a check to St. Paul’s with the notation “shoeboxes.”
    3. Online | Build a shoebox online here, or make an online donation to Samaritan's Purse
  • BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM & GABRIEL'S GIFT SHOP


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    Saturday, December 3 | 8:30-10:30am

    $10 per adult or child. Age 3 and younger free 

    Sticky Note  Information Flyer 


    You are invited to join us for a morning in celebration of the first Christmas. Savor a delicious breakfast and festive music announcing the birth of the Christ child. 


    A variety of family activities will be available including a live petting zoo, photos, crafts, cookie walk, servant project, Christmas carols, a performance by the H.I.S. Puppeteers and Gabriel’s Gift Shop, where children can buy gifts for their family members! 


    gift  We're collecting donated items for Gabriel's Gift Shop. Details in news listing below, and in flyer.


    Credit Card  Payment options | Please pay in advance

    1. Check: Drop off check/cash to the school, church, PDO or ECC offices
    2. By Venmo @stpaulsdesperes pay $10.30 per person (includes transaction fee), noting "Breakfast in Bethlehem" and family name in comments. 
    3. Pay through our website with a checking account number. Online, select "Other" and note "Breakfast in Bethlehem" in the memo line

    VOLUNTEER

  • New or like-new gifts are requested for moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas. Examples include jewelry, purses, books, tickets, house décor, Christmas items, trinkets, ornaments, books, sport items, golf balls, ties, mugs, picture frames, games, movies, soaps, and bath items, re-gifted items, or personalized items that say "Mom," "Dad," "Grandma," etc. Drop-off containers are located in the church, school and ECC lobbies. 

  • Prepare for Jesus | Women's Advent Candlelight Celebration

    Sunday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:00 p.m. | Gym


    REGISTER BY NOV. 29


    Ladies, join us for a special evening by the glow of candlelight, as we begin Advent in a spirit of worship, inspiration, and peace. Prepare for Jesus, our Advent candlelight celebration, is an opportunity for women of all ages to set aside the busy holiday season and focus on Christ. We will enjoy an inspirational message, special music, fellowship, decorated tables, and light refreshments.


    Invite your family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other sisters in Christ. Women of all ages, and girls aged eight and older, look forward to this special evening, now in its 22nd year. The event is complimentary, with a free will offering. 


    Volunteers welcome: sign up here

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A SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC FOR THE TIME OF CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 10 •  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 11 •  4:00 p.m. | Video  Watch


Rest, refresh, renew, rejoice! 

Come away from the noise, the hectic pace, and the pressures of the season, and be refreshed and renewed by the message of the heavenly angels: the Savior Jesus Christ was born for you. This divine proclamation will be presented by the choirs and instrumentalists of St. Paul's.


The congregation will have opportunities to sing familiar hymns and carols of the season by shimmering candlelight.


Please join us and invite your family and friends. The event is complimentary with a free will offering.

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CHRISTMAS EVE

Saturday, December 24

  • 3:00 p.m.  |  Video  Watch
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m. | Candlelight
  • 10:30 p.m. | Candlelight with choir

CHRISTMAS DAY

Sunday, December 25

  • 10:00 a.m. | With Choir

No Dec. 25 Living Stone service

Dec. 25: No Sunday School, Bible class, or Fellowship Breakfast

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

Saturday, December 31 • 5:00 p.m. 

Video  Watch


NEW YEAR'S DAY

Sunday, January 1

  • 10:00 a.m. Sanctuary Video
  • 10:45 a.m. Living Stone
    Jan. 1: No Sunday School, Bible class, or Fellowship Breakfast