Advent and Christmas Events

A Thrill of Hope

As we hunt for hope in our world today, we’re excited to be exploring Advent and Christmas Scripture through the vibrant artwork of John August Swanson, who allows his Christian faith and passion for social justice to permeate all he creates. We will worship, sing, serve, study, create, and pray as we allow art to open us to the incarnation of Christ in our intergenerational community. 

Advent Study: Chapel at 10:00 a.m., Sundays, December 2—December 23

Join us during Advent for a relaxing and reflective time learning how the familiar Advent and Christmas texts from Matthew and Luke are brought to life in the art of John August Swanson. The beauty of the art based on sacred text will enrich you during this Holy Season celebrating Christ’s Birth.

Blessing Jar Advent Activity

During Art in Advent, we will prepare blessing jars to take home and use throughout Advent. As you are mindful of your blessings, you also will rediscover the “thrill of hope.”

 

December 2

Nativity: a serigraph by John August Swanson

Holy Communion & New Members: “Festival of Lights”    Isaiah 9:2-7

Art in Advent: Coffee Bar at 10:00 a.m.   

Everyone is invited to participate in artistic expressions of Advent as we gather in the Coffee Bar on Dec. 2 during the Sunday School hour. There will be opportunities to participate in a mission project, photo booth with Nativity costumes, and several artistic projects to guide your Advent devotions. You won’t want to miss this intergenerational ministry.

 

December 9

9 a.m. Chapel Service: “A Kiss of Peace.” Psalm 85

Please remember your gifts for Giving Tree. 

Advent Music Celebration: Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.    

Join the Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Memorial Handbell Choir, and special guest musicians as our church gathers together to share the sounds of the season as we prepare for Christ’s birth.

Giving Tree Sunday Both Services

Share the Joy of Christmas with families in need. Select a tag from one of the trees, purchase the gift, and bring it to worship on December 9 with the original tree tag attached.

Campus Mentoring Ministry Christmas Celebration: Coffee Bar at 12:15 p.m.

Ball State and Indiana Academy Students are invited to join CMM for a Christmas party! We’ll have lunch, decorate Christmas cookies, and listen to Christmas music. Come join us for some celebration and relaxation before finals!

 

December 16

Regular Worship Schedule: “A Visit,” Luke 1:26-38

Youth White Elephant Dinner Party: The Lorch Home at 6:00 p.m.

The youth group, both middle and high school students, will be having a White Elephant Gift exchange at the Lorch home. Gifts are to be $10 or less, or a gently used item. Dinner will be provided.

 

December 20

Longest Night Service: Chapel at 7:00 p.m.       

“The Peaceable Kingdom,” Isaiah 11:1-9

A time of comfort and healing at Christmas.  Celebrate the end of the darkness and the coming of the Light!  Readings, candle lighting, praying, communion, and anointing. 

 

December 23

Coming Together Service: Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. (No 11 a.m. Service)          

“The Nativity,” Luke 2:1-7

 

December 24

Christmas Eve Services: Sanctuary at 7 & 11 p.m.

“The Shepherds,” Luke 2:1-20

We will celebrate the arrival of the Christ child through art, music, holy communion, and candle lighting. While both services will have lessons and carols, the 7 p.m. service is designed for families to enjoy together. 

 

December 30

Coming Together Service: Wesley Hall at 9:00 a.m. (No 11 a.m. Service, No Communion)      

“Presentation in the Temple,” Luke 2:21-40

 

January 6

Holy Communion, Regular Worship Schedule (9 & 11 a.m.)

“The Epiphany,” Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany: a serigraph by John August Swanson

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