Chuck Shaw sent this helpful outline of events that will be going on at the First Congregational Church in December.  Lots to add to your busy December calendar. – Lil

 

Welcome! What a great month to celebrate! We offer something for everyone! We are an Open and Affirming church that has spiritual food for your soul and real food for your appetite.

First Congregational will be hosting Breakfast with Santa in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, December 5 from 8 – 10 AM. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. Santa will be here to listen to the children’s wishes for Christmas. Come with your children, grandchildren or special children. Enjoy the food, fellowship and holiday spirit that fills the air and join in the celebration of life, love and joy. Free will contributions will be received at the door.

We have a new Music Director, Karen Kitchen, starting December 6. Karen is an organ tuner by profession but her talents cover all the musical aspects of our church. December 6 is the second Sunday in Advent. Communion will be served as part of our regular service that starts at 10 AM. Then on Friday evening, December 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 is our monthly Friendly Friday event for children and families, young and old.

On Wednesday, December 9, at 7 PM the Women’s Fellowship will be hosting “Christmas by Candlelight”, an evening of music, fellowship and sharing Christmas memories. Dessert and beverages will be provided. There is a sign up list in the fellowship hall.

Sunday, December 13, at 10 AM is the regular service with the Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant and our Missions Committee Mitten Tree celebration during the service. Winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves are collected to be packaged and sent to places as far away as Montana and as close as the Walpole School. If you wish to contribute winter items bring them by the church any Sunday morning before December 14. After the service buy some cookies during the Cookie Walk in fellowship hall. We have cookie tins for you to fill with a wonderful array of cookies made by our congregation. You pay by the pound.

Sunday, December 20, at 10 AM is the Annual Choir Cantata in the sanctuary. Come rest your soul and enjoy our music and our choir.

We offer two Christmas Eve services. At 4 PM, families of all kinds are welcome to join us for a child-friendly service. It will feature the Christmas story in scripture lessons, familiar Christmas hymns and a pageant featuring the children from our Sunday school. Then at 7 PM is our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight service with hymns, readings and musical performances by our bell choir, adult choir and organist. Following the service is the live nativity on the common.

 

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