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Mary and Joseph ride a donkey towards the Star of Bethlehem

5:00 PM
Children’s Christmas Pageant
At the 5:00 service the Genesis bell ringers will play the Prelude and the Cherubs will cheer us with the Introit. Special music will be sung by the Sound Seekers, and juBELLation will play during the Offertory. Jonas Nordwall will send us out into the eve with a Postlude. All of this will surround the Christmas Pageant presented by the children of the church.

7:00 PM
Candlelight & Carols
The Chancel Choir will be joined by Richard Zeller
At both 7:00 and 9:00 Jonas Nordwall will be playing the Prelude on the Mary L. Collins Pipe Organ. Come early because he is going to play for 15 minutes prior to the service beginning. The Christ Candle will be brought down the aisle as the First Church Quartet sings “Once in Royal David’s City”. Then it is “O Come, All Ye Faithful” as the congregation stands and the choir processes. The Chancel Choir will be singing “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughn Williams which has a wonderful baritone solo. We are pleased that, in Ben Bell’s absence, Richard Zeller will sing the solo part. The piece also has a lovely cello solo and that will be played by Jane Day. The traditional “O Holy Night” will also be sung by the choir with Carol Young singing the solo part. Rebecca Anderson, violin; Aaron Anderson, viola; and Jane Day, cello will play for the Offertory. We will leave singing the joyous hymn “Joy to the World” and Jonas playing the Postlude.

9:00 PM
Candlelight & Carols
The Chancel Choir will be joined by Richard Zeller
At both 7:00 and 9:00 Jonas Nordwall will be playing the Prelude on the Mary L. Collins Pipe Organ. Come early because he is going to play for 15 minutes prior to the service beginning. The Christ Candle will be brought down the aisle as the First Church Quartet sings “Once in Royal David’s City”. Then it is “O Come, All Ye Faithful” as the congregation stands and the choir processes. The Chancel Choir will be singing “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughn Williams which has a wonderful baritone solo. We are pleased that, in Ben Bell’s absence, Richard Zeller will sing the solo part. The piece also has a lovely cello solo and that will be played by Jane Day. The traditional “O Holy Night” will also be sung by the choir with Carol Young singing the solo part. Rebecca Anderson, violin; Aaron Anderson, viola; and Jane Day, cello will play for the Offertory. We will leave singing the joyous hymn “Joy to the World” and Jonas playing the Postlude.

11:00 PM
Christmas Communion
This service is held in the Chapel for all who wish to have communion on Christmas Eve.

Make Christmas count

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Prayer Commitment
Prayer is a path of grace recognizing God’s presence in the world. We encourage you to spend 15-30 minutes each day in prayer during Advent.

Worship Commitment
“The shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place …’” We encourage you to attend three of four Advent services and bring some one to a Christmas Eve service.


Christmas Eve Services are as follows:

  • 5:00 PM – Family Friendly worship with the Children’s Nativity Pageant
  • 7:00 & 9:00 PM – Candlelight and Carols and a variety of special music
  • 11:00 PM – Communion Candlelight service in the Chapel

Daily Devotional
The Advent booklet Welcome the Light is available for your Advent devotions and is available in the church office at no cost. This devotional book is written by Joyce Rupp, and weaves reflections, prayer, and scripture together to create a thought provoking opportunity for reflection.

ADVENTure FOR ALL
ADVENTure is a fun way to explore Advent and will include art, story telling and music in playful learning. The ADVENTure will begin at 9:00 AM in Collins Hall each Sunday of Advent, starting Sunday, November 27, 2011. Nursery is available during this time, and all ages are welcome to come before choirs start.

Provide a Christmas Dinner
This Advent provide a Christmas Dinner for a Friendly House Service for Seniors and Homeless Families program. Simply pick up a grocery bag and list in the Commons in Collins Hall and shop for the dinner. The cost is about $30.00. You can put your own spin on the items, but we just ask you keep in mind potential limitations for cooking. Please return full bags on Sunday, December 11 to the donation table in the narthex. The bags will be distributed to seniors and families by the folks at the Friendly House.

Volunteer at the Shelter
Make Christmas count by volunteering at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter during Advent.

Opportunities for service include meal providing, hosting Kid Time, and Over-Night hosting.

You can sign up by going to: www.pdxhfs.org. Or you can sign up for a Sunday School in Action shift at the shelter. For more info on volunteering, and meal ideas, visit our Sunday School in Action poster in Collins Hall near the kid’s play area.

Carol in Goose Hollow: And Zoo Lights!

“The angels sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest …’”

Join with others from First Church to carol in Goose Hollow on Saturday, December 17, 2011. We will meet at 5 PM in Room 202 to sing some traditional carols.At 6:00 PM, we will have a pizza dinner with the guests of the  Goose Hollow Family Shelter. A $10 donation will cover your family’s pizza cost and the shelter guests’ dinner.  At 6:30 PM we will take the MAX to Zoo Lights.  First Church families are responsible for their own admission to the Zoo Lights ($9.00 for adults and $7.50 for children.)

Come one, come all to witness the story!

Please do join us on Christmas Eve at the 5 p.m. service for families.  We will sing traditional Christmas hymns,  watch the children in the Nativity Pageant, pray, and celebrate together of the Joy of Christ’s birth.

The children of First United Methodist Church’s Sunday school classes will be telling the tale of the birth of Jesus. The spirit and joy of this annual tradition will carry through in to the new year.

 

Family Christmas Eve Service*

5 p.m. Saturday, December 24

Nursery care is provided.

*Other Christmas Eve services are scheduled for 7 p.m. 9p.m. and 11 p.m.

 

 

Come one, come all to witness the story!

Please do join us on Christmas Eve at the 5 p.m. service for families.  We will sing traditional Christmas hymns,  watch the children in the Nativity Pageant, pray, and celebrate together of the Joy of Christ’s birth.

The children of First United Methodist Church’s Sunday school classes will be telling the tale of the birth of Jesus. The spirit and joy of this annual tradition will carry through in to the new year.

 

Family Christmas Eve Service*

5 p.m. Saturday, December 24

Nursery care is provided.

*Other Christmas Eve services are scheduled for 7 p.m. 9p.m. and 11 p.m.

 

 

Rev. Donna PritchardDuring the four Sundays in Advent, I have been leading an inter-generational Sunday School class called the ADVENTure. This group meets in the Fireside Room from 9 to 10:15 each Sunday morning (through December 18). We are learning about Advent, and preparing for Christmas while we also are connecting with each other through storytelling, games, Bible reading… even a little bit of art.

I have been pleased with the enthusiasm and the willingness of the adventurers to play along. Like the first week, when I shared this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the rest of the staircase”, and asked that each person write their own metaphor to describe faith.

Here’s just a sampling of the rich metaphors created:

  • Faith is expecting the dawn in the middle of the night.
  • Faith is beginning before you know the ending.
  • Faith is knowing you are loved even when you are all alone.
  • Faith is lying all the way down in a hammock.
  • Faith is not just believing in a chair; it is sitting down.
  • Faith is gratitude.

Then, this last week, we looked at the story of John the Baptist, out in the wilderness, serving as Jesus’ advance man. And I asked the folks to work in groups, pretending that Jesus had commissioned them to create a few advertising posters announcing his coming and preparing his way.

Using old magazines and a little bit of glue, here are a couple of “ads” created:

Real Simple
The Father’s
LOVE
Saving you
Now
Artist in Residence – In the World – Encouraging Community

(and how about this one…)

When did you first understand the meaning of Love?
What does real food mean to you?
Discover a new Way – Refresh You – It’s a Revolution!

I like the creativity and the wonder of thinking about Advent/Jesus/Christmas/God/And Us… in some new ways. It helps me to Make Christmas Count. There’s still time, if you’d like to join the ADVENTure…I’ll see you next Sunday!

Weekly Worship
10:30 AM each Sunday in the Sanctuary

Sunday, November 27
ADVENTure for All – 9:00 to 10:15 AM
Advent Wreath Making & Chili Feed at noon in Collins Hall

Sunday, December 4
ADVENTure for All – 9:00 to 10:15 AM
Alternative Christmas Begins at noon in Collins Hall

Wednesday, December 7 & 14
Preacher’s Pub, 7:00 PM at Goose Hollow Inn

Sunday, December 11
ADVENTure for All – 9:00 to 10:15 AM
Christmas Pops Concert at 3:00 PM in sanctuary
Christmas Dinner Bags returned to Collins Hall at noon

Sunday, December 18
ADVENTure for All – 9:00 to 10:15 AM
Chancel Choir’s Christmas Specials in the sactuary at 10:30 AM

Wednesday, December 21
Longest Night Service, 5:00 PM in the Chapel

Christmas Eve Worship Service
5:00 PM Children’s Christmas Pageant
7:00 PM Candlelight & Carols
9:00 PM Candlelight & Carols
11:00 PM Christmas Communion

Christmas Day worship will be in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM

If your child has been waiting all year to don a sheep hat or angel costume, the time is near. Parents, mark your calendars for these dates leading up to our Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant:

Parent meeting: Sunday, November 20 following worship. (lunch provided)

Rehearsal dates: Saturday, December 10 from 10 am-12pm (snacks included)

Sunday, December 18 after worship (lunch included)

The Best Christmas Pageant EverFirst Church Library has many Advent and Christmas books for adults and younger readers.  Although several have already been checked out, there are still plenty of good reads still available to put you in the spirit of the season. 

One fun book is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” perhaps the best young adult Christmas book ever as the Herdman family–”absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”–join the rest of the town in the annual Christmas pageant, and in the process put the miracle of the Christmas story on display once again.

Join the congregation in celebration and anticipation on the first Sunday of Advent, to create an Advent Wreath centerpiece for your home. Greens, candles, and decorations are provided. If you have candles or decorations from last year, bring them along. A donation to cover supplies cost is welcome.

We will gather to create together in Collins Hall after worship.