Church-Wide Events

Advent & Christmas

Join Us for Advent & Christmas 2018 at FPC Burlington

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Worship Services
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Sanctuary
Sermon: Have You Heard the Angels? — A Message of Hope — Ron Shive
Anthems: Light of Hope – Mark Patterson (Carol/Covenant Choirs, Family Choir, and Chancel Choir), Of the Father’s Love Begotten – arr. Stephan Casurella (Chancel Choir)
Lighting of Advent Candles and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Advent Festival — Who are the angels that we read about in scripture? Let’s dive into the message of the Messengers at the 2018 Advent Festival! Come to Calvin Hall at 9:45 a.m. on December 2 to explore angels, specifically the angels that announced the Good News of the birth of the Messiah. We will have several hands on opportunities including painting, working with clay, angel cookies, creating angels from paper, metal, and more. $5 per person will help cover the cost of the materials needed for this event.

Advent Healing Prayer Centers — Advent is a time of waiting. Waiting for hope. Waiting for peace. Waiting for comfort. Waiting for the Messiah. Many are grieving or bearing burdens during this time of waiting. Others are walking the path and holding the light for the weary travelers. All are welcome to explore this time of waiting in the Advent Healing Prayer Center Sundays at 9:45 a.m. December 2, 9, & 16 in Room 201. This prayer center will have several hands-on, meditative, and reflective spiritual practices. Deacons will be available to guide you through these centers and spiritual practices and pray with you. If you prefer a time of individual reflection and silence as you journey through the prayer center, please take all the time you need. The Advent Healing Prayer Center will be open to all December 2-23. Hours: Sunday from 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Come as you are and rest with God. For more information about the Advent Healing Prayer Center, contact Charlotte Allbright callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

Child Development Center Christmas Family Night — We are cordially inviting you to our Christmas get-together at 6:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall. All of the CDC children will perform a short Christmas program. We will spread holiday happiness with desserts and snacks after the program.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Worship Services
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Sanctuary
Sermon: Have You Heard the Angels? — A Message of Promise — Ron Shive
Anthems: Divinum mysterium – arr. Fred Gramann (Carillon Choir), Magnificat – John Ferguson (Chancel Choir), Lo, How a Rose – Cynthia Dobrinski(Carillon Choir)
Lighting of Advent Candles and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Church-wide Christmas Dinner — Join us in Calvin Hall at 6:00 p.m. Our menu will be chicken pie, mac and cheese, potatoes, green beans, and cobbler for dessert. Donations will be accepted for those able. No reservation required — come as you are!

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Friendship Group — 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — John Knox and Calvin Hall. Special Guests: Bradford Academy Choir.

Playschool’s Annual Christmas Family Night — Each class will perform a short program in Calvin Hall at 6:30 p.m. Then families are invited into John Knox for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

Annual Fruit Basket Delivery to Homebound Members — The day will begin with breakfast in the Welcome Center. Volunteers are needed for about an hour to deliver fruit baskets to church members who are not able to be with us on Sunday, but who faithfully remember their church. Baskets and recipient names are picked up at the church between 9–10:00 a.m. A delivery partner to visit with you can be assigned. Please call the church office (336-228-1703) if you are able to help.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Worship Services
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Sanctuary
Sermon: Have You Heard the Angels? — A Message of Peace — Ron Shive
Anthems: As Joseph Went A-Walking – Fred Gramann (Chancel Choir), O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Stephen Chatman (Chancel Choir)
Lighting of Advent Candles and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 5:00 p.m. — 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held at King’s College, Cambridge, England on Christmas Eve, 1918. Our Festival will bring together the Choirs of First Presbyterian Church singing many carols included in the service from 1918. Carols for choirs and congregation will be accompanied by brass quintet, organ, harp and timpani. A prelude of carols for handbells, harp, and brass will begin at 4:30 p.m. An offering to support the Music Fund will be taken.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

Drive Thru Live Nativity —The Youth of First Presbyterian Church will present the annual Live Nativity. Join us for this drive-thru story event from 6–8:00 p.m. Rain date: Friday, December 21.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Worship Services
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Sanctuary
Sermon: Have You Heard the Angels? — A Message of Joy — Ron Shive
Anthems: Carols of the Season (Chancel Choir)
Lighting of Advent Candles and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Christmas Joy Offering — A special offering of the PC(USA) will be taken up this year called the Christmas Joy Offering. This offering provides financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools. Envelopes will be available in the pews. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!

Children-led Christmas Service — This year we are doing something a little different. The traditional children-led Christmas worship, that was held on a Sunday evening in Advent, will be adjusted to be part of the order of worship in the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 23.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, CHRISTMAS EVE

Candlelight Communion Worship Services
5:00 and 11:00 p.m. — Sanctuary
Music by the Chancel Choir (5:00 p.m.) and April Martin, soprano (11:00 p.m.)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

One Worship Service
10:00 a.m. — Sanctuary
Sermon: Have You Heard the Angels? — A Message of Guidance — Taylor Barner

 

ADDITIONAL ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS INFORMATION

Poinsettias and Church Decorations for Christmas — Poinsettias for use in the sanctuary may be ordered as memorial or honorary flowers. Contributions as memorials or honoraria may also be made to defray costs of wreaths for our church doors, lamp posts, sanctuary sconces, balcony garland, etc. Please submit checks made payable to First Presbyterian Church (marked Christmas Decorations) to Lacey Way in the church office. The deadline to order is Tuesday, December 4. Christmas Decorations are $25 each. Please include this information: “In Memory of” and Donor, or “In Honor of” and Donor.

ACAC Honor Cards — “In Honor” Gifts: Give the gift of a donation to an organization in honor of someone on your gift list. Allied Churches Honor Cards are available in the church office. Recommended donation of $5 for each card. Checks can be made to FPC with Subject Line “Honor Cards for ACAC” and Lacey Way can write a check to ACAC at the conclusion of the collection.

Advent Devotional — Get your Presbyterians Today 2018 Advent Devotional — God Lifts the Lowly — During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to pray and contemplate with Mary in her Song of Praise — the Magnificat — found in Luke 1:46-53. This year’s devotional is very special. The paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. The rest of the text — reflections and prayers for each day of Advent — is the joint work of Donna Frischknecht Jackson, pastor and editor of Presbyterians Today and sister to a man with special needs, and Krin Van Tatenhove, also a pastor who is father to a special-needs son. With great love and joy, Andrew, Donna and Krin bring God’s might and Mary’s “yes!” to life in powerful new ways. Perfect for congregations, families and individuals, each day provides a Scripture excerpt, meditation and prayer to deepen the Advent experience.

Miniature Nativity Available — Only Three Sets Remaining! — The miniature Nativity is back and ready for you to buy! Last year we sold about 30 of these beautiful Nativity sets. Ron Shive brought back MORE when he returned from the Holy Land this year. They are hand-carved from olive wood. Purchase one for yourself, for a friend, and/or for a neighbor. Make it a special gift for someone who could use a special hug during the Advent and Christmas season. Individually wrap the pieces and let your children or grandchildren open one or two a week between December 2 and Epiphany! So many ways to enjoy this little reminder of the birth of the Messiah! Contact Charlotte Allbright 336-228-1703 x 223 or callbright@fpcburlington.org if you would like to purchase one. Cost $10 per set.