Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9.30 a.m. - decorate the church for Advent & Christmas.
Sunday, Dec. 2 - 1st Sunday of Advent - Communion Service @ 11.15 a.m. –
no lunch after worship today
Community Christmas Concert @ McDowell Pres. @ 3.00 p.m. with light refreshments to follow. Free to the public.
[No Kid’s Club or Confirmation today]
Tuesday, Dec. 4 Bible Study @ 9.30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 5 Spiritual Tea @ 9.30 a.m. @ Angelika’s
Sunday, Dec. 9 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
& Hunger Offering @ 11.15 a.m.
Session meets following worship
Tuesday, Dec. 11 -Women’s Christmas Luncheon & program @ Noon.
Bring a Christmas ornament gift for exchange. Cost: $15.
Contact Jean Smith.
Wednesday, Dec. 12 Spiritual Tea
Saturday, Dec. 15 Christmas Open House
@ Beth’s house from 3 - 6.00 p.m.
Bring a good appetite!
Sunday, Dec. 16 - 3rd Sunday of Advent service @ 11.15 a.m.
Kid’s Club from 2.30 - 4.00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Confirmation Class from 4.30 - 6.00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 18 Bible Study
Wednesday, Dec. 19 Spiritual Tea
Friday, Dec. 21 - Longest Night Communion Service @ 7.00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23 - 4th Sunday of Advent service @ 11.15 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
Candlelight Communion Service
of Lessons & Carols @ 7.00 p.m.
All are welcome
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Blessed Christmas!
Sunday, Dec. 30 5th Sunday Service @ Doe Hill Methodist Church @ 11.15 a.m.
No service @ McDowell Pres. today
from Beth's Desk....
I love the shape of the month of December as it plays out in our little country church:
we begin by getting together to spruce our space up a bit and decorate for the coming festivities, knowing that we’ll "wrap up" the time at the end by taking all back down again and putting it all away for the next time.
In between, we gather to share meals and music and fellowship and joy and pleasure simply in our time together. We punctuate each gathering with our worship of God in the anticipation of Jesus’ coming and coming again. And there in the middle of it all, on December 21, we celebrate the Longest Night of the year by gathering in our sorrows and our cares, remembering those we miss around our tables, especially now. We call them out by name. We sing our sadness at their absence. We name aloud and silently in our hearts all the broken places and bits that make it hard for us to enter fully into all the festivities.
And we lift and carry each other forward, one more step, one more year.
If you’re finding it hard to face all the joy and feeling there’s no space for your sorrows, won’t you join us – we’ve left a place at the table just for you.
In God’s own peace, Pastor Beth
McDowell Presbyterian has a handicapped-accessible rest-room, a ramp for ease of entrance from the
gravel parking lot at the rear of the building, and large print bulletins and devotionals.
in beautiful HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
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