Advent

Just Be

Download our full Advent Brochure or the Daily Devotional Book


Sunday Morning Worship: 8, 9:30, & 11am

The month of December can be pretty crazy and stressful with all of the things we try to get done and squeeze in. In worship through Advent, we are offering an alternative to the frenetic pace of the season. You are invited to be in worship each Sunday for some breathing space, a time to focus on the things that really matter, to stop doing and JUST BE.

November 27: Just Be Still
Psalm 46

December 4: Just Be Patient
Isaiah 40:1-11, 28-31, & Matthew 3:1-12

December 11: Just Be Open
Luke 1-26:38

December 18: Just Be Together (featuring Christmas music from around the world)
Luke 1:39-56

December 24: Just Be Amazed (worship 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11am)
Luke 2:1-10

December 25: Just Be Playful (worship at 10am)


Events

Carols, Cookies, & Crafts

Carols, Cookies, and Crafts is a gathering for families on Sunday, December 4 from 4-6pm. Join us as we sing sacred and secular carols. Bring hors d’oeuvres or cookies to share. Enjoy decorating sugar cookies and building gingerbread houses, & making Chrismon-inspired ornaments for the Christmas trees at church and for your home.

ALL December Luncheon
Elva Hurst is a professional artist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who is reviving the old art of chalk talk. Her live sketches are an experience you will never forget!  On Wednesday, December 7, Elva will present, “Oh, Christmas Tree,” an experience that highlights Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at our nation’s capital. A moving speech from the heart of Ronald Reagan reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. $10 ticket at the door.

Christmas Cookie Take and Bake
Mom’s Connect will be holding a holiday make and take of sweet treats on Friday, December 9 from 5:30-8:30pm. Cost is $20. Spaces are limited but we are considering hosting a second gathering. We will be donating one set of everything we make to Living Well on Wilkens which provides a safe haven for women in need in Southwest Baltimore. RSVP to Michelle McVey.

Blue Christmas Worship Service
The Christmas Season can be a hard time for people dealing with grief or loss. You are invited to a service of healing and hope on Sunday, December 18 at 4pm in the sanctuary. Through music and prayer we will reflectively celebrate Emmanuel, God with us.

UMYF Christmas Party
United Methodist Youth Fellowship will have their annual Christmas party with games, contests, cookie decorating, and good food on December 18 at 7pm.


Study

The Wonder of Christmas

Christmas is wonderful. It’s not just because of carols or parties, however. The wonder of Christmas comes from what Christmas tells us: God loves us and has come among us!

The “Wonder of Christmas” is a 4-week study that will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm, and classes we’ll have classes for both children and adults. Children aged preschool through 5th grade will have an opportunity to discover how the star, the name, the manger, and the promise all point to God’s love. They’ll meet in Room 114. Meanwhile, Rev. Carissa will lead a parallel study for young adults and parents in the Parlor. Nursery care will be provided. Join us as we discover the Wonder of Christmas! November 30, December 7, 14, & 21.

Awaiting the Already

On Sundays at 9:30am in Room 301 during Advent, the Saints and Sinners class will provide a study of the Christmas story as presented in the each of the four gospels titled “Awaiting the Already.” Though each of the gospel accounts differ, each leads us on the Advent journey of preparation and will provide a fresh encounter of the birth of Christ. November 27, December 4, 11, & 18.

Advent Devotional

In the spirit of Just Being during the Advent season, an Advent Devotional is bring provided for your own personal preparation. This year’s offering features personal reflections from church members and staff, starting on December 1, and will be available at the Welcome Desk starting November 27. Take a copy to use daily at home, or download the devotional.


Serve

Advent Giving Tree: Live generously this Christmas season by fulfilling a need from the Advent Giving Tree. The tree will be up in the Fellowship Hall starting Sunday, November 27. By taking a card from the tree you can make a child’s Christmas brighter through our Backpack Buddies ministry, get a present for a child living on Wilkens Ave., help Heaven’s Kitchen provide warm food for the Brooklyn Community, and much more. This is a great opportunity for families to participate in missions together. Contact Rev. Carissa for more information.

Sanctuary Volunteers: We are in need of a few extra hands to make get the Sanctuary ready for the Christmas season. If you enjoy decorating, join us on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 9am to fill our church with Christmas cheer. Contact Martha Hollidge to get involved.

Heaven’s Kitchen: On Saturday, December 24, volunteers and guests will gather for a special Christmas meal at Heaven’s Kitchen (our meal ministry in Brooklyn, MD). We need all the help we can get to make this meal hospitable, grace-filled, and tasty. If you would like to volunteer contact Kathryn at kathn104@aol.com


Christmas Eve Worship

We hope that you will make SPUMC part of your Christmas Eve plans and invite your friends and family, too. We offer five different worship services on Christmas Eve for people of all ages and worship styles. Children are welcome at every service, though families will find that our 3 and 5pm services will have special elements geared toward children.


3pm: Family Service I (Toddler & Preschool Age Children)

  • Carols, Stories, and Informal Pageant
  • Relaxed & Participatory


5pm: Family Service II (Elementary School Children)

  • Christmas Pageant featuring our 2nd graders
  • Carols & Glowstick Candlelighting
  • A brief Christmas message

Birthday Cake for Jesus & Sunday School Art Show immediately following both of our family services in Fellowship Hall


7pm- Contemporary Christmas Service

  • A mix of traditional & Contemporary Christmas Music
  • Carols & Candlelighting
  • Christmas Message by Rev. RonNursery care for infants is available for 5 & 7pm service


9pm – Traditional Christmas Service

  • Music by Brass Quintet, Bells & Christmas Choir
  • Carols & Candlelighting
  • Christmas Message by Rev. Ron


11pm – Traditional Christmas Service

  • Music by Brass Quintet, Bells & Christmas Choir
  • Holy Communion & Candlelighting
  • Christmas Message by Rev. Nicole
  • Holy Communion

Sunday, December 25: Christmas Morning Worship

Join us for relaxed worship on Christmas Day at 10am as we linger in the Christmas celebration. Come sing some more carols and wear your PJs or new Christmas sweater! Kids, bring your favorite gift.