Advent

WONDER

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

Wonder is a response that shows up again and again in the stories of Advent and Christmas and it’s our theme for the season here at SPUMC. Join us for worship throughout the month of December as we see Zechariah struck silent by wonder, witness Mary & Elizabeth wondering what God is up to, hear Mary’s wonderful song about God’s revolution of love, and wonder as we wander to Bethlehem with the shepherds. What a wondrous season!

December 3: Zechariah: Filled with Wonder

December 10: Elizabeth: Witness to Wonder

December 17: Wonder Woman Mary

December 24 (Morning): The Wandering and Wondering Shepherds
(Worship services 9 & 11am)

December 24 (Evening): The Christmas Story
(Worship services at 5, 7, 9 & 11pm)


Events

Carols, Cookies, & Crafts
Carols, Cookies, and Crafts is a gathering for families on Sunday, December 3 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
“Voices in Melody,” a talented chorus of Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel (AARSPA) will be back to entertain Adults Loving Life (ALL). Join us for fellowship at 12noon on December 5, lunch at 12:30, and wonderful holiday music by AARSPA. Note that this is earlier in the month than ALL’s regular meeting date.

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 10 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 10 at 5pm.


Studies

Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break: A study by James Moore that coincides with the four candles of the Advent wreath: hope, love, joy, and peace, led by Dick Legare and Nancy Landers. Sundays at 9:30am. December 3, 10, & 17.

Down to Earth
A challenge by Mike Slaughter & Rachel Billups to respond during Advent with down-to-earth love, humility, lifestyle, and obedience.

Mondays at 7pm. December 4, 11, & 18. Led by Rev. Lee Ferrell.
Tuesdays at 7pm. December 5, 12, & 19. Led by Rev. Ron Foster.

Awaiting the Already
By Magrey deVega. See how each gospel prepares us for Christmas, led by Chip Linehan. Wednesdays at 7pm, November 29, December 6, 13, & 20.

A Biblical Look at Advent
Explore: Waiting for Savior, The Savior Comes, and Living in Hope, led by Rev. Byron Brought. Wednesdays at 11am. December 6, 13, & 20.

Advent LIVE
An online group for young adults and young families discussing how to #choosekind, led by Rev. Carissa Surber and Erica Benjamin. Visit tinyurl.com/adventlive and click “join.” Email Rev. Carissa for more information.
Live on Facebook at 12:30pm, Mondays & Thursdays starting November 27.

Advent Devotional
We’re providing an Advent Devotional for your own personal preparation. Pick up a copy of Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder by Trevor Hudson and prepare your heart for Christmas!


#ChooseKind

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 26. By taking a card from the tree you can make a child’s Christmas brighter through our Backpack Buddies ministry, 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.

Heaven’s Kitchen: On Saturday, December 23, 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 Chip.

Intentional Acts of Kindness: Thanks to the generosity of one of the families of our church, we will be giving away one hundred (it just doubled!) one-hundred dollar bills in church this coming Sunday — really! All you have to do, in turn, is give it away, all at once or in several places where it is needed. What we are asking you to do is to a) be intentional about your generosity and b) share the story with us about what you did. Will you be one of the hundred to participate in our Intentional Acts of Kindness Project this Advent?

Reverse Advent Calendar: Grab a SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods) tote bag and put one food item in it each day of Advent. Return the bag to Fellowship Hall on Christmas Eve or the following Sunday. The bags will supply SPAN’s food pantry. Contact Francie for more information.


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 six different worship services on Christmas Eve, two in the morning and four in the evening, for people of all ages and worship styles. Children are welcome at every service, though families will find that our 9 & 11am and 5pm services will have special elements geared toward children.

9am: Family Contemporary Service
• Christmas stories with Erica & Rev. Carissa
• Christmas Carols led by our Worship Bands
• Relaxed for our youngest worshippers

11am: Family Christmas Pageant Service
• Christmas pageant featuring our 2nd graders
• Traditional Christmas Carols
• Brief Christmas message by Rev. Lee
The Sunday School Art Show is in Fellowship Hall between our two family services.

5pm: Family Traditional Service
• Special Christmas story time for kids
• Traditional Christmas Carols
• Brief Christmas message by Rev. Ron

7pm: Contemporary Christmas Service
• Christmas Carols led by our Worship Bands
• Candlelighting
• Christmas Message by Rev. Carissa

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. Byron