During our 2017 advent season we Wondered together!
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!
Week 1: Zechariah: Filled with Wonder
Week 2: Elizabeth: Witness to Wonder
Week 3: Wonder Woman Mary
Christmas Eve (Morning): The Wandering and Wondering Shepherds
Christmas Eve (Evening): The Christmas Story
We had many special events for individuals and families.
Carols, Cookies, & Crafts
Carols, Cookies, and Crafts is an annual gathering for families. We sing sacred and secular carols. We enjoy decorating sugar cookies and building gingerbread houses, & making Christmas crafts.
ALL December Luncheon
“Voices in Melody,” a talented chorus of Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel (AARSPA) entertained Adults Loving Life (ALL).
Blue Christmas Worship Service
The Christmas Season can be a hard time for people dealing with grief or loss. We offer a service of healing and hope. Through music and prayer we will reflectively celebrate Emmanuel, God with us.
UMYF Christmas Party
United Methodist Youth Fellowship has their annual Christmas party with games, contests, cookie decorating, and good food.
We offer several studies to throughout advent so you can dive deeper into our faith during this holy season. Some of our 2017 classes were:
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.
Down to Earth: A challenge by Mike Slaughter & Rachel Billups to respond during Advent with down-to-earth love, humility, lifestyle, and obedience.
Awaiting the Already: By Magrey deVega. See how each gospel prepares us for Christmas.
A Biblical Look at Advent: Explore: Waiting for Savior, The Savior Comes, and Living in Hope.
Advent LIVE: An online group for young adults and young families discussing how to #choosekind.
Advent Devotional: We’re providing an Advent Devotional for your own personal preparation. Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder by Trevor Hudson and prepare your heart for Christmas!
Opportunities to serve and give to others…
Advent Giving Tree: Live generously this Christmas season by fulfilling a need from the Advent Giving Tree. 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.
Heaven’s Kitchen: 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. This meal is offered year round. 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.