Celebrate the season of Advent
This year, we invite you to come experience the wonder of the season as we explore the Christmas story and celebrate the hope it brings to the world.
The First Song of Christmas
November 25, 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel, led by Rev. JoAnne Chase
Come experience the relationship between Mary, mother of Jesus, and her cousin Elizabeth through drama and discussion. Between the angel’s announcement to Mary, “you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,” and the birth of Christ, came the first song of Christmas.
Kids’ Church | Advent Wreath Creations
December 2, 9:00 a.m. for Preschool 3’s–Grade 5
Children are invited to create their own fragrant Advent wreath to be enjoyed at home throughout the season. Families can mark each Sun-day by reading the Advent Wreath Devotion, featured in the Gary Kids This Week email, and lighting the candles of hope, love, joy, and peace.
Gary Prepares for Christmas Sharing
December 2, 10:00 a.m. throughout Gary Church
The people of Gary Church, from the very youngest to the very oldest, will come together to prepare for Christmas Sharing—an outreach that calls us to love our neighbor and to be a voice of hope and faith. All ages will have the opportunity to serve and make a difference.
“For to you is born this day” – The Story of Jesus in Luke 1–2
All-church study on December 9, 16, & 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Adults in the Chapel, led by Dr. Gene Green
Children and Youth in their regular Sunday School locations
The Gospel of Luke offers us the fullest account of the people and events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, Herod the Great and Augustus, angels and shepherds, Simeon and Anna, John who became known as “The Baptist,” and Jesus “The Messiah.” This babe was like none other. As the angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” The Gospel story begins here, predicted by ancient prophets and told for us today. Journeying through the story of Jesus, we will join with the shepherds who said, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Lessons and Carols: “The Holy Family”
December 9, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. worship
Our Lessons and Carols service this year celebrates “The Holy Family.” When sin entered the world, the family of God was broken. But the birth of Jesus changed everything! During Advent, we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate God’s Son being born into his earthly family. Through scripture readings and music from our vocal choirs, handbells, and instrumentalists, we invite you to hear the story of God’s love, and how he made a way for us to become part of his Holy Family, too.
In addition to December 2 at both the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services, we will celebrate Communion on December 16 and 23 during the 11:00 a.m. service.
ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES
The Longest Night Service
Friday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
This quiet, meditative worship service makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ, in the midst of a season full of celebration and activity. If you or someone you know is struggling to feel the joy of the season or could use time to step aside from the hurried pace to remember departed loved ones, please join us for this special evening of worship.
Christmas Eve Worship
Monday, December 24
4:00 p.m. Family Worship Service
7:00 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Worship with music from the Chancel Choir
10:00 p.m.Traditional Candlelight Worship and Holy Communion with music from soloists and instrumentalists
ADVENT MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Heifer Project Alternative Gift Program
Sundays, December 9, 16, 23, 10:00 a.m.
Donate an animal in honor of a friend or loved one and help families around the world to become self-sufficient. Look for the table in the Commons to make your donation and receive a card for the recipient of your gift.
Christmas Sharing Preparation
Be part of one of our largest mission projects as we come together, along with seven other Wheaton churches, to serve the needs of over 1000 families with children in Wheaton/Warrenville District 200. Volunteer your time and/or donate some of the many needed items. Details and sign-up sheets are available in the Commons.
Outreach Community Center’s Senior Christmas Luncheon Friday, December 14
Brighten the Christmas season of the seniors served by the Outreach Community Ministries Older Adults program by volunteering at or making a donation toward their annual Christmas luncheon. For many of the 150 low-income seniors expected to be served, this will be their only holiday celebration. See the display in the Commons for details.