Advent 2021 at UPC

Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation leading up to Christmas. Join us as we prepare our hearts and our minds to once again celebrate the birth of Emmanuel, God with us!

Our Advent and Christmas Schedule

First Sunday of Advent (Nov. 28)

(No Sunday School)
11:00 am – Worship

Second Sunday of Advent (Dec. 5)

8:30 am – Worship
9:45 am – Sunday School for all ages, including the addition of Stories and Songs

Stories and Songs is a new intergenerational offering for Advent (Dec. 5, 12, and 19) that includes reading Christmas books, hearing stories, singing carols, and reading scripture. All are welcome!

11:00 am – Worship

Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 12)

8:30 am – Lessons and Carols
9:45 am – Sunday School for all ages, including Stories and Songs
11:00 am – Lessons and Carols

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Dec. 19)

8:30 am – Worship
9:45 am – Sunday School for all ages, including Stories and Songs
11:00 am – Worship

Longest Night (Dec. 21)

7:00 pm – Worship

While things may be merry and bright for some during the holiday season, others may feel sadness and pain. For some, this time of year can be the loneliest of all times. The Longest Night is a service to acknowledge such feelings. Gather with us for words of comfort, prayers for hope, candles, gentle music, and silence.

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)

4:00 pm – Family Christmas Eve service
7:00 pm – Candlelight Christmas Eve service (music from the youth choir)
9:00 pm – Candlelight Christmas Eve service (music from the Chancel Choir)

First Sunday of Christmas (Dec. 26)

(No Sunday School)
11:00 am – Worship (a Christmas hymn sing!) Note: there will be no nursery care on this day

Second Sunday of Christmas (Jan. 2)

(No Sunday School)
11:00 am – Worship

Opportunities to Give

Alternative Gift Market

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of shopping for Christmas this year? Not sure what to get that friend or family member who has everything? Let us help! At the UPC Alternative Gift Market, you can make donations in honor of your loved ones that will help support our partners around the world who are working to serve and support those in need – no gift wrap required. The online market will open in mid-November (upcch.org/agm), and we will also have a physical table at the Advent Craft Festival.

Christmas Joy Offering

This special offering of the PC(USA) provides the opportunity for future leaders of the church to pursue and fulfill their dreams through Presbyterian-related education. The offering also helps families of active and retired church workers meet unexpected needs through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pension. You may give via check (with “Christmas Joy” in the memo line) or online here.

Devotional Resources

The Season of Almost

This daily devotional is written by Kate Bowler. You can download a copy here, or a few copies of this will be printed and available in the narthex.

Following the Star

This online devotional is provided by d365.org with brief prompts for reflection and prayer, and instrumental music. To recieve a daily email during Advent and Christmas, click here.

Presbyterians for Earth Care

This daily devotional offers reflections on traditional Advent texts through the lens of earth care. Click here to access the devotional online.