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The season of Advent holds the beautiful mystery of Emmanuel, God with us. Over the coming weeks, we will explore what it means to find home in the mystery of Advent and hope you will join us as we ponder God’s gift of new life and joy. We are grateful for how the Spirit of God unites us and guides us home.

Poinsettias and Wreaths

Purchase a poinsettia or wreath to decorate the church in honor or memory of a loved one. Poinsettias are $14 each and wreaths are $30 each. Click the button to order online or send a check to the church along with the name of the person you are honoring/remembering. Orders due by December 13. Dedications will be shared in the December 19 worship bulletin.

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Christmas Offering

Christmas Eve

We will have multiple opportunities to worship in person and virtually (on our website and Facebook) on Christmas Eve: 12:00 in Jubilee Hall, 2:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 11:00 in the sanctuary. Also, we will offer A Merry Little Christmas Service, a sacred alternative to our regular services. Click the button below to learn more and to sign up to attend. Masks are required at all services. The Christmas Eve Offering will support our School Partnerships and Zoe Empowers. 

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The Merry Market

Missions is partnering with OurBridge for Kids to provide an empowering, joy-filled holiday shopping experience for more than 150 families on December 18. Your donation of gift items and the gift of your time are both critical to the success of the store. Click here to shop for gifts for the market and click here to volunteer to help. There are many ways to be involved December 6-18. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email

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Advent Small Groups

Advent Small Groups

November 29-December 23, varying times: Prepare for the true spirit of Christmas by joining one of our clergy-led small group studies. Consider John Wesley’s means of grace or to learn how Christmas saved the Grinch! In-person and virtual options available. No registration required.

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Advent Labyrinth

Now–December 22, Francis Chapel: During this season of waiting, come to the labyrinth for a uniquely prayerful experience. A special setting and printed materials will be available to guide you in a walk of preparation for Christmas. Please call 704-376-8584 before coming to the church to ensure Francis Chapel is available for your walk.

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Mental Health Tool Kit: Holiday Edition

December 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall: Weathering all the challenges of the pandemic for the past two years has exhausted us physically and emotionally, and now we face the added stress of another holiday season. Join us in person for a live presentation by Shital Patel, JD, LCSW to learn ways to cope and to thrive. (Note: This presentation is live and in person only. It will not be streamed or recorded. We will be masked and distanced.)

Kneeling at the Manger

December 12, 4:00 p.m., Hopedale Parking Lot: Join us for this annual service of story and song. Children may dress as their favorite nativity character. Please bring chairs for your family to sit in. Click here to learn everything you need to know before you come.

Click here to learn more about Children’s Ministries’ Advent offerings.

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Love Feast

December 19, 6:00 p.m. Sanctuary: We are excited to gather in person this year for this completely youth-led service. After the service we will go outside to have spice tea and Moravian buns.

Click here to learn more about Youth Ministries’ Advent offerings.

Angel Tree

The Prison Fellowship Ministry Angel Tree™ program returns this year in a virtual format. This year children of incarcerated parents or caregivers will receive gift cards. To support a child or children, click the button below and enter the access code Q4E18. Virtual tags with the names of children to support will appear. Browse through the tags, select the child(ren) you want to sponsor, and click Checkout. Please note that when you select a child, you might be asked to consider making an additional donation to provide a gift card for a sibling or caregiver. This is optional. Thank you for continuing to support this vital ministry!

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Goodness Gracious

Tis the season to be shopping, and Goodness Gracious has wonderful Christmas gift items. Not sure what to buy for someone this holiday season? We offer gift cards! Goodness Gracious is now open Sunday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Alternative Gift Market

The Alternative Gift Market is back with a hybrid format! You can shop online to make donations directly to partner agencies, but if you need shopping assistance, come see us December 5 and December 12 in the lobby of the Parish Life Building and we will help facilitate your giving! Come honor friends and families with gifts that support our community partners and neighbors around the world.

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