Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This Week December 20

Dear Folks,

The four Advent candles have been lit.  Mary and Joseph were placed in the Nativity Scene.  The time is coming...

Our 2016 Longest Night Service will be on Wednesday, December 21st, at 7 p.m., the longest night of the year. For many people, dark is symbolic of the harsh things of life. And, those harsh things become more evident in the light of the "shoulds" of Christmas time: we should be happy, we should be glad, we should be joyful. Well, sometimes our life is not conducive to the shoulds: we have lost a loved one, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever. We don't feel happy and glad. The Longest Night Service is a time to realize that for some, all is not goodness and light. We can come, acknowledge the darkness, but also look to the Nativity for our hope and our Light.  All are welcome.

Christmas Eve Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.  The early service is geared more toward families.  The late service is traditional Lessons and Carols.  This year, both with have a time of candlelight.  Come, celebrate the season!

Christmas Day worship will be at the regular time,9:30 a.m.  Service will be informal, so come as you are to the Fellowship Hall for cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, with Christmas carol and stories!!

For New Year's Day, worship will be at 11 a.m.  Please note the time change!  We will be starting off the year by celebrating Holy Communion.  Following worship will be a brunch.  A free-will offering will be taken for Spooner House. A sign-up sheet for brunch is in the Alcove or email me or Karen Boroski or call either of us.

Please have your 2016 pledge up-to-date by December 31, 2016. The church 2016 financial books for accepting pledge contributions will close on January 1, 2017; all checks must be dated December 31, 2016. Any contributions received after this date will be credited to the year 2017. PLEASE NOTE 2016 in the memo. Also, if you have not returned your 2017 Faith Promise/Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible.  Your generosity is vital to our continued ministry here at HCCUCC.

The 2017 Offering Envelopes are available in the Alcove.

For Committee Chairs:  Annual Report are due on January 1, 2017.  Please make sure Karen, our Office Manager, has yours!

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Let us pray.  O Holy One of the Manger, may the hope, peace, joy, and love that you emanate fill us again so we may embody you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

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