Advent and Christmas season brings our church family through our yearly traditional mission opportunity of warming
the hearts and putting big smiles on the faces of some wonderful people who don’t have families with whom to spend their families. Instead, they celebrate the holiday at a hotel with one another and are tended to by caretakers who do everything possible to make their Christmas special and memorable.
All of these people have some form of intellectual disability, and some also have physical disabilities. While their chronological ages range from 25 to 70, their mental/intellectual ages range from 12 to 16 years old. These “kids” love getting together and celebrating the holidays just like anyone else.
This year we will continue our tradition of supplying these “kids” with filled Christmas stockings, which are given to them on Christmas morning. This year there are 28 people.
Some of the suggested stocking stuffers are:
Warm (but not bulky) gloves, scarves, beanies, fruit, hard candies (not chocolate, as some are allergic), small coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, note pads, stickers, playing cards, small and easy-to-use/understand toys, cars, plush dolls and stuffed animals.
If you have questions about this mission project, please contact Andy Nielsen at801-917-9635. We will gather the items on a table in the rear of the sanctuary. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Our special guests during worship on Sunday, Dec. 3, will be the Bountiful Bells handbell quartet. We’ll also “hang the greens” and celebrate Holy Communion. Worship begins at 11 a.m.
On Friday, Dec. 15, we’ll have a soup-and-bread supper at the Church, and then go caroling for some of our shut-ins. Call Pastor Gage if you need to meet up with us after we’ve already started.
Our pageant will be performed during regular Sunday worship on Dec. 17 (11 a.m.). We’re putting on a variety show this year, so if you have a talent you’d like to share, let Pastor Gage know.
Do you make the best desserts? Here’s your chance to show off and help raise some money for the church. After worship on Sunday, Dec. 17, we’ll be auctioning off desserts to the highest bidders, who will go home with some tasty treats!
Shot by more than 40 filmmaking teams around the world, Sacred immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The movie is free. Afterward we’ll gather at a downtown coffee shop for discussion. The movie begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Egyptian Theater.
Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will begin with something new this year: a carol sing-along at 4:30 p.m., followed by the usual service beginning at 5 p.m. This is our traditional service of lessons and carols – and always a few delightful surprises!
Our service on Sunday, Dec. 31, will be in the style of “Taize,” – contemplative, meditative and filled with music to calm our souls. We worship at 11 a.m. NOTE: There will be no children’s Sunday school on Dec. 31.