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Advent at Myers Park United Methodist Church

Throughout Advent:

Why Christmas Still Matters: Remembering and Preparing for Advent,Mondays, December 2, December 9, December 16, and December 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., room 106: Join Rev. Uiyeon Kim as we prayerfully examine the most amazing moment in history! We will follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, and others. And we will share life journeys in light of the hope and new life gained with Jesus. No registration or book study required. Come as you are able.

Angel Tree: Working with Prison Fellowship Ministry, MPUMC will have an Angel Tree with names and ages of local children whose parents are currently incarcerated. Stop by the tree (located in the lobby of the Parish Life building)starting November 25 to pick up your angel. If you’re interested in volunteering with this ministry or have questions,contact Doug Caldwell at dougcaldwell@bellsouth.net.

Room in the Inn: Every Thursday and Friday night from December 1 through March 31, we open our doors and hearts to provide warm meals, warm beds, and warm fellowship for homeless neighbors. In total, we will host more than 400 of our neighbors that might not otherwise have someplace to stay. There are various opportunities for individuals,families, and groups to participate, such as driving the van, preparing and serving a meal, and staying overnight with our guests. For more details and to sign up to serve, contact Greg Wells a tgreg@willisengineers.com.

Week 1:

12/01: Youth Advent Night, 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.: All youth will gather in Jubilee Hall for a night of celebration together.

12/02: Service of Hope and Consolation, 6:30 p.m., Francis Chapel: Each holiday season, we welcome the bereaved to our Service of Hope and Consolation, praying that the music, words, and candlelight comfort those for whom Thanksgiving and Christmas can be painful.

12/05-12/07: Youth Christmas Tree Lot Open: Come pick up or buy your tree or your wreath. Lot hours are Thursday,December 5, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Family fun night with Hubee D’sFood truck), and Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

12/07-12/08: Jubilee Store: Help parents in Charlotte Family Housing’s programs create a special Christmas for their children. Pick up a gift tag from one of our trees around the church. Or sign up to serve with these families (as an inventory worker, shopping assistant, giftwrapper, greeter, or childcare worker) on December 7 and 8. Visit www.myersparkumc.org/jubilee-store tosign up or learn more.

Week 2:

12/08: Kneeling at the Manger, 4:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall: During this service of story and song, a narrator reads thestory of Christ’s birth and children of any age are invited to come forward dressed as their favorite Nativitycharacter. The Children’s Choirs will sing.

Week 3: 

12/15: Christmas Concerts: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 N. Tryon St.:Join us for either of our two concerts. The 150-voice chorus, composed of our adult, youth, and children’s ensembles, will join with a full orchestra featuring our own Myers Park Strings and Myers Park Bells to ring in this season. Free event and free parking. ASL interpretation will be available during the 4:00 p.m. service. Shuttle service from MPUMC will also be available starting at 2:30 p.m. No tickets required.

Week 4: 

12/22: Family Worship, 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary:No Sunday School for children. Worship caref or eight weeks old through those not yet in kindergarten will be available.

12/22: Love Feast, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary:A special service hosted by Myers Park United Methodist Church Youth Ministry. Join us for a family friendly traditional Love Feast with Moravian Love Feast Buns, Spiced Tea, and handmade Beeswax Candles.

12/22: A Service of Lessons and Carols, 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.,Sanctuary, 8:45 a.m., Jubilee Hall:Joinus for these special services. Lessons and Carols, a service featuring our Chancel Choir, Chamber Singers, andda Capo Brass will take place during all Sanctuary services. Church in the Round will feature Christmas in Wordand Song, which will include Scripture readings, music, and visual art.

Christmas Eve Services:

Please join our church family for one of our Christmas Eve services celebrating the joy of the season and the birth of our Lord!

12:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall, A service of music and carols with a Jazz twist.

2:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Carols, candlelight and children’s Nativity tableau.

4:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall, Casual, contemporary, acoustic, with Holy Communion.

6:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Carols, candlelight and children’s Nativity tableau.

8:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Choir, carols, candlelight, with Holy Communion.

11:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Choir, carols, candlelight, with Holy Communion.

Each year our Christmas Eve Offering enables us to support our school partnership and Zoe Empowers. Your gift, whether monetary or service, helps ensure generational transformation. This Christmas, we challenge you to give generously by determining what you spent on gifts for your family and giving the equivalent amount on Christmas Eve.

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