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December Holiday and Caroling Party hosted by the First Church Youth Group
Friday, Dec 15 from 6:30 -8:30 ish

The Youth Group of the First Church invites you to join us for a night of caroling, game playing and cider sipping by the fire.  We will gather at 6:30 and spend some time caroling in the neighborhood.  We will then return for warm cider and stew by the fire, and perhaps a few games. Plan to dress warmly as we plan to be outside for 45 minutes to an hour.  All are welcome.

Pageant Sunday: Sun, Dec 17
8:45              Pageant Call for all participants
9:00             Choir Rehearsal
10:30            Christmas Sunday Service
11:30             Community Fellowship Hour, featuring our annual serving of Milk Punch
12:00            Family Holiday Party begins with large red-suited guest
 

Christmas Eve Services of Lessons & Carols
10:30am    A Christmas Eve Morning gathering of song and merriment.  Come and learn about the history of some of your favorite carols as we sing songs and tell a few stories inspired by the season.
5:45pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols

New Year’s Eve Service
Sun, Dec 31 10:30am
New Year’s Eve service and gathering.  Join us as we bid adieu to 2017 and hold up our hopes for 2018.

Stocking Project Update!
Each December we partner with the YMCA to provide holiday gifts for those in need.  This year, as always, we've received a hearty response from the congregation.  All items are due this Sunday, December 17th so they can be brought to the YMCA right away.  Please place your gift in the designated pew box near the piano in the sanctuary (gifts on one, diapers in another).  The gifts should be unwrapped.  You may choose to donate wrapping paper as well, but not required.
IMPORTANT:  All gifts (excluding diapers) must be clearly marked as to both the family and person in the family.  To that end, there are green index cards with your name on it, used as identifiers currently stored in the pew box.  Please attach your green card to your gift so it is clearly designated.  Thank you!  Any questions, please feel free to email Jim Ognibene @ jimodesigner@comcast.net. or speak with Brenda Marean or Reverend Jeff. Thank you for your generosity from the Social Outreach Committee.

Chase the Chill
Bring in winter items for this year's Scarf, Mitten, and Hat Drive! Items can be left in the bin in the hallway behind the Cleveland Room. Sundays during Fellowship we'll pin a tag on donated items and then hang them up on the fence in the front of the church for people to take as they need.

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Fri, December 15
6:30pm Caroling & Holiday Party hosted by Youth Group

Sat, December 16
9am Choir Rehearsal
10am Pageant Dress Rehearsal

Sun, December 17
10:30am Service
Christmas Pageant and Multigenerational Holiday Party
Community Fellowship
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Wed, December 20
7:15pm Standing Cmte Meeting
Hanukkah ends at sundown

Thu, December 21
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, December 23
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, December 24
10:30am Yuletide Theme Service
5:45pm Choir Rehearsal
7pm Christmas Eve Carols and Lessons Service

Mon, December 25: Christmas
 
Sun, December 31
10:30am New Year’s Eve Janus Ritual Service