Youth Choirs Music Sunday
Fair Trade Sales
Sunday, December 16
On the third Sunday of Advent, the combined children and youth choirs present Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse’s musical Fiesta! The Legend of the Poinsettia. In it, as Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) approaches, all of the villagers celebrate the wonderful traditions of Las Posadas—from the nightly candlelit processions to the breaking of the piñata. But young Alicia is troubled, as she has no gift to present in the plaza on Christmas Eve. She learns that giving from her heart is magical, as her lowly gift blossoms into the fiery poinsettia plant.
Order Poinsettias for Christmas
Sundays, December 9 & 16
Fair Trade Sales are happening on Sundays, December 9 & 16 so plan to stock up on your supplies of coffee, chocolate, and Palestinian olive oil while providing fair compensation to farmers in less-developed countries. A portion of the olive oil sales supports Tent of Nations and its peace-building programs in the West Bank.
Christmas Eve Orchestra Rehearsal
You are invited to provide red or white poinsettias in the Sanctuary, in honor or in memory of a loved one. Deadline for ordering a poinsettia is Thursday, December 20 at noon. The cost is $16.00 per pot. Please make your check payable to LRUCC and note “Flower Fund” on the check and/or envelope. Place your order with payment in the offering plate or leave in the church office. Order forms are available in the church or can be downloaded here.
Christmas Eve Worship (5:00 and 9:00 pm)
Sunday, December 23 & Monday, December 24
Whether you regularly use your band or strings instrument or it merely collects dust in the closet, we would love to have you join the Christmas Eve Orchestra! Once again, Little River is inviting members of the congregation to tune up their violins and oil up their trumpets as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. We will have two rehearsals: Sunday, December 23 at 11:00 am and Monday, December 24 at 3:30 pm, and then play several carols as a prelude for the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve service. If needed, we can easily provide you with the music in advance. If you are interested in playing or would like more information, please email Ashton Streavig.
Christmas Eve Family Worship at 5:00 pm
The Hebrew Scriptures remind us that “a little child shall lead them.” Come join in the celebration of Christmas Eve with the joy of a child. This service is shaped for the unique needs of our families with young children—and the young-at-heart! We will enjoy the music of the Salt of the Earth and Joyful Noise choirs, as well as the musical gifts of the Christmas Orchestra welcoming us to worship. Please join us at 5:00 pm for this family-friendly worship.
Children and youth are encouraged to share in the celebration, dressed as an angel, shepherd, or favorite animal. If you happen to arrive without your costume, or you have guests for the holiday, we’ve got “costumes” on hand for you to borrow. Help us tell and sing the stories of Christ’s birth, as we welcome the Light of the world into our hearts.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 9:00 pm
With joy and wonder, we come to the Sanctuary expecting God’s Light to break forth in the night. We will share in a traditional worship service of beloved readings and carols. At the end of this contemplative service, we will complete the night with a candlelit singing of Silent Night. Service starts at 9:00 pm.
Pastoral Availability During the Holidays
Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in December?
If so, then please come by the church office anytime during the week that is convenient for you so your child can pick up a “Happy Birthday” pillowcase from Pastor David or another member of the office staff. This is a special gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on their special day.
Women’s Retreat, Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs, VA
The holidays can be a difficult time, and you or someone you know may need to visit with a pastor. For the sake of Pastors David and Alexis (and their families), they also need to make sure they have appropriate time off to be with their families. To balance these needs, David and Alexis have arranged their schedules such that at least one of them will available at any given time. You can email David at email@example.com or call him at (571) 339-9343. Alexis may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (571) 217-8326. Here’s who you can contact on which date:
Dec. 2 to 24: Alexis or David
Dec. 25 to 31: David
Jan. 1 to Jan. 8: Alexis
Sign Up by January 5
Building on the theme of Gratitude for God’s Blessings, the Women’s Ministry Team is planning a women’s retreat to be held at Shrine Mont, an Episcopalian retreat center at the base of the Great North Mountain in Orkney Springs, VA, May 18-19, 2019. Join us to continue reflecting on gratitude and Practicing Awareness of God’s Blessings, our expanded theme.
Date: Saturday/Sunday, May 18-19, 2019
Approximate cost: $140/person, includes lodging and four meals
Carpooling: To be arranged later
Sign up no later than Sunday, January 5, to secure a place in this special weekend of celebrating God’s many blessings.