You are welcome to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A nursery is provided for children younger than 3. Children ages 3 years through 8th grade are invited to attend Sunday School during the last half of the service. Our service is an inspirational, uplifting experience open to anyone of any faith. Dress as casual or formal as you like – just come!
Come and enjoy the music of the Christmas Season during this year’s Christmas Music Service. This year’s service will be wrapped around a story about one small child, the Lord’s youngest angel and a gift. Selections include “The Feather Song” by the Youth Bell Choir, “One Small Child”, “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen”, and “The Gift” by the Vocal Ensemble. The Harmony Guys and Women’s Ensemble will perform selections and we will welcome guest musicians for this service.
WISH is seeking items for its annual Christmas Treasures sale, Sunday, December 8. Gently used Christmas items, knickknacks, and jewelry may be dropped off and brought to the stage no earlier than Friday, December 6 (because we will need the stage for PADS the night before). The sale will take place during coffee hour and during the Christmas Craft Workshop from 2-4:00 p.m. that day in the overflow room adjacent to Colonial Hall. Gail Siwek and Pam Cusack will coordinate. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for the annual women’s retreat at Tower Hill in Sawyer, Michigan.
WISH is seeking crafters for the Christmas Craft Workshop from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, in Colonial Hall. The children being taught the crafts will be charged nominal fees to offset the cost of supplies. In addition to the crafts, there will be caroling, gingerbread houses, and a refreshment stand. Save the date and plan to bring some friends and come. Contact Doreen Lopez at (708) 422-9611 if you want to do a craft table. Doreen is also looking for someone to help her coordinate the event.
Send your Christmas greetings to all your Pilgrim Faith friends at one time. It’s easy! All you need to do is make a contribution ($5 minimum) marked “Christmas Card.” Please drop your check in the offering plate or mail it in to the church office. Your greetings will be included with the Christmas letter from the church. All funds raised will benefit our H.O.P.E. Fund, which is used to make loans to members in financial need.
The deadline for being included in the card is December 8.
Get ready for a fun Pilgrim Faith Christmas outing! We will be going to see the classic movie “White Christmas” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. This is more than just watching the movie—there’s audience participation, too! We have purchased a block of 30 tickets for Sunday, December 15, at 3:35 p.m. The cost is $12 each, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you want to be part of this special holiday event, please let Chuck Martin know ASAP at email@example.com or (708) 819-4619 to reserve your spot.
For more information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.net.
On Sunday, December 15, you will be able to buy delicious cookies for yourself as well as give them as gifts. The sale will take place in Colonial Hall after worship. We are asking all our wonderful bakers to dig out those favorite recipes and help us out with the sale.
Please be sure to label your cookies with information for those who may have allergies, especially if your baked goods contain any type of nuts. Please bring your cookies to Colonial Hall before worship that day.
The cost is $5 per pound. All proceeds go to the church
You may purchase a poinsettia for Christmas to enhance the sanctuary for the holiday season. Plants are available for purchase through the church office at 708-422-4200. The plants are in a 6″ pot with three to five blooms at a cost of $13. You may take your poinsettia home after the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Please contact the church office for a Poinsettia Order Form.
Deadline for ordering is December 16, 2013.
Sunday, December 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Join our children as they present our favorite Christmas message during our morning worship service. Children and youth from preschool through high school will bring the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth to life. Contact the church office for rehearsal times.
On December 22, there will be a special collection for the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross. The collection goes to help retired ministers who need assistance. Proceeds also are used to help any clergy family with a financial emergency that meets the United Church of Christ’s guidelines for emergency assistance. Veterans of the Cross is one of the UCC’s 5 for 5 collections as part of Our Church’s Wider Mission. Please consider giving to those who have served the church. Thank you!