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Holiday Charity Programs
Washington UCC Christmas Drive
We will be collecting new, unwrapped, toys and children’s clothing for our sister church in Cincinnati. Washington UCC is located in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, a very poor community that struggles with many basic needs. Washington UCC is a mission church that provides many services to this in-need community, including an opportunity for parents in the community to come and “shop” for Christmas gifts at the free event offered by the church and stocked by donations from area churches. Look for a donation box in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We will collect toys and clothes until December 9th. One note on toys, they have requested no toy guns, due to the environment of the neighborhood.
Dayton Area Food Bank
From now through January 6th we will be collecting non-perishable food items that we will donate to the Food Bank. Look for a donation container in the “cry/comfort-room” of the church. We are also asking families to consider doing an Advent box at home. The idea would be that for every day of Advent a food item is placed in your box, like an advent calendar. When Advent is over you would bring your items to the church. We are collecting items through January 6th, to allow for families to have an Advent box and bring in their donations on Christmas or after.
Christmas Tree of Remembrance
This year we will again be setting up a special Christmas tree in the fellowship hall. This tree will be a tree of remembrance, and have special ornaments that can be placed on it remembering those who are no longer with us for the Christmas season.
Christmas Season Services
Cantata Sunday - December 16 - 10:30 AM
We will perform our Cantata during our 10:30 Sunday service.
Holiday Service of Remembrance - December 19th - 7:00 PM
This year we will again be holding a special service to honor those who will not be with us this holiday season. The service will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations can be some of the happiest times of the year; they can also be a sad reminder of those we have lost. We will acknowledge our grief and seek comfort in God. We are here for each other, here to give comfort, here to provide support, and here to be a community of God together. Please come and share in this special service where we will remember our loved ones and remember that we are not alone.
Christmas Pageant - December 23 - 10:30 AM
Impromptu Christmas Pageant, 10:30am During our Sunday service on December 23rd we will be having our impromptu Christmas pageant. We will have some hymns and other aspects of the usual Sunday service; however, the children will remain downstairs and the majority of the service will be the pageant. We will hand out parts to people as they come to church, and there will be costumes available for anyone that wants them. It should be a bunch of fun and will help get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.
Christmas Eve Service - December 24 - 7:00 PM
Please join us December 24th at 7:00 PM for our Christmas Eve service. Pastor Brian will offer a Christmas message, and we will sing your favorite traditional Christmas hymns. We will have communion and end with “Silent Night” by candlelight. It is truly a special night at Beaver Church and we hope you can join us.
Church Office Closed between Christmas and New Year's
Pastor Brian will not be holding his regular office hours on 12/25, 12/26, 12/27, and 1/1. If you need to speak with him, please call him at (937) 469-1383.
New Testament Stories from the Back Side: Bible Stories with a Twist - November 27, December 4, December 11 - 7:00 PM
(A Book Study for Adults)
Our new book will be three weeks in length, starting on Tuesday November 27th, meeting again on Tuesday December 4th, and with the final week being Tuesday December 11th. We will meet all nights at 7:00 PM at a member’s house TBD. The book we are reading is New Testament Stories from the Back Side: Bible Stories with a Twist by J. Ellsworth Kalas. The church will have several copies for those who want to participate. Please see Pastor Brian to get one of these copies. If those run out, you can pick up a copy at some bookstores or Amazon, the ISBN number is (0687073065). “Using an approach similar to his other "Back Side" books, J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into selected New Testament stories by entering them through the "back side" -- through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens", or the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. Includes 12 stories and a study guide. We will try to meet at member’s houses each Tuesday, and we will announce the locations as we get them sorted out. If you want to bring a snack, it is always appreciated. Blessings, Pastor Brian
November 27th – Introduction, Chapters 1-4
December 4th – Chapters 5-8
December 11th – Chapters 9-12
Hanging of The Greens - December 9 - Following Worship
We will meet after church on December 9th to decorate the church for Christmas. This will, of course, involve putting the tree up, and any other decorations that we have, or people bring. Please stay to help; many hands make quick work.
Shirley and Alan Nelson's Ornament Party - December 12 - 6:00 PM
Just a reminder that the annual Christmas Ornament Exchange party is December 12th. It begins at 6:00 and is generally over by 8:30 or so. Bring a wrapped, “secret” ornament ($10 or less) and let the fun begin! If you're up to it, bring a dessert or snack to share. We will have sandwich fixings on hand. Address is 4207 Country Glen Circle
Christmas Caroling - December 15 - 2:00 PM
We will be Christmas caroling again this year, and we hope you can join us. This year we will be caroling on a Saturday afternoon, December 15th. For those that are coming to carol, we will meet at 2:00 PM at the church and split into two groups to deliver some goodies and sing some carols.
Christmas Raffle - December 16 - Following Worship
Attention all crafters and donators of choice items. Bring in your Christmas raffle items anytime between now and December 16th. The items will be on display in the fellowship hall with a basket in front of each item (or group of items). Buy tickets and place them in the basket in front of that item for a chance to win it. Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 tickets for $5.00 or 15 tickets for $10.00. The Raffle will be Sunday, December 16th after Sunday Service. See Melissa Baumbarger for raffle tickets.
Christmas Hors d'oeuvres Carry-In - December 16 - Following Worship
On Sunday December 16th we are going to be repeating a special event for our 3rd Sunday carry-in. Instead of dishes we are asking that everyone bring a plate of hors d'oeuvres, little appetizers, to share with everyone. We will put them out and share all the appetizers and enjoy each other’s company as we celebrate the week of Christmas.
Sunday School Winter Break - December 16 through January 6
We will be having a winter break for our normal Sunday school classes starting on December 16th and lasting until January 6th. The normal Sunday school classes will start back up on January 13th. During the break the Nursery will continue to meet.
Volunteer Of the Year Award
There was a tie for first place for the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award: Steve Filer, for his work especially with lighting repairs and other things mechanical; and Bob Willhelm, as the volunteer choir director and the mechanical guru for the new church sign. Their names will be added to the official plaque. Thanks for all your work and time spent for the benefit of the church.
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