Children’s Christmas Pageant

Plan to join us next Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 pm for the Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus.” The festive evening will end with carol singing, followed by cake, hot cocoa, and cider.   Come join us!

Advent & Christmas Events for 2016

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  • First Sunday of Advent worship service
    Sunday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Second Sunday of Advent service with choir and communion
    Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Third Sunday of Advent worship service
    Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.  
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent service with choir and hand bells
    Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus”
    Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:00 p.m.
    Join us for an evening of carol singing and refreshments afterwards
  • Christmas Day Worship Service with Morning Star Cantata
    Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m.   
  • New Year’s Day worship service with Communion
    Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.   

Lent

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Lent is a church season where Christians identify with Jesus’ suffering and humiliation. This is often done through fasting, almsgiving, service, and other practices of spiritual renewal. These practices last for 40 days, which corresponds to the gospel accounts of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert (Matt. 4:2). At one time Lent was viewed as a period meant for converts preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday, but later the season has become a general time of penitence and reflection for all Christians.

The forty-day preparation period for Good Friday and Easter begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through the Thursday before Easter, not counting Sundays which are reserved for celebratory worship.

We use the color purple in the sanctuary during Lent. The color symbolizes both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus but it is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 

Alameda Community Paramedic Project

The City of Alameda recently began a program that seeks to help those citizens who use our ambulance system frequently.  The intention is to work with them to alleviate the problems that cause their frequent need for 911 assistance.

They found that often these people need more than just medical assistance, so they carry a bin in their van that is filled with clothing items.  In support of this program, the Deacons will have a bin in the church foyer where  you can place your donations.

Items that you can donate are

  • Socks – new, all sizes
  • Underwear – new, all sizes
  • Jackets – all sizes, gently used and clean
  • Clothing – all sizes, gently used and clean
  • Shoes – all sizes, gently used

Mexico Mission Trip 2016

mexico2016Join us in exploring the possibility of a Mexico Mission Trip in 2016.  Here is some information about the trip.