In those days a decree went our from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the City of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house of David. He went there with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for Mary to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)
10am Worship Sunday begins with a beautiful violin-flute duet, followed by a special candling-lighting ceremony in the La Posada Latin American tradition where Mary and Joseph are denied shelter as they travel, ultimately finding refuge in the hearts of welcoming worshipers.
While adults share the stories of our lives in joys and concerns and hear a brief message from Pastor Doug, all young people who wish to participate in the Annual Christmas Pageant will assemble in the lower level. The Pageant will be recorded so families are free to simply enjoy the message and music of the season! Pot-Luck Refreshments are served in the Parish Hall, following worship at 11am.
Christmas Offering Provides Immigration Legal Service
At 19 locations across the country, the Justice for Our Neighbors network provides free or low-cost immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. JFON helps vulnerable and marginalized neighbors attain authorization to work and live with dignity. They reunite them with their families after years of separation. They enable men, women and children to escape horrific violence and find safety and refuge here in the United States.
To learn more about our work and the types of cases we undertake on behalf of our immigrant neighbors, please visit our Case Types page.
JFON clients represent different faiths, races, traditions, educational and professional backgrounds—all of them reflecting the wonderful diversity of our nation.
OUR Christmas Offering supports this work at our LOCAL Justice for Our Neighbors Clinic in Woburn, Massachusetts.
READ MORE about JFON at http://njfon.org/
Religious Education This Week
10 am Pageant Rehearsal Saturday
Come one, come all. This Sunday is our Christmas Pageant. All students are welcome to participate. Please come into the Sanctuary as usual 10am for worship and students will be released to dress during the service. Rehearsal is Saturday at 10am in the Sanctuary. Should be completed around 11am.
Help us with planning and casting! If your child or teen does not yet have
a role in the pageant and would like to participate,
please email Beth Viveiros at email@example.com.
Items for the remainder of the year:
Dec 22nd we will have a pageant practice at 10am in the Sanctuary.
Dec 23rd we will share the Christmas story in our traditional Christmas Pageant. Attendance at the fitting or the rehearsal are not required for participation in the pageant.
Dec 30th will be our cookie decorating project for Bristol Lodge. When students are released from worship, if they wish they can go downstairs to decorate cookies and talk about Christmas.
We are in need of Volunteers for Sunday Lesson.
Please review your schedule and sign up for a Sunday or two to help with our classes. You chose the DAY, GRADE that works BEST for you. Email Sheryl Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aacab2babf49-sunday2