Faith Life Intergenerational December 4, Sunday following worship
All are invited to fellowship snacks and then join in Advent activities. We will be making Advent candle birch logs, and if we run out of logs, there are other crafts, cookie decorating (and eating) and music with Abe. Come and prepare for the Birth of the Baby.
Ramsey County Family Christmas Program
CPUC is again bringing Christmas joy to a family through this Community Human Services Department project. Last year this program served 88 families in need of Christmas help. This year we have been matched with a family of eight. You are invited to sign up to purchase a toy or clothing for children (suggested range $20-$30) or clothing for adults (suggested range $30-$50). A signup sheet is available at the Baker St. entrance starting November 27. There is also a “wish list” for gifts for the family. All gifts should be brought to the church by Sunday, December 11. Cash donations for purchase of gift cards at a grocery store are needed as well. Please have a gift receipt with the gift and clearly put the name of the gift recipient on the gift. It is suggested you include a note, “From your friends at Cherokee Park United Church.” Nativity Figures Needed Do you have a crèche? Will you please loan us the characters? (Jesus, camels, sheep, cows, Mary, Joseph, the 3 wise ones, and anyone else you think was in Bethlehem.) They will become a part of the Christmas Eve service.Please drop them off at church by December 18 or 19.
Children’s Nativity Gospel December 18, Sunday, 10:15 a.m.
Enjoy our (seventh year) tradition of having the Sunday School children help lead us in worship. This year’s theme is love. Our liturgy comes in part from “Mary Shows Us the Givingness of God” from the book “Heart Talks with Mother God” by Bridget Mary Meehan & Regina Madonna Oliver. We also take inspiration from biblical and contemporary stories of God’s love for the world expressed through mothers. We welcome Grandmas and Grandpas and extended families to come for the message and snap pictures of the kids in their costumes. While current Sunday School students will lead the service, we’d love for Sunday School alumni (18 and under) to participate also. If you have a musical instrument, or dance, or poem, or some other way you want to be part of the fun, please contact Andy George. As with all things Christmas, the more the merrier!
Christmas Potluck and Caroling December 18, Sunday 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Deck the Halls and share in the feast. The annual CPUC Christmas Dinner starts at 4:00 p.m. Sign up sheets for potluck contributions will be available every week through December 11. There are a couple of changes for this year: Dishes: Bring a dish, take a dish—an empty one that is. The hardworking clean up crew will not wash the pots and pans and casserole dishes you bring with your contributions. Take them home to wash, making the task of the clean up crew more manageable. Containers will be available if you want to share any of your leftovers.
Caroling will start at the church, following the meal, with a mini concert presented by our members who play instruments or sing and group caroling. From there groups will go by car caravan to the homes of some of our members or others who are not able to attend the dinner. (There will not be caroling at Cerenity Center this year.)
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
December 24, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service
December 25, 10:15 a.m.
Since Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year, we will have a worship service. This will be an informal setting, with time to come and breathe and reflect on the festivities of the holiday and to sing Christmas carols.