November 29, Saturday – Prayer Vigil and then Decking the Halls
The church will be open at 7:30 am, for a time of prayer and meditation, lasting to 5:00 pm; and then we will bring out our decorations decorate for Advent & Christmas. This includes trees and their lights, garlands, and treasured nativity sets. Afterwards, we will gather for a light Soup and Bread supper.
November 30, First Sunday of Advent
The congregation is invited to bring a favorite ornament to decorate the “family” trees in the sanctuary. You are also invited to bring a nativity set that you’d like to put on display during the season. There will be tables set up by the windows to show our international collection of nativity sets.
Both Sundays will include book signing by these preaching authors. Worship begins 10:10 am, followed by book signing.
The Rev. Bob Beringer preaches December 7, Second Sunday of Advent:
Author of Anchors for Life, short messages that Bob wrote for inclusion in the weekly newsletter at Culver Lake, NJ, where he served as the summer pastor for 21 years. He is also a former pastor of Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and pastor emeritus of 1st Presbyterian Church, Metuchen, NJ.
Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 7) the Rev. Barrie Shepherd preaches:
Author of Faces at the Manger and many other devotionals and preaching guides. A native of Great Britain, a Royal Air Force veteran, and a former senior minister of historic (founded 1716) First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York — in Greenwich Village.
December 3 and 17 (7:00 -8:30 pm): All singers are invited to be a part of two choral workshops with Shannon Chase, director of the reknown singing group, Vox Nova. She will help us prepare special music for the Advent season and Christmas Eve. Members of Vox Nova will also bring their music to some of our Advent Sunday services – don’t miss it!
Courage for Christmas, Dec 21, 5:00 pm: Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year and while we are expected to be joyful and merry this season, sometimes it can be difficult to do so – whether it is anxiety, loss of a job, grief over a loved one, or any other challenge that shadows your celebrations – you are invited to take part in a simple service of prayers and passages of comfort.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5:00 pm: Come join our church family for our traditional Lessons and Carols service, including a story for the children and a gift for them to open on Christmas day. Bring your bells to ring during the singing and plan to rejoice with us as we anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus! (We always have extra bells to share!