Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve 10:00AM – Receive the story of God in the world, from prophets to nativity.  ​Using the gentle and powerful model of Godly Play, we are invited to participate in a no-practice necessary Christmas pageant.  Children are especially welcome.​  ​ A light brunch follows. 7:00PM – A Joyful Service of Word and Song featuring our Dawn Band 11:00PM – A traditional Candlelight Communion Service ​ of Lessons and Carols,​  accompanied by the Chancel Choir.​...

I was doing some research that I thought might help us understand what generous giving looked like in different generations. Then, I ran into the story of Sunshine Oelfke. Sunshine is five years old and lives in Michigan with her grandmother because her mother is addicted to drugs and has been in and out of prison. One day early this month, Sunshine’s grandmother, Jackie, noticed that Sunshine had emptied her piggy bank out onto the floor. She had made stacks of nickels, pennies, and dimes. And then Sunshine stuffed some coins and some crinkled dollar bills into a plastic baggie and put it in her backpack. “Nobody messes with the piggy bank,” Jackie says, so she asked Sunshine what she was doing with the money. “I’m going to take it for milk money,” Sunshine explained. “I’m taking it for my friend Layla. She doesn’t get milk. Her mom doesn’t have milk money, and I do.” So that day grandmother and granddaughter went to the kindergarten teacher at Birchview Elementary. It turned out about half of the twenty children in Sunshine’s class don’t get milk each day because it costs $0.45 a carton. Sunshine gave her teacher the $30 she had saved and a few days later happily told her grandmother: Guess what! My whole class got milk today. Now Layla has milk money.” Jackie was moved by the statistics about the children in the classroom and her granddaughter’s generosity, so she created a Go Fund Me Page. As of this morning, it’s raised over $12000. That’s enough for milk for all of Sunshine’s friends class of 2030 for the...
Watch Night Party/A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Watch Night Party/A New Year’s Eve Celebration

The passage of time is never more poignantly or communally felt than when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Within the Christian community, we make Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter as sacred time.  But New Year’s Eve we share with all people.   Faith is partnering with two community groups to offer a Watch Night Party at the church.  We gather on New Year’s Eve to feast, have fun, relax and reflect.  We create time and space for people to be in community, connect with themselves, others and God, let loose and get ready for the year ahead.   We begin at 8PM with dinner.  Then we are invited to settle in or move around to a variety of activities throughout the church.  There will be separate rooms for: puzzles, board games, and collage making.  In addition, the labyrinth will be open and there will be a ritual for discerning what to leave and what to take into the New Year.  We will have gentle yoga sessions and not so gentle line dancing.   Shortly before midnight we move outside with fire and drumming to welcome in the New Year.  We reflect briefly and give thanks and go home happy, exhausted and renewed.   This is event for everyone who enters into the spirit of the party (without any spirits) – young, old, singles, couples, families.     If you are coming, all you need to bring is: A vegetable/salad or dessert $10 per household a candle per person any percussion instruments (including children’s toys) you have lying about the house   Keep awake...
Advent Labyrinth Walk

Advent Labyrinth Walk

A community event on Sunday, December 3 at 6:00PM with live music. The powerful experience of walking a labyrinth is a simple and accessible way to expand your worship, during a busy season. Join us to experience the Advent Labyrinth with candlelight and ​live music. ​The labyrinth will also be open for individual experience at these times,​  Monday, December 4, Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM with electronic music and...