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“This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) — All season, drop off disposable diapers of all sizes at Messiah. We will be collecting for needy neighbors and clients of MCEF and Lutheran Family Services of Virginia.
Full details of our December and January schedule and news are found in this special two month edition of our newsletter: Download your Dec/Jan Messenger today!
12/3 First Sunday in Advent, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – Messiah will also give thanks for Pastor Lou’s ten years of ordained ministry AND kick-off its marking of 50 years in ministry! Reception follows.
12/10 Second Sunday in Advent, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – Messiah members are asked to remain for its annual business meeting following worship.
12/17 Third Sunday in Advent, Lessons & Carols with Nativity Play at 10:15 am – Join All Souls Episcopal for a full morning of fun and worship! At 9:15 am, come with your entire family to help sing carols and decorate our sanctuary tree. Refreshments will be offered, along with a festive combined choir and worship service. if your child would like to participate in our Nativity Play please contact our office or speak with Lois Schroeder (Messiah) or Donna Haynes (All Souls). No Sunday school will be held.
12/17 German Kaffeeklatsch & Worship at 4:00 pm – This special (and tasty) event is sponsored by members of local German clubs and Messiah Lutheran. It is open to the public.
Please note the important differences between our two worship services offered on December 24th:
12/24 Fourth Sunday in Advent, Service of the Word at 10:45 am – No Sunday School will be held.
12/24 Christmas Eve Service with candlelight ceremony and Holy Communion at 7:00 pm! This is our primary Christmas celebration and includes special fun for younger children (along with a small gift) as they gather around our tree with Pastor Lou. This year’s theme: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!
12/31 First Sunday in Christmas, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – No Sunday school will be held.
1/6 Epiphany Party! at 6:30 pm: Join All Souls Episcopal and Messiah Lutheran as we close out the 12 Days of Christmas with a vesper service of light, bonfire and celebration! As the Magi were said to bring gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the newborn king, attendees are invited to honor the Jesus found in our neighbors in need by donating hats, scarves and gloves. Bring a sample of your Christmas greens to burn in our bonfire. Children will be able to share Epiphany cupcakes. Those children who find the chocolate gold coins win prizes. Fun and meaningful for all ages!
1/7 First Sunday after Epiphany, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – Resume Sunday school and regular schedule.