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Advent has begun and we are moving on toward Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Our worship schedule for those days is as follows:
- Blue Christmas Service: December 20th at 6:30 p.m.
- Christmas Eve: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Christmas Day: ONE service at 10 a.m.
- New Year’s Day: No service. We are giving our paid and volunteer staff a much needed rest after the busyness of Advent.
For more details on the services please visit our website. If you know someone who doesn’t use email please share these details with them too!
Advent is a time for reflection, preparation, and celebration. We’re sharing each week’s pages with you here in the Midweek. We can’t wait to see you Sunday as we continue this new series together. Let’s prepare our hearts and ready ourselves with the devotions in this week’s booklet pages.
We invite your children, of all ages to participate in the Christmas Eve service. We will have a Live Nativity where kids dress up as the characters in the Christmas Story as our youth read the story. At 2pm we will sing a song from the preschool program and at 4pm the Children’s Choir will sing. If your children are interested in being part of this please email Noelle, firstname.lastname@example.org
At The Table is on December 14th from 5:30-7:00pm. We will have our usual great conversations, sharing a meal and making new connections along with a Christmas theme. We will read the Christmas story and build a “Gingerbread” Nativity Scene. The kids are asking for a Mac & Cheese Dinner, so we listened! Sign up here to bring something to share. Please join us and feel free to invite your friends or neighbors. Email Noelle Allison, Director of Children and Families, to RSVP.
Each year we collect gift cards for those in need in our faith community to help spread some joy and love for Christmas. We will be collecting gift cards until December 19th, so as you are shopping for others, pick up a gift card to Walmart, Target, King Soopers, Kohl’s, or another store of your choosing and let’s help spread the cheer to those who need it most. Please write the amount for the gift card on the card and drop off to Cody anytime from now until December 19th.
If you or a loved one is in the hospital or needs a pastoral care visit for any reason, please contact the church office and let us know. Hospitals and other care facilities don’t notify churches if one of their members is there. Likewise, we need to know if someone is interested in a visit from a pastor, church care team member or Stephen Minister. Please let us know so that we can visit and pray with those who are most in need.
Open Circle Sunday School Class has started a new lesson series– but don’t worry you can still join us! We are using Adam Hamilton’s “Revival: Faith As Wesley Lived It”.
All are welcome to join this class. Study books are available in our church library. We will meet in Room 138 at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. If you have questions about this class, please call Betty Olson at 720-416-7240, or Marie LaBudde at 303-748-6962 or email her as well. We look forward to having you join with us as we learn more about John Wesley and his faith in God.
The preteens will Journey to Bethlehem to discover what happened on the first Christmas. We will be exploring the experiences of the shepherds and angels, wise men and Mary and Joseph! We will meet at the Church on Sunday, December 4th from 3:00 – 4:30. We need a volunteer and someone to provide a snack. If you can’t volunteer this time, check out the link to volunteer another date! You can also volunteer by emailing Noelle Allison, Director of Children and Families.
On January 8, between our 2 worship services, we will say thank you to Kurt Stroman and Krisha Sielaff for their years of ministry. They have led our fine arts programs and we want to express our gratitude as they move to new opportunities. You may share appreciation with Kurt and Krisha for their years of music leadership with a Love offering gift and or a note. Send a check to the church office to Sarah Blankman to be included in collective gift. Notes of appreciation will be collected and given to Krisha and Kurt at their celebration along w their gift. Join us in the Commons area after our 9 am service and before our 10:30 am service. The calendar is determining this date and this is the date that works best for them.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Kids come see Santa on December 17th between 2-4pm! Take your own pictures with Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and stay to play some Reindeer Games! We will have a letter writing station that benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation, snowball fights, crafts, and games for all! Join us!
This year, Make-A-Wish is partnering with Macy’s and for every letter that is written to Santa through Make-A-Wish, Macy’s is donating $2 to Make-A-Wish. There will be a box by our Santa Visiting station where letters can be deposited, plus some paper and pens to write with on Sunday. Both adults and kids can write letters. The box will be there until the end of December 11th. Please write some letters in the coming weeks! Thank you!
With the holiday season nearly upon us the WWs (Widows and Widowers Group) will not meet again until January. The date is TBD so look for information coming soon for more details.
Our Leadership Board strives to maintain the highest levels of transparency. You can visit our board minutes page and click the individual links to specific board meetings.
We have heard so many questions about this year’s Winter Shelter and have been working hard to finalize the details for this year’s Winter Shelter with the other churches in our network as well as the county. Stay tuned for more details that will be coming soon about ways that you can be involved and help this amazing mission!
Please join us for the first Sunday in Advent, and the message, Peace Can’t Wait. This is part of our Advent Series, What Can’t Wait? The scripture readings are Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12.
- 9 a.m. Sunday: Blended service with traditional elements and a variety of music including hymns, bells and choir
- 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Spark! Energetic family centered service with movement, contemporary music, stories.
- 5:30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of Each Month: At the Table we gather around a meal, share stories of faith, conversation and complete a small mission project.