Advent/Christmas events, Dec. 8, 2012

Churches are planning special services during the Advent/Christmas season.
Posted on Dec. 8, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Tired of the commercialism of Christmas? Buying presents? Getting together with relatives? Cornerstone Baptist Church, 29635 C.R. 10, is offering an all-church series, “From Humbug to Hallelujah: Learning Lessons from ‘A Christmas Carol.’” Together, they’re preparing for a Christmas without regrets by learning from the true Spirit of the season. Information: 262-1331.

Ecumenical Advent Centering Prayer services will take place at 7 p.m. Monday and Dec. 17 in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen. Good parking is available on the south side of the church, and signs on the doors will guide you to the proper place. The service begins promptly and will last about one half hour, followed by tea and fellowship for all who wish to stay a bit longer. Advent season is opportunity to surrender one’s grip on the old, the past, the “way it has to be,” and to receive and accept the gift of the Christ. This guided prayer time offers space and time for the gift of Christ to be received.

Advent worship services at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., will focus on the humble and simple question people asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” As hearts and lives are prepared for the coming of Christ, all will participate together in the rituals of Advent, seeking to answer that question together as the body of Christ.

Resources for Advent devotionals to use at home can be found at www.CollegeMennonite.org (click “Family Advent Devotional” in the “News Update” box). Special holiday services include: Christmas pageant, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16 in the sanctuary. Children and middle-school students will present a Christmas pageant, first telling the story of the nativity and then the story of the magi. “A Night for Rejoicing” Christmas cantata, 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. This festive collection of original music and lyrics, along with many familiar and well-loved Christmas carols, was written by Lee and Susan Dengler, who serve on the pastoral team. The choir is accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble, which includes CMC’s Jubilate! handbell choir. The presentation also includes opportunity for congregational participation. Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols, 9 p.m. Dec. 24: Candle-lighting service includes scripture reading, carol singing and musical selections by some of the congregation’s musical ensembles. Christmas worship service, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 will include congregational carol singing and a sermon by Phil Waite, pastoral team leader. After the service, all are invited for refreshments in the fellowship hall. There will be no second-hour classes. New Year’s worship service, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6: Will include communion and sermon by Phil Waite, pastoral team leader. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service. There will be no second-hour classes. For more information call 535-7262 or check the College Mennonite Church website at www.CollegeMennonite.org.

Nappanee Missionary Church Worship Choir and Winds presents its twenty-sixth annual Christmas musical, “Fear Not,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the church. Saturday night only, a special reception with free coffee, cookies and cider is offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. The message of the musical and God’s message now and forever is “Fear Not!” There is a reason for joy in this Christmas season. Mark Potuck of Goshen hosts the musical. The church is 2 miles north of Nappanee on S.R. 19 at C.R. 50.

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