Advent & Christmas
Women of St. Paul Advent celebration | Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Join other St. Paul women for social time followed by a program and salad luncheon. Childcare will be available. Sign up at stpaulqc.org/signups.
Light In The Darkness | Advent devotions
This December, focus on the promise of God’s love and light with St. Paul’s annual tradition of daily Advent devotions. Sign up to receive the devotions by email at ow.ly/TGYC5.
Youth gift shopping | Sunday, Dec. 3
Shopping for Handicapped Development Center: On Sunday, Dec. 3, high school small groups will gather at Target in Davenport at 6:30 p.m. to shop for Christmas gifts for residents at the Handicapped Development Center. Bring $5-10 to share.
Choral Advent Worship | Sunday, Dec. 10
Let the glories of song – and an impressive intergenerational gathering of St. Paul choirs at the 8 and 9:20 a.m. worship services – carry you into the beauty of the Advent season. From preschool choristers to adults, Choral Advent Sunday is a joyful tradition for preparing the way for Jesus’ birth.
Sunday school in-gathering | Sundays, Dec. 10 & 17
Each year, St. Paul children and youth gather items for people who are having a difficult time. This year, the gathering will be for adults & children staying at the Family Resources shelter, which offers safety and comfort. Items will be collected at tables in the Education Wing on these days:
■ Dec 10: Soap and shampoo of all kinds
■ Dec 17: Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Christmas Poinsettias | Due Sunday, Dec. 10
Christmas poinsettias will decorate the front of the Sanctuary as Christmas approaches. If you would like to donate a plant in memory or in honor of a loved one, orders may be placed in the church office or by mail no later than Sunday, Dec. 10. The cost for each plant is $10. Forms are available at the Info Center.
Christmas Pageant | Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m.
Dozens of St. Paul stars, shepherds, and sheep will sing and tell the story of Jesus’ birth at the 2017 Christmas pageant, held in the Sanctuary.
A Nova Christmas | Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Nova Singers’ Christmas concert is an annual tradition at St. Paul. Nova Singers is a 20-voice ensemble with a nationwide reputation for expressiveness, virtuosity, and innovative programming. The group has performed across the country and produced six professional recordings. Tickets available online and at the door.
Youth Christmas Caroling | Sunday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 will gather at church for a pizza dinner followed by an evening of Christmas caroling around the community on Sunday, Dec. 17, 5:30-8 p.m.
Blue Christmas Worship | Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m.
This quiet service of longing and hope is designed for anyone who doesn’t feel like celebrating. During the holidays, grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. The Blue Christmas service acknowledges pain and longing, while offering hope and comfort for the broken-hearted. In the gathering darkness of December, anticipate Jesus, the light of the world.
Christmas Eve worship | Sunday, Dec. 24
1 p.m. | Holy Communion & Carols
All the glory of Christmas Eve in an early-afternoon option. Scripture and hymns tell the story of this holy night. Pastor Sara Olson-Smith preaching.
3 p.m. | A Family Christmas Service
A service for all ages, with traditional carols and a lively children’s message. Children and youth choirs sing.
5 p.m. | Holy Communion with Open Spirit
The Open Spirit ensemble leads Christmas singing with a contemporary flair. Pastor Peter Marty preaching.
8 p.m. | A Service of Lessons & Carols
Music by the Chorale with candlelight. Pastor Peter Marty preaching.
10 p.m. | Candlelight Holy Communion
The evening concludes with Silent Night in a darkened Sanctuary lit with candles. Pastor Peter Marty preaching.
Advent 4 worship note: Worship will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 24 at 8 a.m.
Childcare: During all services, the childcare room will be open for parents to use as needed. Childcare staff are given the day off. Children are always welcome in worship.
Christmas Eve parking: In addition to St. Paul parking lots & side streets, Madison School lots across Brady Street are available.
Would you be a greeter? Welcome people into the warmth of St. Paul on Christmas Eve. As people flow into church, a handshake, a smile, and a cheerful greeting mean so much. Could you spread some Christmas joy for about 30 to 45 minutes of your time before a particular worship service? Please contact Jennifer Garvey, 563-326-3547, [email protected].