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November/December 2019 

A Christmas to Remember
One of my favorite Christmas songs to sing along to on the radio is a duet by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers called, “A Christmas to Remember.” I guess it’s supposed to be a romantic song about a couple in love spending the holidays together, but every time I hear it I start reminiscing about the Christmases of my childhood and all the holiday memories I’ve made over the years. Seeing the wonder of Christmas through my child’s eyes has found me longing for some of my favorite holiday traditions. Which is probably why I chose the theme of Heritage Christmas for the season of Advent and Christmas this year at Immanuel. We’ll be getting back to our traditional Christmas roots and remembering our heritage through music, worship, and other holiday events this season. From stories of old to classic carols, there’s sure to be something for everyone. And when the season is over, the trees are away, and the last cookie is eaten, I hope you can say, “You made this a Christmas to remember.”

2019 Heritage Christmas Schedule

December 1 - First Sunday in Advent; Worship at 8am & 10:30am Following 10:30am worship, Cookies & Carols Event (NEW this year: hot lunch of soup and bread will be provided by the Lay Ministry Board! Share in a meal, decorate the church for Advent, and sing your favorite carols)

December 4 - 1st Wednesday in Advent; Worship at 11:30am & 6:45pm The Legend of the Christmas Tree (NEW this year: for the 11:30am service bring a sack lunch and spend time after worship sharing Christmas memories)

December 8 - Second Sunday in Advent; Worship at 8am & 10:30am Children’s Christmas Program during the 10:30am service; Sing along to classic carols with some of our youngest Immanuel members and hear the Nativity story

December 11 - 2nd Wednesday in Advent; Worship at 11:30am & 6:45pm The Legend of the Candy Cane (11:30am sack lunch and storytelling after worship)

December 15 - Third Sunday in Advent; Worship at 8am & 10:30am NEW this year: Acoustic Christmas at both services. Sing along to classic Christmas hymns accompanied by our very own Kelly Snyder on guitar

December 18 - 3rd Wednesday in Advent; Worship at 11:30am & 6:45pm The Christmas Candle (11:30am will have Retirees & Friends pot luck lunch immediately following worship, please bring a dish and some stories to share)

December 22 - Fourth Sunday in Advent; Worship at 8am & 10:30am traditional Choir Christmas Cantata at both services

December 24 - Christmas Eve 4PM - Faith and Families: NEW this year! This service is geared towards families with small children and includes easy-to-sing classic Christmas songs, a family friendly message for children of all ages, LED candles for the kiddos, and Holy Communion for all. 7PM - Candlelight and Carols: Please join us for this traditional Christmas Eve worship service featuring all your favorite Christmas hymns (including singing Silent Night by candlelight), special music by our hand bell and vocal choirs, reading of the Nativity story, Holy Communion for all and so much more!

                            With God’s Blessings Always, 
     Pastor Veronica