December 6: First Sunday service introduces ‘expectation’ theme

‘Expectation’ is the worship and learning theme for December. We introduce our next monthly theme, expectation, at the First Sunday service on December 6 at 10:30 a.m. The December holidays are filled with expectations with our plans for feasting, gift-giving, family gatherings and rituals, church and workplace celebrations, and more. What are you expectations for December? Are you expecting too much of yourself? Or too little? Are your holiday expectations set too high or too low? How do the ancient narratives of Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Christmas inform your own story during the holidays?

Come explore these and other questions at this First Sunday multigenerational service led by David Horst, Minister; Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development; Matt Anderson, Director of Music; and Charlie O’Reilly, Worship Associate. Joseph and Annette Machac are the Welcome Hosts. Robin’s story is “The Christmas Menorahs” by Janice Cohn. David’s sermon topic is “Keeping Faith,” offering insight into expectation through the story Hanukkah. We introduce our Hymn of the Month, “Morning Has Come.”

Students and teachers in pre-K through grade 5 and grades 10 to 12 high school youth participate in the entire service. Students and teachers in grade 6/7 Building Bridges and grade 8/9 Coming of Age classes meet for classes following their participation in the opening of the service. Childcare for infants and toddlers provided until 1:30 p.m. Youth Group meets at 3 p.m. in Ridgewood.

The Board of Trustees host the soup and sandwich lunch supporting the Center for Food Action Weekend Snack Pack program. Purchase lunch or just enjoy Coffee Hour, hosted by Martha Gros. Everyone young and old are invited to participate in table conversations guided by the December “Essential Questions” relating to the expectation theme.

Bring nonperishable food donations for our monthly collection for the Center for Food Action.