ADVENT & CHRISTMAS AT MPC
ADVENT MISSION PROJECT:
COLD WEATHER KITS FOR HOMEpdx
Winter is here and temperatures are dropping, and our neighbors living on the streets are in need of clean, dry items to keep them warm. During the four Sundays in November, the Mission Committee will be collecting cold weather items for the houseless. On Sunday, December 4th, following the service, we will assemble kits to be distributed during the Christmas season by HOMEpdx.
We are collecting the following items to be included in the kits:
Used clothing items are acceptable, so long as they are still in good condition.
Additionally, the houseless are always in need of sleeping bags. If you would like to donate a sleeping a bag during this drive, the Mission Committee will deliver it to HOMEpdx along with the kits. Preferred sleeping bags are rated for cold weather, dark in color, water-proof (or accompanied by a tarp), and large enough for an adult male.
Thank You to everyone who donated items or their time to making these kits.
SUNDAY WORSHIP IN ADVENT, BEGINS 11/27
Sundays at 10:30AM, both in-person and live-streamed on YouTube
Join us for Advent worship as we anticipate and prepare for the Savior's birth! Throughout the season, we'll be making our way through the themes of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. All are welcome!
BLUE CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE
Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00PM (in-person and on YouTube)
Our service for those that are feeling a little conflicted about all the joy and merry of the season. If you are feeling a little disconnected from all the festivities around you because of loss, hardship, illness, anxiety...anything really, this is a service for you. We will acknowledge those things and see if we can find some hope and light in the midst of the darkness we are feeling as we look to the gift of Emmanuel through music, scripture, and prayer.
This year we are also adding a Blue Christmas Tree, which will stand in the back of the sanctuary through the whole advent season, as we remember those we have lost and acknowledge that the pain of that is not just confined to one night. If you would like to bring in an ornament to honor someone you have lost, you can do so at the Blue Christmas service, or we will also provide ornaments you can customize that night.
If you missed attending the service, you can view the recording whenever is most convenient on YouTube. You are also welcome to leave an ornament (your own, or one provided) on the Blue Christmas Tree any time during Advent.
THE HOLLY AND THE IVORIES PIANO CONCERT SERIES
MPC will be presenting three concerts of Advent and Christmas music throughout December. Concerts are at noon and will feature our music director, Ray McKean, at the piano. Get in the mood for the holidays, sipping hot cocoa or cider while listening to your favorite songs performed in various styles (classical, jazz, pop, celtic). Each week will be a brand-new 45-minute program showcasing today’s best sacred music arrangers. Concerts are free and open to the public. Please invite friends and family to come enjoy these events and help spread the good news!
CASTING CALL: A CHRISTMAS COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT
Friday, December 16th at 7:30PM & Sunday, December 18th at 10:30AM
(in-person and streamed live on YouTube)
It's December and MPC still hasn't decided on the cast for the Living Nativity! Ray and Amy want to do a musical, and Heather is getting a lot of interesting advice from her prospective cast members! Come sit in on auditions and learn the true meaning of Christmas while enjoying music and drama provided by our choir, marimba ensembles, and special guests. Admission is free and we will be accepting donations for Safe Families for Children. Join us Friday night, or Sunday morning!
For Middle School & High School Students
Friday, December 16th from 9PM to 9AM Saturday, December 17th
After the coffee house concert we will have the return of the Youth Group Overnight Christmas Party. This year we are inviting St. Luke's youth group to join us for a night of Christmas fun with lots of games and snacks. Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less value for the gift exchange game.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
We invite you to celebrate Christmas with us and reconnect with our MPC community at either service. Both services will feature the candlelight singing of Silent Night at the end, and both will be full of wonderful music and worship for all ages. There will be activity bags and jingle bells for kids at both services, as well as a children's message and a sermon that are accessible for everyone. The youth marimba ensemble will be performing at 4pm, and the adult marimba ensemble will perform at 7:30 along with the ukulele group and the choir. Whether you are a regular attender, watch online, or only come once a year, we are excited to see you! And if you are feeling under the weather or out of town, you can always join with us online.
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
Sunday, December 25th - Online Only on YouTube
We encourage everyone to celebrate Christmas Day with their loved ones. A worship service will be available to experience on our YouTube channel.
· Thermal Blankets
· Disposable Ponchos
· Tea Bags
· High-Protein Snacks
· Instant Drink Packets
· Blank Christmas Cards