FULL ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2021

WEEK by WEEK ADVENT SCHEDULE

Sun, Nov 28: Advent 1- Hope
Advent devotional starts on this day. Candles available from the church.)
9:15am – Christmas Pageant Writing Wrap-Up
10:30 – Worship with candle-lighting

Wed, Dec 1: Decorating the Sanctuary
10:30-Noon – Putting up garlands, wreaths (and candles – if not already in place) & stringing lights on exterior trees

Fri, Dec 3: Women’s Potluck
11:30am – Bring a dish to share: RSVP to Linda Hastings: jimlindahastings@roadrunner.com
5pm – C3: Christian Cocktails & Conversations: Advent scripture

Sun, Dec 5: Advent 2 – Peace
10:30am – Angels & Elves gifts will be due
10:30 – Worship with candle-lighting
1-3pm – Completing decoration of sanctuary: trees (indoors & outside) & windows (using nativity scenes) 
1-3pm – Missions wraps Angels & Elves gifts
4pm – Peace Concert by Dellavalla Bluegrass Trio (in sanctuary)

Wed, Dec 8
5pm – Redemption of Scrooge: 3-week Advent study with The Redemption of Scrooge written by Matt Rawle and suggested social outing to enjoy A Christmas Carole performed by M&D Playhouse. Co-hosted over zoom by Pojen Lee and Gail Doktor as collaborative event with Bartlett Church & Jackson Community Church. RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org so we can provide a copy of the book.

Fri, Dec 10
5pm – C3: Christian Cocktails & Conversations: Advent scripture

Sun, Dec 12: Advent 3 – Joy
10:30am – Worship with candle-lighting & Christmas Pageant written by JCC families. (Drop-in pageant participants welcome: arrive by 9:30am to get a costume and assignment.)
1-3pm – Caroling in Jackson & Bartlett – RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org if you plan to carole with us so we can assign you to one of our routes

Wed, Dec 15
5pm – Redemption of Scrooge: 3-week Advent study with The Redemption of Scrooge written by Matt Rawle and suggested social outing to enjoy A Christmas Carole performed by M&D Playhouse. Co-hosted over zoom by Pojen Lee and Gail Doktor as collaborative event with Bartlett Church & Jackson Community Church. RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org so we can provide a copy of the book.

Thurs, Dec 16
7:30pm – M&D Productions: A Christmas Carol (possible outing date?). More info: Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=124639.

Fri, Dec 17
5pm – C3: Christian Cocktails & Conversations: Advent scripture
7:30pm – M&D Productions: A Christmas Carol (possible outing date?). More info: Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=124639.

Sun, Dec 19: Advent 4 – Love
10:30 – Worship with candle-lighting
4pm – Christmas Stories with Doug Brendel. Come enjoy refreshments and Christmas story-telling at church with gifted author, minister, performer and humanitarian Doug Brendel. Donations will support the orphanage in Belarus and local Mt Washington Valley families in need.

Wed, Dec 22
5pm – Redemption of Scrooge: 3-week Advent study with The Redemption of Scrooge written by Matt Rawle and suggested social outing to enjoy A Christmas Carole performed by M&D Playhouse. Co-hosted over zoom by Pojen Lee and Gail Doktor as collaborative event with Bartlett Church & Jackson Community Church. RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org so we can provide a copy of the book.

Fri, Dec 24: Christmas Eve
5pm – Outdoor Service of Scripture, Songs & Candlelight (non-zoom) -walk the  stations of the nativity, sing favorite carols, listen to scripture, share candlelight, bring home a memento
7pm – Virtual Service of Scripture & Carols plus Seasonal Debut of Choir Songs (zoom-only)

Sat, Dec 25: Christmas Day (zoom included)
10:30am • Pajamas, Bells, Story & Carols – Come in your pajamas, bring bells or ring the ones we share, listen to a story, sing carols

Sun, Dec 26: Epiphany 1
10:30am • Carol-Sing & Scriptures
ONGOING ADVENT ACTIVITIES

Advent Devotional has daily entries for your reading and reflection.
Available by Sun, Nov 28 as digital resource. Hard copies available Sun, Nov 28 (afternoon).

Advent Candles – bundles of candles are available in the church narthex from Sun, Nov 28th throughout the first week of Advent – free for your household’s use. A few Advent logs also still available.

Stations of the Nativity
Once the church windows have been fully decorated, after Sun, Dec 5, visit each one to read part of the holy nativity story as told in scripture. The church’s extensive collection of creches (nativity scenes) from around the world will be on display as part of the ‘Stations of the Nativity’ experience.

Advent 3-Week Study & Theater Group: The Redemption of Scrooge
Wednesdays @ 5pm: Dec 8, Dec 15, Dec 22 (zoom)RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org so we can provide a copy of the book.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83028442916. Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866 Meeting ID: 83028442916 (#)
The Redemption of Scrooge is written by Matt Rawle. Book description: Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle  discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.
Combine with suggested social outing (for those who choose to participate in theater experience) to enjoy A Christmas Carole performed by M&D Playhouse.

Optional activity: M&D Productions: A Christmas Carol.
More info: Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=124639
Suggested date(s) to purchase tickets for Advent group’s attendance: Thurs, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm or Fri, Dec 17 @ 7:30pm. All attendees purchase their own tickets.
Details: Patrick Barlow, writer of the Broadway and West End hit The 39 Steps, has retold Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. This thrilling adaptation uses only five actors to bring some of Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, Barlow’s A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this highly theatrical adaptation.
Directed by Melissa O’Neil. Written By Patrick Barlow. Adapted from the story by Charles Dickens

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