First Christian Church Begins Month Long Advent Celebration

Thursday, November 28, 2013

First Christian Church will begin celebration of the Advent season on Sunday. Worship starts at 10:45 a.m. (captioning provided). The lighting of the first Advent candle will precede children adding Chrismons to the tree, then attendees may enjoy the first of a month-long sermon series titled, “Christmas is for Weird People: Mary.”

Immediately after worship, everyone is invited to the First Sunday Luncheon. Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, roll, dessert and drink will be served. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family max. All are welcome. Please call the church office to make your reservation.

Following lunch, children and families are encouraged to stay and enjoy free Christmas craft making at the Advent Workshop from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. We will have 10 or more tables of imaginative crafts sessions that will be held in the youth rooms.

Additional upcoming Advent season events include:

Dec. 8: Worship at 10:45 a.m., lighting of the second Advent candle; Sermon Series II: “Christmas is for Weird People: Joseph.” The UTK Trombone Choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. followed by the 35th Annual Moravian Lovefeast at 6 p.m. Presented as a gift to the community, it celebrates the advent of our Savior by breaking bread, lifting your heart with carols, and lighting candles.

Dec. 11: A special Wednesday night dinner at 5:30 p.m. will precede a performance by the Brown Academy Student Chorus. All are welcome, $5 per person or $15 per family max.

Dec. 15: Worship at 10:45 a.m., lighting of the third Advent candle includes special Christmas music. The First Christian Church Choir will perform “Magnificat” by Mark Hayes, and Cantata No. 142 (“For Unto Us a Child is Born”) by J.S. Bach.

Dec. 22: Worship at 10:45 a.m., lighting of the fourth Advent candle; Sermon Series III: “Christmas is for Weird People: Shepherds.” The annual Children’s Christmas Pageant will be presented during worship.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Services begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Christ Candle and will include carols, candle lighting and Holy Communion.

Dec. 29: Worship at 10:45 a.m. will conclude the Advent Sermon Series with: “Christmas is for Weird People: Magi.” (Captioning provided.)

First Christian Church is at 650 McCallie Avenue. Its unique motto is a “Church of Service, Not Lip Service.” Visit, like us on Facebook, or call the church office at 423-267-4506 for more information.

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