Christmas in Burlington MA

Our children's nativity scene

Our children’s nativity scene

Dear BPC Family,

We each come to this Christmas with our individual and shared thoughts and feelings. There are many realities to darken the skies over Bethlehem, and the world, as this holiday draws near. But isn’t that true of every Christmas? I think the carol says it well: The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. And we do have hope: the Child of Bethlehem is the assurance of God’s incarnate, en-fleshed, presence with us, the power of love that nothing can destroy.

Our Christmas Eve service, at 7 p.m., is a tradition for all ages, with Nativity tableaux (scenes), carols and candlelight. It is one of our opportunities to welcome many guests and to share our warmth and hospitality, as well as the Good News. Please come, and invite someone to come with you!

This Sunday (December 23) we will mark the 4th Sunday of Advent, with a message of “Songs in the Night.”

On Sunday, December 30, we will have an informal, family-style service to include children, who will not have Sunday School classes that day.

If you are traveling for this holiday, we pray for your safe journey and a blessed holiday.

May you experience the true joy of Christmas.

Rod

December Crossroads

Annual Gingerbread House Party!
When: Sunday, December 6, following Coffee Hour
Who: All are welcome – Children grade 3 and younger must have grownup assistance
What: We’ll have a quick ‘pizza’ lunch, then get to ‘building’

Bring some candy for trimmings and to share .

Please sign up in Fellowship Hall.

Come A-Caroling!
Sunday, December 13 – 2:30 p.m.
Fun for all Ages

Two-thirty will be the rallying time in the church parking lot. Join a caroling caravan that will take us to various places such as senior residences, nursing homes, and homes of shut-ins. If you have suggestions for places to carol this year, speak to Rod soon! We will finish by 5:00 or 5:30 with a simple but nose-and toes warming supper. If you’d like to be our host for supper this year, and you live not far from the church, we’d love to have an invitation. Otherwise we will share a meal at the church. It’s a truly intergenerational and heartwarming time. Look for signup on church bulletin board.

Christmas Joy Offering
Christmas Joy offering is in existence for the last 71 years.
50% of the money will help college students at:

Barber-Scotia College
Cook School for Christian Leadership
Knoxville College
Menaul School
Presbyterian Pan American School
Sheldon Jackson College
Stillman College

The other 50 % of the money will be used by the Board of Pensions to supplement income for retired workers and emergency financial assistance for current/retired church workers.

Look for more information on the above mentioned groups in our bulletin in the weeks to come. Christmas Joy offering envelopes will be available in the pews. Happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve Service
A Family Tradition with Crèche, Carols and Candlelight
Thursday, December 24 – 7:00 p.m.

It’s a long-lived tradition at BPC. There will be nativity tableaux vivants (or living scenes) featuring young folks in the roles of Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and wise men. Choir and congregation will join in many carols. The service will end with a spreading of candlelight throughout the sanctuary. Mr. MacDonald will give a brief message. The Christmas Joy Offering will be received. This service is a wonderful way to introduce friends and neighbors to the church – and maybe to make a difference in their lives.

All youth are reminded to return the letter sent last month with their choices for roles right away!

Deacons Corner
It is hard to believe that we are starting the Advent season and 2009 is winding down.

Deacons’ projects for December include People Helping People’s pajama and underwear program and the Wish Tree. If you have taken cards for pajamas and underwear, please get your unwrapped gifts to Betty Doubek no later than December 13. Volunteers are needed to staff the Wish Tree on December 3, 8, and 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There are sign-up sheets in Fellowship Hall.

Orders for poinsettias must be in by the first week of December. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins. Deacons Trish Briggs and Annelies Rots are in charge of flowers in case you have questions. For those who wish to make a donation in honor or memory of loved ones, but do not wish to buy flowers, any extra gifts will be added to the Emergency Fund.

We wish you a blessed Advent.