Advent is the church season before Christmas. In a world full of sorrow, we turn our hearts toward hope. This year, our Advent worship will be streamed live on our Facebook page! Join us each Wednesday evening in Advent (Dec. 2, 9 & 16) at 7:15 pm for Holden Evening Prayer, a 15 minute hopeful, gentle service of song and prayer.
Care and Serve
Giving Tree ~ Our Giving Tree is coming back and going virtual! Make a child’s Christmas joyful! Each year, PoP members can select a child’s name and purchase a special Christmas gift for him/her. This year we are working with Brown Station Elementary School to provide a happy Christmas for selected students and their siblings. To select gifts, click here for the Sign-up Genius link! Gifts should be wrapped and include either the gift number or your name on the gift. This tag should be easily removable (although not so easy that it falls off) as we will be replacing it with a tag with the child’s name. Gift drop-off dates at the Church: Sundays Dec. 6th, 13th, and 20th between 11 am -12 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Max Carreras.
Participate in the Gifts of Hope program – These gifts support the mission and programs of area Lutheran social ministry organizations, camps, college or seminary, and our Synod’s companion synods abroad. Your Gifts of Hope purchases will bring hope to others while you honor those on your gift list. Gifts of Hope will be all online this year, and can be purchased by clicking here to go to the online catalog.
Christmas boxes item collection – Help year-round residents of the Village at Rockville who live in nursing care. We’ll be collecting items for gifts for residents. Click here to see a list of items for the boxes. You may contribute an entire box, or items for the boxes. There will be a collect box outside the door of the church (on the parking lot side) beginning Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, December 13.
Christmas Tree blessing (adapted from Traci Smith – Seamless Faith)
The Christmas tree is the focal point in many homes during Christmas, and given the complexities of life due to the coronavirus, we wanted to offer a way to incorporate faith into your holiday decorating. The following blessing is designed for all ages and family types.
Before the tree is decorated, gather everyone together and read the following blessing:
God who created the birds in the air, the fish in the sea,
the stars in the sky, and the trees in the ground,
bless this tree as we decorate it and make it joyful symbol in our home.
May its branches remind us of the shade and shelter
you provide for us and for many creatures.
May its trunk remind us of your strength.
May its lights bring us peace.
May we remember your gift to us this season, the gift of the baby Jesus.
Another option: (For Putting the Star atop of the Tree):
The stars in the Bible shine light
And show the way to Jesus.
So, too, may this star shine brightly
On our tree, reminding us that Jesus
Lights our path.