December 13th, 2018
Issue No. 50
Come Caroling With Us!
This Saturday, December 15th
1:00pm in Fellowship Hall
This gift of service to church members who can't get out to enjoy holiday festivities is fun is for all - individuals and families!  We hope to be at first locations by 1:15. The commitment is for 2 hours, but one group, designed for families with younger children, will have a shorter time frame. Click HERE to RSVP!
Worship Service

On this 3rd Sunday in Advent, worship will be big, beautiful, and full of joy! Together, we'll reflect on Paul's letter to the Philippians 4:4-7. In it, Paul has every excuse to vent and complain, but instead he writes, "Rejoice in the Lord always." In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this season, we'll reflect on how we choose joy, each and every day. Pastor Dana preaching. Childcare available.

Music: JOY Sunday has finally arrived!  Come early, at 10:15, to hear a lengthened prelude played by brass quartet filled with some of Boston's finest musicians! The Youth Choir open worship with a Swahili and English anthem and will join the brass and Sanctuary Choir in the traditional carol, Once in Royal David's City. This service is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!
Faith Forum: Advent Study
9:15am in the Library
We continue our Advent study, watching and discussing "John - the Gospel of Light and Life”, a DVD series. Join us for coffee, fellowship, and interesting conversation. Facilitators, Bill Schroeder, Christina Ouimet, Janet Clarke
Family Pageant Rehearsal
after worship

Youth choirs, readers, and pageant participants
The Giving Tree Gift Deadline
Sunday, December 16th

Don't forget to bring your wrapped gift with the tag attached on Sunday. Thank you to everyone participating!
Clothing Collection for CityReach
By TOMORROW Friday, December 14th at noon in the Youth Space

Help our confirmands help others when they head to CityReach this weekend! Please drop off items listed below in the Youth Space by the chalkboard.
  • Gently used, warm men's clothing
  • New men's/women's socks & underwear
  • New women's bras
  • Gentle used rolling bags, suitcases
Edgewood Christmas Service
Thursday, December 20, 7:30pm at Edgewood Retirement Community, No. Andover.

All are welcome for Lessons & Carols with the Youth Choir and Sanctuary Choir.
Family Service & Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30am

Join us in singing carols and celebrating Christ’s birth amidst the sweet chaos of shepherds, angels and sheep of our Christmas Pageant.  Music: Cherub, Carol and Youth Choirs.
Christmas Eve Worship
Tuesday, December 24th
  • 3:00pm – Lessons & Carols - sing carols and share the Christmas story together. South Church Ringers and special instrumentalists.
  • 11:00pm – Carols & Candlelight - hear traditional stories in a reflective, meaningful way. Our service will culminate by singing “Silent Night” as we fill the sanctuary with candlelight. Prelude begins at 10:30pm; Sanctuary Choir, special instrumentalists.
Calling all college-age alumni!
Christmas Eve service at 11:00pm

If any college students would like to help out in the 11pm Christmas Eve service, we’d love to have you come and lead our Advent wreath lighting. Let Jenn know if you’re interested!
Alumni Potluck Dinner
Friday, December 28th at 6pm

 All current high schoolers and alumni are invited to come and reconnect!
Come and get your Christmas Worship postcards!

Take some Christmas Worship postcards to share with neighbors and friends as you drop off holiday gifts and treats. Invite them to join you this year! Take a few to leave at your favorite coffee shop or any other location you frequent!
Honoring Lucy Foster: Students to erect headstone for forgotten Andover former slave
"Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall are learning about slavery in New England through the eyes of a long forgotten Andover woman and former slave, and have taken it upon themselves to erect a headstone in her memory." This is an amazing story and Char Lyons, South Church historian, played a big role in it. Click to read the full story!
Dreaming of a "Green Christmas!" from the Green Team

Wrapping gifts? Use recycled paper. Don't use foil paper or use what you have and don't purchase more! Avoid glitter. It is toxic to the environment. Buy or make reusable fabric bags. They can be great gifts and make "wrapping" easy! Use the fronts of old Christmas cards for gift tags. Join your children or grandchildren in decorating recyclable paper with stamps, sponge painting etc. When you go shopping, don't forget your own bags!
Would music make your Advent and Christmas season more merry?

Join the choirs in singing this season! The Sanctuary Choir has beautiful anthems planned for the 16th as well as the 11pm Christmas Eve service. A small group is forming to sing at the 3pm Christmas Eve service. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings. Email Cathy for more information.

High school students will be singing on Pageant Sunday on 12/23. If your high schooler or high school graduate would like to participate, reach out to Cathy or Jenn. All are welcome.
Curriculum Review Survey

We are currently in curriculum review process for our Sunday School programming. Please fill out this survey to help us find the right curriculum for our church and families!
  • Mon., Dec. 24th Merrimack Valley Christian Men's Breakfast
  • Sun., Jan 6th "Star" Sunday
  • Fri., Jan. 25th-Sun., Jan. 27th Women's Retreat
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Pastor Dana and Pastor Alex take Fridays as a Sabbath day off. If a pastoral issue arises on a Friday or Saturday, please call or text the Pastoral Emergency number, 978-710-8711 to directly connect with the on-call pastor.
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