December 5th, 2019
Issue No. 48
Hand-to-Hand craft fair
THIS Sat., Dec. 7th

Shop local
Shop Handmade
Original Art & Crafts

Proceeds benefit the Mission Trip
Sunday Worship

This Sunday begins the second week of Advent where we light the candle of peace.  Amongst the demands and to-do’s of these busy days, peace can feel so elusive. In Luke 1:26-38, we see Mary find peace and acceptance with the news that she will bear God’s son in this world. How do we find peace amidst all that we are carrying this season? Pastor Dana preaching.
Faith Forum: Ecclesiastes 4 week Bible Study
8:45am in the library

This week, Ch. 4: 9012,“Two under one blanket keep each other warm…” the comforting force that arises from all human love and affection, and in following verses,  the meaning of work, “absurdity, chasing after wind.” Whether you have read it ot not, come be warmed by good discussion.  Child care available.
Advent Potluck Brunch
after worship

Join us and bring a dish! If your dish is warm, make sure it’s cooked and we will keep it warm! The Fellowship Committee looks forward to creating holiday magic with you. Folks needed for set-up, clean-up and serving. Email Mary with questions or if you’d like to help.
Gifts That Grow
after worship

Do you struggle to find the perfect Christmas gift for someone who has everything? Consider choosing  one of a selection of missions, make a donation, and receive a beautiful Christmas Gift-card  that you can give to that tricky person on your list. Click here for details.
Christmas Photo Booth
in the Fellowship Hall

Don’t have the Christmas family photo done yet? We’ve got you covered!  Come take a photo with your family during Advent right here at church.
See "The Black Nativity" in Boston!
meet at South Church at 2:30pm
All are invited to a viewing of "The Black Nativity" at Emerson College.Tickets are $45/youth and $40 for chaperones. There are limited tickets left for this event. We will return by 6pm. Check out this link for information and to sign up!
Christmas Pageant Sign-up Deadline

Want to be in the Christmas Pageant on December 22nd? Rehearsal is Sunday 12/15 following worship! Sign up here to participate!
"Honk" Musical Auditions
Monday., Dec. 9th from 7:00-9:00pm

South Church Players are pleased to announce this year's musical...HONK!  Audition materials are on the board outside the office. Click here for more information.
Habitat Build Day
Saturday December 7 at 8:30am at Lupine Road
Come join us! We meet on-site. No experience needed.  Be a part of building affordable homes in Andover while working alongside your South Church friends! Contact Ellen Arvidson for details or click here to provide lunch for our volunteers
Blue Christmas Worship Service
Tues., Dec. 10th at 7:00pm in the Chapel

If Christmas feels like a complicated time, you’re not alone. Join us at South Church for an intimate and contemplative worship service where we’ll make space for all the emotions of the season.
Come Christmas Caroling With Us!
Saturday., Dec. 14th from 1:00-3:00pm

This gift of joy to members and friends who can’t get out to enjoy holiday festivities is fun for all ages! Bring instruments, Santa hats and sweaters, if you have them. Dress warmly! Meet at South Church at 1:00. Email or call Vicki Keene 978-475-6887.
Do you like to eat cookies?
Sunday., Dec. 15th after worship

Get your cookies at the annual Christmas Cookie Sale by the Board of Women’s Ministries!
Giving Tree Deadline
Sunday., Dec. 15th

Have you gotten your gift tag to support children in Lawrence? Make sure to get it this Sunday! The giving tree tags are due back on December 15th!
Beer and Carols
Wed., Dec. 18th (Tues is sold out-only a few spots left for Wed.)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season by joining other Andover folks for a night of beer drinking and caroling at Oak and Iron. A portion of this year’s $5 ticket will help support the four new affordable housing units on Lupine Road. Details and Wed. sign up here.
Star Help Wanted!
Sunday December 22 during worship

We are looking for a volunteer to take responsibility for the  Christmas Star during the Sunday family pageant worship service, if it is to happen.  Please contact Jenn Murray asap. 
There are so many wayzzzz to keep the holidays my favorite color: GREEN!

Shop smart. Buy local (our own HAND-TO-HAND craft fair this Saturday!) Rather than "stuff," give gift certificates for shows, art/cooking classes, dinners, sporting events, museum memberships, etc. Give the gift of time: an IOU to bake and deliver a  treat or meal, a drive to the airport/an appointment, an offer to babysit/help in the garden, or share a talent/skill.
  • Fri., Dec. 6th Men's Breakfast
  • Tues., Dec. 12th Interfaith Healing Service at Edgewood
  • Wed., Dec. 13th Get Cozy and Knit at Caffe Nero
  • Sun., Dec. 15th Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
  • Sun., Dec. 15th High School Christmas Party
  • Wed., Dec. 18th Middle School Christmas Party
  • Wed., Dec. 18th Edgewood Christmas Service
  • Sun., Dec. 22nd Family Service/Pageant
  • Tues., Dec. 24th MV Christian Men’s Christmas Eve Breakfast
  • Christmas Eve Worship 3:00pm/10:00pm (9:45pm prelude)
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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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