December 12th, 2019
Issue No. 50
Do you like cookies? Yes, you do!

Get your cookies at the annual Christmas Cookie Sale by the Board of Women’s Ministries!
This Sunday after worship
Sunday Worship
10:00am (9:50 brass and organ prelude)

This is our big JOY Sunday! There will be brass music and poinsettias adorning our sanctuary as we celebrate the joy of this season. As we see in our Scripture (Luke 1:39 - 45) with Mary's visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, we also seek out love, comfort, and support in our relationships with others. In the busyness of this time, I pray we remember that faith is not a solo journey, we need each other to grow, learn, and trust in God. Pastor Dana preaching.

Yes, Joy Sunday brings brass but also children's choirs, the Sanctuary Choir, and more! Together, they will sing a special anthem "Christmastime," arranged by Lloyd Larson.
Faith Forum: Ecclesiastes, the last week of this Bible Study
8:45am in the library

Chapters 7-12 read much like Proverbs with varied aphorisms, with a key verse in Ch. 7:14,  “in the day of prosperity, be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider”, an ancient dialectical therapy to take one day at a time. Pick a verse that speaks to you. Child care available.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
after worship

Rehearsal for all speaking roles is this Sunday. You’ll receive your costume then. 
Giving Tree Deadline

All Giving Tree gifts are due back this Sunday and we still have tags on the tree! If you haven’t picked up a gift yet, or if you need to drop your gift off later than Sunday, please let Jenn know!
Gifts That Grow
after worship

Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Choose a mission, make a donation, and receive a beautiful Christmas Gift-card to give to that tricky person on your list. Click here for details.
Christmas Photo Booth
in the Fellowship Hall

Do you need a Christmas greeting? We’ve got you covered! Come take a photo during Advent right here at church.
Mental Health Support Group
7:00pm in the SC library

If you are a parent caring for a child of any age living with mental health concerns, you are invited to join with others for support. Confidential and no one will be forced to share. If you want to attend or have questions, reach out to Pastor Alex.
Come Christmas Caroling With Us (bring umbrellas!)
This 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.
Office Closing Early
Tues., Dec. 17th

During this Advent season, with gratitude, we gather together at our staff Christmas party. The office will close at 12:00pm. Thank you.
Youth Group Christmas Parties
Wed., Dec. 18/Middle School & Sun., Dec. 22/High School

Come and bring a pair of socks to donate to our siblings in need and a pair of funky socks to swap at our gift swap!
RSVP to the Senior Epiphany Tea
RSVP postcard by Dec. 20th
     Watch the mail for your Senior Epiphany Tea invitation. The Deacons want to see you there! Bring a friend. Transportation available. The tea will be on Saturday Jan. 4th from 1-3pm in Fellowship Hall. There will be finger sandwiches, a photo booth, tea, entertainment, and a Three Kings Cake. Who will be crowned King or Queen at your table?
Christmas Pageant
Sun., December 22nd at 10:00am

Come and hear the age-old story of Christmas through the voices of the children and youth at South Church! Want to help us prepare for the pageant? Sign up here!
35th Annual MV Christian Men’s Christmas Eve Breakfast
RSVP by Tues., Dec. 17th
Over 250 men gathering in song, prayer, fellowship, and sharing a hardy breakfast! Invite family, friends, neighbors, and your coworkers. As has become our tradition, we will accept donations for Neighbors in Need (baby formula-especially blue label Similac  and diapers-sizes 4, 5, and 6). $18 (cash) per person. Final headcount 12/23. RSVP to Jim Hackett (978-985-8151) or Brad Heim (978-376-3178). At the Andover Country Club: Coffee 6:30, Breakfast 7:30 – 9:00am.
Looking for that perfect music gift?

Give the gift that gives not once, not twice, but more! Purchase an anthem, in memory or honor of a loved one or event, to donate to our Music Library. Click here for options or speak with Cathy Meyer, Linda Mesler, or Steve Fink for details.
Senior Epiphany Tea Call for Volunteers

On January 4th, we will host another tea for the seniors in our congregation. Last year was a wonderful success and we need some help to make this year just as successful. There are ways to help both prior to the event and the day of. Click here for details and sign up.
Green Bee wonderzz

Do you still need meaningful gift ideas for the kids in your family? Click here for ideas from The Sierra Club.
  • Wed., Dec. 18th Get Cozy and Knit at Caffe Nero
  • Wed., Dec. 18th Edgewood Christmas Service
  • Fri., Dec. 20th Men's Breakfast
  • Christmas Eve Worship 3:00pm/10:00pm (9:40pm prelude)
  • Sun., Dec. 29th 10:00am worship (no nursery care)
  • Sat., Jan. 4th Habitat Build Day
  • Fri., Jan. 31st Pulpit Exchange and Shabbat dinner
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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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