Advent & Christmastide



Location Guide: (*) 6565 Arlington Blvd, Ministry Center (Concourse Level); (+) Bishop O'Connell High School

Mother/Daughter Gingerbread House Building!

Saturday • December 2 (*)
4-6 p.m.

Mothers and daughters are welcome to build gingerbread houses, sing Christmas carols, drink hot chocolate, document their night with a photo booth, and hear about how our hearts can become Christ’s home!

Handel's Messiah & First Sunday of Advent • HOPE

Sunday • December 3
10 a.m. (+)

Handel composed his oratorio in 1741, originally for Easter.  Scripture, including Isaiah and the Psalms, along with the Book of Common Prayer guide the listener through the prophecy into the reality of Incarnation, God made flesh in Jesus Christ.

(There is also a traditional service at 8 a.m. (*))

Cultural Connections

Christmas Party
Wednesday • December 6 (*)

ESOL students and other international friends are invited to an evening of Christmas cheer with our children and families acting out the story of Jesus’ birth. We invite everyone to share in this evening of celebration. It’s a perfect opportunity to be the light of Jesus.

Sara Groves

FridayDecember 8
7-8:30 p.m. (+)

Singer/Songwriter Sara Groves has shared her music for more than 15 years. In 2008 she released “O Holy Night”, an album that includes both Christmas standards and newly written material. This November she released “Abide With Me,” her fourteenth album.

Location Guide: (*) 6565 Arlington Blvd, Ministry Center (Concourse Level); (+) Bishop O'Connell High School

Women's Brunch

Saturday  • December 9
10-11:30 a.m. (*)

Join us for a morning of food, fellowship, worship and a special message from Rev. Erin Clifford, director of spiritual and missional formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Second Sunday of Advent • PEACE

Sunday • December 10

Join us at 8 a.m. (*) for our traditional service, 9 a.m. (+) for a blend of contemporary and traditional worship, or 11 a.m. (+) for our contemporary service.

The Gift (Youth, Grades 6-12)

Sunday • December 10
5:30-8:30 p.m. (*)

Let's celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ through worship, festivities, fire pits, and loving our neighbors through a winter clothes drive! We will be collecting winter hats, mittens/gloves, and coats for our neighbors nearby.

Men's December Fellowship

Wednesday • December 13
7-8:30 p.m. (*)

During this busy Advent season,  set aside some a time for connection and fellowship worship, prayer, and hearing testimonies about what is God doing in your life.

Lessons and Carols & the Third Sunday of Advent • JOY

Sunday • December 17
9 & 11 a.m. (+)

A relatively young tradition, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918, at King’s College, Cambridge. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always ‘Once in Royal David’s City’.

(There is also a traditional service at 8 a.m. (*))

Location Guide: (*) 6565 Arlington Blvd, Ministry Center (Concourse Level); (+) Bishop O'Connell High School

Christmas Eve Morning & Fourth Sunday of Advent • LOVE

Sunday • December 24

Join us Christmas Eve morning at 8 a.m. (*) for a traditional service or 10 a.m. (+) for a contemporary service.

Christmas Eve

Sunday • December 24

Join us for several evening services. At 4 p.m.(+), the Family Service will offer pageant and shorter service for younger children and parents. At 8 p.m. (+), there is a communion service with choir and brass followed by cocoa and carols at 9:30 p.m. (+).

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Monday • December 25
10 a.m. (*)

Join us as we usher in the Christmas season with a time of worship and prayer.

The Sunday After Christmas Day

Sunday • December 31
8 a.m. (*) 10 a.m. (+)

We celebrate the last Sunday of the Christmas season with a reverent time as a community. We next turn to Epiphany, or the coming of the Wise Men, that we remember on January 7.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. - Isaiah 9:6-7