In addition to our regular Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am, on Christmas Eve we will also be having our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the evening.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 24th. This special service of hymns and readings is a Brookmeade tradition, and a wonderful way to remind us of the real reason for the season. Please invite your family and friends to attend this special service as we celebrate the joy of Christmas.
A fun and non traditional Christmas Pageant is a long tradition at Brookmeade. This year we will be doing a simple, participatory, all ages pageant during the worship service on 12/17. There will be a role for everyone in the congregation (no rehearsing necessary). However, if you’d like to learn more about what we will be doing or contribute ideas, please join us on 12/10 during Learn and Grow from 9:15-10:15 am before worship.
Our next trip to Project CURE is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, 9 am – 12 pm (2300 Clifton Ave, 37209). We will be sorting medical supplies to be sent to hospitals in developing countries. Everyone is welcome, including newcomers! See you there!
The 1st Sunday of each month is COW Sunday. We ask everyone bring in non-perishable food items. We will bring the groceries to Second Harvest Food Bank. We also take up a monetary collection which is split between Second Harvest Food Bank and Heifer International. Brookmeade doing a small part to alleviate hunger!
Caroling, Sunday, Dec. 17—Join us for caroling (a long-time Brookmeade tradition!) after Coffee Fellowship, leaving about 12:15 p.m. Car pooling is encouraged. Please meet at the church and directions and further information will be given. There will be a post-caroling after party as well. Check your email/announcements for more information.
On December 17th Brookmeade will take the offering for the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund. One of the five special mission offerings of the UCC, the Christmas Fund provides pension and health premium supplementation to lower-income retired church workers, emergency assistance to clergy or lay church employees in need, and Christmas “Thank You” gift checks to hundreds of annuitants. A special envelope will be in the bulletin. Through your gifts to the Christmas Fund, you, too, can embody Shepherding the Light and pass on God’s love.
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The Community Life Team invites you to help with decorating the church for the Advent Season on Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 9:30 am. Coffee and muffins will be provided along with any fresh greens needed. There is a Christmas tree that will need to be put together and decorated in addition to making a couple of small wreaths and one large grape vine wreath for the front of the church; poinsettias to be placed along with the two large wreaths at the front of the Sanctuary. Come and see what else is planned to make our Church festive for the upcoming season!
Brookmeade will be collecting toys for the next four Sundays to be given to The Last Minute Toy Store. We ask that you not bring toys that require batteries. We will have a collection box in the foyer for the toys. The Last Minute Toy Store provides Christmas gifts to families in need.
It is a long standing Brookmeade tradition to eat a meal on Thanksgiving Day. This tradition was started as a way to fellowship together for members who did not live close to family. This is a potluck meal with traditional Thanksgiving fare beginning at 2 pm. A signup list is posted in the hall on the Community Life board. All are invited! Please bring your friends or visiting family members and bring a dish or two to share. Please sign up by Wednesday, 11/22. Think of all the time you’ll save by cooking only 2 dishes instead of a whole meal! Hope to see you there!
Once a month during the winter season Brookmeade provides warm beds, meals and showers for several homeless men in our community. If you would like to volunteer to help with Room in the Inn, please sign up on the Mission and Outreach bulletin board in the hallway. The dates this season are: November 19th, December 17th, January 21st, and February 18th.