Information on worship, special events and giving opportunities
during the Advent and Christmas Season.
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Christmas Eve Morning
and Evening Worship
Childcare provided for ages 3 and under at the 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm services.
Candle lighting included at all evening services.
8:20 AM — Old Chapel
Observance of the 4th Sunday of Advent
Chrismons: The Manger, The Anchor, and Butterfly
10:00 AM – Sanctuary
Observance of the 4th Sunday of Advent.
Chrismons and Chanel Choir will be central in this service.
Evening Candlelight Services
Photo Booth in the Atrium from 4:00-8:00 pm, Christmas Eve
As a gift to the families of Armstrong Chapel and everyone who joins us on Christmas Eve, there will be a full-service photo booth operating in the Atrium be- ginning from 4:00-8:00pm. Props and silly hats will be provided and copies will be printed on the spot for you to take home. Plan on coming early or staying after the 5:00 service and begin a new family tradition.
A Space for Quiet on Christmas Eve
The Wesley Room will be available for prayer and reflection from 4:30-9:30 pm. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of Advent, there is a longing for a quiet mo- ment, a moment to reconnect to Christ This year, the Wesley Room (in the area between the Atrium and the Fellowship Hall) will be transformed into a place of prayer and reflection. This worship space will be open from 4:30-9:30 pm on Christ- mas Eve. You may stop to pray there at any time. There will be Stephen Ministers available for prayer and support after the 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm services
5:00 PM — Worship Center
We will unwrap the true gift of Christmas – the baby Jesus swaddled in the manger. Families of all ages will be transported to that starlit night in Bethlehem as we hear and read the Christmas story, sing the beloved carols of Christmas and discover the wonder that drew shepherds and magi to the side of Jesus. Our children’s choir will share a song from the musical “Jesus Is Christmas.” Children young and old, are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the Christmas story.
8:00 PM — Sanctuary
Drawing on the traditions of Christmas worship, we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Scripture, beloved carols of Christmas and the graceful music of the Chancel Choir lead us to the manger and the light of Jesus, the Newborn King.
11:00 PM — Old Chapel
Celebrate the arrival of Christmas in the simple warmth and intimacy of Old Armstrong Chapel. Hear again the ancient story of the Newborn King who changes life today. Give praise to God as we choose our favorite carols of Christmas.
Childcare provided for ages 3 and under at the 5:00 & 8:00pm services only.
All are welcome at these special events.
Blue Christmas - December 18th
“I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you…” Elvis crooned in 1957. Yet, even today, many people face a Blue Christmas. There is an empty chair at the Christmas table because of death, estrangement, a move or other reasons. There is illness or physical changes which impact the celebration or there are other stressors which make the season of advent less than joyful. Our Stephen Ministers are sponsoring “A Blue Christmas” worship service on Monday, December 18, at 7:00pm in the Old Chapel. This candlelight service of scripture reading, music and prayer gives those who grieve the opportunity to receive comfort and hope in the midst of struggles.
Music This Christmas
Carol Sing: Usher in the Advent Season with Joy and Peace December 6 from 7:00-8:00pm in the Atrium. We’ll be singing our beloved Christmas Carols around the piano. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study. Questions? Contact Julie Holland or the church office.
Sounds of the Season: The music ministry at Armstrong Chapel is pleased and excited to present opportunities outside of the 9:40 worship service for you to hear exceptional music in December:
Monday, December 4 at 7:00pm – our Chancel Choir will join the Indian Hill High School Choir in our Sanctuary, performing Vivaldi’s Gloria. This promises to be an elegant start to the Advent season, as well as an opportunity to support young talent in the neighbor- hood.
Sunday, December 10 – the Handbell Choir will ring during the 9:40 service in the Sanctuary and at a 4:00pm concert at Twin Lakes. Traditional and brand new music will be featured as they will be premiering a piece written by director, Doug Belland.
Sunday, December 17 at 11:15 in the Worship Center - Christmas Musical & Brunch – Celebrate the season with our children’s choir as they share “Christmas is Jesus.” The musical will be followed by brunch.The Adult Discipleship Team is partnering with Children’s & Family Ministry to create a wonderful day of music at Armstrong! An RSVP for brunch is appreciated.
Sunday, December 17 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary – Handel’s Messiah featuring the Chancel Choir along with chamber players and Stacy Haney on the harpsichord, all under the direction of Ben Basone.
How can you help the less fortunate this Christmas?
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State Avenue Christmas Shop- December 9th 10:00-3:00
Can you help the Faithclimbers with a Christmas mission project?
Our 5th and 6th graders are planning their annual Christmas Extravaganza for State Avenue UMC in Lower Price Hill on December 9!
You can help by donating now at the bins in the Atrium and Education Wing entrance:
- NEW TOYS for Children ($10-20) Ethnic dolls or any dolls, girl stuff, basketballs, footballs, etc., books, markers, coloring books , crayons, games and toys for toddlers and babies, gently used or new stuffed animals
- GIFTS FOR ADULTS & TEENS ($5 or less) to go in our “Secret Santa Shop” for children to buy for their parents
FOOD NEEDED = Green Beans, Pies, Cornbread, Cupcakes, Mac & Cheese, Drinks, Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, etc.)
VOLUNTEER AT THE SHOP
- First Shift—(10:00-12:30) meet at Armstrong and head to State Avenue
- Second Shift— (12:00-2:30) shopping, lunch and fun (if you can stay longer to help clean up, that would be great)
- Job Assignments—Front door, Cashiers, Shopping Floor, Gift Wrapping, Secret Santa, Food serving, Game room
Adopt a family
InterParish Ministry (IPM) offers a Christmas Program to provide gifts for people in need. You may adopt a family or choose a name(s) from the Giving Tree in the Atrium. Each ornament lists a name, gift suggestions and family number. Spend approximately $25-35 per person. NEW! Gifts are to be UNWRAPPED with the family # and name on the ornament attached. Return the gift(s) to the tree on Sunday, December 3rd. When you take an ornament, please sign your name and the family's number on the gift list located by the tree. For more information contact, Rene Beck or Kathleen Kisner through the church office.
$25 GROCERY GIFT CERTIFICATES NEEDED. IPM hopes to provide each of the families with a grocery store gift certificate. The gift certificate or money needs to be turned in to the church office by Sunday, December 3rd.