From the Gap Pastor
I am impressed and delighted by all of your Christmas decorations! Yesterday I saw three lovely creches, lights galore, an Advent wreath with its five candles, more bright ornaments than are countable, pretty angelic tree toppers, and treasured Chrismons – some made by church family children who are now adults.
I just learned that Chrismon trees were first used by North American Lutherans back in the 1950’s, though the practice has since spread to other denominations like ours. The evergreen tree itself, for Christians, symbolizes the eternal life Jesus Christ provides. The Chrismon tree differs from the traditional Christmas tree in that it is decorated with only clear lights and Chrismons made from white and gold material, the liturgical colors of the Christmas season.
They are ancient symbols for Christ or some part of Christ’s ministry: the descending dove, fish, Celtic cross, Jerusalem cross, shepherd’s crook, chalice, shell, and others. Laurence Stookey, former professor at Wesley Seminary, wrote that “because many symbols of the Chrismon tree direct our attention to the nature and ultimate work of Christ, they can be helpful in calling attention to Advent themes.”
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Sunday, December 4
Second Sunday In Advent
Images of the Season: Belts
Congregational Meeting after Worship
Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday in Advent
Images of the Season: Trees
Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Children’s Christmas Play
Saturday, December 24
Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Day
Images of the Season: Hearts
NOTE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, Sunday, December 25th:
- Members have been invited by Pastor Caroline Wilson to join with the Christian Community Presbyterian Church at their Christmas day service. The church is located at 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Phone 30l.262.6008. The service begins at 10:00 a.m.
- Members have been invited by Pastor Andy Kort at First Presbyterian of Annapolis. The church is located at 171 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD. 410.267-8705, The service begins at 10:00 a.m. The Hillman parking garage is under construction, so plan to leave in plenty of time to find a parking space. This link has parking information.
- We have been invited by Pastor Clara Young to Greenbelt Community (UCC) Church where services will begin at 10:15 on Christmas morning. The church is located at 1 Hillside Road in Greenbelt. The phone there is 30l.474.6171.
- National Capital Presbytery is hosting an online service that can be viewed on Christmas morning. A link will be made available once received.
Your donations of food items are always appreciated. A check made out to UPB earmarked “Food Pantry” will enable the pantry to buy discounted grocery gift cards.
A group is forming to begin meeting in the library after church on January 8th. Please join us even if you have not shown interest previously.
Join us on Zoom at 7:30 each Tuesday night on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/159967508?pwd=VFlySnpyc2xZb3ZQUkdaZ0w5ZU5rZz09
We Care for One Another
Gene Barbato is under care for a torn Achilles tendon and pneumonia.
Bob Bell is under treatment for brain cancer. He and Joann now live on Cape Cod.
Sharita Williams-Smith, Sharon Doughty, and Joey Drown are each recovering from recent surgeries.
Betsy Burian is doing much better!
Bill Wallace is at Future Care Capital Region on Brightseat Road in Landover.
To those who decorated the church for Advent and Christmas last Sunday, and provided a delicious lunch for all.
To those who have pledged to support the church’s mission in 2022. (If you haven’t yet sent in your pledge card, please contact Gene Barbato, Stewardship Chair, as soon as possible; or simply bring your pledge to church next week.)
We are posting our virtual worship to our YouTube channel each week in case you miss worship – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg
If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so. You can mail a check to the church. You can give online through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url . You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature. Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.