Advent & Christmas Schedule



ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Advent Activities

Hanging of the Greens & Decorating Chrismon Tree
Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 AM
Come help with the Hanging of the Greens & decorate the Chrismon tree!  This year, we will decorate the sanctuary on November 20, after the 10:00 am service.  Tom Thompson will provide us with beautiful Christmas music as we climb on ladders and fluff the bows! Join us for mulled wine, hot chocolate, gingerbread, pizza and don't forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweater as we bring in the Christmas season.

ADVENT WREATHS
Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 am
During the 9:00 Christian Formation hour, we will have items to spruce up your current advent wreath.  Feel free to bring your wreath to add bows and decorations to it.  We will also have some wreath frames if you would like to make an advent wreath.   Taking time to pray each day through Advent no matter what our schedule, is a moving way to prepare for the coming of Jesus.  Lighting advent candles at home is a wonderful way to slow down and round out your personal devotions and deepen your connection to God’s story.

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH & GIFT EXCHANGE
Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 AM
Calling all church women……St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is inviting you to a Christmas brunch and gift exchange on December 3, at 10:00 a.m. in the church parish hall.  Please bring a potluck dish or dessert of your choice and a wrapped Christmas gift under $20.  Be   prepared to enjoy a morning of Faith, Fellowship, Friends and Food.

  
 ST. NICHOLAS will visit St. Mark’s!
Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 am
We know St. Nicholas has a busy schedule this time of year, but St. Nicholas will visit St. Mark’s!  We expect St. Nicholas to arrive to our church on that Sunday at 9am.  Before the 10am service, the children will be led into the parish hall to take off their shoes.  The children will leave their shoes in the parish hall because St. Nicholas has been known to leave treats in children’s shoes. Everybody is then invited to eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas.  You don’t want to miss the chance to meet St. Nicholas, to hear his story, and to see him in all his pageantry!

 
Advent Cookie Decorating
Sunday, December 11 at 9:00 AM
We will have Cookie Decorating to bring in the Christmas season!  Sprinkles, frosting anything sweet, hope you can make it, we’ll save you a seat! All ages are invited to participate in this yummy event. Please join us for an occasion to enjoy fellowship and anticipate the festivities of Christmas.
 
Ornament Making
Sunday, December 18 at 9:00 AM
During the 9:00 am Christian Formation hour, we will make Christmas Ornaments. Join us in creating fun Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Invite friends and family for a creative day out. A great opportunity to make a holiday gift. 
 
Christmas Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, December 18 at 11:00 AM
Join us to celebrate the Christmas season with a Christmas Potluck. We encourage you to bring your favorite family holiday dish. So pull out those famous family "secret recipes" and join the fun! We will gather after the 10am service and the joy of one another’s company.   The sign up sheet is in the Parish Hall.

 
   CHRISTMAS EVE 
CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY SERVICES
Saturday, December 24
 
Holy Eucharist Rite II
4:00pm
 
Christmas Eve Concert: Dominique McCormick
5:00pm
 
Our Christmas Eve service will be a traditional service at 4:00pm, including liturgy, music, and candles that kindle our joy for this most special occasion.  A Christmas Eve Concert will follow our service with Dominique McCormick. A reception will follow.
 

CHRISTMAS DAY 
Sunday, December 25
Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00am

First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, January 1
Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:00am