This year, as we move through the Advent Season, we are asking people of all ages to dive deeply in hospitality by bringing items listed below that will be gathered under our Christmas trees thorughout Advent and will be shared with various ministries in need. Feel free to bring your items in gift bags, if you wish.
The Sundays of Advent
December 1: Hope Please bring dish towels
December 8: Peace Please bring sheets/pillows
December 15: Joy Please bring blankets
December 22: Love Please bring bath towels
Special Christmas Music
“Christmas Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham
December 15, 9:30 am
Set for brass, organ, and chorus, Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata is one of the composer’s best-known works. Shifting from energetic to reverent, and back again, the cantata weaves early and contemporary music styles together to create memorable melodies and rhythmic excitement with Latin texts. Our Director of Music, Jarod Ogier, will lead the Chancel Choir, our organist – Narmina Aliyeva, and guest brass players from Capital University as they present the work at the 9:30 am service.
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 22, 3 pm
This quiet time including scripture, music, and reflection will be especially appropriate for persons who are not feeling joyful this time of year. If you would like to explore this service or have a friend for whom you believe it might be helpful — come, invite, join us in the Potter Chapel at 3 pm on Sunday, December 22 for a Blue Christmas Service!
Worship & Music
Columbus Rings Bell Choir: in concert, Friday, December 13, 7:30 pm, in Sanctuary
Columbus International Bell Choir: in concert, Sunday, December 15, 4 pm, in the Sanctuary
Taize Service: Join us for a time of quiet reflection, meditation, music, and prayer in the candlelit Potter Chapel on Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 pm.
Christmas Eve Worship
Tuesday, December 24
4:00 pm Family Christmas Eve Worship: Our Family Service features a children’s Christmas Pageant and festive holiday music.
6:00 pm Advent Reflections: Join us for a worshipful blend of music and readings celebrating the culmination of the Advent season in the birth of Christ.
8:00 pm Lessons and Carols: The Service of Lessons and Carols features our Chancel Choir. The prelude begins at 7:40 pm. Come, hear the glorious music of the season!
11:00 pm Christmas Candlelight Communion: Receive God’s gift of the Christ Child with candles, music, and prayer.
Special Worship Schedule
Join us for one blended service at 10 am on Sunday, December 29, as we prepare for New Year’s Eve!
Church-wide Advent Study on Sunday mornings at 10:40 am in Browning Lounge, facilitated by Cyndy Garn. Come and use this time as part of your preparation for celebrating once again the birth of the Christ Child. Books will be available in the church office for a donation. One can participate in the class discussion without reading the book.
Fun & Fellowship
WUMC Singles Cards & Pizza: Friday, December 6, 6:30 pm, in Dixon Lounge. RSVP to email@example.com or 614-885-5365.
Men’s Breakfast: The Men’s Group will gather on Saturday, December 14, 7:30-8:30 am, in the Commons. All men are welcome.
UMW Annual Membership Christmas Luncheon: Saturday, December 7, 10:30 am, at Mozart’s Cafe. Do not miss this special occasion!
Church-wide Caroling Event: Sunday, December 8, 4 pm. Join us at the church, followed by caroling at Friendship Village of Columbus, Wesley Glen, and The Forum. Contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Impact & JAM Christmas Celebration: Sunday, December 15, 6-8 pm. Join us for a Christmas-themed game night for grades 4-12!
Youth Breadmaking Fundraiser: Sunday, December 22. The youth will be selling homemade bread during all services. All proceeds go to youth summer camps.
Annual Cookie Sampling: Sunday, December 29. Enjoy some tasty treats during the Hospitality Hour following our one blended service at 10 am.
The Annual Congregational Art Show: Members will be sharing their talents with us throughout January. Please bring your two-dimensional art to the office to be shared by January 3.
College-aged Dinner: Thursday, January 2, 7 pm. Contact Ashley for more info (email@example.com)
Youth Impact Epiphany Party: Sunday, January 5, 6-8 pm. Join us for a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Contact Ashley for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Advent Giving & Outreach
Bethlehem on Broad Street Food Boxes: Help us fill 200 food boxes for Columbus-area families in need this Christmas. Give some of the items or completely fill a box. All food must be in cans or plastic containers; no glass please! A complete list is available in the church office. Please bring your donation to the church by December 3. We will need volunteers to load boxes for transport on Saturday, December 7, and to distribute boxes on Saturday, December 14.
Angel Tree: Please help us provide Christmas gifts for children in Worthington Schools and the United Methodist Free Store Christmas Shop. Choose an ornament form the tree – purchase a gift from the wish list on the ornament – return the unwrapped gift to the church, with the ornament attached. Ornaments for Worthington schools items will be due December 15. Ornaments for UM Free Store Christmas Shop will be due December 8.
Sock Tree: The Sock Tree will be just inside the main entrance to the church. We hope to fill the tree with warm socks, hats, gloves, and scarves for all ages. Please hang your donations on the tree.
Underwear Drawer: Our chest of drawers will be by the main entrance to the church. Please place your donations of new underwear in the chest.
NNEMAP Advent Project: We are making grooming kits for the NNEMAP Pantry as an Advent project. Large zip-lock bags with labels with lists of items needed are available in the ministry hallway. Please consider filling a bag and returning it to the church by December 22.
Mat Ministry PLARN Party: Join us on Wednesday, December 18, 12:30-4 pm in Dixon Lounge, as we make sleeping mats for the homeless while we enjoy a fellowship time.
Fellowship Dinner Community Meal: Thursday, December 19, 6:30-7:30 pm. Help us welcome our neighbors as we offer a free, home-cooked meal to anyone who needs one.
Operation Sandwich: Involve the whole family and make sandwiches for the Friends of the Homeless Shelter. Make PB&J, or bologna and cheese (no condiments) sandwiches. Put them in individual sandwich baggies and place those into the empty bread loaf bag. Deliver the completed sandwiches to the refrigerator in the basement kitchen each week during Advent, and beyond!
Hands-on Opportunities: Give the gift of time and volunteer at local pantries, meal programs, or health clinics:
NNEMAP Pantry: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am-noon
Worthington Resource Pantry: Monday, 9 am-3 pm; Wednesday, 2-8 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm)
Gates-Fourth UMC Breakfast program: 4th and 5th Saturdays monthly, 8:30-10 am
New Life Clinic: Sundays, 7-9 am
- On Epiphany Sunday, January 5, join us for Holy Commmunion
- Renewal of Baptism & Blessing of the church officers on January 12
- City of Worthington Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20
- Mission Night: January 26, 4-6 pm
- Red Cross Blood Drive: Thursday, January 23
- UMW Kickoff Event: Saturday, January 25
- Intergenerational Game Night: February 23, 4-6 pm
- New Member Class: February 2
- Shrove Tuesday Pancakes: February 25
- Mission Trip to North Carolina: February 23-29