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Advent & Christmas 2020

Even a pandemic can’t stop Christmas! We’re planning some very meaningful ministries and can’t wait to experience this season with you.

Will we be able to sing and light candles this Christmas? “I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining.” A line from an anonymous Jewish poet during WW2. Hits home for us this year as we wait for the dawn of a new day. As we work and wait for healing and for justice Jesus was born into such a world. He would call for a new way to be in right relationship. On paths of hope, love, joy, and peace. This year, we will fill the night with music and light. And affirm the ways right now that we can believe. Even when we are separated. Join us for inspiration, for hope, for light. I Believe Even When… Fill the Night with Music and Light.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-714641; CCLI 435430 and CRL030829. Publishing Credits: Worship series design © Worship Design Studio by Marcia McFee. Used, adapted, and live-streamed with permission.

Advent Worship Services Online

I Believe, Even When: Filling the Night with Music and Light On paths of hope, love, joy, and peace, we’ll find our inspiration, even when we are separated. This year, we’ll affirm the ways right now that we can believe. We’ll share  good news from all four gospels. We’ll hear the stories behind hymns and explore the power of music in our lives. We’ll turn living rooms into sanctuaries. We’ll light candles together. Please join us on FACEBOOK LIVE at 9:00 am; African Nationals Worship 12:30 pm.

  • November 29: I Believe in the Sun: Hope for Tomorrow (All Together Sunday, worship at 11:00 am)
  • December 6: I Believe in Love: Daring Right Relationship
  • December 13: I Believe in God: Ode to Joy
  • December 20: I Believe in the Light: Illuminating Peace
  • December 24: We Believe, Even Now
  • December 27: Believe This: The Time Has Come

Church-wide Advent Study

Many of our adult small groups will be discussing Adam Hamilton’s Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas this Advent season. In his most recent book, Hamilton “examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth.” Let your group leader know of your need for a book.

Would you like to participate in an Advent study, but you aren’t part of a group that is offering it? If so, the informal “Pastries with the Pastors” group would love to have you join, starting Sunday, November 29th on Zoom. If you are interested or want more details, please email Pastor Jonathan (

Your Home, Your Sanctuary,
for I Believe

November 28 or 29, 2020 - 10:00-11:00 am

Since no one will be inside St. Paul’s sanctuary, we’re providing a few items to help you turn your living room into your sanctuary! And, we have an I Believe tree ornament for you and your family to create together.

On Saturday, November 28, 10:00-11:00 am, OR, Sunday, November 29, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, drive up to our 2nd Ave parking lot and pick up your small bag of supplies. It is our gift to you! We hope that you’ll want to have these at home to fully participate in our Advent and Christmas worship services.

Children's Christmas Activity Pack

Hello! Since we won't get to meet during the month of December, St. Paul's children's ministry team would like to spread joy of the season and send a special Christmas Activity pack out to any child within the church (Kindergarten through 4th grade) who would like one! Please fill out the below form by November 30th. Option for in-person pick-up November 29th, 10:00-11:00 am, under 2nd Avenue canopy. Any questions can be directed toward Allison Witters ( or Julie Hanlin ( Merry Christmas, and Stay Safe! Please register at the link below.

Wednesday Hymn Sings for Advent and Christmas

On December 2, 9, 16th, and 23rd, we’ll be back on FACEBOOK LIVE at 6:30-7:15 pm, taking your music requests! Join a pastor and a pianist to sing our way through the season.

Outdoor Nativity with Live Animals

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, this event is for you! Visit our outdoor nativity with live animals on December 9th, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm on 3rd Avenue around Circle Drive of St. Paul’s UMC.

Christmas Dinner in a Box

December 20, 2020
To sign up, call 211 by December 15.

While gathering for our annual Christmas Eve Meal will not be possible this year, we still want to make sure families and individuals have all the fixings for a Christmas feast! There are two options to receive a box for your family: pick it up from St. Paul’s between 12:00-1:00 pm on Sunday, December 20th or have a box delivered to your home during the same time. Both methods will be contactless.

Blue Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2020

The Christmas season this year may not be full of cheer and festivity for everyone. If that is true for you, join us for a brief Blue Christmas service in the parking lot on December 21st at 7:00 pm as we admit everything is not okay, and find hope in the midst of it all anyway.

Christmas Eve Worship

December 24, 2020, Facebook LIVE – 7:00-8:00 pm

We Believe, Even Now On this night, we return to the story of Jesus’ birth as it is told in the Gospel of Luke. We so desire to believe in the good news of the messengers; do not be afraid. With music and light, we worship this night!

Christmas Eve Light to the World Event

December 24, 2020 - 8:30 pm

What if everyone in your neighborhood helped fill the night with music and light? Our Christmas Eve worship leaders will step outside onto our 3rd Avenue steps at 8:30 pm, with  music and light! Join us virtually from your own doorway or window, with your own candles and a song. We’ll share through Facebook LIVE and invite you to take a photo of your family to share back with us. More details to come!

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