Christmas Events at Jesus MCC!

November 21st, 2007 • Category: social events/groups, Special Events, Church News

Christmas Star

Mark your calendar! If you have questions, please email the church office or call (317) 722-0000.

Our traditional Giving Tree items are available for you to take from the tree in the social hall. We’ll buy gifts for Indiana Youth Group and clients of the Damien Center.

Couples’ social event: Holiday Progressive Dinner on Saturday, December 1, at 6:00 pm. As of November 18, this event has sold out!

First Sunday of Advent is December 2.

Homeless Ministry Christmas Party, Sunday December 2, 3:00 pm at Dawn & Charlotte Egler’s home. We’ll be sharing a meal, playing games, and assembling gift bags for our homeless neighbors. This is a “semi-pitch-in”, with chili, vegetable soup, crackers, and Christmas cookies provided. Contact the church for directions, so we know how many to expect, and to let us know what you’d like to bring.

Las Posadas Los Posadas is an elaborate preparation for La Navidad (Christmas) in Mexico and some Central American countries. It’s a religious and social celebration that takes place over nine nights, from December 16 to 24, and commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. This tradition dates back to the sixteenth century and St. Ignatius Loyola, who used an Aztec festival to teach about the birth of Christ.

Las Posadas includes a procession led by children, followed by adults and musicians. They travel to a different house in the village or neighborhood each night looking for lodging. When they enter the designated house, they begin the evening with prayer; soon after, the celebration begins, full of music, fireworks, food, candy, and treats for all. Children and adults alike anticipate this joyous religious occasion.

Our event may lack some of the traditional fireworks, but it’s sure to be just as magical. We’ll have some traditional Mexican appetizers and world famous Chocolate (pronounced Chalk-O-La-Te). Children are welcome.

The celebration will take place at Zach Adamson and Christian Mosburg’s home on December 14, 6:30 pm. Please sign up at the info kiosk or email the church if you plan to be part of our celebration.

Parents’ Day Out, December 15, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Do you need time without your child to do your holiday shopping? The JMCC nursery team would like to offer you a day to do just that. This is for any child from 6 months to 13 years old who would like to spend the day playing awesome games, making cool crafts, baking tasty treats, and eating yummy pizza! Please fill out the Parent’s Day Out information sheet at the kiosk or email the church if you are interested.

Christmas Program: One Incredible Moment, December 15, 7:00 pm and December 16, 6:00 pm. Presented by the creative arts team, with poetic text by Max Lucado and music by Tom Fettke. We will reflect on the moment Christ came by examining people in Scripture as ordinary humans who experience an extraordinary God, working in mysterious ways.

Navajo Missions Team Presentation, December 16, 9:30 and 11:00 am. The team will present what they learned about the true Spirit of the Christmas season while in New Mexico. Come and hear how the team traveled to offer their gifts and in return received a life-changing early Christmas present.

Birthday Party for Jesus, December 23, 11:00 am. Children’s Church will celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a party — complete with games, cake, and gifts.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Jazz Service, Monday, December 24, 7:00 pm. A service of celebration and reflection will feature our praise band, choirs, and soloists presenting carols and songs in the jazz style. Come on out and dig this scene. We bet you hepcats will be jivin’ in your seats!.

Christmas Day Dinner and Open House. You’re invited to the home of Pastor Jeff Miner and his spouse, David Zier. Stop by anytime from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm for dinner and fellowship with church friends and family. Contact the church for directions.

Regular service times for Sunday, December 30, 2007, as we look forward to 2008! Happy New Year!

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