christmas 2018

Christmas is a joyous season for Christians around the world. Join us as we move through the Advent Season with festive activities and Worship services for the entire family.

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Christmas Services

December 23, 2018
Worship Service - 10:00AM

Christmas Eve - December 24, 2018
Family Worship Service - 4:00PM
Candlelight Service - 8:00PM
Candlelight Service - 10:00PM

New Year’s Worship - December 30, 2018
Worship Service - 10:00AM

Christmas Office Hours

Please note the following special office hours during the week of Christmas and New Year’s

December 24
9:00AM-12:00PM

December 25
Closed

December 31
Closed

January 1
Closed

Christmas Eve Worship

4PM FAMILY SERVICE

This special service is geared towards families and children of all ages – in fact, our children and youth are part of the worship team and participate throughout the service.  As one of our most well attended services during the year, you’ll want to arrive early to get a seat.  We sing familiar Christmas Carols, read the Christmas story in a way children can relate to, and build a live nativity scene in the front of the church as the story unfolds.  At the end, all children are invited to come forward and join together in singing a Christmas Carol Medley and then watch as a birthday cake for Jesus is brought in complete with lit candles as we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.  The kids follow the pastor and cake to Fellowship Hall where it (along with other refreshments) are enjoyed.  Parents, grandparents and the whole congregation join the party at the conclusion of the service.

8PM & 10PM CANDLELIGHT SERVICES

These identical services are designed in a quiet, meditative style for older youth and adults.  Each person who attends is given a candle to light and hold near the end of the service when we sing Silent Night.  The dimly lit sanctuary allows for a sense of contemplation and mystery as we share lessons and carols and a brief meditation by the Senior Minister.  The choir offers special music for this holiest of nights and many of our worshippers say this is one of the most meaningful services of the entire year.

Christmas Food Drive

The holidays are an incredible time of year— Christmas brings families together around the altar, around the tree, and around the table. This year, we’re continuing our Christmas tradition of supporting Blue Butterfly Village with a Christmas food drive to help restock their pantries which are traditionally depleted after the holidays. From December 9 through the end of the year, we’ll be collecting canned foods and nonperishable items for Blue Butterfly Village. Collection boxes will be available in the Narthex and in the Office. You can bring your donations with you to Church or to the office during office hours. 

Blue Butterfly Village is a Volunteers of America community for homeless families with a focus on Veteran families. We have supported them with past Christmas Offerings and helped furnish their computer lab. 

Christmas Offering

Christian Action Ministry is excited to announce the recipients of our Annual Christmas Offering. Each year, we select nonprofit organizations who will each receive a portion of our Christmas Offering. This year, Christian Action has selected Caring House and Trinity Kids Care, both of whom provide crucial end of life support for patients and families in our community. Read below to learn more about each of these organizations and their important work. If you would like to make a gift in support, Christmas Envelopes will soon be available in the pews— if contributing by check, please note “Christmas Offering” in the memo line.  

Caring House

Caring House is the first and only non-medical home in Los Angeles County totally focused on end-of-life care.  The end of life is a time of transition. They are an independent, nonprofit organization and their residents are visited by Medicare-Medicare-certified hospice service teams. What’s needed is space and time for peace, comfort and support — for both the person who is dying and for their loved ones. Space and time for resolution and reconciliation. Space and time where last wishes may be fulfilled, stories may be written and memories shared and created. Their bedrooms are fully furnished private bedrooms with cable TV, a clock, ample linens and bath towels, as well as basic toiletries.

Caring House provides that space and time, welcoming men and women in the last weeks of their lives for life’s last transition.

They welcome and honor people from all cultures, spiritual backgrounds and traditions. And they welcome men and women without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age or and gender.

TrinityKids Care

TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare Hospice, is the only dedicated pediatric hospice program in Los Angeles and Orange counties for infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses. TrinityKids Care, one of the few children's hospice programs in California, provides in-home care and support for young patients and their families.

TrinityKids Care offers:

  • Pain control, symptom management and end-of-life comfort care

  • An on-call nurse, social worker and chaplain, 24 hours, seven days-a-week

  • Hospice physician consultation

  • Family counseling

  • Emotional and spiritual support

  • Help in obtaining medicine, supplies and equipment for the child

  • Assistance with the child's practical needs such as feeding and bathing

  • Supportive services for the child's siblings

  • Grief and loss support

No one is turned away from TrinityKids Care due to lack of insurance or inability to pay.  On December 9th, Robin Haney spoke to us on behalf of TrinityKids Care during Worship.