Advent

Advent

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning.  Read below for how Elkhorn Hills UMC will prepare and anticipate the coming of Christ.

First Sunday of Advent (November 29th)

hanging of the greensThe first Sunday of Advent we prepare for Christ’s coming in final victory.  On November 29th, Elkhorn Hills UMC will prepare by decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas season in the traditional “Hanging of the Greens” following the 10:30 am service.  This is a family event–there are activities for all ages–and pizza will be served.   Please contact Director of Music Deb Eidam for more information.

Second Sunday of Advent (December 6th)

Regular worship and Sunday School schedule as we learn more about John the Baptist.  Throughout the Advent season, Elkhorn Hills UMC will be giving away special Nativity Sets to children during the children’s sermon at worship services.   EHUMC members create special nativity sets and hand out one piece each week.   This special tradition has included nativity sets made of fabric, wooden blocks, and craft pieces over the years.

Third Sunday of Advent (December 13th)

gingerbread houseChildren ages 5 thru 5th grade will decorate Gingerbread Houses in the Family Life Center during the Sunday School hour  (10:30 – 11:30 am).  This is a long standing tradition at Elkhorn Hills.  Candy donations can be placed in the box outside the church office.  All helping hands are welcome during the decorating as well.  Contact Children’s Ministries Director Ashley Bossert for more information.

There is a Youth Family Volunteer Activity scheduled on Saturday, December 19th, to help with a Christmas Party at Heartland Hope Mission from 1 to 6 pm.  Please contact Youth Ministries Director Jenny Louis for more information.

Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 20th)Christmas Note

We celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent with Joy! Unspeakable Joy! Christmas Cantata.  This Cantata will be performed at both services.  All choirs will participate in this very special musical service.  After both services, don’t forget to stop by the Cookie Walk, which is a fundraiser for the Elkhorn Hills Preschool and the Brianna Baumert Scholarship fund.

Advent Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season!

See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of the Advent season by taking the Advent Quiz.

Chuck Knows Church:  Advent Wreath

Christmas Season

Although we are accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the Church calendar, the Christmas season lasts sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). This is sometimes popularly referred to as “the twelve days of Christmas.” As Taylor Burton-Edwards notes, the Christmas Season “begins with the birth of Jesus and gives us two full weeks to encounter the extraordinary love, threats, dangers and opportunities God’s Incarnation in the birth of Jesus set off then and still sets off today.”

God entered our world, not as a conqueror but an infant, demonstrating the depth of God’s love — and a radical vision of peace and love — for all creation.

Christmas Eve Serviceschristmas altar

We will light the Christ Candle at Christmas Eve Services.  There are three Christmas Eve Services scheduled at Elkhorn United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 24th. 
  • Family Service – 4 p.m.
  • Traditional Service – 7 p.m.
  • Candlelight and Communion Service led by the Kaufmann Family – 11 p.m.

Epiphany

ephiphany imageJoin us on Sunday evening, January 3rd, 2016, at 5 pm for our annual children’s Epiphany Play.  This is a special, inspirational program performed by the youngest members of our church.  The children get to tell the amazing story of Jesus’ birth!   This is a special show so invite grandparents, cousins, and friends.

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