December 1: Bringing the Light

Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall

The Christian celebration of Advent calls us to prepare for the future. For three decades World AIDS Day has called us to work for healing. With compassion and courage, how do we dedicate our hands and hearts to create a future of hope for generations to come?

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December 8: Illuminating our Path

Service Leader: Natasha Steinmacher

In our All Music Sunday we will explore, through the medium of music, the light we seek, the light we have, the light we give, and the light that guides us on our journey. This will be a multigenerational service so that all may experience the music.


December 15: Festivals of Light

Service Leader: Paula Gribble

Festivals of Light is a wonderful service centered around all the Winter Holidays (Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more). Join us as we learn how each of these traditions matter to us as Unitarian Universalists. We will hear from voices of all ages, as well as wonderful music! This is a multigenerational service.


Friday December 20: Blue Christmas

5:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall

There is much joy in the holiday season, but it can also be a painful time for those who have experienced loss. This gentle service will offer a space of holding, with music, spoken word and meditative ritual, to provide support in the sadness that can be present among the celebrations of this time.

 

December 22: Darkness and Light

Service Leader: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall

Night falls earlier, the air cools in this time of Hanukkah and the winter solstice. Around the world and through the ages, people bring light to bring hope, inviting the sun to return. How shall we kindle the sacred flame to bring light to a darkened world?


Tuesday December 24: Christmas Eve Pageant

5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Service Leaders: Paula Gribble and Rev. Margret A. O’Neall

This special pageant, written by Paula Gribble, narrated and performed by the children and youth of UUCCH, honors the nativity story, as well as the special birth of each child, and has a distinct UU message. There is wonderful music, as well as many singing opportunities. Bring a treat or snack to share for the reception following the service.

 

Tuesday December 24 Christmas Eve: Glad Tidings

7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

Service Leaders: Rev. Margret A. O’Neall and Natasha Steinmacher

In the darkest season of the year, we rejoice in the miracle of new birth. The traditional rituals of story, song, and candlelighting are rich with meaning as we turn the cycle of the year and celebrate our love together. All ages are welcome!


Sunday December 29: Illuminating Our Lives

Service Leader: Worship Committee

American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, "Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations." There are many shadows in these dark, cold days of winter. This Sunday, let us celebrate the light casting those shadows by ushering in the New Year with verse. Members of our congregation will share poems—some original, some written by others—that have touched them, that have made them laugh or made them cry, and that have brought some light into their lives.