December 3, 2017 @ 5pm Blue Christmas Service Christmas can be a very painful time for some of us. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one or it may simply be a difficult time for any number of reasons. The constant refrain in shopping malls and even our churches, about the happiness of the season and getting together with family and friends only serves to remind many of what they have lost or never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of loneliness--all of these can make us feel even more alone in the midst of celebrating. For those reasons, you are invited to a Blue Christmas service, which provides the space and time to acknowledge the sadness and concern. There will be prayer, scripture reading, music, and a candle-lighting that acknowledges God's presence for those who mourn and struggle. Everyone, regardless of their church background (or lack of it) are welcome to attend service on Sunday, December 3 at 5 PM.
December 10, 2017 New Member Sunday Anyone interested in becoming a member of Starview UCC, please contact Pastor Laura
God Bless us Everyone! The Redemption of Scrooge Invite your friends & family to join you this year for a special Advent & Christmas Worship experience! Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol, a story of brokenness and redemption. Scrooge begins the story as an unrepentant miser whose greed has caused harm to himself and others and ends with him changed—a redeemed man. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, values only money and himself in life. Just as Christ brings light and hope to a world in darkness, the events of A Christmas Carol shine light into the darkness surrounding Scrooge’s life, ultimately leading him to embrace the hope, peace, joy, and love we associate with Christmas. This year, our Advent and Christmas worship space will be transformed into an 1800’s England with lanterns, snow, evergreens, bells, clocks, and carolers. Our Advent journey will take a look at how our God blesses each and every one of us with the ability to be transformed. Just as the chimes of the clock-tower bells in A Christmas Carol provided a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge and turned him from his resentment, fear, and isolation, so make it be for us!
December 3: Ba Humbug! Making Change (Holy Communion) December 10: The Remembrance of Christmas Past (Christmas Cantata—See Below) December 17: The Life of Christmas Present December 24: The Hope of Christmas Future December 24: (7 PM) Christmas Eve: The Redemption of Scrooge (Holy Communion) December 24: (11:15 PM) Christmas Eve: God Bless Us Every One! (Holy Communion) December 31: (9:45 AM) God Bless Us Every One! Keeping Christmas Well (Holy Communion)
Starview United Church of Christ, Mount Wolf Pa, Rev. Laura Bair