Watching and Waiting - Advent and Christmas 2019

Advent and Christmas at a glance...

Wednesdays in Advent
December 4, 11, 18 at 8:15pm
Short prayer service in the chapel.
See below for more information
Breakfast with Santa
December 14 from 9-12pm
Sponsored by the
Lions Club
Christmas Pagant
December 22
 at 10 am
Christmas Eve Worship
6pm Family Service
10:30 pm - Choir Prelude
11pm - Candle Light Service
Christmas Day
10 am

Advent is the Season that leads us to Christmas - the celebration of God coming into our world as one of us. Advent is spent watching and waiting. For while we on the coming of Jesus, we also celebrate that he has come and remains with us. Advent is a time when we search for Jesus in our world, in your life. So how do we talk about Advent? Better yet, why do we need to bother with Advent when the rest of the world wants to usher in the celebration and not watch and wait? Dr. Mark Oldenburg put together a presentation a few years ago to help congregations, pastors, and individuals help put the pieces together and answer these questions.


Prayer and Worship on Wednesday Nights

Need a break from preparing for Christmas? We will gather in the chapel of St. John's at 8:15pm on Wednesday night to pray Compline. Compline is an ancient prayer that the church has used for centuries. It is based in the Psalms and has long periods of silence for reflection. It is a delightful way to close out your day and to escape from the hustle and bustle of December. This event is in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church.
On December 12, 2018, Guadalupe Bustillos was injured when she was shot in the face. A year has passed since this gruesome crime and acts violence still occur in our community. As the church, our job is remember the Guadalupes of Martinsburg and to not let these evil acts go unnoticed or forgotten. So, we will gather on the front steps of St. John's at 8:15pm to pray and show our community that the light always conquers.

Welcoming in Christmas can be difficult in the age of consumer spending.  Why not try welcoming in Christmas in backwards through an activity called the the Reverse Advent Calendar.  Click on the flyer below for more information.
This year, we are participating in the ELCA Good Gifts program.  These make excellent stocking stuffers or the perfect for gift for the person in your life who already has everything!

To help you get ready for Christmas, we have a few events happening at our congregation:




And do join us on Christmas Eve as the final culmination of our Advent and Christmas Season.  Come see Jesus, witness his presence through candle light, prayer, hymns and the celebration of Holy Communion - the meal where Jesus is truly present in the Bread and the Wine.