ADVENT/CHRISTMAS 2017 – 2018

“A Spiritual Christmas”

Substance over fluff. Joy over diversion. Carols over muzak. Breath over worry. Patience over pressure. Laughter over cynicism. Love over hate. Life over death.

For the seasons of Advent and Christmas, not only will we sing the well-known carols, hear the timeless scripture lessons, listen to timeless music, light the Advent candles, but we will also hear great “African American” and other Spirituals. These amazing songs, written from great faith and out of great suffering will bring depth to our Advent preparation for Christmas.
 
December 3: My Lord What a Morning
December 10: Children, Go Where I Send Thee
December 17: Jesus, What a Wonderful Child
December 24 – 4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve: Go Tell it on the Mountain
December 31 – New Years or 1st Sunday after Christmas: Mary Had a Baby
January 7 – Epiphany Sunday
 

December 3, 2017 – Women’s Christmas Cookie Exchange at 2pm at Pat Kramer’s home: 1770 Capistrano Avenue, Laguna Beach; 949-499-3933. Please bring 3 dozen cookies of one kind of cookie to exchange and go home with 2 dozen of a variety of Christmas cookies. One dozen of the cookies each person brings, will be delivered to the Military Wives. Sign up at the Christmas cookie table after Sunday services.

December 10, 2017 – CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS at 10:30am Gloria Dei Sunday School, Youth & Confirmands will perform. At 5pm, the Gloria Dei Preschool will have their Christmas Program.

December 17, 2017 – CHRISTMAS CAROLING, 4pm is our annual Christmas Caroling excursion to various Assisted Living communities in the area. Following caroling we will gather to eat pizza back at the church. Maps and locations will be available prior to the event.
 

December 24, 2017 – Christmas Eve

CELEBRATE!

10:00am Worship Service

  • Traditional carols, Bells, and Lighting of Advent Candles
  • Holy Communion celebrated
  • Childcare provided.

4:00pm Worship Service

  • Candlelight family service with carols and Instrumental music
  • Children’s Choir
  • Childcare provided.

5:30pm Worship Service

  • Candlelight service with carols and instrumental music
  • Sanctuary (Adults) Choir, Bell Choir, special music
  • Childcare provided.

11:00pm Worship Service

  • Holy Communion and Candlelight
  • Carols, special music, and more. There will be no Christmas Day worship services.