Advent and Christmas preparation

St. Nick makes an appearance on the first Sunday in 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. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.

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. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

At Christ Church, there are a number of events, ministry opportunities and services during Advent.

Services

  • Sunday, December 23: Our Lessons and Carols service at 10 a.m., followed by a Christmas brunch
  • Monday, December 23: Family service at 4 p.m.; candlelight service with extended prelude at 10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 25: 10 a.m.

Sunday forums during Advent

  • December 2: A Visit from St. Nicholas /Advent Wreath-Making (December 2 at 9 a.m.)
  • December 9:  “Prepare the Way” (Fr. Chuck Weiss)
  • December 16: “What Should We Do?” (The Rev. Ann Truitt)
  • December 23: “Sing It, Girl!”  (Deacon Pat Malcolm and Jon Rania)

Three Ways to Give in the Season of Advent

As we count our blessings at this time of year, Christ Church is offering three special ways to give, as the Spirit moves:

Operation Feed the Troops
On Thursday, December 13, Christ Church and many others will serve a meal to folks at the Dover Air Force Base who cannot be home over the holidays.  We’re invited to contribute desserts.  If you’d like to do so, please bring your dessert to the Church Office by 1:30 PM on Tuesday, December 11.

Angel Tree
Our Angel Tree will be on the Church Porch starting Sunday, December 2.  If you wish, you may take an angel, which will have information about a gift for a child in need in our area.  Please return your gift, unwrapped, to the Church Porch or Church Office by Sunday, December 16.  Our Youth Group will wrap the gifts and arrange to have them delivered.

Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing
The men at DIMH have requested dress shirts and dress socks.  If you wish, you may purchase these items and drop them, wrapped in a shirt box, at DIMH or the Church Office by Sunday, December 23. (Preferred shirt sizes are L, XL, and XXL.  Please include a tag or sticky note indicating the size of the shirt.)