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Advent and Christmas 2017Advent and Christmas 2017

"Better Days Ahead:

Hope, Anticipation, and the Coming of Christ"

This has been a difficult year for the world and its people. Natural disasters have struck, as have acts of unspeakable violence. However, as Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica, those of us who believe are not "to grieve as a people without hope," for we are not only hopeful people but expectant people because God has come into the world in Jesus of Nazareth. This sermon series is an invitation to enter anew into this hope and expectation as we remember together what it means for the messiah to come to us.

Breakfast and Blessing
Mondays, December 4, 11, and 18
7:15 am | Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St, Richmond
Enjoy coffee, breakfast, and morning prayer with our clergy.

Wednesday Evening Worship
December 6, 13, and 20 | 6:30 pm | Chapel
Enjoy a time of fellowship, worship, and prayer on Wednesday evenings. The catered meal begins in the fellowship hall at 5:30 pm and features kid-friendly meals and vegetarian options. Following the meal, come worship in the chapel at 6:30 pm. More Information

Advent Sermon Series
Better Days Ahead: 
Hope, Anticipation, and the Coming of Christ
" | December 3-24
Sundays at 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 am
Except December 24 with services at 9:30 and 11:00 am (no 8:30 am service) 
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Service of Remembrance
Sunday, December 17 | 4:00 pm | Chapel 
For those facing grief and loss during the holiday season, this service in the chapel offers the opportunity to find strength and comfort.  Child care available for ages four and younger.
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Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24
4:00 pm Family Service | Fellowship Hall
    Christmas Story and Pageant, Led by Tammy Tipton-Nay
5:30 pm Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service | Sanctuary
     Sermon: “Christmas in Rhyme,” Lead Pastor Doug Forrester
11:00 pm Candlelight Service with Holy Communion | Sanctuary
     Sermon: “God in the Flesh,” Lead Pastor Doug Forrester
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New Year's Eve Services
Sunday, December 31 | 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 am
Lead Pastor Doug Forrester will preach on “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” as we usher in a new year.

Twelfth Night Celebration
Wednesday, January 3 | 6:30 pm | Chapel
A music-filled worship with the Children's Choir celebrating the birth of Jesus. Come to the
Wonderful Wednesday meal before the service. 
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Epiphany Sunday
Sunday, January 7 | 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 am
Join us for morning worship services as we reflect on the end of the Christmas season.

Sign up for the Advent Daily Scripture Email
Daily | December 3-24 
Sign up to receive a daily email reflecting upon the season of Advent and our sermon series, “Better Days Ahead: Hope, Anticipation, and the Coming of Christ.” Sign up for the email

Connect with Clergy on Facebook
Weekdays | December 4-22
Visit our Facebook page for inspirational messages from our clergy every weekday during Advent. 


Gloria! Open House and Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 10
3:00 pm Open House in the Welcome Center
4:00 pm Christmas Concert in the Sanctuary
The inter-generational concert will feature all children’s and youth choirs and handbells, the Chancel Choir, and Reveille Ringers! The Concert will culminate with the Youth Choir and Chancel Choir’s joint presentation of John Rutter’s Gloria, accompanied by a 10-piece brass ensemble and organ, conducted by Robert J. Phanord II.  More information

Caroling at The Hermitage
Wednesday, December 20 | 4:00 pm | 1600 Westwood Ave, Richmond
Everyone is invited to meet at The Hermitage to spread Christmas cheer to the residents. After caroling, return to Reveille for the Wonderful Wednesday meal (5:30 pm) and a Las Posadas-themed worship service (6:30 pm). 

Reveille Ringers at The Jefferson 
Wednesday, December 27 | Noon
Come hear our adult handbell choir perform Christmas favorites in the lobby of the historic Jefferson Hotel at noon on December 27. 


Advent Study: “The Redemption of Scrooge”
Wednesdays, November 29-December 20 | 7:15-8:15 pm | Room 206
The Redemption of Scrooge shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. Register for this Advent study.

Sunday, December 3 | 5:30 pm | Youth Center
All youth (grades six-12) are invited to join us for our Christmas party. Enjoy refreshments, Christmas music, and more. More information

College Christmas Brunch
Sunday, December 17 | 9:30 am | Reveille House Dining Room
All college-age adults are invited to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones at brunch. Hosted by the Journey Sunday school class.

Tuesday, December 19 | 11:00 am | Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a musical performance by The Joy Singers that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Lunch follows the presentation, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share. More information

Shopping Days December 3 and 10 | 9:00-11:15 am | Welcome Center
Glorious Gifts is an alternative way of shopping for gifts for friends and family. Our outreach ministries have a shopping list of needed items that you can “buy.” Instead of receiving the item, you will receive a card listing the item you purchased and explaining the program. You can give the card to your friend or family member as a gift.  Shop online through December 31. All money donated through Glorious Gifts will be used to fund the ministries specified for the gift. Shop now

UMFS Angel Tree
November 26-December 10 | Welcome Center
Choose an angel from the United Methodist Family Services tree. Return your unwrapped gifts to the church office by December 10. This is a wonderful opportunity for families or small groups to sponsor a student and spread Christmas joy. Gift Guidelines

December 28 | 11:15 am | Fellowship Hall
Please sign up to bring a dish or help serve during the lunch at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. 
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Donate Christmas Cards to Reveille's Prison Ministry | December 1-15
Donate blank Christmas cards and stamps to Reveille’s Prison Ministry. The cards will be given to women at the correctional facility so they can send notes to their families. Look for the collection box in the welcome center. 


2017 Advent and Christmas Calendar
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Glorious Gifts Form
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Glorious Gifts is a unique way of providing holiday gifts with special meaning. All gifts will benefit Reveille's Outreach Ministries. Visit the Glorious Gifts page for details.

Poinsettia Christmas Offering Form
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Our 2017 Christmas offering will purchase poinsettias for our worship spaces for Christmas, as well as benefit UMFS. Poinsettias will be used to decorate worship spaces on December 17 and 24.

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About the Season of Advent

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays. Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season proclaims the coming of Jesus Christ—whose birth we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, who comes continually in word and sacrament, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. Purple is the color for paraments, stoles, and banners. Other special symbols used at Reveille UMC are the Advent wreath, an evergreen wreath with four purple candles and a center, white Christ candle, and the Chrismon tree, an evergreen tree covered with white monograms of Christ.