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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.

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

Advent Sermon Series
Better Days Ahead: 
Hope, Anticipation, and the Coming of Christ
" | December 3-24
December 24 services at 9:30 and 11:00 am (no 8:30 am service or Sunday school) 
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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. 


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. 

Shop Online Through December 31
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 for orders placed by December 20. 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

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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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.

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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.