Sharing life’s journey in Christian faith, love and service.

 

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Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am

Rev. Mark Seifried, preaching
Love Sunday

Tuna Fish for the Food Pantry

 

CE CORNER

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

December 18:  Pageant Rehearsal
December 22:  6-8 pm:  Pageant Dress Rehearsal
December 24:  3:30-4:30 pm:  Run Through and Prep
December 24, 5:00 pm:  PAGEANT!

YOUTH GROUPS

Full schedule for youth groups:

Juniors HERE
Seniors HERE

Advent/Christmas Season at Second Church

p1060349Sunday, December 11, 11:15 a.m. – Advent Workshop  Children and adults will be able to make holiday cards, crafts and decorations at the Advent Workshop.  Bring a friend or neighbor with you to join in the fun.

bluxmas2Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. –Blue Christmas Service  We’re planning a Blue Christmas service for those who might be struggling through or with the holidays. All are welcome to join us in Fuller Chapel for a solemn service of reflection, prayer, and moving music for the season.

Sunday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. – Christmas Cantata    The Chancel Choir, soloists and musicians of Newton Baroque will present the Magnificat in D by Polish composer Marcin Zebrowski – a stunningly beautiful piece of music.  Ask a friend to join you for this special musical service.

img_3434Sunday, December 18, 11:15 a.m. – Christmas Lunch and Carol Sing    On December 18 following worship, our Board of Parish Life will host a Christmas Luncheon (donation requested for the meal).  This perennial festive favorite event of the year will be enlivened by the singing of carols.

Christmas Eve, 5:00 p.m. – Family Service with Christmas Pageant   Come to the Christmas Pageant on Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m.  Jane Barry and Gillian Hurst will co-direct a worship service of music and drama to be presented by our youth.  Speak to Jane Barry 949-351-9245, jane.barry92@gmail.com, if you would like to participate.

pageantChristmas Eve, 10:00 p.m. – Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols     We will greet Christ, the light coming into our world, and depart to share the light with others.  The Chancel Choir will provide seasonal anthems and lead the congregation in singing traditional carols.  A reception follows at 11:00 p.m. in Fuller Chapel.

Sunday, December 25, 10:00 a.m. – Service of Lessons and Carols  Join us as we celebrate the joy of Christmas Day with a special service of Lessons and Carols.

img_5681Second Church Display at the Newton Free Library 

As part of the 100th Anniversary of Second Church on Highland Street, we will have a display in the atrium cases near the front desk of the Newton Free Library through December. The display will feature the history of Second Church and its contributions to Newton through its music, programs, and service. Please visit the library to see the display.

 

STEWARDSHIP – Continuing Jesus’ Work
If you haven’t submitted pledge cards, please do

The theme of this year’s stewardship campaign – Continuing Jesus’ Work – is a recognition of the faith, dedication and service of the past saints of this congregation and the wider church.  The celebration of our building’s 100 years gave us a moment to pause and celebrate our past while discerning God’s will for how we Continue Jesus’ Work individually and as a congregation.

As you prayerfully reach your decision about your pledges to Second Church, please leave your pledge card in the church office or in the Offering Plate.   Alternatively you can make a pledge online.
Do you have questions?

Please help Second Church to continue ministry and mission as we share life’s journey in Christian faith, love, and service.

 

 

City Mission’s Christmas Shop 2016  YOU’RE INVITED!

City Mission’s Christmas Shop once again celebrates its partnership with local churches, businesses and individuals who give gifts of the heart to honor the birth of Jesus Christ and to help families and children in need. The City Mission Christmas Shop brings the joy of giving and receiving to many people in the Greater Boston Metropolitan area annually. In 2015 over 3,600 adults and children benefited, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of members of more than 40 local churches, groups and organizations. In 2016 we expect the need to be even greater.

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HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR SYRIA – How you can Help 

Barbara Joseph is working with the non-profit organization

NuDay SYRIA to collect humanitarian aid for residents of that country. She asks that items be brought to her front entry way at 35 Everett St in Newton Centre by Nov. 30 so she can drive the collection to Nashua, NH in early December.

Most Needed Items:  : Rice, Tuna, Infant formula, Warm blankets, New underwear, Socks, Diapers, Sanitary pads.

If you prefer to donate funds, please do so here; and to learn more about Nadia Alawa, the founder of NuDay Syria, a recent Globe article will be of interest. If you want to communicate directly with Barbara, call her at 617-559-0344 ir email her at bnjoseph2000@yahoo.com.

Save These Dates

Mon Dec 7                   7:00  Five Languages of Love Discussion

Sun Dec 11                   11:30 Advent Workshop

Tues Dec 13                7:00 Blue Christmas Service   Learn More

Sun   Dec 18                10:00 Worship Christmas Cantata, Christmas Lunch and Carol Sing  Learn More

Sat  Dec 24                  5:00 Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant
10:00  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service