We have LOTS going on leading up to Christmas this year, and you’re invited to join us!

Though God was always involved in human history, this Christmas season (which we call “Advent”), we’ll be looking at how God himself (in the form of Christ) broke in!

Each week in December, we will unpack Isaiah 9, an Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. We will learn that because Jesus broke in, we can break out and experience freedom in his completed work!

 

What is Advent? 

Is it an ADVENTure?

IT IS! During Advent, we light candles as we journey through the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The word “Advent” come from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” Christians use the term “Advent” to talk about the time leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth on Christmas day. Advent is a season in the life of the church that is characterized by joyful anticipation and longing. It’s begins on December 2 and ends December 24. Click here to read more about Advent.

To help prepare your heart for the joyful end of the ADVENTure (Christmas Day), we made a book of Advent devotionals that you can enjoy with your family! Click here to check it out!

Worship Services

Every Sunday morning at 10am, we gather together and sing songs, hear from God’s word,  and remember the faithfulness of our great God. This Advent season is a continuation of our year-long worship, and all are welcome to join in! What’s up with the wreath and candles?

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4 & 6pm

You’re invited to join our church family for a special celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Listen to the true story of his birth long ago and hear of the hope that Jesus’s life, death and resurrection bring to us. At the end of each service, we’ll sing familiar Christmas carols together as we hold our brightly lit candles high, reflecting the light of Jesus throughout the world. All are welcome to join! We’d love to be part of your Christmas celebration this year. Childcare is provided for ages four and younger. Click here for more information. 

 

Memorial Poinsettias

Help decorate the church entrance and foyer with a poinsettia in honor of a loved one. You can take it home following the Christmas Eve Services on December 24. Order by emailing aeveland@orangewood.org. Each plant is $10.

 

Advent Giving

When we give gifts to others, we are echoing back God’s love for us. Remember what the Bible says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.” God is a giver of good gifts, including his own beloved Son, Jesus. Because we have been loved so abundantly, we can give freely and generously.

We believe that God is the creator and giver of everything—all things come from his loving care and generosity. As children of God, he allows us to participate in the giving. We can see the needs of those around us and be an active part of God’s plan to provide for them. The joy that we receive is better than any gift!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Click here to see all of our Advent giving opportunities this year!