December 10, 2020
Both solemn and joyful – sometimes at the same time, the Service of Lessons and Carols evokes the meaning of the Advent season through radiant music from the Dayspring Chorale and selected readings by members of our staff and the Dayspring community. Last year, we presented a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols that included an updated liturgy, many beautiful pieces of music, and congregational singing of some much-loved Christmas hymns and carols. The concert will be rebroadcast through our Livestream and other video channels to be enjoyed again this year at 7pm on December 13. Watch here.
Dayspring will be providing food for 7 families at Family Promise the week of December 13. There are 10 adults and 15 children. The children range in age from 1 year to 16 years.The 10 adults include 2 couples, a grandmother, and 5 single moms. The families will be staying at the Day Center again. Sign-ups are HERE. Please bring food items to the back door of the kitchen for drop off from 1-3 p.m. on December 13. We will meet you at your car. Masks are a must. If you prefer to make a financial donation, you can do so HERE. Thank you! Please email Maria if you have any questions.
Have you ever had a time in your life when you were having difficulties, or were seriously ill? Have you ever had a time of special need and hoped for some extra care and attention? Most of us have. This year you have the opportunity to become a Secret Santa and provide some extra nurturing for a church family member(s) by secretly sending them cards the 12 days before Christmas and brightening their Holiday Season. Thank you in advance for reaching out and doing something meaningful for others. It means the world to all who participate. We all need more joy this year. Learn More
Tempe Community Action Agency's mission is to foster dignity and self-reliance in economically vulnerable persons within the community. Traditionally, the people of Dayspring support the TCAA through our Fourth Sunday Food Drives. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do so since February, but the needs still exist. As a result, this organization is our December giving focus. Donate Here.
The Holiday season is a special time for all, with traditions, giving, and gathering. Since we are still unable to gather, we’re trying to be creative in helping to bring the comfort of the holiday season to you. We had hoped to host an "In-Car Carol Sing", but for safety and to respect the wishes of the medical community, we have changed the event to online through Zoom. We will still gather at 6pm on Saturday, December 19 to be led in an event that everyone can enjoy: a chance to sing the beloved songs of the season. And so that the kids can be involved, too, we'll certainly sing about Rudolph and Frosty. Check back here for a signup link!
Christmas is not always a joyful time. For those of us who have lost loved ones, are in insecure environments, or are just struggling with life, the glitter of holiday lights is often not a sign of joy but of sorrow. This year in particular, all of us are facing the holidays with mixed emotions tinged if not overwhelmed by loss and grief. We will join together online, Sunday, December 20th at 4pm for a Blue Christmas service to remember that the light of God shines upon and through us even in the darkness.
This year, we continue our Christmas Poinsettia tradition of offering plants or donations in honor or memory of a loved one. While you won't be able to collect these poinsettias for yourself, the flowers you purchase will be donated to someone in our congregation with proceeds to benefit UMOM (you may also donate directly to UMOM). The deadline for ordering is December 18 at noon. We will share these gifts through lists in the Reflections weekly newsletter and in the weekly bulletin. Order Here.
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