Sunday, December 08, 10 am
Sunday Circle - Advent 2 @ Sanctuary UCC
"Going Out on a Limb"
John the Baptizer : Matthew 3:1-12

To get the best fruit, one must climb out on a limb - and John the baptizer leads by example. He roams in the wilderness, away from places of power and privilege, wearing camel’s hair and eating locusts and wild honey. Urging people to climb out with him - he asks them to repent from their old ways, and choose a different direction or course; to become more closely aligned with God’s desire and God’s work for peace and equity for all peoples. How might we take the risk to go out on a limb to follow and be the church?

Join us to light the candle of peace for Advent 2
and a sermon about rules for limb-climbing!
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent
Open us, O God, to your unfolding vision of peace. Shape us for shalom by the power of your Spirit. Make us bold to hope and dream, living as your trusting children. In the name of Christ. Amen.
Messy Church Advent
Sunday, December 08, 4 pm @ Hillside
5 pm Potluck Supper
"Visiting Angels"
We will hear the story of the angel's visit to Mary and then take a 'walk' to Bethlehem!
Join us for a Messy Advent.
3:15 for pick-up choir - Singing "Awake, Awake"
Messy Church for God’s Messy People!
Sanctuary UCC and Hillside Community Church
Poinsettia for Christmas Eve @ Hillside
The poinsettias you purchase will be used to decorate Hillside’s chancel for our community worship service on Christmas Eve. The name(s) of those you choose to remember or honor will appear in the worship bulletin. You are invited to take your plant home with you after the service.
Poinsettias come in red, white, and pink and cost $8.75 each.
You are invited to the "world famous"
Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant.
Followed by a two church pot-luck brunch!!
Pro-Tip - arrive early for your choice of costume
Sunday, December 15, 11 am @ Hillside
Advent and Christmas at Sanctuary/Hillside
Advent 2: Sunday, December 08
10 am - Sunday Circle @ Sanctuary
4 pm - Messy Church and Potluck @ Hillside
Advent 3: Sunday, December 15
No Worship @ Sanctuary
10 am - Un-rehearsed Christmas Pageant
@ Hillside - 144 North St, Medford
followed by All Church(s) Potluck Brunch
Joint Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service
Carols and Contemplation
Wednesday, Dec 18, 7 pm
location and further details to follow
Advent 4: Sunday, December 22
10 am - Sunday Circle @ Sanctuary
"It's A Wonderful Life"
Friday, December 20
6:30 pm - Faith and Film @ Sanctuary
BYOB - Holiday Celebration
Screening and Discussion
Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24
5:30 pm - Joint Worship
Lessons, Carols, Candles, Kids!
@ Hillside Community Church
Christmas 1: Sunday, December 29
No 10 am Worship @ Sanctuary
Sandwiches for Outdoor Church @ Sanctuary
"It's a Wonderful Life"
Friday, December 20, 6:30 pm
BYOB Screening and Discussion and Plenty of Treats!
A Season of Generous Giving
Upcoming Opportunities to Serve
Sanctuary @ Bread of Life, Malden
Thurs, Dec. 12 (3:30 - 7:00)
Online Donations for Food Pantries
Christmas Gifts via City Mission
Upcoming Sanctuary and Community Meetings
Leadership Circle Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 pm
Arts Team Meeting (rescheduled from 12/18)
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 pm
Safe Medford Meeting (1st and 3rd Tuesday)
Tuesday, December 17, 6:45 pm
Sanctuary United Church of Christ  
458 High Street, Medford, MA 02155 • (781) 395–3360