Advent & christmas


The beloved Christmas hymn goes "A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices" - - but what does it look like to rejoice in a weary world? Especially in this season, joy is often a companion to many other emotions. We can feel joy in addition to many other things at once: grief, anticipation, excitement, anxiety, disappointment, exhaustion. Our joy is rooted in the truth that we belong to God, and in the hope that comes into the world in Christ.
        This Advent, we are holding space for our weariness and our joy. We are seeking a "thrill of hope" in our world. We welcome joy - even, and especially if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort.
In this season, in a weary world, may we find many reasons to rejoice.

Christmas Eve at UMCE

Spontaneous Children's Pageant

Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 am
(9:30  am if you want to participate)

The story of Christmas will come alive through storytelling, music, prayer, and lots of great fun in this interactive worship service planned with the whole family in mind. Every kid gets a part in the pageant as we make our way to the manger with Jesus! No rehearsal is necessary, just come at 9:30 to pick out a costume!

Candlelight and Communion

Sunday, December 24 at 5:00 pm

On this evening when the world seems to stand still to celebrate the arrival of God With Us, we will come together for a service of candlelight, prayer, word, and song to tell the story of Jesus' birth. We will celebrate Holy Communion, a special time of gathering at Christ's table that is open to everyone.  All are welcome and childcare will be available.

Special Events

Christmas Mission Fair

December 3 & 10
Give your friends and loved ones a gift that keeps on giving and support some of UMCE's local and global mission partners. The fair will take place in the Fellowship Hall before and after worship.

Christmas Party

December 6 at 5:30 pm
Celebrate the Christmas season with our UMCE. family! Join us for an evening of fun. Bring your favorite Christmas dish to share and a copy of the recipe. You can RSVP for the party here.

Bedtime Stories w/ Santa

December 8 at 6:00 pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by UMCE again this year to read to the children and take pictures with everyone! This event and the pictures with Santa are free - so invite the special kids you know!

Drive-Up Nativity

December 17 from 2-4 pm
The UMCE youth will be putting on a live nativity play that you can watch from the comfort (and warmth) of your car. The narration begins every 15 minutes, so drop by anytime between 2 and 4 to support our youth.

Advent Calendars from UMCE

This Advent we are practicing joy in the midst of a busy season! To help us take time out of our days to focus on deepening our relationship with God and with joy, these Advent calendars are available with ideas for each day.  Click on the images below to download.
Advent calendar for children (click image to download)
Advent calendar for adults/youth (click image to download)