Upcoming Sundays December 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016
“Saving ‘Faith'” Our own Wayne G. Johnson (former UW-P professor) will give us his own unique views on faith – and whether UUs actually have any. We will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation on Segue Racine, Inc., which will be our December offertory-outreach recipient.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
“God and Santa: A Comparison”
“He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice” – does that sound more like God or Santa? Or is it a little of both? And what is the difference between believing in God or believing in Santa? (About his sermon, Tony says, “I once knew a minister whose little boy once said to her, ‘God, germs, and Santa Claus – that’s all I ever hear about, and I’ve never seen a single one!'”)

Sunday, December 18, 2016
“A Service of Lessons and Carols”
Music by our Olympia Brown (Adult) Choir – and all of us. We will have holiday readings, Joys & Concerns, etc., so it will be a service and not just a concert.
This is Bring-A-Friend Sunday, so be sure to invite neighbors, co-workers, family or friends who would enjoy holiday cheer!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Yuule Service: “What’s Waiting in the Dark?” – 7:00 PM Today’s solstice service (sol = sun; stice = stand) will celebrate the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. The sun, which has been retreating from the sky for the last 6 months, seems to stand still; and then, as the days go on, she begins to come back. (Yes, there’s no reason the sun can’t be female. In fact, the sun deity in Japan – Amaterasu – is decidedly so!) What in your life is “waiting in the dark,” ready to be birthed by you?

Sunday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve Services
4 p.m. Candlelight service with our church-school Christmas pageant – plus songs by the Multigenerational Choir – oriented primarily towards young children and their families. This service will include stickers, mistletoe, and “Rainbow Connection,” but no Hanukkah dance.
6 p.m. Candlelight service with songs by our Adult Choir – oriented primarily towards older children and adults. It will include a portrayal by our minister (of a biblical character who “witnessed” the birth of Jesus), plus the Hanukkah dance, blessing stickers, mistletoe, and “Rainbow Connection” – in other words, our traditional Christmas Eve service.
8 p.m. Candlelight service with songs by our Adult Choir – oriented primarily towards older children and adults. It will include Christmas carols, a message by our minister (not a biblical portrayal), and “The Rainbow Connection” (back by popular demand) – but no Hanukkah dance, blessing stickers, or mistletoe.

Sunday, December 25, 2016 – 10:00 AM Only
“Marlene’s Gift”
Yes, we know most of our members and friends are likely to attend one of the services the night before Christmas. However, it is Sunday, so we will have a (multigenerational) service for those youth, adults and children who would like to get together on Christmas Day itself – with special music by Colleen Wilkinson. Tony’s sermon will be about strange gifts, antidotes to bullying, poignant memories – and, oh yes, Christmas too. The children will be with us for the entire service and Tony’s sermon will be family-friendly.

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