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Please note that in light of Governor Edwards’ announcement regarding the state’s return to Phase 2,
and in compliance with the session’s COVID guidelines,
WORSHIP SERVICES WILL BE HELD ONLINE ONLY until further notice.
We are in the process of reviewing our upcoming activities, including Advent events, and will communicate updated plans to you soon.

Join us as we celebrate the Advent season with new activities and programs!  

Please note that we are in the process of reviewing certain originally scheduled Advent events which may need to be restructured for a Phase 2 environment. Worship services will be held online only until further notice. We will communicate updated plans to you soon.

November 29, December 6, 13, and 20Sundays of the Advent Season:  Until further notice, all services will be held online.

December 6, 13, and 20 – Sunday School Classes will be held from 9:30–10:15 AM in the Land Building Riverside Room. Advent Adult Class is: Light of the World: A guide to Advent by Amy-Jill Levine. Children’s Classes will meet outside the Land Building. Reservations are required (michele@scapc.org) for all adult and child participants. The adults’ online class “Living the Questions 2.0” will contine Sunday mornings at 9:30.

December 2 Filling the Night with Music and Light – WNO TO-GO 4:30 PM

Come pick up a delicious meal made by Bonnie and Jim Hobden. You will also receive supplies to make luminaries and host your own Neighborhood Christmas Caroling Evening led by members of Chancel Choir via YouTube link. Invite your neighbors using door hanger invitations to join you in this outdoor event. Cost $10/adult and $5/child under 12. Sign up here.

December 12Young Adults and Family Christmas Brunch in the Land Building from Noon – 2:00 PM. RSVP to Bria Rault by December 10.

December 13 White Gift

Select a child’s name and information November 22 – December 9 online. Gifts may be dropped off at the church the December 6 – 10 between 9 AM and 4 PM to the main State Street entrance, or Sunday, December 13 between 10:30 and 11:30 AM to the Library doors on State Street. Boxes and wrapping paper will be available during our WNO to-go event on December 2. Sign up here.

December 13-20, 24-25 Luminary Memorials and Honorariums

This year we will place luminaries in front of the church in honor or memory of a family member, friend or even pet.  Registration will be open November 22 – December 9 both online and with pew cards. The cost is $15/luminary. Luminaries will be lit nightly by volunteers from December 13 – 20, 24 -25. Click here to sign up to help for 15 minutes. Click here to make a luminary donation.

December 20 – Youth Group Gift Exchange Party in Audubon Park between 11AM and 4PM. Go to www.scapc.org/youth for details.

December 24 – Christmas Eve – Stations of the Nativity Walking Program at SCAPC, 5-6PM.;  A traditional Lessons & Carols Service will also be posted online at 8AM.

Click here for details on these events as well as the Advent Food Drive, and “Pass the Christmas Candle” Christmas Eve video.

  • On Advent November 30, 2020 by Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins

    Dear friends,

    Every culture and every faith has some way of marking the end of the old and beginning of the New Year. And these different cultures and faiths observe this annual passage at different times.

    We have become accustomed to celebrating the arrival of the New Year at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. The Ball drops at Times Square, the champagne flows, and with a kiss for luck a new year begins.

    Except, for us as Christians, a new year has already begun on the First Sunday of Advent. In the Christian faith the New Year begins with that peculiar combination of longing and anticipation we know as hope. Something like New Year’s Resolutions are included because Advent, like Lent, is a season for reflection and repentance.

    Advent represents a decisive ending, not with a bang but with a whisper*, a whisper that something truly new is in the air. Advent leans forward, with expectation for a better world, not just a better year.

    When we wish one another a hopeful Advent, we’re really saying Happy New Year.

    So Happy New Year!
    Michael
    *(apologies to T. S. Eliot for changing his famous line)

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