The week before Christmas is always a flurry of tasks and preparations. This year, while different in many ways, is no exception! Community members of the Chapel and staff have been hard at work to create memorable and meaningful worship experiences online and on Zoom! We hope you will join in the JOY of celebrating together.
First, plan to join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 am for the premiere of our first ever online Christmas Pageant! You will recognize many of the characters! Get ready to applaud them all!
A Not So 🌟 Silent Night 🌟
While we may not be able to gather in-person to celebrate the birth of 🙏 Christ, that does not mean we are to remain silent.
Wherever you are on 🎄 Christmas Eve 🎄, step outside at 8:00PM and join us as we, together, sing Silent Night. Light a candle 🕯 or luminary as you are able to. Take a selfie, go live on social media, or call ☎ a relative or friend to share the joy ✨ of 🎄 Christmas with others. If you share a picture or video on social media, we would love for you to use the hashtag #NotSoSilentNight.
PLEASE INVITE your neighbors to participate in the lighting of luminaries and let us know ASAP how many luminary kits you would like by replying to this email. Supplies can be picked up on December 23 at the parsonage (4532 39th Street Arlington) We have plenty of bags, sand and candles on hand and we want to share the light! If needed, we can deliver to your door!
Along with luminaries, your Christmas Box will contain the elements for Holy Communion on Christmas Eve as well as candles for the traditional singing of Silent Night. Our Christmas Eve service will take place via Zoom on December 24th at 5:30 PM. It will be terrific to SEE everyone during this wonderful night of the year.
We offer our heartfelt prayers to the family of Jay Timmons and Rick Olson on the death of Jay’s Dad, Warner Timmons. Mickie Timmons, Warner’s beloved wife of 66 years is also in our heart and prayers. Cards to the Timmons-Olson family can be sent to 1608 Crestwood Lane; McLean, VA 22101. You can read Warner's obituary here.
Advent Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent - A Celebration of Joy
Introduction - We gather around the Advent Wreath to prepare for the coming of God’s gift of Joy.
Scripture: The Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Luke 2:10
Sunday - Luke 1:14
Monday - John 16:24
Tuesday - Philippians 4:1
Wednesday - Romans 15:13
Thursday - Hebrews 12:2
Prayer for Lighting the Advent Candle - Week 4, light four candles
Gracious God, Giver of all gifts, prepare us for the greatest gift. Help us to welcome Jesus into our hearts, celebrate your love and be at peace in your light. Amen.
Advent at Home:
Make your Christmas Tree a Giving Tree too - Have each person in your household contribute a giving card for the tree. The card should describe a gift of service that each person is willing to do/give away. Examples: I will wash the dishes for a week. I will take out the trash. I will bring food to church for the food drive, etc.
Share family memories of past Christmases- Take a night to look at pictures, videos, of past celebrations. Share stories of your memories. Arrange a family ZOOM to share memories with those far away.
Joy to the World! - We are all so blessed. What are the joys in your own life? Take time to give thanks in prayer for those things that bring joy in your life.
The labyrinth has long been a valuable Christian spiritual practice. Walker Chapel's Advent Labyrinth of white pine garlands is up and lit, with a sign directing visitors to our website for instructions on how to do the walk. You can also find them here. Please help spread the word on Nextdoor, Facebook, etc. Send us your pictures when you check it out!
Your generous donation to the Advent/Christmas special offering can help make up part of Walker Chapel’s benevolence fund shortfall this year, due to the Covid-19 cancellation of Aprilfest and Octoberfest. All funds from this offering go to support carefully selected local, national, and international benevolences (see https://www.walkerchapel.org/benevolence/) serving the homeless, hungry, sick, and needy. Because these organizations have been so severely impacted by the pandemic, this year they especially need our full support.
Please mail a generous check to the church office marked “Advent/Easter Offering”, or donate on-line (visit the Walker Chapel website at http://www.walkerchapel.org/payments/ and then select the “Advent/Easter Offering” fund option.) Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Staff Christmas Gift
Walker Chapel has a tradition of expressing special appreciation to our pastor and other ministry staff during the Christmas season. In this year of pandemic, staff members have had to pivot abruptly to new roles and new ways of performing ministry in safe and responsible ways. As ever, Walker Chapel is so grateful for their service and for keeping us connected. For those who would like to participate in this year's staff gift, the Pastor/ Staff-Parish Relations Committee suggests online donations at www.walkerchapel.org/payments/ or gifts mailed to the church office (4102 N Glebe Road, Arlington 22207), marked for staff gift. Our congregation is so fortunate to have such an excellent staff, and we are thankful for their ministry throughout the year.
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