Christmas @UMC Merced

December 16 – 5:PM – La Posada – People Welcoming People – Wesley Hall 

La Posada is the Storybook Christmas that opens every heart to the miracle of Christmas. The village of Bethlehem doesn’t know that it can be open to pilgrims from far away places. They turn away a young family in need of shelter and security time after time until the miracle of welcoming is born in the hearts of the community. In this sacred moment, a savior is born – Christ Jesus.

Traditional Songs, Soup, Piñatas, and the warmth of a Welcoming Community, Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior. (we even have a donkey!!)

December 17 – 6:PM – Community Christmas Dinner – Wesley Hall   Join us in celebrating Christmas dinner with our neighborhood friends.  Bring a friend and a dish to share or simply join us for food, fellowship, and God’ Grace.

December 21 – 7:PM – Blue Christmas/the Longest Night – Sanctuary   The holidays aren’t always a joyful time for everyone.  Those who are mourning, lonely, or alienated may find comfort and acceptance in this service of hope.

December 24 – 10:AM – Christmas Morning Community Worship – Sanctuary – Welcome the arrival of the Christ child with songs of praise and adoration!

Christmas Eve – December 24 – 5:PM  – “New Star”  a Children’s Candlelight Program – Sanctuary –    The story of New Star presented by the children of our community. Old Star tells the younger New Star all about the First Christmas where it is learned he was the original Christmas Star. Along with New Star, we learn that Jesus Christ is the true reason we celebrate Christmas. 

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