Advent and Christmas

Photo of the Altar in the Sanctuary with Christmas Decorations

Advent is a time of anticipation, reflection, and preparation. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we invite you to participate in the many activities of our church.  Join us for a time of fellowship on Advent Night . Then throughout Advent, please join us for the many opportunities for worship and fellowship as you prepare your heart for Christmas. Please use the links on this page for additional information.  As we journey together towards Christmas, let us resolve to take a few moments daily to reflect on the coming of Christ, Emmanuel, God with us!

2018 Schedule

Christmas Pageant & Advent Dinner, December 9, 5:00 p.m.

Handbell Concert, December 16

Longest Night Service, December 18, 7:30 pm

Christmas Concert, December 23, 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve Worship Services, December 24
      Family Service – 4 pm
     Candlelight Service – 8 pm

 

Christmas Card Alternative

Share the joy of Christ’s birth with others:
Rather than sending individual Christmas cards to your friends in the congregation, send a single card to the church’s Christmas card bulletin board and a check for the amount you would have spent on cards, stamps, and time.  A special Christmas greeting will list your name in the newsletter. Your gift will extend your Christmas greeting list and make a difference long after the last card and the crumpled wrapping paper have been put out in the trash.

Share the joy by supporting:

  • Princeton Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Committee has focused since 2015 on the work of bringing refugee families already vetted by the UNHCR and the US State Department to Princeton. In 2016 the committee supported a muslim family from Pakistan and November 27 a Pakistani christian family arrives. Last year PUMC generously jump started the group’s effort to purchase a Welcome House for arriving families. Besides refugees, the committee also supports a Princeton family seeking asylum here that needs help paying rent and mom’s MCCC tuition.
  • Camden Neighborhood Center has served the local community for nearly 100 years with programs for the entire family, providing a “community living room” with the support of communities of faith throughout the region. Our support extends to the center’s full range of programs, including their child care center, after school program: neighborhood center (teen) leadership academy, SAGES (seniors), community kitchen and emergency services.
  • United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR) has been making significant progress toward control and elimination of riverblindness in several regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Begun by our own Dr. Daniel Shungu, UFAR’s enormous success in the Congo has drawn the attention of other non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) so that now UFAR’s mission has extended treatment for other neglected tropical diseases. Your contributions will help provide training, treatment and hope for a healthier life for millions of people in the DRC.

Please include your form with your Christmas Card and check made out to “Princeton United Methodist Church” and return or mail to the church office by December 11th.

Christmas Wreaths and Christmas Poinsettias

We will decorate the church inside and out for the Advent and Christmas season with wreaths.  

On Christmas Eve, our sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful poinsettias given to the church in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones. You may also choose to give a gift to Poinsettia Alternative which is used for the continued development and maintenance of our garden and landscaping. Poinsettias may be picked up following the 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Service

If you would like to donate a wreath or order poinsettias please contact the office for pricing and order forms. Deadline for orders is December 9th.

Ways To Give to the Less Fortunate
In recent years we have provided a number of ways that you can reach out to less fortunate members of the greater Princeton community.  Those have included:

“White Christmas” purchase towels and personal care items for clients at Womanspace,
Advent Coin Folders: Last year we gave out folders so that you could collect coins and the money raised went to our Mission Giving.
Mitten Tree:  donations of new mittens, gloves and hats for children in the Trenton area.
Womanspace Communities of Light:  Through Womanspace we sell luminaries which will be lit around homes and in various community spaces as a symbol of our stand against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Womanspace Holiday Wishes:  We collect gift cards for Womanspace from stores such as Target, Gas, WalMart, Grocery, Kmart, Sear’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, Michael’s, AC Moore, Kohl’s and JC Penney to name a few.  These help families impacted by domestic violence as they set up a household in a safe haven.
Ringing for the Salvation Army: Volunteers give time at various sites around Princeton collecting money for the ministry of the Salvation Army.
God’s Love in a Shoebox:  Our Church members donate shoebox care packages full of gifts for the children of Camden where the poverty rate exceeds 38%.

Please check the bulletin boards in Church for additional information on this year’s ways of reaching out to the community.