A number of factors have conspired together to make it unwise for us to gather in person this coming Sunday, so we are moving to a single service at 10:00 am on Sunday morning on Zoom.
We will still be able to do most of what we had planned to do at the outdoor service in an adapted form. There is no pre-recorded service, so the whole service will be “live” in conversation and fellowship with each other. Logan Henke, our new music director will be with us to provide musical offerings; everyone will still receive a “Star Word” for the coming year; and we’ll still offer to God the tatters of 2020.
This Christmas Crawford will share our gifts of food for those who don’t have enough this holiday season. If you would like to help you can:
Fill the Manger: If you are joining us on Christmas Eve, or anytime you’re in the neighborhood, bring donations of non-perishable food with you to place in our manger on the front steps. These will be used to replenish our own Micro Pantry and the regional food pantry at the Council of Social Concern,
Text to Give: If you can’t join us in person, consider making a monetary donation. You can mail your contribution to the church office at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA 01890; or you can donate via text! Simply text CrawfordFood to 44-321.
There is still time to give to our 6th Annual Clothing Drive! Please drop off new or gently used Men’s L-3XL coats, hoodies, sweatpants, hats, gloves, masks, backpack at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA by the parking lot door. Thank you!
The adult study for Advent will be four weeks: November 29 through December 20. We will discuss one chapter each week from the book, Incarnation, by Adam Hamilton.
Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today!
The books will be available on the front porch of the church starting Monday, November 16. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom and be led by Laura Myers. Even if you don’t use a computer, you can call into the class by telephone. Contact the church office for details.
In this season of Advent,
For the sake of new life,
Let me look ahead with courage and love.
Let me act not from fear, but from faith.
And, dear God, out of my impatient nature,
May I do nothing to rush this birth,
But give it time for wholeness.
Grant me the patience to wait.
(prayer by Margaret D. McGee)
At this time of year many people send out Christmas cards with a picture of themselves in a festive setting to greet loved ones they may not have a chance to see in person. This year that list is greatly expanded and includes many in our church family that we typically would see at holiday services and events.
For those who aren’t able to attend any of our outdoor celebrations this year, we’re putting together a virtual Crawford Christmas Card. Send us either a photo or quick video with your Christmas greeting to the Crawford family and we’ll blend them together in a virtual Christmas card that we’ll post on YouTube and play at the end of our online worship service on December 20.
Please contact the church office (781) 729-5056 for more details.