Happy Week Before Christmas!

Hi Everyone,

This Friday, December 21, we will not meet.  Even though schools are supposed to be in session that day, I am sure there are a lot of school, church, family, and personal obligations that will demand your attention.  I’ll look forward to meeting again on January 4, 2013.


Friday, December 21 – Blue Christmas Service at 7:00 PM

For many people, the Christmas Season does not bring the joy and happiness that is advertised and expected. The cause may be a significant loss, or just a feeling of being overwhelmed by holiday preparations. A Blue Christmas Service is a quiet worship, using scripture, candle lighting, music and meditations to focus on the comfort God offers during dark times.   This service has been a blessing to those who struggle during the Christmas season, and is rewarding to all who attend.


Non-traditional Lessons and Carols Service

Clifton Park United Methodist Church, 10 Plank Road, Clifton Park, on Sunday December 23 at 5 pm.  “Sunday Nights in Clifton Park” will offer a non-traditional lessons and carols Christmas service with a live band.  Please join us for a friendly, informal, and slightly early Christmas Eve worship!

Christmas Eve at SUMC

4:00 Service on Christmas Eve – geared toward young families

* Program – “Christmas Around the World Cantata”

6:00 Service on Christmas Eve – geared toward the youth

* Program – “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (abbreviated Cantata). Youth Bells will play along with congregation singing

9:00 Service on Christmas Eve – traditional candlelight service

* Program – traditional candle light service with bells and Christmas Carols

11:00 Service on Christmas Eve – intimate service in the sanctuary

* Program – Informal candle light service with organ music


Kwanzaa Celebration December 27

Dr. Gary G. Griffieth, a board certified Pediatrician at Ellis Hospital, will be the guest speaker and performer at the 9th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, on Thursday, December 27 at the Shenendehowa
United Methodist Church, 971 Rt. 146, Clifton Park, from 6:15 until  8:30 pm. Dr. Griffieth has traveled on church-sponsored medical  services trips to rural Mexico, and recently Africa. He will share  some of his adventures and also his expertise with drums. The program also includes a Kinara-Candle Lighting Ceremony and crafts for children. A free supper of soup and pizza will be served. Please  call the church for more info: 518.371.7964.


Note for the New Year:  If you are using a devotional source and don’t want to just throw it out when we turn the calendar page for the new year, save it and bring it on January 4 and we will do a devotional exchange party!

I wish all of you and your families a blessed and peaceful Christmas and I look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Grace and peace,