For some, November means the beginning of months of gray skies and unforgivably frigid wind. But it also means the holiday season, and Clear Lake United Methodist Church is embracing this happier side of the weather change by hosting various events over the next month, reminding the community to be thankful for the year, the season and the holy origins of Christmas.
The celebrations begin with a service reaffirming faith and remembering baptism on Sunday, Nov. 10. The service is a simple reminder of all there is to be thankful for in the community and Christianity. But that’s just the beginning.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the church will host a Thanksgiving worship at 7 p.m., where churchgoers will give thanks to one another on Thanksgiving Eve. The mid-week communion worship will take place as usual at 5:15 p.m., but the Clear Lake UMC family is invited to stick around a little longer to worship together.
Then December will surely blow in with snow and sleet, but that won’t get the congregation down. On Dec. 7, many will brave the elements for the annual Cookie Walk, which runs from 8:30-11 a.m. (be there no later than 10 a.m.). Proceeds from the cookies and other baked goods will benefit Clear Lake UMC’s missions and goals.
Kids can also work on arts and crafts to usher in the Christmas season while munching on cookies and brownies. The church welcomes youths and the public to return on Dec. 15 for the Sunday School Christmas Program. Witness the hard work the Sunday School kids put into celebrating the advent.
Afterward, attendees are urged to stick around for the 2 p.m. Una Vocis concert in the sanctuary. For a small charge at the door, guests have a chance to listen to this local choral group perform live.
Tired yet? Well, the day still isn’t done. Wrap up the festivities with the annual Christmas Cantata at 4:30 p.m. at Apple Valley. This year will feature Pepper Choplin’s “Heart of Christmas.”
With all these events, it’s hard to remember that the weather is so dreary. Celebrate with spirit and style instead.
Contact Clear Lake UMC with any questions at (641) 357-5247, or visit the website at www.clearlakeumc.org.
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