@ Brookside . . . Week of December 9


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 9:30AM

Join us during our Sunday service on December 16 as we get into the Christmas spirit and celebrate as a community. The service will be filled with holiday carols, and we will enter into the story of Christ’s birth as the children present their Christmas pageant.

In the spirit of making our Children’s Christmas Pageant accessible and fun for children of all ages and abilities, we will have costumes ready at Brookside Sunday morning (12/16) AND we also invite children who would rather come dressed and ready in their own costumes from home that morning to do so. There will be plenty of “parts” and costumes for everyone, including visitors and guests. 
If you have questions please contact Pastor Lois:
Phone: 267-251-2491
Email: lwilson@brooksidechurch.org


COOKIE EXCHANGE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 1:30PM

Come one, come all to our first Cookie Exchange at Brookside Community Church on Friday, December 21 from 1:30pm-2:30pm in Scialla Hall. Bring 2 dozen of your favorites cookies and a container! Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with friends, and go home with cookies to share with your loved ones for the holidays! Eight participants are needed in order for this event to take place. Sign up via Sign Up Genius below or contact Linda Fairchild at linchild7@gmail.com


BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 6:30PM

Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in "I am feeling blue." Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. At Brookside this year, we will be holding a more contemplative service for those who are blue at Christmas. This will be a sacred space for anyone who would appreciate a more reflective time to accept where we really are and to offer ourselves to be present in prayer for those who need healing and hope.


CHRISTMAS EVE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24
4PM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICE
8PM - CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

This year Brookside Church will be hosting two Christmas Eve Services. The first will be a fun and information family Christmas service on December 24 @ 4pm. The second will be our traditional Candlelight Service at 8pm. We hope to see you there!


BROOK SINGERS’ SCHEDULE

The Brook Singers will participate in worship on:
December 16 (Call time for the choir is 8:45. Please be on time!) . If you have any questions, please call Amy Southerland at 862-686-2573. 


CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS 

If you would like to contribute towards the poinsettia display, please use the green envelopes located in the pews.   If you write in your name or a memorial dedication on the label in the lower left, it will appear in the bulletin on December 23.  The envelopes can be placed in the offering plates or dropped off or mailed to the church office. 


 
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STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

Our Stewardship campaign for 2019 is well underway with a total of $188,630 being received as of Monday, December 10. If you have already submitted your pledge card, many thanks. Those of you who have returned your pledge cards should receive a thank you letter in the mail within the next few days. If you have not yet submitted a pledge card, please either mail it to us, deliver it to the church office, or drop it in the wooden box (located in the narthex of the church sanctuary). We thank you for your support!  


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Rhoda Radtke
For Nancy Wilson’s daughter-in-law.
For Linda Howe’s brother.
For Jan Schurter.
For Glen & Tod.
For Sam Fairchild’s cousin.
For Maria Henze's mother.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

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