Advent has begun! Our annual Advent Festival will NOT happen this year. With more people worshiping in person but not quite ready to gather together over food in the dining room, and others “Zoomed out,” we decided to instead add some fun to our Annual Congregational Meeting as a way of connecting more safely while reflecting on 2021 and planning for 2022.

The Annual Congregational Meeting IS happening Sunday, December 12 at noon. If you’re in the sanctuary for morning worship, plan to stay for the meeting. If you’re worshiping on Facebook Live, join us via Zoom (you’ll find the link on the calendar). It won’t be all business: we promise to work a little festiveness into our time together. Never been to an annual meeting at University Church? Then find out what it’s all about! (Spoiler alert: we’ll do a brief review of activities during 2021, vote on board members for 2022, and review and approve the 2022 budget. )

If you need a little nudge to get you in the Christmas spirit, music might be just what you need. Charles Hayes will direct the Chatham Choral Ensemble and University Church’s Bunton Sanctuary Choir at a free Christmas Concert Sunday, December 19, at 4:00 PM in the sanctuary. Masks are mandatory, and distanced seating will be enforced. If you’d rather watch from home, the concert will be live streamed on Facebook Live.

To settle our spirits into the wonder and awe of the birth of the Christ child, we’ll meet together for our special Christmas Eve Eve service on Thursday, December 23 at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary. The service will also be live streamed on Facebook Live.

Join us every Sunday at 10:30 AM in person or on Facebook Live for our weekly worship service. We will celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa during our morning service Sunday, December 26, with reflections, music and drumming.

For last minute stocking stuffers, Barb H will be selling a few Fair Trade items in the library after the worship service December 19, including coffee, tea and chocolate.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will join our community as much as possible during the holiday season!

—University Church Staff