Advent and Christmas remind us of the light that shines in the darkness, giving us hope. We fill the season with celebrations as we anticipate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World. All are welcome to participate in any and all of our upcoming activities. These are kid-friendly events, and a great way to enjoy this season without all the commercialization of the world around us. In addition to these special events please feel free to join us for worship on Sundays at 11 am. If you have questions please contact Pastor Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-454-5669.
Opportunities to Participate This Christmas
Advent Craft Night: Fun For All Ages
Sunday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Children and adults of all ages are welcome as we gather to make Christmas crafts – ornaments, small gifts, and edible crafts. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall, wearing masks. If the weather cooperates, we'll also use our outdoor shelter where masks will not be needed. Pizza will be provided. Bring a friend and come have some fun as we kick off the Advent and Christmas season!
Christmas Pageant: Celebrate the Birth of Jesus
Sunday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m.
All are welcome as we sing Christmas carols and hear the Christmas story as told by our children.
Questions? Contact Lexie Hester at email@example.com.
Christmas Eve Worship: Rejoice in the Gift of Jesus
Friday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m.
We will celebrate with music and candlelight.
Come, bring your family and friends, and rejoice in the birth of Jesus!
Opportunities to Give This Christmas
Snack Pack Ministry: December is Peanut Butter and Jelly Month!
Purchase and donate any brand of peanut butter (14-16 oz.) and squeezable jelly (no glass jars for either, please) and bring them to the church. A box for your donations is located near the information table at the church entrance. If you are unable to purchase peanut butter and jelly we welcome your financial support. Give online at saxumc.org to the BEJ Snack Pack Fund.
Questions? Talk to Nancy Bare or Sue Eldon.
Christmas Cheer is Here! Check Out the Bulletin Board in the Daycare Hall
This year we are helping two local families. Let's help make Christmas a little brighter by purchasing gifts for the children. Check out the bulletin board in the daycare hall for cards and information.
Questions? Email Andrea Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 336-380-1414. Gifts need to be returned to the church wrapped- with the original tag attached - by December 19th. You can also donate money towards the purchase of gifts. Please write Christmas Cheer on the memo line of your check or you can donate online at saxumc.org by clicking on the “Give Today” button and selecting the Christmas Cheer Fund.
The Gift for Someone Who Has Everything: ZOE Empowers
Consider alternative giving. Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization on the gift recipient's behalf, rather than giving them an item. You can give the gift of life to orphans in Africa in honor of a friend or loved one.
Check out the Gift Catalog at Saxapahaw UMC in Barbara’s Sunday School room and pick up your alternative gifts today. These alternative gifts are bookmarks that describe the gift, such as rabbits for $10, school supplies for $25, a goat for $50, carpentry tools for $100, and Bibles for $250. Each of these gifts will significantly impact our orphans in Zimbabwe. Checks made out to Saxapahaw UMC (please put Zoe Empowers on the memo line) can be dropped in the envelope (which is checked regularly) or you can donate online at at saxumc.org by clicking on the “Give Today” button and selecting the Zoe Empowers Fund.
Christmas Eve Offering: Let’s Raise $3,000 for our Children
All of the offering from our Christmas Eve service will be given to our children. Your gift will support our new Children and Youth Trust Fund which will support the children in our community for years to come AND your gift will empower our orphans in Zimbabwe through ZOE Empowers. Give any time before the end of the year. Please write Christmas Eve Offering on the memo line of your check or you can donate online at saxumc.org by clicking on the “Give Today” button and selecting the Christmas Eve Offering Fund.
Give a Gift to the Church in Honor or Memory of a Loved One
These gifts support the mission and ministry of this congregation and, with our Tithes & Offerings, undergird all of the many ways we seek to know Christ and make Christ known. Write "In honor/memory of ___" on the memo line of the check. Alternatively, you can give online at saxumc.org to Tithes & Offerings. If you give online please email Laurie Newlin at email@example.com with the amount of the gift and a note referencing to whom the gift is given in honor/memory of.