CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve Morning Worship Service | 10 AM

Please join us as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Advent! We will have a single morning service at 10 a.m. in place of the usual three Sunday morning services.

Family Christmas Eve Service | 3-4 PM

It's the famous "Bedlam in Bethlehem" Christmas Eve service. Don't miss it; bring the youngsters!

Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | 7-8 PM

The first of two traditional Christmas Eve services this evening features the Chancel Choir performing a special cantata. This service will be interpreted for the Deaf.

Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | 9-10 PM

The second of two traditional Christmas Eve services this evening features the Chancel Choir performing a special cantata.

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service | 11 PM - Midnight

Our late-night service is an intimate gathering with Holy Communion and candles.

ADVENT EVENTS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

The Redemption of Scrooge Sermon Series | Sunday, Dec. 3 - Dec. 24

This Advent season we are thinking together about Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from, as Dickens described him, “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” into the joyful, dancing soul who opened his heart and his pocketbook to the poor, to his neighbor, and to life. We will also be offering an Advent Study on The Redemption of Scrooge.

Sunday, Dec. 3: Bah! Humbug!

Sunday, Dec. 10: The Remembrance of Christmas Past

Sunday, Dec. 17: The Life of Christmas Present

Sunday, Dec. 24: The Hope of Christmas Future

Bring a Teddy Bear to Church | Sunday, Dec. 3

Bring a new teddy bear, or other new stuffed animal, to church on Dec. 3 to be given to a wonderful child in our neighborhood. We have been invited by Jane Prince MacLean, Program Administrator at the Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill (8656 Hwy. 71) to be a part of their Christmas party on Dec. 10.

Brown Santa will be there, passing out a full holiday meal to families in our neighborhood and presents to their children. Last year when the kids sat on Brown Santa’s lap he was only able to give them a candy cane. This year he wants to give each one a teddy bear!

Here’s how it will work: Between now and Dec. 3, purchase a teddy bear or other stuffed animal between 12-18 inches tall and bring it to church on “Teddy Bear Sunday.” We want the animals to be similar in size. Sit with your furry friend during worship and leave the critter in the pew when you leave. Won’t it be fun to take a picture of all the stuffed animals sitting in our church?

Another option is for you to have the church order a bear for you online. The cost is $20 per bear. Order your bear by putting the money in an envelope and marking it “Teddy Bear Sunday.” Place it in the offering. Make sure you put your name on the envelope. You may also bring the money to the church office. Your bear will be ready for pickup on Dec. 3 at the Information Desk and will be delivered to the Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill in the next week.

The Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill party will be held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10. If you wish to help out with the party, contact Alison Talbert at (512) 657-2118 or alison.l.talbert@gmail.com. It’s going to be a lot of fun! Come celebrate Christmas with our Oak Hill neighbors!

Agape Christmas Market | Sunday, Dec. 3 from 9 AM - 1 PM

Don’t miss our popular Agape Christmas Market, back for another year! Here you’ll find many opportunities to purchase unique, “alternative” gifts for family and friends. A partial list of gifts available includes:

— blankets for ARCH
— supplies for Classroom Connection
— books to establish a children’s library at Foundation Communities in Oak Hill
— support for sanitation advances in Peru
— water filters for Haiti
— funding toward the Methodist Build for Habitat for Humanity
— coffee/tea for UMW missions
— Water to Thrive (wells for Africa)

Mark your calendars!

Austin Handbell Ensemble Concert | Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30-8:30 PM

You're invited to the Austin Handbell Ensemble's 2017 winter concert at Oak Hill UMC. Nothing beats handbells during the holidays – so get in the spirit and join the festivities! It's "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!"

Concert admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. You can purchase tickets online (http://www.austinhandbells.org/shop/) or at the door.

For more information, visit www.austinhandbells.org/event/winter-2017-concert-4/

To see who’s attending and to invite your friends, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1311613402281367/

"Blue Christmas" Service | Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7-8 PM

A special Christmas worship service for those who have lost loved ones.

ADVENT STUDY FOR ADULTS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

THE REDEMPTION OF SCROOGE

This year’s four-week Advent Study will look at Ebenezer Scrooge through the lens of faith, as we discover how we live with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. It’s a great way to invigorate your faith this holiday season!

Books cost $10.

Sign up in the church lobby or by contacting Pastor Laura at laura@oakhillumc.org.