Advent Calendar 2018 – Join the Community!

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We are looking forward to walking this journey toward Christmas with you!  Here are some ways you can join the Restoration community during this season.

Advent Community Prep On Dec 1, start your Advent with making a wreath with friends, family and housemates!  We have materials for about 50 wreaths, so come on out!  Bring $10 for supplies (a bargain) to help your family/household mark the progression toward Christmas.  Sign up for Advent Wreath Making here.

We would like at least 10 people to commit to helping prepare the sanctuary each Saturday of Advent from 9:30 to Noon.  This is a great bring-a-friend and parent/child opportunity to help beautify the church.  Sign up here!  But know that there is no limit to the number of helpers.

Adventy Fireside Chats – Join Erica and friends at her house on Thursdays (Dec 6, 13, 20) at 7:45pm to carve out some quiet space to exercise the discipline of waiting.  Gather fireside for a guided reflection and time of prayer each week.  RSVP chapman.erica@gmail.com

Caroling at Sunrise Senior Living – Bring a Santa hat and your vocal chords to belt out some Christmas Carols  on Sunday, Dec 9 right after the 5pm service (about 7pm) at Sunrise Senior Living, 2000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207.

Glebe Star Tree –  Help us as we adopt 59 families this Christmas and purchase gifts for children in our neighborhood elementary school. The Glebe Star Trees, with tags indicating the gifts needed, are in the narthex. 
– Dec 15  Help sort the Glebe Star Tree gifts or help with some last minute shopping.
– Dec 16  Bring a dozen cookies to be given to families picking up their Glebe Star Tree gifts. Email Susan Den Herder for more information. (susan.denherder@gmail.com)
Watch the video below to learn a little bit more:

RestoWomen Christmas Gathering – Women, join with friends Tues, Dec 18 at 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy a Christmas celebration together.

Sunday before Christmas Eve – Because Christmas Eve lands on a Monday, we will just have a nine and eleven o’clock worship service on Dec 23 (no 5pm).

Lessons and Carols – Celebrate a Christmas Eve Eucharist with us at 3pm and 5pm for children or the young at heart.  There is also a more traditional service at 9pm that will include a sung Eucharist and incense.

For the 3 and 5 services, we invite the kids (or adults who really, really want to) to come dressed as characters from the nativity story.  We are also looking for three boys/men and three girls/women to help with a reader’s theater of the Gospel story.  Contact Matt (matt@restorationarlington.org) if you are interested.  This could be a great parent/child opportunity.

With so many people traveling and with such a large number of people visiting for Christmas Eve, we encourage you to be a volunteer for one or more of these services!  Contact Kathy (kathy@restorationarlington.org) to learn how you can be part of the Christmas Eve team.

Sunday, Dec 30 – There will be one worship service at 10am.  Because this falls within the twelve days of Christmas, we invite you to wear your silly Christmas sweater and come ready to sing your final Christmas carols with gusto!

We are excited for the ways that you will join the Restoration Community this Advent on our journey to Christmas.  Invite friends to any and all of it!