For many, the Christmas season is both hopeful and heavy … but the excitement and busyness of the season rarely affords space to acknowledge that. Blue Christmas is a type of gathering historically held on the winter solstice—the longest night and shortest day of the year—in recognition of the darkness and loneliness that many carry into this season of light.

We will be gathering right before the winter solstice for a simple service designed to acknowledge Jesus’ place in the “both/and”—the hopeful and the heavy, the joy and the loss, the celebration and the grief.

All are welcome.

Christmas in the City is HOPE’s largest outreach event of the year. This event was created in 2008 in partnership with HOPE’s Interfaith Coalition, giving hundreds of families in need the opportunity to choose gifts for their children ages 0-18.

There will be toys, games, gift cards, blankets, books, pants, new socks and underwear, and even stocking stuffers! Once the parents have selected gifts, they are reunited with their children who have been making crafts and visiting Santa. The family then receives a professional family portrait, a bag of food including holiday goodies, free lunch, and the opportunity to visit prayer tables and a variety of local partner resource agencies.

Your help is needed! Visit hopehelps.org/christmas-in-the-city for volunteer opportunities.

For more info, visit hopehelps.org/christmas-in-the-city or contact ElaineMyers@universitycarillon.net

Sunday mornings beginning December 4 (for three weeks) 10 AM -OR- 11:15 AM (in M-201)

Register for the class time that works for you.

A community sent to help anyone and everyone become a follower of Jesus.

What does that statement mean? What does it look like to be the church? Is there a difference in being plugged-in and joining the church? Is there more to church than Sunday service? God gives us the opportunity for more—and the outlet is officially joining the University Carillon family.

If you’re new, been here for a while or a current member of the church—join us at the starting line for a three-week overview of the church … discovering who we are and what it means to follow Jesus together as a church. Come explore the opportunity of officially joining the UC Family.

God gives us the opportunity for more … will you take Him up on it?

**CHILDCARE NEEDED?**
Child Care (6 weeks–3yr olds) is available at all gatherings.
Kids Classes (PreK-5th grade) are available at the 10am and Vessel Gathering.

What do s’mores, Christmas carols, fire pits, free food and plenty of fun and games mean? It means welcoming you back to Campfire Christmas!

On Thursday, December 22 from 5:30 – 8 PM we’ll be outside on University Carillon’s field by the pond roasting marshmallows, singing Christmas carols, hanging out with miniature horses and playing games to prepare our hearts for the gift of Christmas.

Best of all, it’s FREE. All you have to do is bring some friends and family, and either lawn chairs or picnic blankets and we’ll take care of the rest.

For more info, contact communications@universitycarillon.net

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
**Parent: register one parent/guardian for contact info**

Ages 6 weeks – 5th Grade
Cost is just $5 (cash at door or online) per family and includes a light dinner.
COST: $5/family (cap will show on last page of registration)

Time leading up to Christmas and the end of the year can be exhausting … the end of the school year, Christmas shopping, planning for family to visit—we get it! We’ve got a night off for the parents and grandparents.

Our Kids Ministry team is planning a fun and engaging time for the kids—which includes dinner! As we take care of your kids, take this time to catch your breath, shop for Christmas or take a night off.

Please register by Thursday, Dec 8 and let us know you’re coming so we can make preparations for food, crafts and more.

For more info, contact kids@universitycarillon.net

11 PM Vessel (w/Communion)

Celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To a little town of no great renown, the Lord kept a promise … that a mighty King would come—an Anointed One, a Messiah, a Savior. And though a triumphant entrance was expected, the Lord—in His grace and mercy—answered humanity’s (and Israel’s) longing for more … in the cry of a baby: God’s plan to save the world.

Join us as we celebrate this wonderful gift of Heaven: Jesus Christ. Emmanuel—God with us.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
•  3 PM Traditional*
•  5 PM Family (Outdoors)*
•  7 PM Contemporary
•  8:30 PM Contemporary
•  11 PM Vessel (w/ Communion)

*[childcare provided (6wks-4yrs)]