December 6 - 5:30 pm
Garden Lot at St. James
Since we are not yet able to gather in person inside the sanctuary, we will gather together for a tree lighting in the Garden Lot this coming Sunday. We invite each family to Bring an Ornament to Represent Your Family on the tree. There will be a short devotional; we will be lighting the tree and singing Christmas Carols. Hot Chocolate will be available.
December 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Journey back in time to Bethlehem on Sunday evening, December 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. You and your family will be welcomed to Bethlehem by the Census Taker and introduced to your guide who will lead you through the experience. You will meet a Roman soldier on horseback, visit the market where bread, fruit and other items can be found, meet a group of shepherds warming themselves around a campfire and talking about seeing the angels and their visit to see the baby. Meet the Innkeeper, encounter a person in need, feed the animals, and of course, visit Mary, Joseph and the newborn baby.
ADVENT WREATH KIT
Create your own family Advent wreath to light at home during this Advent season. St. James will be providing the materials for you to make your own wreath. The kits can be picked up at the church from 10:00 -12:00 on Saturday, November 28 or contact the church office to drive by and get your kit.
DRIVE-IN WORSHIP / Communion
Wednesday, December 9
Join us on November 25 at 7:00 pm for Drive-In Worship with Communion on the top level of the parking deck beside the church. More information and the bulletin will be sent out the first of next week. Plan now to join together, safely distanced and worship with your St. James' family.
St. James will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army on Friday, December 4 and December 11. The location is Sam's Club at the Northlite Shopping Center at Exit #60.
December 9 - 8:00 pm
In the first-ever event of its kind, ELCA World Hunger presents an online Christmas benefit concert featuring Peter Mayer, a longtime Lutheran and the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett.
Although we are in the midst of a difficult winter due to COVID-19, we know that, through God’s abundance, you have shown incredible generosity by supporting the necessary work of the church. This concert is a gift to you this Advent season. It is a way for us to say thank you and provide a place for you to gather online with the church community as we prepare for the birth of our Savior.
The concert is free and will premiere on the ELCA Facebook page, with a live chat so you can engage with the audience, ELCA staff and Peter Mayer himself. Donations to ELCA World Hunger are encouraged and will support our church’s work to respond to hunger and poverty in more than 60 countries around the world.
December 11 - 9:00 pm
The National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival comes to audiences FREE in a virtual, multi-media format on December 11. The Incarnation: For the Healing of the World brings music from around the globe announcing the birth of Christ with messages of peace and joy that nothing–not even a pandemic–can take away.
The Cabarrus Partnership for Children kicked off its 14th annual Cuddle Up Coat Drive on October 1st. This winter, more than ever, we need your help to ensure all of our community's children are warm.
In an effort to keep our families, children, and staff safe, we will not be accepting coats, socks, underwear, mittens or hats this year. Instead we are asking for checks (written to St. James Lutheran Church, note Coat Drive in the memo line), so that the Partnership staff can purchase the coats and winter items that local children need.
"Awake! Awake, and greet the new morn, for angels herald its dawning. Sing out your joy, for soon he is born, behold! the Child of our longing."—ELW 242
Read the Synod Newsletter for December 8, 2020.
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