Advent Reflections Writing Workshop
Sun, Dec 9 & 16, 9:45 am
Led by Diane Gardner

Advent Reflections returns and offers a time apart, between two Sunday services this year. Join us for a time of quiet prayer, Christmas legends revisited and sharing stories. Take a break from the season’s busyness and hurry. All are welcome to come and enjoy being together.

Acoustic Christmas
Sun, Dec 9, 6:30 pm

This warm, peaceful candle-lit program of Christmas music provided by the Mayflower Children’s and Youth choirs offers comfort and calm during the busy season. Nancy Grundahl, Randi Rexroth, David Carey and Marty Haugen, along with additional instrumentalists and the Mayflower Bell Choir, will help to make this a special evening. Offering benefits the summer youth trip. A reception follows.

Stories and Carols with Marty and Mary
Sun, Dec 16, 9:45- 10:45 am, Youth Room

Join Marty Haugen and Mary Keepers to sing Christmas Carols, learn a little about those carols, and hear stories of Christmas. This is an “everyone learning together” event; all ages are invited, and children and youth are especially encouraged to attend.

La Crèche Giving Tree
Mayflower continues to partner with La Crèche Early Childhood Center. Stop by the tree in the Fireside Room and pick up an ornament tag that provides the name, age and gender of one of the children served by La Crèche. Please purchase a gift ($30-35 suggested amount) and return it wrapped to the church office by Dec 16, with the ornament tag attached securely to the wrapped package. Questions? Contact Eli’jah, ecarroll@mayflowermpls.org.

Mitten & Hat Tree
Bring your gifts of winter gear and place them on the tree in the Fireside Room. Please bring your donations no later than Dec 16. These gifts will be donated to the MN Council of Churches for refugee families during the week of Christmas.

Winter Solstice Longest Night Service
Thu, Dec 20, 6 pm

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. We will participate in ancient symbolism, especially meaningful for those who are experiencing grief, illness, loneliness or who just are glad that the days will be getting longer again. In solidarity with one another in our “dark nights of the soul,” we will enjoy beautiful, mellow music, lighting candles and welcoming light into our lives.

Color, Symbols and Ritual During Advent
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. It is a time of preparation for, rather than the celebration of, Christmas, so Advent hymns will be sung. Each Sunday, we will light one of the five candles on the Advent wreath, which is round to represent eternity. The lighting of the candles reminds us that we are empowered to bring light into the world. Purple is normally Advent’s liturgical color, associated with the sovereignty of Christ. Deep blue is used as the color of the night sky. Blue also reminds us that during Advent the church waits with Mary for the birth of Jesus. On Christmas Eve we begin the Christmas celebration when we join together to once again hear the story of the birth and to sing Christmas carols.