Advent and Christmas Services
peace has come
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14
With the arrival of God into our world comes the peace, love, joy, and hope we all long for. God coming in the flesh is the marker of our faith and truth we cling to as we live as faithful disciples. Join us for worship this Advent as we share the many ways Jesus dwells among us and brings peace to our lives. In a world full of struggle, Christ comes bringing all we need to live in hope.
Click here to view our 2017 Advent Mailer.
Sunday, dec. 3rd (10:00 a.m.) ~ 1st Sunday of Advent: Hope
Sunday, Dec. 10th (10:00 a.m.) ~ 2nd Sunday of Advent: Peace
Christmas pageant and potluck
Join us for worship and our Christmas pageant, “The First Christmas.” Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Following the program, we’ll move to the fellowship hall and enjoy a potluck lunch. Please sign up to bring a dish to share, and join us for great fellowship!
Sunday, Dec. 17th (10:00 a.m.) ~ 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: JOY
Choir Cantata and gingerbread house extravaganza
Please join the OPPC Chancel Choir in worship on December 17th as they present: Peace Has Come, a musical retelling of the Christmas Story by Mary McDonald. The biblical concept of peace does not focus on the absence of trouble. God’s peace is unrelated to circumstances; it is a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside. In Peace Has Come, we follow the journey of those who experienced that first Christmas night and found peace in a new and fresh way. In the process, the listener is challenged to lay aside those illusions which promise peace and embrace the Giver of true peace and abundant life.
After the Choir Cantata on Dec. 17, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, be prepared to build the gingerbread house of your dreams! Winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and awards will be given out. Come for a time of fun, creative, and friendly fellowship. Please bring a bag of “house building” candy to share. Graham Crackers and frosting will be provided.
Sunday, Dec. 24th ~ 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: LOVE
Christmas Eve Community Meal (10:00 a.m.)
Christmas Eve morning OPPC will be worshiping together IN ACTION. Our church will be cooking and serving a free meal for the Bellevue Community. The staff will plan and shop - the congregation will help cook and serve! The meal will be advertised throughout East Bellevue in the hopes that all who are hungry for community will join us!
Sign up today at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up (8:00 - 10:00 a.m.), serve (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.), clean up (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). We’ll chat with folks, laugh, welcome, and hand out Christmas cheer to our neighborhood. We will all eat and celebrate Christmas Eve together 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and return for a Candlelight and Communion service at 7:30pm.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7:30 p.m.)
Join us in worship for a service of carols, communion, and candlelight as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the joy his birth brings to our world.
Advent Devotionals will be available in the church narthex starting the first Sunday of Advent.
Children and Families: ADVENT Activities list
This Advent, complete the to-do list and receive a surprise goody bag on Sunday, Dec. 24 at church. Click here for the Advent Activity List!
daily advent meditations and prayers
Prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ! Our Advent devotionals will help prepare your heart for the Christmas season and increase your appreciation for the meaning of the season. The daily Scripture, quotes, reflections and prayers will serve as a faithful fellow traveler accompanying you through Advent. Use these devotionals to help you prepare as you await the Savior who comes offering peace, hope and light for all.
DSHS Giving Tree
As a part of our OPPC outreach to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), we will host a Giving Tree as our Christmas Mission. The tree will be in the narthex from mid-November thru mid- December and will have tags requesting items that DSHS has on a Wish List at Amazon. These will NOT just be Christmas gifts, but rather items that are needed year-round for the foster children who come through the DSHS office in Crossroads.
Please pick a tag from the Christmas tree in narthex and either bring the unwrapped item back to the tree by mid-December, OR go online to Amazon and order that item from the DSHS Wish List on Amazon (Bellevue SHPC2). Let’s make it a GREAT new year for the hard-working folks at our neighborhood DSHS!