Christmas Worship Services
Join us as we gather to worship the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus. All are welcome as we join in song, worship and praise of Emmanuel, God with us! We have multiple opportunities for you to celebrate Jesus’ birth with us.
CHRISTMAS EVE EVE WORSHIP — Monday, December 23 at 7:00 PM
Our Christmas Eve Eve service is a modern Christmas service featuring our worship band, with uplifting music, a powerful message, and a time of reflection as we explore the story of Christ’s birth and prepare to celebrate the hope of Christmas.
FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP — Tuesday, December 24 at 3:00 PM
If you have children or you’re young at heart, come out to our Family Christmas Eve service at 3:00 PM. Our Family Christmas Eve service includes favorite Christmas Eve carols and the Christmas Story is told improv style, where every child gets to participate as one of the characters!
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP — Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 and 9:00 PM
Our 7:00 and 9:00 traditional services feature Scripture lessons, carols, the chancel and bell choirs, candle-lighting, and a Christmas message of HOPE.
CHRISTMAS OFFERING — December 23 at 7:00 PM AND December 24 at 3:00, 7:00 and 9:00 PM
Community United Methodist Church has been immeasurably blessed by God with the people and resources that have been given to us to do ministry in our community and beyond. So each year on Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve, we designate 100% of our offering to local and global missions as a sign of our continued trust in God’s goodness and provision. In keeping with the tradition of supporting missions with the Christmas Eve Offering, the Church Council has chosen the following recipients: the Crofton Christian Caring Council (CCCC), Manna House, and Zimbabwe Volunteers in Mission. To learn more about these ministries, visit our Local and Global Missions web pages.
Advent & Christmas Activities
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS SEMINAR — November 22, 7:00 pm
A seminar designed for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. Registration is required. Visit cumc.net/holidays for more information, and to register.
BABY PANTRY SOCK DRIVE — November 1 through December 31
The Baby Pantry at Community UMC, sponsored by the Crofton Christian Caring Council, is holding their yearly sock drive. We are in need of baby socks – sizes 2T, 4T & 6T (Hanes, Fruit of the Loom or Carter’s brands preferred.) Please donate new socks only; no used socks will be accepted. Contact the church office for more information.
SOCK IT TO BALTIMORE — November 10 through December 15
Our Children’s Ministries, along with the Child Development Center, is asking for gifts of adult socks, gloves, and hats for those in need in Baltimore. We will be collecting until December 15th. Winter is coming and socks are the number 1 need for homeless persons. Let’s teach our children the true meaning of Christmas by helping our neighbors in need. You may place your gifts in the designated bins in the church foyer.
GIVING TREE COLLECTION — November 24 through December 19
Our Giving Tree is adorned with ornaments with gift ideas for local families and seniors in need. Please choose an ornament(s), purchase the appropriate gifts, and return the wrapped gifts with the ornament attached to the outside of the package to CUMC by Thursday, December 19. The gifts and food will be delivered on Dec. 22, between 2 and 4 p.m.
WINTER COAT DRIVE — December
Winter is upon us once again! Our CUMC annual winter coat drive will begin Sunday, December 1, 2019. Place your clean, gently used coats of all sizes in the red-ribboned box in the Narthex. This is a very important part of the Crofton Caring Community’s drive to keep those in need warm during the cold months ahead. Thanks for your help!
ADVENT SERMON SERIES: BAH HUMBUG — Sundays in December
This Advent season, will you be preparing for a holy day or a holiday? Won’t you sing, “O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray.” And hear the promise, “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” Make this your prayer this Advent and join us for our worship series to take the Bah and Humbug out of Christmas. Learn more about this series at cumc.net/bah-humbug.
COOKIE WALK MISSION FUNDRAISER — December 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our annual Cookie Walk Fundraiser will be held on Saturday December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come buy homemade cookies by the pound, for $8 per pound. All proceeds benefit various local missions supported by Community.
CAPITAL CARILLON HANDBELL CONCERT — December 8, 7:00 pm
Capital Carillon, Washington DC’s Premier Handbell Ensemble, will be performing their Christmas repertoire at Community UMC on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Join us for an evening of joyful music to celebrate the season! All are welcome! Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted to support Capital Carillon and the missions of Community UMC.
“THE WINTER ROSE” CANTATA — December 21, 7:00 pm & December 22, 10:45 am
Join us on Saturday December 21st at 7:00 PM and Sunday December 22nd at 10:45 AM for our Chancel Choir’s presentation of Joseph and Pamela Martin’s “Winter Rose” Christmas Cantata.