After English and Spanish worship on December 17, we will gather in the sanctuary for our annual Christmas Showcase. We will hear the Christmas story read by our youth and songs from our children's Sunday School classes. Join us for this festive, intergenerational celebration!
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. We will celebrate this occasion with a joint morning worship service at 10:30 am. We will hear Christmas stories and remembrances from members of each congregation, and sing one another's carols.
Afterwards, we will gather for a meal to celebrate the Karen New Year, which takes place on December 18.
In these darkening days, the weights of the year often become heavier. As families gather, we remember those who are no longer with us, or disagreements that have left family estranged. The season of gift-giving puts strain on those already struggling to make ends meet. The cold and the dark can be hard on our bodies, bringing out aches, pains, illness, and depression. These struggles stand in stark contrast to the merriment of the Christmas carols, holiday décor, and advertising campaigns proclaiming this to be the most wonderful time of the year.
It is important, through the various struggles of the season, to remember that we are not alone. To this end, we will be offering a Longest Night Service on December 20 at 7:00 pm in Nambu Chapel. It will be a time for us to gather to mark the losses we are grieving- whether they be loved ones lost, expectations dashed, financial security threatened- and sanctify them in the light of Christ’s Advent. It will be a candlelight service at which we will hold silence, pray, and reflect both on what we have lost in the past year and what has sustained us along the way.
This year, NSBC is hosting the Edgewater Community Religious Association's annual Thanksgiving service at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19. It will feature speakers, music, and sacred readings from various faiths represented in our community. There will be a reception to follow.
At the service, we will also be collecting canned goods to benefit Care for Real, the Edgewater food pantry.