Reveille UMC

Advent Journey to Bethlehem

Advent and Christmas 2018

December 2-23 | Advent Sermon Series: "Journey to Bethlehem"
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On Sundays in Advent, join us in coming together to take a journey towards a richer, more peaceful, more meaningful life, a journey that will culminate on Christmas Eve as we consider what it means for us to live contemplative lives, filled with the grace and presence of the incarnate God in our midst. Sunday worship service times are 8:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am. 
December 2     “Journey to Bethlehem: Alive at the End of Time”
December 9     “Journey to Bethlehem: The Beginning of the End”
December 16    “Journey to Bethlehem: What Then Should We Do?”
December 23    “Journey to Bethlehem: Battle Cry”

Wednesdays, December 12 and 19
Evensong Worship Service and Fellowship Meal
On Wednesdays during Advent, Evensong services will focus on the different journeys taken in the Gospels of John, Luke, and Matthew. Join in special services of music, prayer, meditation, and reflection at 6:30 pm in the chapel. Come to the catered meal in the fellowship hall at 5:30 pm (see menus). Make dinner reservations by 8:00 am Mondays.

Sunday, December 16 | 4:00 pm | Chapel
For those facing grief and loss during the holiday season, this service in the chapel offers the opportunity to find strength and comfort. Child care available for ages four and younger. 
A reception follows the service.

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
4:00 pm    Christmas Story Pageant | Fellowship Hall
5:30 pm     Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service | Sanctuary
11:00 pm   Candlelight Service with Holy Communion | Sanctuary
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Epiphany Sunday
Sunday, January 6 | 8:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am
Join us for morning worship services as we reflect on the end of the Christmas season and celebrate Twelfth Night during the children’s message.

Christmas Music

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 16 | 6:00 pm | Sanctuary
Everyone is invited to the annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. The concert will feature all children’s and youth choirs and handbells, the Chancel Choir, and the Reveille Ringers. Details

Caroling at The Hermitage
Wednesday, December 19 | 4:30 pm | 1600 Westwood Ave, Richmond
Everyone is invited to meet at The Hermitage to spread Christmas cheer to the residents. We will begin gathering at 4:00 pm and start caroling at 4:30 pm. After caroling, return to Reveille for a fellowship meal at 5:30 pm and an Evensong worship service at 6:30 pm. Make dinner reservations by 8:00 am on December 17.

Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24 | 5:30 pm
Music will be abundant at all our services on Christmas Eve. Come to traditional services at 5:30 pm with candlelight lessons and carols led by youth and children’s choirs or 11:00 pm for a candlelight Holy Communion led by our college singers and friends.

Reveille Ringers at The Jefferson 
Wednesday, December 26 | Noon
Hear our adult handbell choir perform Christmas carols in the lobby of The Jefferson Hotel.

Let's Be Social

Coffee with Clergy
Tuesdays | 7:15 am | December 11 and 18
Start your day getting to know our clergy with coffee and breakfast.  
     December 18  Crossroads Coffee (3600 Forest Hill Ave.)

Connect with Reveille's Clergy and Staff on Facebook
Weekdays Through December 24
Visit our Facebook page for inspirational messages from our clergy and staff weekdays.

Leisure Club
Tuesday, December 18 | 11:00 am | Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a musical performance from The Joy Singers that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Lunch follows the presentation, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Details 

Sunday, December 23
College Christmas Brunch
All college-age adults are invited to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones at brunch. Come to the Reveille House dining room on Sunday, December 23, at 9:30 am for a wonderful meal. 
Brunch will be hosted by the Journey Sunday school class.

Bring an Ornament for The Point Tree
The Point worship invites you to place an ornament on the tree in the fellowship hall that reflects on a treasured memory, a celebration of today, or a hope for the future. Let's share our journey through Advent together. 

Serve Our Community and the World
Return gifts by December 11
Return your unwrapped gifts to the church office by Tuesday, December 11. Details

Shop in Person December 16 | Shop Online Through December 31
Glorious Gifts is an alternative way of shopping for gifts for friends and family, while supporting Reveille's outreach ministries. Shop now

The 2018 Christmas offering will purchase poinsettias for worship spaces on December 23 and 24, and benefit United Methodist Family Services. Deadline is December 16. Download a form

Lunch Packing | December 23 | 10:30 am | Welcome Center
Midday Meal | December 27 | 11:15 am | Fellowship Hall


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About the Season of Advent

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays. Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season proclaims the coming of Jesus Christ—whose birth we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, who comes continually in word and sacrament, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. Purple is the color for paraments, stoles, and banners. Other special symbols used at Reveille UMC are the Advent wreath, an evergreen wreath with four purple candles and a center, white Christ candle, and the Chrismon tree, an evergreen tree covered with white monograms of Christ.