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Ticonderoga church to celebrate Advent

— The season of Advent in Christian churches starts on Sunday, Dec. 2, and continues through Christmas.

“Advent is a time of reflection and preparation,” said Rev. Scott Tyler, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Ticonderoga. “Hope, peace, love and joy are some of the themes reflected in special readings and activities during Advent.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the First United Methodist Church services and activities, Tyler said, especially during the Advent season.

The Advent season will be a busy one at The Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church and will begin with the decorating of the church on Saturday, Dec. 1,t at 3 p.m. Individuals and families are welcome to participate and then have a chili supper together.

The First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, during the regular services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. parishioners are reminded to bring prayer circles to help decorate the tree. Communion will be served.

The Champlain Valley Chorale will perform that day at 3 p.m. in its winter concert in the sanctuary. Following the chorale’s performance, the Carillon Garden Club will present its Holiday Magic Reception in fellowship hall. Holiday wreaths, collections and arrangements will be on display. Refreshments will be served.

Dec. 9, the Second Sunday in Advent, parishioners will bring their Tiny Tim gifts to the services. Later in the day, 4:30 to 6 p.m., the monthly free community dinner will be served. All are invited to the free beef stew dinner. A free-will donation is appreciated, but not expected

The Tiny Tim” concert will be held at the church on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

The Third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 16, will find the children from the Sunday School classes performing their children’s Christmas pageant at both services. At 1 p.m. a group from the church along with a 4-H club will meet and go caroling at neighboring facilities and homes.

Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, there will be 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. Special music will be performed by the church chancel choir.

The Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary on Monday, Dec. 24. The candlelight service will feature special readings and music, traditional carols and a message for children.

Call the church office at 585-7995 or visit www.tifumc.com for more information.

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