Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 17 at 10:15 a.m.
(no Saturday service on the 16th)
On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, we will celebrate with a traditional service of lessons and carols. The service, which alternates between scripture readings and music led by our choir, helps prepare us to hear the message of Christ’s birth.
Service of Remembrance and Hope
Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
On the longest night of the year, we remember that it is often difficult to grieve during a season when everyone else is celebrating. In this solemn service, we will commemorate our loved ones who have died, acknowledge the challenge of celebrating the holidays when we are in pain, and hear again the hope of the gospel message.
Christmas Pageant Service
Sunday, December 24 at 10:15 a.m.
During our normal service time on Sunday the 24th, our children will tell the Christmas story through a Christmas pageant, followed by communion.
Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
We will ring in the joy of Christmas with carols led by a full choir and instrumentalists, the reading of the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel, communion, and concluding with the traditional singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.
Christmas Day Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Monday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
We will not hold a Christmas Day service at St. Timothy’s this year. Instead, we encourage those interested in attending a service on the 25th to attend worship at St. Paul’s, Des Moines (815 High Street).
Adult Formation Series in Advent
Wednesdays: November 29, December 6 and 13
6:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Sundays, December 10 & 17
9:00 a.m. in the Gathering Center
Take a journey with pastor and author Adam Hamilton as he travels on video from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. The Journey is shot on location in Israel-Palestine and contains exciting and informative sessions that will help us meet Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary as real people, not just as characters in an all too familiar story. We hope you can join us on Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings for this Advent Series.
Angel Tree Outreach
This year, our Christmas Angel Tree will feature 10 families for whom we will provide a joy-filled Christmas. Our Angel Tree will be set up in the Parish Hall on November 26. On the tree will be an “ornament” with the name of one of our family members that includes some suggestions for gifts that the person needs or wants. Our task and delight is choosing an “ornament,” shopping for the gifts for that person, wrapping them and bringing them back to church by December 17, when we will bless the gifts and deliver them to the families.
This is such a great time to involve all your family members in the joy of giving to some folks who are not as fortunate as we are. Look for this opportunity and help St. Timothy’s be a beacon of God’s loving light right here in West Des Moines.