Advent at Grace

Calm and Bright - 200 Years of "Silent Night"

This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night, Holy Night.” This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians–even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of “all is calm, all is bright”–peace and light for the world. This worship series will celebrate the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent and highlight its call for our lives that can guide us all year long.


Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia”!
Christ, the Savior is born,
Christ, the Savior is born


Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


Silent night! Holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing,
“Alleluia” to our King:
“Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.”

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Prepare for Advent

The Christian Education Committee invites everyone to our Prepare for Advent event on Sunday, November 25 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Activity Center. During the event there will be several opportunities to create, learn, and experience Advent activities and crafts that will help make it a memorable season in your home. Watch for additional information on this event that helps us center our hearts as we anticipate the miracle of Jesus’ birth.


Deck the Halls

We will decorate the church for the Advent season Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1.


The Altar Committee invites church members to purchase a poinsettia to enhance the worship setting for the Christmas season.  The cost is $15 per plant (6 1/2″ pot).  The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, December 5.  Please leave your paid order in the offering plate or drop it off in the church office.

Poinsettias may be given in memory or honor of a loved one, or simply as a donation to the church.  You may take your poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve services, deliver it to a shut-in friend or family member, or family member, or leave it at the church for the remainder of the season.



Join members of the Chancel Choir as we sing Christmas carols at the Free Clinic Meal on December 11 & 18, 6-6:30 pm.

Soup &

Each Wednesday during Advent we meet in Fellowship Hall fat 12:10 or Soup & Sermon.

Please sign up in the Nartex to provide soup for one of the services.


Join us Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall at 12:10 for Soup & Sermon

Advent Preachers:

  • Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC 12/5
  • Rev. Carmen Lampe Zeitler, Co-pastor of Wellspring Community Church 12/12
  • Rev. Gary Armstrong 12/19
Angel Tree

Gift cards for Bidwell-Riverside. Located in the narthex, the Tree will be covered with angel tags. Pick one (or more), and it will direct you to purchase gift cards for $5 or $10 from Walmart, Target, HyVee, Fareway or Aldi. Leave the cards in the church office noting the amount.


Grace Youth are hosting the 3rd annual “Festival of Trees—Grace Youth Style” AND Fellowship time on Sunday, December 2. The festivities start immediately following the 10:15 worship service. Please join the youth in the Activity Center for a festive, fun-filled hour of Christmas joy! Walk through our decorated tree wonderland; some of the trees will be up for auction! Snacks and drinks will be provided! Don’t miss this lovely event!

Christmas Offering

Christmas Offering: This year the Christmas Offering will be divided equally between

Look for envelopes in the bulletin or mark your check.


Be sure to attend worship on Sunday, December 16 as we present our Sunday School Christmas Program during the 10:15 service.

To subscribe to Advent Devotionals, click here and enter your email address when asked. You will receive an email asking you to edit your subscription list, where you can choose the Advent 2018 Devotional.
Starting December 2 and running through Christmas Day, you will receive a daily devotional written by a member of the Conference Staff.
Cup of Tea

A Cup of Christmas Tea is the program for the UMW Unit Meeting on December 6,


DMARC would like to provide 100 holiday baskets to school age children and their families in partnership with the Des Moines Public Schools. You can help by donating $20 here.


The Confirmation Class is collecting new pajamas for Bidwell Riverside this Advent season.  Please bring a new pair of pajamas, infant through child sizes, to add to the Pajama Tree displayed in the Narthex.

The Messiah

The Messiah will be preformed at Grace on Sunday, December 2 at 1 pm


Sue Sonner will be at a table in the Narthex with information about Heifer International.  Give a gift of livestock this Christmas.

  • A $10 gift will purchase a share of a goat, sheep, or tree seedlings
  • A flock of chicks for $20 can provide up to 200 eggs from one good hen for a family to eat or sell
  • $50 will purchase a biogas stove which runs off methane gas captures from animal waste, thus reducing deforestation.

Start off Advent by attending the monthly Men’s Breakfast on December 1 at 8 am in the Activity Center.


Prayer Shawl Ministry Mini-Bazaar – Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2
Be sure to see the great selection of hand-crafted items that have been carefully and lovingly made for your gift-giving or personal enjoyment and use. The tables will be filled with colorful scarves, warm hats, snuggly mittens, cuddly baby blankets and sweaters, stylish clothes for the American Girl doll, clever aprons, useful kitchen towels that button on, dishcloths with built-in scrubbers, stocking stuffers, and so much more. Everything will be set up outside the church office. Your support is greatly appreciated. Sponsored by the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Christmas Eve

3 pm service featuring special music by our choir directors and other soloists.

7:30 pm featuring our choirs and strings.

Both services will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.

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