Eastport United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Christmas Season Ministries & Traditions at EUMC

There are many traditions and opportunities to serve during the Christmas season here at Eastport United Methodist Church. We hope you will feel welcome to join us during this time of joyful celebration!

 
Poinsettias: 
Every Christmas we offer the opportunity to decorate our sanctuary with poinsettias. They can be purchased and dedicated in memory of loved ones who have passed or in honor of loved ones with us now. The dedications are placed in the Christmas bulletins. In recent years, we have added the option of donating to our food pantry instead of purchasing the poinsettias. After the Christmas Eve services, those who have purchased poinsettias are welcome to take them home to enjoy.   We will do the same thing at Easter with beautiful Lilies!
 
Timothy House: 
The United Methodist Women have led the way in giving to many organizations that benefit children at Christmas time over the years. In 2007 we found a real need at the Timothy House. It is a low income senior housing unit located 2 blocks from the Governor’s Mansion. Some of the residents there have told us that the gifts we give them are the only ones they receive at Christmas. There are 60 single individual apartments and we give each resident fresh baked cookies and a gift bag filled by members of our congregation. The heartfelt thanks from these seniors is a very moving experience for everyone involved in the delivery of the gift bags.
 
Eastport Elementary School: 
The United Methodist Men decided to adopt a local school at Christmas and provide gifts that they chose themselves for the children. The men of the church are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy (not to exceed $20) for a child. Then the men get together and wrap all the toys for delivery to the school for children identified by the school counselors. 
 
Christmas Eve Services:
We normally offer two evening services, however this year, 2017, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday so we will be doing things a little differently.
 
10:00 Christmas Eve Morning:  We will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child with readings, song, communion and a message from Pastor Michelle Mejia.
 
5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve:  We call this the family service because ALL are welcome - the young, the old, the wrinkled, the lonely, the noisy, the shy - you name it! Some of the service will be geared especially for children, and we know their presence will enhance all of our experience of worship on this special night. Come, be part of God's family, and celebrate Jesus' birth! The service lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. 

New Year's Eve Service:
The New Year's Eve Service was started in 2009 as an opportunity to bring together many of the faith groups in Annapolis to say a prayer of blessing for our city for the coming year. Participants have been Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, Quaker, Seventh Day Adventist, Unitarian, Baha’i, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist.   This is an opportunity to “bridge the gaps between our religions and transcend what divides us” (Rev. John Crestwell, Unitarian Universalist). The pre-service concert of music starts at 6:30 with the service beginning at 7:00 with the Call to Prayer. We finish at 8:15 so that participants can easily get to their traditional New Year’s Eve events. 
 
Eastport United Methodist Church
926 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
410-263-5490