Eastport United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017
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 that 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: 
We have given 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 a personal card, 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: 
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 between 5-8 years old. Then the UMM get together and wrap all the toys for delivery to the school for children identified by the school counselors. 
 
EUMC Christmas Cards: 
We have a big and wonderful family here at Eastport United Methodist and sending Christmas cards to everyone can get very expensive and time consuming! So, we came up with an idea...Send one card to the church and enclose the amount of money that you would have spent on postage. The card will be displayed for all of our church family to enjoy and the money gets donated to the piano/organ maintenance fund.
 
Christmas Eve Services: We offer two services this evening:
5:30pm, 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 begins at 6pm and lasts between 45 minute to an hour.
10:30pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Before the service, beginning at 10pm, we will have special concert of Christmas music from members of the congregation. Come and listen, reflect, and enjoy! The worship service will begin at 10:30pm. Worship will include scripture reading, carol singing, a message of hope, and communion. We will end together by welcoming Christ into our world and our lives through the warm glow of candlelight. The service will be approximately an hour.
 
 New Years Eve Service:
The New Years 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.  Civic and local groups are also represented, including the Hispanic community, the City of Annapolis Police and Fire Departments, Office of the Mayor, Human Relations Commission, Eastport Civic Association, Annapolis Middle School, Light House Shelter, and Hospice of the Chesapeake. 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 starting at 7:00. 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