Susannah writes about this year’s theme for Advent:

The band Mumford and Sons has written one of the best Advent Hymns I’ve heard–my hunch is that was not their intention… Awake My Soul.

The song has stuck with me as I read our lectionary text for this 1st Sunday of Advent—for much of advent as Jesus reminds us to Keep Awake for his coming! Here are some of the words of the song, “In This body we will live-in this body we will die—where you invest your love—you invest your life… Awake my soul—we were made to meet our maker…”

It’s so easy in these days ahead to allow our anxiety to rule us—worry us—claim us—SO easy to get swept up in the day to day—in the holiday hopes—that inevitably lead us to a blue Christmas. So How do we live and invest right now in this Advent Season that leads us to the Light of the World? I think it has a lot to do with Paying Attention, Living in the Present and Serving Others.

What is it for you to Wake UP your Soul to live fully in this precious—gentle—powerful time? This first Sunday of Advent, The Christ—who will come among us as a Child, 1st Call us to KEEP AWAKE—to let go of our anxiety about the future—TO LIVE FULLY in the present and invest ourselves with our Whole Lives.

Awake our Souls dear Christ—to you—our present and our future—Our now and not yet.

Advent Worship every Sunday

  • December 1 – 10:00 am & 5:00 pm
  • December 8 – 5:00 pm
  • December 15 – 5:00 pm
  • December 22 – 5:00 pm

Longest Night Worship

  • December 21 – 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

  • December 24 – 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Gathering and Serving

  • December 8: 7th Annual Caroling & Christmas Party after worship
  • December 15 at 5:00 pm: Children’s Pageant & Christmas Choir
  • December 21 at 11:30 am: Soup Saturday & Christmas in Kirkwood
  • December 28 at 11:30 am: Soup Saturday

Small Group Reflection and Prayer

  • December 4 , 11, 18 – 7:00 am & 7:00 pm

Outreach: Christmas in Kirkwood

Part of our celebration of Christmas at KUCC is to take care of the children in our community, those who eat with us at Soup Saturday, as well as others who we hold in our care. These kids come from families that need assistance in making Christmas a joyous time for their children.

General Support for Christmas in Kirkwood:

  • Give cash donations to help pay for hats and gloves already purchased.
  • Give unwrapped toys and books for kids ages 5-12. We need lots of these!
  • Give Target or Wal-Mart gift cards.

Instructions for those that adopted kids:

Clothes: Please try and get your child an outfit (size should have been on your sheet and if not just get an age appropriate outfit )- this would be something like jeans and a shirt.  Coats are welcome but not expected

Toy: Please buy your child some sort of toy or entertainment gift (some sheets had a wish on it but if not just get an age appropriate toy).

Education: Please buy your child a book or something age appropriate as an educational item.

This expectation is not that you spend a lot of money but that they get an item from each category to fulfill their wish list as well as a crucial need which is probably clothes.  Most times, you would not spend more than $100.00.  Sale shopping is great and we have gotten many things for kids and spent less than that.  Let me know if you have questions or are having any issues.

We need these items, wrapped, with your child’s name on the tag, no from name, by the 20th.  Email Reshell and she will meet you to pick them up or let you in the church to drop them off. Thank you for your commitment to take on a child.

Please email Reshell Baldini at with any questions or concerns.

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