The joyous seasons of Advent and Christmas are upon us! In this post you will find a listing of our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day services as well as other seasonal events happening at First Olympia.
3pm Traditional Worship: This service will feature our chancel choir, handbell choir and the newly renovated organ in a hymn-filled retelling of the Christmas story.
5pm Family Worship: This interactive, family-friendly worship will include birthday cake and a no-rehearsal Nativity! Want to help retell the Christmas story? Simply show up and you can participate!
8pm Contemporary Worship: Led by the Praise Band and Celebration Singers, the late service is joyfully come as you are!
10am Christmas Day Worship: Join us for an informal (PJs welcome!) worship service where we will hear the Christmas story and celebrate Holy Communion. A contiental breakfast will follow the service.
Other Holiday Happenings
Advent Workshop, Sunday December 4, 5pm-7pm
This family-friendly event includes a soup & salad potluck dinner, the opportunity to make seasonal crafts, and engage in service projects. Come for the fellowship, stay for the fun!
Christmas Caroling, Sunday December 11, 12:30pm-2pm
All are welcome to come and sing carols as a couple of our local nursing homes. We will leave from the church following the 11:15am service. Song books and candy canes will be provided! Join us in bringing joy to our elders at this festive time of year.
Ways to Serve
Christmas Families: Pluck a gift tag from our angel tree and purchase a gift for a child in need. Or make a donation to the Christmas Families project to help the coordinators purchase gift cards for the families. Gifts and donations may be brought to the church office. Unwrapped gifts are due back December 11.
Prison Ministry: Donate pairs of new, white socks to support those who will be spending the holidays in prison. Each inmate receives an assortment of cookies and a fresh pair of white socks. Socks may be brought to the church office. Socks are due by December 11.
Madison Holiday Store: Our local elementary school hosts a holiday store for its students so that they may purchase gifts for their families. Your donated gifts are purchased by the children for 25-50 cents. Please bring your gift donations (for children, youth, women and men) to the church office. Gift donations are due December 11.
Helping Hurts Fund: Our Christmas Eve offering will go towards our “Helping Hurts” fund. This fund is used throughout the year to help members of our community pay rent, pay bills, have a warm roof over their heads for the evening and much more. You may make your donation on Christmas Eve or bring a donation by the church office (please write “Helping Hurts” in your check’s memo line).