Celebrate Advent at BPC

Worship on Sundays at 9, 11:15, and 6

A Longest Night service is Sunday, December 17 (6 p.m.)

Christmas Eve worship at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. is a service of lessons and carols. No sermon.
  • 4 p.m. is a family service and will feature the children’s choirs. All children are invited to participate.
  • 6 p.m. will feature the youth choir.
  • 8 p.m. will feature the adult chancel choir and will include communion.

New Years Day worship: One service at 10 a.m.

Looking for some ways to help others this Advent? Here are some ideas:

  • Make a stocking for a homeless woman. We deliver our stockings to Bethany Center in downtown Washington. These stockings are in some cases the only gift these women receive. Here are some hints for constructing your Bethany Christmas Stocking: Buy a pair of large warm knee socks. Stuff one sock in the toe of the other or fill both. Fill the sock with small gifts, such as a comb, hand lotion, a toothbrush,candy, gloves, a hat, a notebook/pen, gloves, soap, tissues, chapstick, costume jewelry and healthy snacks. (Nothing with alcohol, please, such as mouthwash.) Be creative and think of surprises. Tie yourstocking with a bright ribbon and bring it to any of the worship services on December 17.
  • Make a Christmas Joy Offering. This is our opportunity to serve both the racial-ethnic educational programs of the church and the needs of retired ministers, missionaries and church workers. Half of theoffering supports the continued ministry of educating and forming Christian leaders though our racial and ethnic schools and colleges. The other half goes toward current and retired church workers who experience tragedy, health concerns, or financial hardship. The offering will be collected online and through the collection on December 17.
  • Feed families: A record number locally need help. ECHO, the local food bank BPC helps support, has identified a record number of local families in the Burke and Springfield area who in need and who have expressed a desire to have a holiday food basket. On Sunday, December 17, we will collect and deliver food to these families. You can be part of the team that delivers the meals, assembled and ready to go after the 9 a.m. service or purchase a grocery store gift card of an amount appropriate to a family’s size (ECHO provides guidelines) and mail or deliver the card to that family. Please contact Jean Buffardi at buffardi@verizon.net to participate.
  • Consider buying alternative gifts. Do your loved ones have enough “stuff.” Instead of shopping, consider making a donation in their honor to a mission project instead. We have a table in the narthex where you can purchase your gift and get a certificate to put under the tree. Support a preschooler in Kenya, a hungry Fairfax child through ECHO, or a homeless family through Homestretch. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!