2018 Advent and Christmas at Park Road
Theme: singing with mary
There are several well-known songs recorded in our scripture, and we will spend the season leading up to Christmas singing with Mary. These words, often called the Magnificat, which she sang upon her surprise in hearing the angel’s announcement that she was pregnant with Jesus, have served to inspired Christians since they were first uttered. Like all of scripture, when we look at it closely, we will find that Mary’s song is still relevant and offers comfort but also a challenge for the Church. Please join us every Sunday, you are available, to add some sacred to your celebration.
Saturday, December 1 – Decoration Day
Please join us for a really fun day of fellowship and work as we make the church ready for the Advent/Christmas season. Tree cutters meet at the Golden Corral on South Boulevard at 7:30a before going in search of the great Chrismon tree. Sanctuary decorators gather at the Charlotte Café at 8:30a. Everyone should converge in the sanctuary about 9:00a.
Sunday, December 2 - Advent I. Mary’s Song - praise
Luke 1.46-47 – And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…
Sunday, December 2 - Greetings and Grace
What a great way to begin this season and to get to know some of your Park Road family. All you need to do is to come ready to go out to eat. When you arrive in the sanctuary, you will have a chance to sign up (you or you and a friend). During worship, we will take all the names, toss them together, and create groups of about eight people. Following worship, we’ll read the names, introduce any folks who don’t know each other, and then send you on your way. Eat one meal together at a local restaurant and enjoy the food and the fellowship. Greetings and Grace… hope you’ll choose to join in!
Sunday, December 2 - A Family ADVENT-ure, 5:00-6:30p
Families come together to make Advent-themed crafts to guide families in preparing for Christmas.
Sunday, December 2 - Moravian Love Feast, Queens University, 7:00-9:00p
Joey will lead this annual tradition for Queens. He has invited us to join him.
December 2,4,6—Charlotte Family Housing
(Volunteers are needed to provide meals for the families staying at Elizabeth House. We provide the evening meal for 10-12 people, including children and deliver it between 5:30p6:00p. Sign-up here or contact Dan if you can help.
Saturday, December 8. Youth Progressive Dinner, 5:30p
This annual tradition is one of the best of the year. We will meet at Park Road at 5:30p. Remember to bring a gift for exchange! All gifts must be homemade or benefit a charity. A huge thank you to the Palmers, Knights, and Helts for hosting meals this year. Please RSVP to me so I can give our host numbers! -Joey
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 – MEN’S SHELTER OF CHARLOTTE LUNCH
Park Road Baptist members coordinate and serve a meal every other month on Saturdays at the Uptown Men’s Shelter. Volunteers are needed to coordinate meals, purchase food, and serve. A great opportunity for families to volunteer together. The shelter is located at 1210 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206. Sign up to help here.
Saturday, December 8. Room in the Inn. 6:00p
Room in the Inn (Another season of Room in the Inn begins on Saturday, December 8! There are lots of ways to participate from setting up beds, to preparing meals, providing transportation, staying overnight and more! Volunteers are needed to drive, serve as dinner and overnight hosts, and prepare grab-and-go breakfasts and sack lunches.
Park Road will host our homeless neighbors on the 2nd and 4th Saturday nights from December through March. Sign up to help here.
Sunday, December 9. Advent II. mary’s Song: Perspective
Luke 1.48-53 – For God has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant… God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly, has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
Sunday, December 9. Deacon Christmas Party, 7:00p
Wednesday, December 12. Christmas Banquet, 5:30p
Join us Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00p for an evening of good food and entertainment as we celebrate the season together. It’s our only Wednesday gathering in December, and the evening promises to be memorable. Call the church office to make your reservation. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children
Thursday, December 13. Senior Drop in at the Heaton’s house, 11:00a-1:00p
Sunday, December 16—Advent 3, 11:00a Theme: “Mary Sings – Magnificat”
John Rutter’s Magnificat The Park Road Choir, accompanied by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, will present Magnificat, composed by John Rutter. The guest soloist will be Cantor Shira Lissek from Temple Israel.
Wednesday, December 19—5:00p Fun Food Wednesday at Fahrenheit Restaurant uptown
Thursday, December 20—Noon – Very Special People (VSP)
Friday, December 21—5:00p Festival of Gifts;
We will repeat last year’s wonderful event, eating together and then working to prepare backpack snack bags, sweets and cards for our “Friends at Home,” blankets for our neighbors in need, refugee kits for new neighbors, and cooking meals for Charlotte Family Housing and Room in the Inn. A Youth Lock-In will follow. Since the Deans will not be hosting their annual Drop-In this year, let’s make this a “drop-in” at the church. The Church will provide the meat—you bring the finger food, appetizers, and desserts. We will share food together beginning at 5:00p. Then we will get to work on our projects.
Friday, December 21 - Youth Lock-In following the Season of Gifts service project
Saturday, December 22. Room in the Inn, 6:00p
Volunteers are needed to drive, serve as dinner and overnight hosts, and prepare grab-and-go breakfasts and sack lunches.
Sunday, December 23—Advent 4, 11:00a Theme: “mary sings – Promise”
Luke 1.39-45 (46-55) – God has helped Israel… according to the promise God made to our ancestor. (Children sing in worship.)
Monday, December 24—5:00p Christmas Eve Worship with Communion, Theme: “Mary Sings – Parable”
Luke 2 – Christmas brings Mary’s life full-circle. The ancient promise becomes real in our own living. We will celebrate the reality of God’s presence with us in this inspiring service of candles and communion.
Saturday, December 29—9:00a Take Down/Un-decorate
Please help us return all the tinsel to the right boxes. Many hands make for light work. Gather at 9:00a… we’ll be finished by lunch