Advent at redmond umc

How do you experience joy? 

This Advent and Christmas we explore this question and more as we make room for the life-changing and life-sustaining joy of Christ born into this world and into our very lives. 

Join us for worship on Sundays and for the special events listed below.

Looking forward to practicing joy with you this season! 

SPECIAL EVENTS


Advent Decorating
Saturday, November 30 | 9 a.m.



Come together as a church family to deck the halls! Decorations provided, just bring yourselves.



Movie Night “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Sunday, December 1


Let’s go to the movies! Pastor Lara loves Mr. Rogers and this Advent, you are invited to see this new movie with her. The synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. We are looking into group sales, so please let Pastor Lara know if you can go.



Celebrate the Christmas Season at Redmond Lights!

Saturday, December 7th | 4-8 p.m.


Come with a friend to the annual Redmond Lights event starting at Redmond City Hall! Music, art, lights, performances, and community organizations will all be out celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season in Redmond! Contact Andy if you’d like to volunteer with him at our booth for an hour or two!



Annual Ornament Exchange Party
Saturday, December 14th | 6 p.m.


Join in the fun at RUMC's Annual Ornament Exchange, hosted at the Dionne-Whyman home, on Saturday, December 14th, at 6:00pm. Bring one wrapped ornament (per participant) and a favorite appetizer to share. Hot mulled cider is served along with holiday cheer!! Contact Peter or the RUMC office for additional information.  



Christmas Concert - Joy Has Dawned

Sunday, December 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary


Come and celebrate the joy of music with the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir as they sing and play pieces from Lloyd Larson’s cantata Joy Has Dawned and more!



Emerald City Voices Carols and Tales Concert

Saturday, December 21 | 3:00 p.m. | Sanctuary


Songs and stories are how people have shared knowledge, values, and lessons since language was first invented. Around the Holiday Season these stories take on a new magical life of their own and become the Christmas Carols and Wintertime Tales that we love so well! This Saturday-Before-Christmas your favorite acapella Christmas impresarios, Emerald City Voices, bring together local singing talents to celebrate the stories that make the season shine. Join us in raising funds and awareness for Open Kitchen and Winter Shelter programs! You wont want to miss it! See their Facebook page!



Longest Night Taize Service
Sunday, December 22 | 7-8 p.m. | Chapel


RUMC's Longest Night Taize Service provides space for all the feelings of Christmas. We light candles, sing songs, and experience prayerful silence together as we contemplate the joy that comes from a deeper place within us and sustains us through all the hardships we face. 



CHRISTMAS EVE


Family Celebration Service
Friday, December 24 | 7:00 p.m.


Experience the Christmas story with joy and excitement at this interactive service where all are invited to join the fun.



Everyone is invited to participate but Marie is looking for Redmond UMC kids interested in small speaking parts. Contact marie@redmondumc.org if your family is interested.



Candlelight Service

Friday, December 24 | 11:00 p.m.


The beautiful 11pm Christmas Eve Service includes the traditional music, candlelight, and hopeful, joyous mood that makes the season so special!