Christmas at ZPC

Advent (literally "arrival") has been observed for centuries as a time to contemplate Jesus' birth. It can also be a time of contrasting emotions. We are eager, yet frazzled; sentimental, yet indifferent. Our hope can be mingled with dread, our anticipation with dispair. 

Yet we know that Advent marks something momentous: God's coming into our midst. That coming is not just something that happens in the past. It is a recurring possibility here and now.

*adapted from Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

 

Join us at ZPC for these Advent and Christmas events as we await and celebrate together the coming of Jesus.

ZPC Advent Devotional

ZPCers have written devotionals for each day of Advent right up to Christmas. Access the devotionals here.

To receive a daily text with a link to the devotional, text zpcdevo to 39970. 

> Sally Bias [ ; 317.873.8137x1018]

CAM Adopt-a-family for Christmas

Sign up Sundays in the Gathering Space

We invite you to partner with the ZPC Community Assistance Ministry (CAM) to assist a less-fortunate family this Christmas. Consider providing gifts on your own or partner with friends, neighbors, co-workers, or your Home Group. CAM assists families in Boone and Hamilton counties, who are screened by the CAM team. Gift cards and cash donations are also accepted. Stop by the table in the Gathering Space for more information.
> Margaret Gordon [ ; 317.873.9376]

Shepherd Community Food Totes

Return Totes: Sundays, Dec 8 & 15
Sort Totes: Sunday, Dec  8 |1-3 pm and Sunday, Dec 15 | 1-5 pm | Gathering Space
Truck Loading: Sunday, Dec 15 | 5 pm | ZPC

For Shepherd Community Center’s near eastside neighborhood, 8 out of 10 kids rely on school for all of their meals. Fill a tote with food items and keep these children nourished over Christmas Break. Then help us sort totes and prepare them for delivery to Shepherd. These are great family-friendly service opportunities! We need your help to fill 200 boxes this year! Purchase a tote for $5 in the Gathering Space. Access shopping list here.
> Jenni Nolan [ ; 317.514.7057]

Christmas Book Study [Sundays Nov 10-Dec 15]

Christmas Book Study
Sundays | November 10-December 15 | 10:30 am

Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.
-Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

We will read and discuss Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol together during this 6 week class and look at it through the lens of the bible.

Worship Services [Sunday mornings in December]

 

Sunday Worship Services in Advent
December 1, 8, 15, and 22 | 9 am or 10:30 am

Join us in the ZPC Sanctuary each Sunday morning during Advent as we await and celebrate together the coming of Jesus. The Christmas Cantata will be at both services on December 22.

Free Movie Night [Sunday, December 8]

Let's go to the movies!
Sunday, December 8 | 4-6 pm | Gym and Sanctuary

Bring the whole family to ZPC for movie night. Choose from two versions of A Christmas Carol: Muppets Christmas Carol, for kids of all ages in the Gym, or a classic version in the Sanctuary for adults.

ZPC Christmas Concert [Saturday, December 14]

2019 ZPC Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 14 | 7-8 pm

Doors for this Christmas spectacular open at 6:30 pm. Before the concert enjoy face painting, pictures with Elsa and Anna, holiday treats and more!

The concert includes High School, Middle School, and Adult choirs; David Ackerman; the Sawyer Family Band; and other special guests. This fun and festive evening promises something for the whole family!

Jesus Jam Family Christmas Service [Sunday, December 22]

2019 Jesus Jam
Sunday, December 22 | 6-7 pm | ZPC Gym

Jesus Jam is a family friendly service where we’ll have a jammin’ good time as we celebrate Jesus’ birth! Fun for kids of all ages. Doors to the ZPC Gym open at 5:30 pm. The service starts at 6 pm. 

Christmas Eve [Tuesday, December 24]

2019 Christmas Eve Services
Tuesday, December 24 | 7, 9, & 11 pm | ZPC Sanctuary

These services will feature Christmas music, scripture, candlelight, carols, and a relevant. The 11 pm service adds the element of communion. Childcare is available at the 7 pm service only.