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Lessons & Carols 
One All-Church Service on December 18th at 9:30am
Get lost in the wonder of the Christmas miracle at this single all-church service that weaves together songs and passages from Scripture. 

Christmas Festival
December 18th at 11:00am
And join us after Lessons and Carols for a fun and family-friendly event featuring all your Christmas faves: live music, Santa, crafts, games, reindeer, and a $5 all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage bar courtesy of Chris Cakes. Gluten-free options are available, and kids under 5 eat free! 
December 25 (One Combined All-Church Service)
"Christmas Day Folk Service"
One Combined All-Church Acoustic Service In-Person at 9:30am in the North Common
* Note: No Livestream Available
Advent Get-Together
Featuring Advent Organ Reflections
TONIGHT at 5:30pm | Organ Reflections also available via 
Join us as we ground ourselves in community and the meaning of Advent in this simple get-together, featuring a pizza dinner.
Then at 6:15pm join our organist and past and present organ scholars in-person or via YouTube as we celebrate our pipe organ with some lively repertoire and music for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
And stay for a Christmas party in the North Common with cocoa bar and fire.

Note: This is the only date for Advent Organ Reflections this season. 
Tonight's Menu

Gourmet pizza dinner - variety pizzas prepared by Chef Jeff
Unnamed Kids Show
Georgie and the Unnamed Kids Show crew are BACK for season 3! This episode, we learn that our neighbors are all around us AND that each of them are made uniquely and beautifully in the image of God. 
Unnamed Kids Show (S3 E1)
Unnamed Kids Show Take Home Guide
Mission Highlight
This December, we are highlighting our mission partners working to address housing insecurity in the Twin Cities area. Take a few minutes to learn more about them here.
Giving Tree
In the spirit of Christmas, pick a tag off the Christmas tree in the North Common to buy a gift to support our mission partners working to end homelessness. Click here to buy a gift online.
Young Adults Murder Mystery Party
December 21st at 6:30pm
Join us for a young adults murder mystery party! Dinner and non-alcoholic beverages are included.

RSVP is required – sign up here and we’ll share the address and your character ahead of time!
Sign Up For Young Adults Murder Mystery Party
Giving Voice Concert
We were so glad to host our "Back to Broadway" concert last Friday!

Kare 11 showed up and did a short but wonderful highlight on the concert too. Check it out below!
Kare 11 Giving Voice Highlight Story
Poinsettia Sale
Want to help decorate our Meetinghouse this holiday season? Poinsettias are $15 each, and you can order one online or by filling out an envelope at the Church Reception Desk. You can even dedicate one as a memorial or a tribute to someone significant in your life! Sale ends TODAY.
Buy a Poinsettia Today
Thanks so much to everybody who participated in our Quarterly Town Hall Meeting on November 20th. For those who weren't able to attend, see below for summary bullet points and informational slides from the meeting:
  • To be more effective, we must be more clear and explicit in asking people to contribute financially to Meetinghouse Church.
  • There was an open question regarding cultivating new givers, paired with a surprise at how low the most common annual gift is.
  • There's a desire to connect our financial asks to a broader vision for our work in the world. 
  • We had a collective discovery around how quickly Foundation funds will become drained at our current rate and a collective desire to standardize how we utilize Foundation funds while pursuing long-term sustainability. 
Quarterly Town Hall Slides
Let's journey together this week.
Look below for what we're up to this week. Events with Meeting ID listed have a virtual alternative available via Zoom.

Note: Children and Families Ministry sends out an e-newsletter each Sunday morning with any events, updates, and virtual resource links for the week.  Want to subscribe? Reach out to George Dornbach here.

Wednesday, December 14
7:00am: Working Professionals Small Group (Off-Site)
8:30 - 10:00am: Wednesday Women (Hearth Room + Zoom - Password: Fellowship)
4:30 - 6:00pm: Heartwarmers Knitting Group
5:30 - 6:15pm: Community Dinner (Great Hall)
6:15 - 7:00pm: Advent Organ Recital (The Meetinghouse + YouTube)
6:00 - 7:30pm: Children & Families Gathering (Gathering Rooms 2&3)
6:00 - 7:30pm: Middle School Ministry (Pond Room)
7:00 - 8:30pm: Chorale Rehearsal (Music Center)
7:00pm: Advent Get-Together: Cookies & Cocoa (North Common)
7:30 - 9:00pm: High School Ministry (Pond Room)

Thursday, December 15
7:00 - 8:00am: Dudes + Donuts (Library + Zoom)
11:00am: Cantus Concert (The Meetinghouse)
7:00pm: Family Small Group Kids 13+ (Off-Site)

Friday, December 16
8:00am: Men's Renewal (Hearth Room + Zoom)

Saturday, December 17
9:30am: Chorale Rehearsal (Music Center)

Sunday, December 18
8:30 - 9:15am: Kickstart (Hearth Room + Zoom | Meeting ID: 854-8450-3000 | Passcode: Kickstart)
9:30am: Nursery (0 - 2 Years Old)
9:30am: Lessons & Carols Service (One Combined All-Church Service In-Person in the Meetinghouse and Live-Streamed on YouTube)
 9:50am: God's Garden (3-5 Years Old + K-5th Grade: Kids Dismissed During the Service)
11:00am: Christmas Festival (Meetinghouse Church)

Tuesday, December 20
5:30 - 7:00pm: Yenneagram Yoga (Gathering Rooms 2+3)
7:00pm: Church Council Christmas Party (Off-Site)

Wednesday, December 21
8:30 - 10:00am: Wednesday Women (Hearth Room + Zoom - Password: Fellowship)
* No Wednesday Night Programming - Christmas Break *
6:30pm: Young Adults Murder Mystery Party (Off-Site - RSVP here)
Let's hold each other in prayer.
PRAYERS OF HEALING for Jeanne Mastain, Penny Anderson, Joe Feyder.

PRAYERS OF CELEBRATION at the birth of Leela Ann to Anjuli and Hugh Cameron and Gretalyn Lowella to Stina and Steve Jost.

PRAYERS OF COMFORT for the family of Jeanne Sedoff, Terry Warner in the death of his brother, Rick.
Note: In the past 2 weeks' Meetinghouse Weekly Generosity section, it was highlighted that an additional 35 "average" gifts would bring next year's budget into balance. The statement should have said that an increase of 35 average gifts per year (which represents a 7% annual increase in giving) every year would bring our budget onto a path of long-term sustainability over a period of several years. We apologize for any confusion.

From the Generosity Ministry Action Team:
Generosity is everyday worship.  GMAT is actively finding, sharing, and celebrating sources of abundance with our congregation's initiatives and ministries.

"Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

– Hebrews 13:16

Pushpay & Financial Updates

Please remember MeetingHouse for year-end financial gifts of appreciated stock and other securities, qualified charitable distributions, and/or your donor-advised funds.  Discuss this with your tax and financial advisors, and then get in contact with the office staff at church.  Thank you for your generosity!

Generosity Profile
We appreciate the grounds crew, design committee, and building maintenance crew at Meetinghouse Church who have made the worship areas and outdoor property look so very beautiful this Advent Season!

Generous Ministry 
Thank you for the generosity of Karen Troyer and her belated husband John's ministry called Make Old Things New.  Their work provides housing, safety, learning a new job, fellowship, and accountability to live a clean, righteous life.  After John’s death, Karen has carried on with this ministry on a smaller scale living with the residents in the homes provided.  What a blessing you are to others, Karen!

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