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"Centenary United Methodist Church"
3 W Washington St
Bath, NY
Pastor - Eleanor Collinsworth
Phone - 607-776-3434
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A “Christmas Giving Tree” will be available during the Advent Season, in the Narthex/Gathering Area of our church.  The tree will be decorated with gift cards that contain items needed in the Bath Community Clothes Closet that a dedicated team of folks from our church opened this past June.  The Clothes Closet provides clothing to infants and children, and it operates on donations of gently-used clothing, but there are certain sizes and items that are in short supply.  You are invited to help complete their inventory of sizes and items in this Christmas season of giving by taking one or more gift cards from the tree, purchasing the item(s) on the card, and returning them, unwrapped, to the “Christmas Giving Tree” by Sunday, December 23rd. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Worship Opportunities in Advent and Christmas Seasons
The Advent and Christmas seasons provide opportunities to worship and celebrate in special ways and with special messages that help us remember the true “reason for the season.”  What a great time to reconnect with your faith community, share in meaningful worship experiences, and invite neighbors, friends, and family members to share them with you!   

Dec. 2 – 1st Sunday of Advent: “Awaiting the Already – The Shaking Reality of Advent”

Dec. 2 – Decorating Party at 4 p.m., followed by a light supper

Dec. 9 – 2nd Sunday of Advent: “Awaiting the Already – The One Who Cries in the Wilderness”

Dec. 9 – “Advent Lessons and Carols Service” sponsored by the Bath Area Ministers’ Assoc.Association, 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with vocal & bell choirs from each church

Dec. 16 – 3rd Sunday of Advent: “Awaiting the Already – Shout and Sing for Joy”

Dec. 23 – 4th Sunday of Advent: “Awaiting the Already – The Blessed Woman”
    Sunday School Christmas Program at 10 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.  
Longest Night Worship Service”:

   The name of this service describes the feeling that some have during this season.  In the long, dark, winter nights, memories of past and present experiences and situations can become overwhelming.  You are invited to gather to lift up to God the sadness or struggles you may be facing – and we will worship in special ways, trusting that we will find hope and strength in knowing that we are not alone.

Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve:
The Already Awaited Arrives”

5:00 p.m.~ Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols with Praise Team & Special Music

7:30 p.m. ~ Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols with Vocal Choir & JesuBells

Sunday, Dec. 30 ~ Christmas Carol Sing

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