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Ring in the Holidays- Service and activities schedules

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From Simpsonwood UMC Site, Walk Through Bethlehem 2019

Worship and fellowship may look a little different this holiday season, but whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other traditions, we at Peachtree Corners wholeheartedly wish you a happy, healthy holiday. Here is a comprehensive snapshot of how nearby churches and synagogues plan to observe this holiday season.

Beth Shalom

Music at Beth Shalom

Hanukkah 2020 activities kicks off at Beth Shalom on Monday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., celebrating with a live Zoom cooking demonstration hosted by Julie Horowitz, making the first delicious batch of latkes for the week.

The outdoor Hanukkah party will be held on Sunday, December 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Food, story time, music and games are on offer. The large menorah will be lit. There is no cost to attend, but adults are asked for a $10 fee for lunch, $6 for children. Please register ahead of time.

There are several other readings, candle lightings and services throughout the week, with many opportunities to tune in virtually via Zoom. Find the full schedule at bethshalom.net.

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Christ the King will hold three Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24. The Family Service is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the Contemporary service following at 6 p.m. and the Traditional service at 8 p.m. The church is also hosting an online holiday craft fair. Check out ctklutheran.org for more information.

Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett

Chanukah 2020 at The Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett will begin with a Virtual
Chanukah Celebration on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. It will consist of a menorah lighting, joyous music and a video presentation. Register for Zoom information.

A Parade of Light will take place on Wednesday, December 16, the seventh night of Chanukah. It will start at Chabad of Gwinnett at 6 p.m. with police escort. Guests are invited to follow along in the car parade, which will end at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, followed by a grand menorah lighting at 7 p.m. at Chabad of Gwinnett. Amada Kosher Food Truck will be available 4:30-7 p.m.

There are also several outdoor menorah lighting ceremonies being held at different locations, as well as a holiday Hebrew School reunion. Consult the chabadofgwinnett.org events calendar for more info.

Landmark Church

The family of The  Landmark Church remaining scheduled meeting times for the month of December are as follows:

December 20,2020 at 10:30a.m., December 27,2020 at 10:30a.m.

On  every  Wednesday of December, the church meets virtually on zoom. The meeting login  Id is 672-614-4455 or if using your phone, the Id is 301-715-8592.

Mary Our Queen Catholic Church

Mary Our Queen (MOQ) will hold several holiday masses, including Midnight Masses leading up to Friday, January 1. Multiple Christmas Eve Vigil masses will be held Thursday, December 24 at 4, 4:30, 6, 8, and 10 p.m. Visit maryourqueen.com and check the maryourqueen.com calendar for full details. There’s also a link on the site for live streaming of masses.

Mount Carmel United Methodist

Mount Carmel UMC will have two Christmas Eve Services, the first at 5 p.m. and the second at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. For more information, go to mtcarmel-umc.org.

Northpoint Community Church

Join Northpoint Community Church for multiple Christmas tree lighting events on the Northpoint Lawn, Friday-Sunday, December 11-13 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night.

The Unexpected Christmas 12 Day Devotional Journey Through the Christmas Story will begin Monday, December 14, and will be delivered daily by text messages to those who sign up for it. The church also offers a Countdown to Christmas digital family advent calendar.
Visit northpoint.org for service updates.

Peachtree Corners Baptist Church

Peachtree Corners Baptist Church (PCBC) will once again host the Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries Merry Market this December. Join the church family and the Peachtree Corners and Norcross communities in filling the Merry Market with toys for kids of all ages. They need volunteers to help provide an amazing Christmas experience and share the love of Jesus with those less fortunate.

The main shopping day event is Saturday, December 12, with activities throughout the rest of the week.

The Christmas eve service will be online only. The services will run at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Visit pcbchurch.org for more information on Merry Market and on upcoming holiday services.

Perimeter Church

Perimeter Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight services.

Perimeter Church will hold online Christmas Eve Candlelight services on Thursday, December 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Celebrate the sweetness of this special night with carols, powerful music and the traditional lighting of candles. Tune in at the Perimeter website (perimeter.org), Perimeter Church app, Facebook page or YouTube channel. The church also offers Sunday services during Advent, November 29 through December 20. The services are on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the same outlets as above, as well as AppleTV.

There are other opportunities for holiday fellowship, service and giving, too, so check out christmas.perimeter.org for everything happening at Perimeter Church this holiday season.

Simpsonwood United Methodist Church

The much-loved Walk Through Bethlehem program at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church (SUMC) will continue virtually this year. SUMC has this to say: “Join us online in 2020 as we bring the magic of Walk Through Bethlehem into your home! Together we will follow Mary as she makes her way to the manger in the little town of Bethlehem. Our virtual Walk Through Bethlehem will premiere on Christmas Eve. Check back for more updates and a glimpse behind the scenes as Simpsonwood brings this annual Christmas tradition into your homes and hearts!”

Walk through Bethlehem 2019

Simpsonwood UMC has teamed up with local members of the film industry to re-imagine their annual Walk Through Bethlehem event into a movie experience that will be a part of their online Christmas Eve service. Along with traditional songs of the season and a Christmas message from Senior Pastor John Purrington, viewers will travel through the colorful shops of Bethlehem on their way to the manger. Together, viewers will experience the magic of the Christmas Story like never before.

Simpsonwood’s Christmas Eve service will premiere at 5:00 pm on December 24, on the Simpsonwood UMC website, Facebook page, and YouTube. Following the premiere, service will be available on demand.

Visit simpsonwoodumc.org or the full article for more information.

Unity Atlanta Church

Unity Atlanta Church presents “The Gifts of Christmas” Candle Lighting Service on Thursday, December 24, from 4:45 to 6 p.m. The evening will start with a beautiful preconcert performance. The traditional Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service begins at 5 p.m. and will feature soloists, a quartet and a reader’s theater of “The Gift of the Magi.”

Registration is required, so attendees should go to unityatl.org to sign up.

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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Simpsonwood Brings Annual Walk Through Bethlehem to Online Christmas Eve Service

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Photo from Simpsonwood UMC site, Walk through Bethlehem 2019

Simpsonwood UMC has teamed up with local members of the film industry to re-imagine their annual Walk Through Bethlehem event into a movie experience that will be a part of their online Christmas Eve service. Along with traditional songs of the season and a Christmas message from Senior Pastor John Purrington, viewers will travel through the colorful shops of Bethlehem on their way to the manger. Together, viewers will experience the magic of the Christmas Story like never before.

Since 1991, thousands of visitors from all over Georgia and beyond followed the luminary-lit streets of Simpsonwood Park to enter the Walk Through Bethlehem. Camels and Roman Guards greeted guests as they approached the little town of Bethlehem on their way to the manger, all constructed by church volunteers in the park’s field.

“We knew that the number of Covid-19 cases was projected to rise around the holidays,” says Senior Pastor Reverend John Purrington. “We wanted to find a way to bring the magic of Walk Through Bethlehem and the Christmas Story to people while staying true to the guiding principles of the Methodist Church: 1. Do no harm, 2. Do good, 3. Stay in love with God.”

Following those principles, the staff at Simpsonwood decided they wanted to give a gift to their congregation and community. They wanted to deliver the magic and tradition of Walk Through Bethlehem to as many people as possible, no matter where they would be celebrating Christmas.

“With the help of Producer Judith Hoffman, Director Tom Rittenhouse, and Director of Photography Kristian Melon, we’ve created a Christmas experience that combines the warmth and tradition of Christmas with this exciting new Bethlehem story,” says Director of Communications, Laura Apsey.

“And by hosting our service online, we hope to reach not only the people that visit us each year for Walk Through Bethlehem and our Christmas Eve services, but also anyone who may need a little extra Christmas magic this year.”

Simpsonwood’s Christmas Eve service will premiere at 5:00 pm on December 24, on the Simpsonwood UMC website, Facebook page, and YouTube. Following the premiere, service will be available on demand.

Source: Press Release from Simpsonwood United Methodist Church

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The Light Shines in the Darkness: Advent Study by Christ Church Episcopal of Norcross

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Outdoor service at Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal announces an Advent Study via Zoom led by Reverend Andrew Frearson on Sundays, November 29 – December 20 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.   

The study will reflect on four influential figures, looking at how each overcame great difficulties to find rays of light that sustained them and brought consolation and hope to many through their lives, work, and writing.  The study follows:

  • Nov 29:  Meister Eckhart c1260-1327/8; Dominican mystical writer and teacher.
  • Dec 6:  Lilian Staveley 1871-1928; from being an Atheist, wrote secretly of her experience of her soul’s journey of love back to God.
  • Dec 13:  Christina of Marykate c1096/8- c1155; Anglo Saxon woman who managed to live the life of faith she desired in spite of the many 12th century obstacles faced by women.
  • Dec 20:  Maya Angelou 1928-2014; American poet, memoirist, civil rights activist, singer, dancer, actress, composer, and playwright.

No advanced preparation is required, but interested folks are welcome to look at these writings as background if they like:

  • On Meister Echkart:  Meister Eckhart:  A Mystic Warrior for Our Times by Matthew Fox or Conversations with Meister Eckhart by Simon Parke
  • On Lilian Stavely:  A Christian Woman’s Secret:  A Modern-Day Journey to God by Lilian Stavely, ed. Joseph Fitzgerald
  • On Christina of Marykate:  The Life of Christina of Marykate trans. by C.H. Talbot
  • On Maya Angelou:  And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Reverend Frearson is a former Rector of Christ Church Episcopal and currently a Rector at the Scottish Episcopal Church in Gloucestershire, England.

This study is open to anyone.  To receive the zoom link, email Karen Bass at Kbass@ccnorcross.org

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Unity Atlanta Church Holds Drive for Front Line Service Providers and Students

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Unity Atlanta Executive Director Pam Johnson and Outreach Coordinator Nan Smith.

Unity Atlanta Church is currently collecting various needed supplies for front line service providers and students at Peachtree Elementary, as part of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services’ Gwinnett Great Days of Service.

With the supplies collected, Unity Atlanta, in partnership with the United Church of God, have already filled 30 backpacks for Peachtree Elementary students.

The church will be collecting onsite at 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners 30092. Drop off times are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Unity Atlanta Church appreciates the support of the Peachtree Corners Community.

The most needed items are cleaning supplies, food (i.e. peanut butter, pasta and sauce), personal care and books.

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