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Ring the Bell

November 27-December 20


Join your SMPC family in ringing to bring joy for the Salvation Army this Christmas season. SMPC has reserved 10 blocks of time, for a total of 40 hours, to support the Red Kettle campaign that raises funds for all Salvation Army programs, including Center of Hope, throughout the year.

The Angel Tree

November 26 - December 16

This SMPC tradition is one in which we collect and deliver gifts for less fortunate than us. Deliveries this year will be made on Sunday, December 23, immediately following morning services. Please consider choosing one of the angel tags from our Christmas tree located in the Narthex.

We ask that you:

  • Take a tag off the Angel Tree
  • Purchase the requested gift
  • Wrap the gift and secure the original angel tag to the front or outside of package or gift bag
  • Place the gift under the Christmas Tree in either Mecklenburg Hall or the Narthex by Sunday, December 16.
  • If you would like to participate, but don’t wish to shop for a gift, you can also help by taking a “Ham Dinner Tag” off the tree. This is a financial donation of $20 that will help us purchase a Christmas meal for each family. Checks can be made out to SMPC and left in the envelope on the Angle Tree or in the church office.

    Please consider being someone’s angel this Christmas. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Colson at, Tierra Sandeen at or Karen Sandeen at .

    Alternative Gift Market

    Begins Sunday, December 2

    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Please plan to browse the tables outside the Sanctuary, a one-stop shop for all of your Christmas needs that allows you to buy a goat for a Haitian family, a bucket of roofing nails to build a Habitat house locally, and donate your time and talent as well. Don't miss the Children's Market; it's the perfect place to introduce our little ones to the concept of giving back.

    Updated catalogs with current needs from the organizations represented will be distributed on Sunday, November 18.

    Questions? Contact Carol Palmgren,

    Lessons & Carols

    Sunday, December 16

    10:10 a.m. (one service only)

    Our Chancel Choir and Children* will lead this meaningful service.

    *All children ages 3-5th grade are invited to participate . Please meet in Mecklenburg Hall at 9:15 a.m., to receive a part.

    Cookies & Cider

    Sunday, December 16

    Make plans to stay after the Lessons & Carols service for Cookies & Cider with refreshments for everyone!

    The Longest Night

    Tuesday, December 18

    7:00 p.m., Chapel

    This service is an offering of consolation and hope for many who move through the holidays with great difficulty due to divorce, grief, loss of employment or illness. Please invite a friend to share in this tender service.

    Christmas Eve Services

    Monday, December 24

    11:00 a.m. - Interactive Worship Service

    5:00 p.m. - Communion Service

    Music provided by the Chancel Choir and guest musician Julianna Leimer, harp.

    7:00 p.m. - Candlelight Communion Service

    Music provided by the Chancel Choir, Youth Handbells and guest musician Julianna Leimer, harp.

    10:00 p.m. - Candlelight Communion Service

    Music provided by special soloists.

    Childcare provided at 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

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