Advent begins Sunday, December 3 and lasts four weeks. Throughout the season of Advent, there will be an email devotional, opportunities to learn and grow in faith, and great events like the Advent Happening, a Hymnfest & Strolling Reception, poinsettias given in honor or memory of loved ones, the Family to Family program, and more. More details below...

Christmas Eve Worship

  • Worship & Communion - 8:00 a.m.
  • Family Worship and Christmas Pageant - 9:30 a.m. (Note: Time Change!)
  • Candlelight Lessons and Carols - 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Candlelight Communion - 11:00 p.m.

For more information on child care, parking, special offerings, etc., please visit our Christmas Eve Worship page.

Longest Night Worship

Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Monteith Hall.
We know the darkness — both literal and figurative – that comes at this time of year around the Winter Solstice. For those grieving, uncertain, facing illness, or melancholy during the holidays, this season is especially hard. This service speaks to the sadness we feel. Invite your heavy-laden friends and neighbors. Light candles, share communion, be comforted by the music of harp, flute, and oboe. Stephen Ministers provide hot cider and cookies for a time of fellowship afterwards.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Sunday, December 10 - Drop off a couple of dozen homemade cookies to the Social Hall before 9:30 a.m. worship. Come to Coffee Hour at 10:30 a.m., where volunteers will help you fill take-home containers with homemade goodies from other bakers! If you bring gluten-free cookies, please label them.

Email Daily Devotionals

Date: Everyday starting December 3 - December 25

Sign up for the Advent Daily Devotional Email

Light Dawns on a Weary World - Hymnfest & Strolling Reception

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 p.m. - Join the choirs, orchestra and organ as they lead us in a festival of Christmas hymns and carols. Following the festival, you’re invited to a strolling reception – refreshments served in different parts of the building and an opportunity to view a variety of crèches from around the world. This is an event for the whole family!

Family to Family Christmas

“Adopt” a local family in need and purchase gifts and/or food according to their needs. Donations may also be made to purchase gift cards for families not directly adopted, or for families in need who have loved ones at Mott Children’s Hospital and U-M Hospital. Sign up at Coffee Hour on November 26, December 3, and December 10 in the Social Hall or sign up online. Questions? Contact Julie Morrison at 668-0420 or

Family to Family Christmas

Advent Happening Arts & Crafts Event

Come Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - noon for Advent Happening, a multi-generational creating and crafting event. Drop in anytime on Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - noon for a morning of activities for the littlest children to the oldest fun-loving adults! Friends are always welcome. Get into the spirit of the season by making gifts and ornaments, decorating cookies and designing Christmas cards. For any who wish, childcare is provided for infants through age two if older siblings and parents are busy at the Advent Happening. Make a childcare reservation by contacting Debbie MacVey at 662-4466, ext. 342 or

Family Christmas Pageant

Children ages three and older are invited to participate in the Christmas Pageant and Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. (Note - Time Change!) on Christmas Eve. A parents’ pageant information meeting will be held Sunday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. in the Lewis Room. Rehearsals are Saturday, December 16 and Thursday, December 21. Sign your child up online or complete the form found in the Sunday School classrooms. Register by December 3.

Christmas Eve Pageant Registration

Honor and Remember by Giving a Poinsettia

Give a poinsettia to beautify our worship on December 17 and 24 in honor or memory of a loved one. Poinsettias are $18 and can be ordered until noon on Monday, December 11 online or in the Church Office. Please note the early deadline!

Donate a Poinsettia

Advent Study Groups

The 2017 Advent Study will use the curriculum Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited from The Thoughtful Christian. Groups will meet at First Pres unless otherwise specified. Sign up in the Church Office or online at

  • Sundays - December 3, 10, & 17
    • 11:00 a.m. - Led by Rev. Sanderford and Resident Ministers
    • 7:00 p.m. - Study for Twenties and Thirties (T2A2) at Chris Wahl’s home - led by Rev. Dorothy Parks-Piatt, Jess Matczak, and Sara McAdory-Kim
  • Monday Evenings - December 4, 11, & 18 at 7:00 p.m., led by Kate Silbert
  • Thursday Evenings - December 7, 14, & 21, at 6:00 p.m., led by Kathy Wirstrom
  • Friday Mornings at Glacier Hills - December 1, 8, & 15, at 10:30 a.m., led by Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke and Rev. Eldon Beery

Advent Study Groups Registration