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A Special Advent Worship Schedule and Other News!


Rising COVID-19 numbers in Cape May County have again led your church leadership to put a new worship plan in place for Advent, which we hope will support the congregation spiritually while keeping us all safe physically.

We will hold three 15-minute services on each of the Sundays in December.

9 am in the sanctuary
         (livestreamed on Facebook and posted on Youtube)

9:30 am in the chapel

10 am in the fellowship room.


Music will vary from Sunday to  Sunday as our musicians take turns leading.  Attendance at each service is limited to 8 (plus pastor and a musician), so we ask that you email (office@firstpresbycapemay.com) or call the church (609-884-3949) to reserve your spot.

In addition to Sunday morning's livestream, we will be posting scripture readings, Advent candle-lightings, prayer suggestions, and occasional humor on Facebook and Instagram, and continuing to publish this newsletter weekly.

Online, in person, or simply in prayer, we are wishing you a blessed Advent and a quieter but no less joyful December.



 

Advent Bible Study:  A Savior Is Born

 
Join us on Zoom at 4 pm each of the four Mondays of Advent, as we look at each gospel’s story of Jesus’ origins.  What does each story add to our understand of who Jesus is and what Christmas means?  Zoom invitation is below; join us by phone or computer.
 
Nov. 30  Mark 1: The baptism
Dec. 7    Matthew 1-3:  The ancestors and the scandal
Dec. 14  Luke 1-4:13 The heavens rejoice
Dec. 21 John 1:1-42 The Word became flesh

Topic: Advent Bible Study
Time: Nov 30, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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        Nov 30, 2020 04:00 PM
        Dec 7, 2020 04:00 PM
        Dec 14, 2020 04:00 PM
        Dec 21, 2020 04:00 PM

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Please Walk the Pastor
As winter approaches and safe gathering options dwindle, we anticipate a need to brave the weather and leave the building!  Starting on Nov. 24th, Pastor Nicole will be masking up, bundling up, and taking a walk, starting at 2pm every Tuesday afternoon in the church parking lot, unless it's pouring down rain. If you'd like to join me for some steps and conversation, come on over and meet me at the church office door! We can walk as near or far, as slow or fast as you wish.  Free exercise, endorphins, and socialization included.

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve will happen, even if we cannot celebrate it under evergreen garlands with candles and carols in the sanctuary!  Join us at 11 pm on December 24th, outside the church building.  We will enjoy the light of our path of peace, listen to the ringing of the bell choir, and share a short scripture and prayer, before wishing one another a very merry Christmas.  It promises to be brief, but  magical celebration.  

MEMORY LIGHTS FOR A PATH OF PEACE!

In a year when we have to be careful about our singing & our gathering, we will be adding some joy & awe to our celebration of Christmas with these luminaries. Our goal for this year is to have two hundred points of light shining on our corner. Church members, friends, or anyone you know is invited to donate $7 to dedicate a luminary in honor or in memory of a loved one. The luminaries will be lining our stairs & sidewalk on Christmas Eve, and on the evenings of the following week, honoring those we love & shining hope & holiness into our community. To help us light up the season, make your donation in person, by Venmo, or by mail. Please send a note with payment telling us whom you are honoring.

Our Mission

"Obedient in Faith, we intend to work together to touch the lives of others and be disciples of the Lord."

Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May (PC USA) have been welcoming friends, visitors,
new residents and people of all faiths, backgrounds and traditions for over 100 years.

AA or Al-Anon meetings

AA and Alanon groups are once again meeting in the church, with appropriate disinfecting and social distancing measures.
Please wear a mask.  Find times and updates here: https://www.capeatlanticaa.org/

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
                                                                       1 Corinthians 13:13

Upcoming Events

Church Book Club Meeting!

Sunday, December 13 at 5PM

Everyone is welcome to join us to listen to a few special stories which will be read to us, hopefully preparing us for a blessed Christmas season.  Come with suggestions for our  January book discussion, as one has not been chosen yet.  Any questions, please contact Linda Linhares or Connie Blocher.

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The church office is once again open on a regular basis!  Beginning June 29, our hours are once again Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm. 
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1-609-884-3949

office@firstpresbycapemay.com

500 Hughes Street
(corner of Hughes & Decatur Street)

Cape May, NJ  08204