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This Sunday

Sunday, December 12. Please join us either in person or via livestream for a sermon given by the Rev. Dr. Agnes W. Norfleet on Sunday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. Childcare is available on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to noon for children ages six months and older. Sunday School and Youth Gathering also are available.

Filling the Well. Sundays, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom. This class for women provides an opportunity to be in fellowship and study with one another each Sunday morning as we discuss issues of life and faith. Our time together this fall will be shaped by a series of videos created by The Bible Project as we explore topics such as generosity, holiness, covenants, justice, atonement and Sabbath. Contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick.

Sunday Morning Discussion Group. Sundays, 8:30 a.m., Hybrid. Join us in reading Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.

Advent Gift Market. In-person shopping available in the Narthex this Sunday and next Sunday, Dec. 19. All are invited to participate in this creative and meaningful gift-giving program. Orders for gifts, inserts and greeting cards may be placed via the AGM website; by mailing/dropping off the order form enclosed in this year’s catalog to the church office; or at the AGM table in the Narthex. Filled orders may be picked up from a bin labeled “Advent Gift Market” outside the BMPC Chapel door. Donors will be notified when orders are ready, usually 1-2 days after receipt of the order. When requested, insert cards may be downloaded and printed from your home computer.

Rainbow Reindeer Games.11:15 a.m., Foerderer House. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to enjoy silly games, laughs, and fellowship at our second annual Rainbow Reindeer Games! We will have pizza for lunch in Foerderer House and then move to the front lawn for all the fun activities. JackLiskey@bmpc.org.

Joy Abounds - Singing City at the Holidays. 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary. BMPC hosts Singing City in its return to live performances with a jazz-infused concert to ring in the holidays. The choir is joined by Pat Bianchi, one of the finest jazz organists in America, and his trio. The concert features works by Adolphus Hailstork, André Thomas, Roland Carter, Jacob Narverud, Rosephanye Powell, Brian Mann, G.F. Handel, Kim André Arnesen, and more. Tickets are available through Singing City’s online box office: https://bit.ly/joy-abounds-concert. Church members may enter BMPC as the promo code to receive a $5 discount on tickets.

This Week

Advent Story Path Labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth during Advent provides a meaningful way to journey to Bethlehem. Beginning on Mon., Nov. 29, the small labyrinth is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel. An Advent Labyrinth Journey booklet is provided to accompany you throughout the season.

Repose Yoga. Tuesdays, 9:00-10:15 a.m., Congregational Hall, and via Zoom. This mixed level yoga class uses evidence-based movement and breath exercises to strengthen, stretch and feel better! Suggested donation of $10 supports the BMPC Hunger Committee. In-person students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear masks. A virtual option is available. Contact instructor Karen Gagnier, 610-952-0622.

Tai Chi Classes. Improve your balance, regain serenity, join friends! Class meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Congregational Hall, and via Zoom. For information and to sign up, contact Rich McKenzie, teacher at BMPC for 16 years at rmcktaichi@yahoo.com

Advent Tuesday Noon Recitals. Tues., Dec. 7, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Join us during the season of Advent for the return of our Tuesday concert series! These concerts may be attended either in person (masks and social distancing required) or via livestream. On Dec. 7 we welcome students from the Nelly Berman School of Music: Alyssa Gabrilovich, piano, and the Mirage Trio (Miro Raj, violin; Apollo Murray, cello; and Sasha Murray, piano).

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Tuesdays through Dec. 15, 1:00 p.m., Congregational Hall. Two professional dance instructors integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing to engage the minds and bodies of persons with PD and their care partners, creating an enjoyable, social environment for artistic expression. Persons with PD pay $5.00 per class; care partners attend for free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Contact instructor Sharon Friedler for more information, 215-563-5701.

Quiet Prayer in Advent. Wednesdays, Dec. 8 and 15, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m., via Zoom. A virtual quiet time for contemplative guided prayer will be offered weekly. Amidst the busyness of the season and week, this prayer session will include Scripture readings, space for reflection, and a time of communal silence. The guided portion of the evenings will be recorded and available on the Caring Ministries webpage. Members of our congregation will lead the sessions. KikiMcKendrick@bmpc.org.

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Upcoming

A Wee Christmas. Tues., Dec. 21, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary and livestreamed. Designed for children ages 2 - 5 and their families, this special retelling of the Christmas story allows our youngest members to hear and participate in the story of Jesus’ birth. Mary Richards 

Longest Night Service. Tues., Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary and livestreamed. This special worship service is for anyone who finds joy and celebration difficult to experience during the Christmas season. Scripture readings, the singing of carols, a brief meditation by the Rev. Brian K. Ballard, and a time of prayer to express our yearnings for healing and wholeness are intended to lead us through the long darkness. This service will be livestreamed on the church website and BMPC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. A labyrinth on the Education Building Lawn invites walkers following the service, weather permitting.