9792241252?profile=originalAt First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, we honor the many rich traditions that make us who we are!

Advent Vespers: Wednesday, December 6, 7pm, Sanctuary

Holiday Fest: Sunday, December 17, after service in the Parish Room and Sanctuary

Caroling: Monday, December 18, 6pm, meet in Lobby and walk to Rittenhouse

Volunteer with Bethesda Project, packing donations for people experiencing homelessness: Tuesday, December 19, Griffin Hall

Winter Solstice: Wednesday, December 20, 7pm, Parish Room

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24, 6:30pm, Sanctuary*

New Year's Eve: Sunday, December 31, 11am, Sanctuary, led by Peregrine Joel Morkal-Williams

*This service is intergenerational and we warmly welcome your children to join us! Childcare is also available.  There will be a reception afterward. Bring your favorite ready-to-serve winter treat or beverage (uncorked/screw-top wine, soda, cider) to the Parish Room before the service. Be sure to label anything that contains nuts/gluten/dairy/etc. If you are available to help receive and set up beforehand, or clean up afterward, please let us know.

Give Now for Staff Holiday Bonuses

In May, our congregation committed to raise $5,000 for year-end holiday bonuses for our thoughtful, devoted staff. Please make your tax-deductible gift before Sunday, December 17 (www.philauu.org/donate or by check or cash in a pledge envelope, labeled clearly!) to show your gratitude and support for our extraordinary staff. Be sure to note "Holiday Bonus" in the memo line! Thank you!

Seeking Holiday Poinsettia Donations!

Purchase Yours Today! Reservations needed by Sunday, December 17.

Beautify our sanctuary with these traditional colorful holiday plants this season! A 6" Poinsettia may be purchased for $10.00 to remember or honor your loved ones. All dedications will appear in the Christmas Eve Order of Service. The plants are available to take home after the holiday services (or you can let them grace our church until services on December 31) Make checks payable to First Unitarian Church and write “Poinsettia” in the memo line. Alternatively, you can pay online by credit card at philauu.org/donate or place cash in an envelope in the collection plate. Remember to make a memo of "poinsettia" and include the wording for your dedication, and please print clearly!

Holiday Fest information!

Contact: MK Dean, Membership & Communications Director
Sunday, December 17, after service

The winds will be blowing, strings singing, guitars and ukes strumming at our HOLIDAY FEST on Sunday, December 17, beginning at the end of service.  With our children front and center, we will all join in celebrating the joy of the season.

In addition to the frolic, there will be BRUNCH for sale, also BAKED GOODS and RE-GIFTING to consider for yourself or those on your Christmas list.  

Festive attire encouraged but optional!

Gift Baskets on Silent Auction
Come early to church on Sunday the 17th to view and bid on one or more of the gift baskets! They will be displayed in the back of the Sanctuary from 10:30-1:30pm, when the auction will close and winners be announced.

Order Your Brunch
Order up your choice of brunch at the Holiday Fest table during Coffee Hour on 12/10:
--eggy casserole, veggie or turkey wrap, or pulled pork sandwich
--with citrus salad and
--rice pudding or deep dish apple pie
These can be eaten in or taken out during the Holiday Fest on the 17th.  Cost $10.

Baking together

Saturday, December 16, 12pm - 4pm

First Unitarian Church, Griffin Hall and kitchen.

Join a crew of elves to bake Gingerbread People and other cookies, and to prep brunch for Sunday's Holiday Fest! Baking basics will be provided.  If you want to use your recipe which requires other ingredients, just bring those along.

If you can't bake with us but want to donate baked goods for sale, contact MK!

Holiday Regifting
Collection: Sunday December 10

Many of us have gifts that we received or which we purchased with the intention to give to others, but these gifts have instead languished, unused. Let's repurpose those gifts for our church fundraiser. We will collect these gifts and offer them for resale, with proceeds benefitting the church.

So go through your drawers and find those lovely items that you would like to pass along. They could be jewelry, craft items, kitchen tools, handmade items, or anything.  Do not restrict your search!  We look forward to receiving your finds and converting them into a resource for the church.

**Regifting items can still be brought to the church during the upcoming week.  Please be certain to label them clearly for that purpose.**

Donate A Gift Basket this Holiday Season!
Collection: Email your intent to donate by December 15
As part of our Holiday fundraising effort, we'd like to offer at least 6-8 arranged and wrapped gift baskets, to be bid on in a Silent Auction before and after church on December 17th.
     Please make, or purchase, a themed gift basket to be auctioned! Some ideas for the baskets include skin care products; coffees and pastries; teas, teapot, mugs, and cookies; or a salami platter/board with assorted meats and cheeses plus a bottle or two of wine.  Or come up with your own themed basket! Picnic, romantic, holiday, knitting, artists, nature lovers, kids, pets - the possibilities are endless! Be creative! 
     We’re hoping to sell these for $75 or more. If you're planning on making or bringing a gift basket to be auctioned, please let us know by December 10!
    Please let Heather Speirs or MK Dean know by Friday the 15th December if you plan on donating a gift basket for the silent auction.

All baskets will be accepted on Saturday the 16th between noon and 4pm; if you need to make other arrangements, please let us know.

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