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Operation Nightwatch’s annual Sock it to Homelessness sock drive. Collect new men’s athletic socks for our homeless friends and bring them to the open house. The open house is a family-friendly event; everyone is welcome. Stop by, drop off new men’s socks you have collected. Stick around if you want, take a tour of the building. Helpers are always welcome to help un-package the socks and count them as they come in. This year’s goal is 20,000 pairs of socks.
You’re invited to the 33rd Annual Multifaith Celebration of Harmony: The Music of Thanksgiving. Free! Family friendly! Cookie and tea reception follows the program.
Come experience our shared value of Gratitude with the diversity of Eastern and Western faith traditions through the rich forms of songs, chants, instrumentals, and movement to warm our hearts with hope as we enter the holiday season!
We are grateful for the creative contributions shared by our neighbors of the following spiritual traditions: Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Baha’i, Sikh, and more.
Co-created by NW Interfaith, White River Buddhist Temple, Call of Compassion NW, Bet Chaverim, Gurudwara Singh Sbha of Washingtion, Revive, Bahai.i, and more.
Michael Kleinschmidt presents a recital on the colorful two-manual Fritts Organ at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
Michael Kleinschmidt is the Canon for Cathedral Music of Saint Marks Cathedral, Seattle, where he oversees the ministries of five choirs and plays the landmark Flentrop pipe organ. Before assuming this role in March, 2015, he served in similar positions at Trinity Cathedral, Portland, OR; and Trinity Church, Boston MA.
As a concert organist, Michael has performed in forty-two States of America, and in Canada, Europe, and Japan. Michaels primary mentor in church music was the late Gerre Hancock, with whom he worked as Assistant Organist of Saint Thomas Church, New York City, in the early 1990s.
Michael holds degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where his teachers were Haskell Thomson and Russell Saunders, respectively. As recipient of a Fulbright Grant, he studied organ literature and improvisation with Peter Planyavsky in Vienna, Austria.
Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home cordially invite you, your family, and your friends to a community Holiday Gathering of Remembrance. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The gathering is for the entire community. This year Trudy James will share of her journey and help us with advice for coping with grief and loss during the holidays. You will be invited to hang a personalized ornament on the Memorial Tree (ornaments are provided).
Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home will be collecting donations and small gifts suitable for a child’s stocking to benefit Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children through the US Coast Guard. Contributions are welcome at their location through December 3rd.
This beloved annual liturgy of music and pageantry celebrates the beginning of Advent — the season of longing, vigilance, and expectation in preparation for Christmas. With the Cathedral Choir, the Compline Choir, and the Senior Choristers of Saint Mark’s Choir School. Incense will be used.
This service will also be live streamed at saintmarks.org/livestream
Hundreds of nativities from around the world, a re-creation of the inn at Bethlehem, artwork depicting the life of Christ, and live music performances indoors, all free to the public.
Hundreds of crèche displays from more than 50 countries
Live music performances including a Messiah Sing Along
A “Life of Christ Room” and children’s activities.
December 5 – 8; 12 – 9 p.m. each day.
See BellevueNativity.com for more information
The holiday season can be difficult for many people. The mixture of grief, loss and suffering seem foreign to the joyous celebrations and preparations. In the Blue Christmas Service we acknowledge this tension. This service is for all who have had losses and for whom this Advent and Christmas season stirs up feelings of lament and longing for hope.
Receiving Warm Embrace: Encountering Grace and Comfort in a Time of Waiting, led by Lisa Dennison.
Advent offers us profound images of comfort in times of vulnerability such as Elizabeth receiving her cousin Mary and God embracing our world with the gift of God’s very Self. In this season of anticipation, how do we notice our need to be embraced in our vulnerability? How do we prepare to receive God’s Loving embrace of our world in the form of a tiny infant? Please join us for a day of prayerful reflection to embrace and be embraced by the graces given in this time of hope and waiting.
Join Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians for an afternoon of conversation and learning. Do you have questions about how churches can be more affirming of LGBTQ+ people? Are you not sure who’s included in that long list of letters? Ever wondered about what the Bible says about gender diversity, or how it’s possible to be a transgender person of faith? Bring a friend, bring your curiosity and your courage, and let’s talk about how to love all our siblings in Christ. This is a free workshop event hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church. All are welcome.