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Kids Club and Youth Group
Sunday, Dec 3, 1-2:30 pm

Kids Club is for children in grades 2-5. Youth Group is for youth in grades 6-12. Meetings are about twice a month on Sunday afternoons. 

Youth Group is a Christian-based group, but children who do not regularly attend church will find a home here too. 

Youth Group is hosted jointly by St. John and Mars United Presbyterian Church. Youth do not have to be a member of either hosting church to join. (Kids Club is held at St. John, Youth Group is held at Mars United Presbyterian, 232 Crowe Ave.)

Learn more here.

Living Nativity
Friday, Dec. 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Join us at Mars United Presbyterian Church (232 Crowe Avenue, Mars) for a FREE Living Nativity performance.... with LIVE animals and interaction with the animals after each performance. Performances are around 20 minutes long and will begin on the half hour. 

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Bible Study - Mary, A Lutheran Perspective
Sundays, Nov 26 - Dec 10, 6:30pm
esdays, Nov 29 - Dec 13, 7pm

We will read various places in scripture where we see her faith in action as well as discuss how she impacts our own faith stories. We will continue to have two different opportunities each week to engage with the material to allow people flexibility in their schedules. We will meet on Sundays, 6:30-7:30 pm Nov. 26-Dec. 10 and Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm Nov. 29-Dec. 13. Contact the office to sign up to receive weekly informational sheets and zoom links. 

Cookie Baking for Meals on Wheels 
Saturday, Dec 2, 9:00 am

Get ready for an epic baking party! We will be baking enough cookies for all the participants in the Meals on Wheels program to enjoy throughout December. It’s going to be an all-hands-on deck affair! Some cookies will have pre-made dough; some we’ll make from scratch during our baking time. All levels of bakers are welcome to join us! We start baking at 9:00 am. To bake goodies at home to share, sign up in the Gathering Area at the church.

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Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Dec. 9, 8:00-11:00 am

Who doesn’t love a plateful of delicious pancakes?! We will be collecting a free-will offering, but there will be no specific entrance fee. Invite your friends and come eat pancakes with us! 

A Very Messy Christmas! 
Friday, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 pm

Join us for a new way of doing church at St. John that will give people of all ages a different way to gather, explore, and worship this Christmas season. Our time together will include craft and game activities, eating together, and worship that is designed to be accessible to people of all ages and of all levels of connection to church. Things might get a little messy, but we are excited for this interactive activity and worship time on the third Friday of each month! And it's FREE and open to everyone, whether or not you've been to church before! Learn more here or contact Pastor Katie with any questions. 

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Longest Night Worship
Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:00 pm

While Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Many feel the stress of expectations around Christmas. A Blue Christmas service provides a time and place of solace. 
Join us at Mars United Presbyterian Church (232 Crowe Ave) in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn and struggle this time of year. 

Christmas Eve Worship
Sunday, Dec. 24, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight worship services filled with beloved hymns and carols, prayers, and scripture readings. All are welcome as we come to celebrate Christ’s coming into the world. 

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Christmas Morning Worship
Monday, Dec. 25, 9:00 am

God did some surprising things by coming to earth! Join us as we open gifts and tell the story of God with us, Emmanuel, though songs and storytelling in this interactive worship experience. Pajamas and sleepy eyes are welcome! 

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