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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Forestville Events December 2009

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped contsruct the new playground at the Forestville Youth Park. The project was a huge success. Please keep in mind that the park is solely maintained by volunteers, so bring gardening supplies next time you visit and help us keep the park looking clean and beautiful.

Thank You to everyone who attended the Forestville Tree Lighting ceremony on Nov. 29. Thank you to anyone who brought treats to share, the choir for caroling, Kim Horn and Forestville students for their hand-painted gourds decorating the tree, and the Forestville Fire Department for giving Santa a grand entrance. A final thank you to the Forestville Chamber of Commerce for hosting this wonderful event every year!

Holiday Open House in Forestville
The gathering will honor Brenda Adelman and will feature her beautiful hand crafted jewelry for sale at a wide range of great gift-giving prices.
Brenda has been a local hero for three decades, working tirelessly to protect our river. She’s also a talented artisan and for the first time is showing her work privately.
Refreshments provided. Bring something to share if you are so inclined. There will be great conversation, board games for those who want to play, and good holiday cheer!
Saturday, December 12
1-4 p.m.
8346 Park Avenue
Mirabel Heights, Forestville
Info: 887-0711 or 887-8381

Madrigal Dinner
Forestville United Methodist Church invites you to attend a Madrigal Dinner on December 12th. It will be a visit to a bygone time at a 17th Century English manor house whose middle class Squire and Lady invite the townfolk to enjoy a Christmas Feast with a festive meal and pageant with Christmas music, song and dancing. It is designed to be a fun time for the community and congregation, to build camaraderie and focus persons on the Christmas season. While the staff and performers will be in costume, guests are not required to wear a costume, but may to choose to do so. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Seating is limited so make your reservations no later than December 5th. To reserve a seat, call the church office at 887-2020.

Fellowship Committee members and others will prepare and serve the four course meal and provide entertainment for the guests. Mike and Joan Mortensson will serve as the Squire and Lady of the Manor, presiding over the event. Neil Yeager will play the “Lord of Misrule” in the pageantry. There will be a variety of entertainers including a group of dancers, singers and harpsichord, dulcimer, guitar, flute, and recorder musicians.

Imagine the FUMC Social Hall decorated with 17th Century banners and grapevine wreaths with lighting by small Christmas lights and candles in punched tin candleholders. Guests will be seated at long tables with green tablecloths, greenery and candles as was the custom of the day.
The meal will be served family style in four courses. First course will be mushroom soup. Second course will be Shepherd’s Pie. Third course will be cheese and fruit. Fourth course will be steamed pudding. There may even be a surprise at the end of the feast. The Fellowship Committee looks forward to seeing you at the Madrigal Dinner! Make your reservations soon.

Children’s Christmas Party
A Gift of Time for you!
A Gift of Love for your Kids!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Does the Holiday season get a little too busy, or a lot??? Do you wish you could just have a few hours to yourself or to share with a special friend or spouse? Do you need time to find or make the Christmas surprises just right for your children?

As a gift to the parents of our Forestville community, our Godly Play staff are planning a Children’s Christmas Party at the church on Saturday, December 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families may bring their children ages 4 to 12 and youth willing to be Christmas “angels.”
The real story of Christmas will be shared with the children through Godly Play storytelling and creative arts. There will be crafts, singing, and a yummy Christmas Feast at noon! Then we will visit the manger and welcome the baby Jesus to our world. Each child will be able to have his or her photo taken with the Baby Jesus and his family!

This event is open to all children, regardless of their family’s spiritual traditions. We are happy to share the Christian Story and the Spirit of Christmas with everyone.

Children must be registered to participate so please call the church office at 887-2020 to get your name on the list. Please register by Thursday, December 17th. Thanks!

There is no registration fee for this event. To volunteer to help with this event, please contact Pastor Carol, at Forestville United Methodist Church at 887-1047. Donations to cover the cost for supplies and lunch will be accepted with gratitude.

Feeling Blue this Holiday Season?
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Noon
If you or anyone you know is having difficulty entering into the merriment and cheer of this season of preparation for Christmas, there is a place and a time especially for you to come together with others like yourself to experience the deeply comforting presence and love of God. Our Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 16th at noon This is a contemplative time where we all can be held gently in this service of music, words and movements which will weave a warm blanket of God’s love around those whose hearts are broken or breaking.

Invite your Family and Friends to Church!
6550 Covey Road, Forestville, CA

7:00p.m. A Service of Carols and Candlelight
Hear the Christmas Story! Meet the Mystery of God’s Gift
in the Music of Christmas by the Chancel Choir and Spirit Ringers Hand Bell Choir.

9:00p.m. Christmas Candelight & Communion
Be a beloved guest in Bethlehem’s stable to receive God’s Most Precious Gift of All!
Christmas Music by the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir and Handbell Quintet.
Sharing of Christmas Greetings and Goodies following Worship Services

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