2017 Holiday Schedule

There’s a lot going on at FCCOL from now up through the New Year.  We invite you to join together with us in fellowship this holiday season at one of our worship services or special events.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, November 21

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

The annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. Everyone is welcome to attend this ecumenical worship service of prayer and song, featuring music by the choirs of FCCOL, St. Ann’s Episcopal Parish and Christ the King Church. Clergy from various faith communities will participate, as will lay members from the churches and community leaders. The service is open to the everyone in the community, regardless of their religious affiliation. A free-will offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Kitchens and Pantries to help neighbors in need. For more information, click go here.

Thursday, November 30

Open House for New Church Members

On Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sheffield Auditorium, FCCOL will hold an Open House for residents of the community who are planning to join our congregation – or who would like to know more about joining our congregation. During this informal evening, guests can meet other potential new members, long-time congregational members as well as representatives of our clergy – and learn about upcoming worship services and community events. It’s a fun, informal way to be introduced to our community of people of faith who care about the world we live in – whether it’s right outside our door or half a world away. Our congregation welcomes the opportunity to join in fellowship with new members as together we pursue a stronger faith.

Saturday, December 2

Elephants-in-Winter Christmas Sale

The LBS’ annual Elephants-in-Winter Christmas Sale returns – featuring assorted Christmas decorations and gift items, and handmade crafts – that make perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, or add just the right touch to your holiday decor. This extraordinarily popular wintertime event – which helps the Ladies Benevolent Society (LBS) raise funds for charity – will take place for three days only! Proceeds will go to support nonprofit organizations across the region and around the world. The once-a-year holiday sale will take place in the Fellowship Hall on the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 9 a.m. – noon (with most items 50% off)

Sunday, December 3

New Member Sunday

At our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning services, we will be officially welcoming our newest church members into the congregation. As a church, we are more than a building; we are a community of people of faith who care about the world we live in, whether it’s right outside our door or half a world away. Our congregation is honored to join in fellowship with our new members – and each other – as together we pursue a stronger faith.

Tuesday, December 5

LBS Christmas Luncheon & Concert

The LBS Christmas Luncheon & Concert – which sells out every year, so make your reservations early! – will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, from noon till 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Admission is $5 (payable at the door the afternoon of the event) – plus a donation of canned goods to be given to the Shoreline Food Kitchens and Pantries. This year, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Choir returns to regale the crowd with holiday favorites. The choir has been performing at the LBS Christmas luncheon since the 1970s. The popular event is always a sell out, so please make a reservation by calling the church office at 860-434-8686 before noon on Monday, Dec. 4. The luncheon is open to all. Lunch is served promptly at noon; the concert will start around 1 p.m. Gorgeous craft projects from the LBS Ladies Who Stitch group will be on display and available for sale.

Thursday, December 7

Annual Partnership Co-Op Holiday Sale

Come join us on Thursday night, Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for the Grand Opening of the Annual Partnership Co-Op Holiday Sale. The popular holiday sale will feature Native American crafts, Haitian art and Palestinian goods from our friends at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Artibonite Valley in Haiti and a small Palestinian community just east of Bethlehem. It’s an excellent bazaar to pick up unique holiday gifts for friends and family. At the Grand Opening, you can enjoy wine and snacks, as well as a gift raffle. This year’s Partnership Co-Op Holiday Sale will be held at 264 Main Street in Old Saybrook – in the old Southern Exposure building located between Cartier Optical and Nail Spa. After the Grand Opening, the holiday sale will continue on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Partnership Co-Op is an informal coalition of three nonprofit organizations that operate out of FCCOL in support of our church’s missions and ministry – Tribal Crafts, Inc., the Crosby Fun for Haitian Education and the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF). All proceeds from the event will be returned to the artisans of the Cheyenne River Reservation, the Haitian artists and TOLEF.

Friday, December 15

Holiday Open House

Our annual Holiday Open House will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 p.m. till 7:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall as we celebrate the spirit and beauty of the holiday season. Come enjoy an array of delicious snacks and libations. Sing your favorite carols along with our choir. Visit with friends and neighbors. You can even do some holiday shopping if you like! A number of the artists and artisans from the congregation will be showcasing their beautiful wares – with a portion of the proceeds benefiting our Partnership Co-Op. And a selection of items from the Annual Partnership Co-Op Holiday Sale will be on sale. As a special treat for parents and caretakers, you are welcome to bring  your children to Sheffield Auditorium for an evening of supervised fun while you relax with the big kids in Fellowship Hall!  

Sunday, December 17

Christmas Pageant

It’s that time of year again! Join us at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for a Christmas Pageant put on by our Sunday School students. It’s not to be missed!

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Worship Schedule

We are observing Christmas Eve this year with four separate worship services:

  • 11 a.m. Worship Service. (No Sunday School. No 9 a.m. service.)
  • 5 p.m. Worship Service. Featuring the Living Manger on the front lawn.
  • 8 p.m. Worship Service. A special candlelight service.
  • 10 p.m. Worship Service. A special late-night candlelight service.

Sunday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Worship Schedule

Our worship service schedule for New Year’s Eve – Sunday, Dec. 31 – will be as follows:

  • 11 a.m. Worship Service. (No Sunday School. No 9 a.m. service.)

We wish everyone in our congregation and community and the world, a healthy, peaceful New Year.

We Depend Upon One Another

We depend upon our faith to guide us. We depend upon one another as we share and deepen our own spirituality to perform our work. And we know, too, that there are people who depend upon us – even as we depend upon them - to be signs of hope in troubling times. With our annual Stewardship Campaign, we depend upon you. We rely on you to make our ministries and our outreach possible. Our annual Stewardship Campaign raises nearly 90% of the funds needed for our ministry and missions. We welcome – and are grateful for – any and all gifts.

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