SPECIAL EVENTS


 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Beginning on October 8th - ending November 12, you can pick up your free box at Stanwich and take it home to fill. The Stanwich family is invited to participate in the annual collection of shoeboxes filled with items for poor children around the world through Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Organization.  This is a wonderful way to teach your children about giving to others who have very few material possessions.  For more information, please contact Melissa O'Neill (swainoneill@gmail.com).


Items to pack into shoeboxes might include:

* Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
 

* School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
 

* Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

* Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

GREAT THANKSGIVING PROJECT


This Thanksgiving, Stanwich World Missions partner Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM) will provide over 3,000 families with everything they need to prepare a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner and you can help! 
 
* Stanwich is once again assembling teams to prepare and distribute food baskets and warm winter coats to people as part of BRM’s Great Thanksgiving Project.  
 
There are two opportunities to participate: 


* Wednesday, Nov. 15 10:00 am, Bridgeport  — Packing fixing bags (@BRM distribution Center) and distributing food and clothing (@Webster Bank Arena)
 
* Saturday, Nov. 18 11:45 am, Norwalk — Distributing Thanksgiving food baskets (@ Grace Baptist Church) 

Sign Up online or contact missions@stanwichchurch.org for more information.


THE FOUR: STORIES OF ADVENT


The family tree of Jesus surprises us by noting not one woman but four.  Four broken women - women who felt like outsiders, like has-beens, like never-beens.  Women who were weary of being taken advantage of, of being unnoticed, and uncherished, and unappreciated; women who didn’t fit in, who didn’t know who keep going, what to believe, where to go - women who had thought about giving up - just like us.  And Jesus claims exactly these who are wandering and wondering and wounded and worn out as His.  (The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp)


Join us for a morning of reflection and worship as we hear the stories of “The Four” and how God grafted them into the story He is telling of His great love that came to us in Jesus.


Leaders:  Jacky Gatliff and Heather Wright

Music:  Katie Nelson Troyer

Date & Time: Saturday, November 18, 8:30 - noon 

Cost: $20 per person


 

 

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE


Pastor Chuck will give a short homily on I Thessalonians 5:16-18 -  "Give Thanks in All Circumstances." We will have a special treat of being led in worship praise by Katie Nelson Troyer, who will be joined by her father, Jeff Nelson, who is also a worship leader. We will also sing the Thanksgiving favorite, Great is Thy Faithfulness, as Leon Reid leads us on the organ. We will finish with a time to verbalize our thanksgiving to the Lord.

This is a perfect way to lead yourself and your family into Thanksgiving mindset for Thursday celebration.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, November 22, 7pm


 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY GATHERING & DINNER


Stanwich is excited to announce the 10th annual Thanksgiving gathering at Stanwich.  Singles, couples, and families are invited to join Audra and Jason Kruk at Stanwich for a casual time by the fire, fellowship and to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together.  We encourage you to extend an invitation to anyone you may know who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving or anyone who may want to attend.  Please RSVP to Audra.


Date & Time: Thursday, November 23, 2:00pm

Cost: A donation of $5 per person is requested with a maximum of $20 per family

 

 

GREENING OF GREENWICH CAMPUS


If you enjoy decorating for Christmas, please come help us "deck the halls" here at Stanwich. This is a wonderful family time and a fun way for anyone to serve.  To sign up, email Amy Dye.


Date & Time: Saturday, December 2, 9:30-noon


 

 

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE & HOPE


The promise of Advent is that our God is Immanuel - the God who is with us. God comes close to us to be present with us in our joy, our pain, and our grief. 


We invite you to a special service for those for whom the holidays might be difficult. If you have experienced the death of a family member or friend, a significant life transition or change, we invite you to join us as we recall God’s gift of HOPE that ignites our hearts with praise, even in a time of grief.  Family and friends are invited to join you in this service of remembrance and hope.  A reception will follow in Emmaus Hall. 


Date & Time:  Wednesday, December 6, 7pm


 

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT


This concert will feature the Stanwich Adult Choir singing excerpts from part 1 of Handel's Messiah and some contemporary arrangements of seasonal carols, the Stanwich Children's Choir, other vocalists, and instrumentalists, and you, the congregation, singing Christmas carols. There is no admission charge. Come and bring a friend.


Date & Time:  Saturday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. 

 

 

HYMN SING - "ADVENT/CHRISTMAS HYMNS"


Our first hymn sing of the 2017-2018 season will occur in Emmaus Hall on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to sing some of the 50 carols that are in the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany section of our church's hymnal and to hear some of the stories about how some of these carols were written. Come and bring a friend!


Date & Time:  Saturday, December 16, 4pm

Click here for more on Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker is working on a book tentatively titled White Picket Fences: Confessions of Privilege (NavPress, 2018). She is also the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny(Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today, ABCNews.com, Theatlantic.com, The Washington Post Online, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and The Huffington Post. She is a big fan of frozen yogurt, hiking in the nearby woods, and asking her children to be introspective about their lives with questions like “How have you grown in your mind, body, or spirit today?” (to the response of many rolled eyes). Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT. Learn more at www.amyjuliabecker.com. 

 

 

LOVE DREW NEAR with Amy Julia Becker - WOMEN'S CHRISTMAS EVENT


In the midst of all the rush and tinsel, we don’t want to miss celebrating the world-changing turning point of all history:  on a star-filled night in a small room in Bethlehem, Love Drew Near.  God, the Creator and Sustainer of all creation, was born to be seen and embraced.  Join us as we enjoy connection, conversation and song as we celebrate the Love that continues to Draw Near. 


Date & Time:  

Monday, December 18 10:00 - 11:30 am

Stanwich Church, 202 Taconic Road, Greenwich

Cost: $20

OR

Monday, December 18 7:00 - 8:30 pm

McArdle’s Florist, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich

Cost:  $20


 

 

SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS ON CHRISTMAS EVE


10am - Greenwich Campus - 202 Taconic Road, Greenwich. Ideal for families with young children, this service will share the Christmas story and will include lessons and carols. Nursery for infants and toddlers will be available.


4pm & 6pm - Greenwich Campus -202 Taconic Road, Greenwich. A candlelight service of lessons and carols with organ, strings, and adult choir. Nursery for infants and toddlers will be available.


11pm - Stamford Campus, 579 Pacific Street, Stamford. A candlelight service to celebrate God's action of love towards us.