You’re invited to  
Christmas and Advent Events
Kirkwood United Methodist Church !
Please come!
Feel free to drop in for any or as many events as you would like.
You don’t have to be a member for any of these holiday events.
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10 am, Sanctuary
Come to THE ONE, Sunday December 1 to participate in the Hanging of the Greens and Communio. Together we’ll prepare KUMC’s Sanctuary for Christmas as we enter into the season of Advent.
This will be the only worship service for the weekend after Thanksgiving. There will be no Common Worship on Saturday, November 30, and on Sunday, December 1 we will hold a blended Contemporary /Traditional “The One” Worship service at 10 am. Adult Sunday School classes who wish to meet can do so at 9 am. There won’t be children’s Sunday school, but childcare will be available starting at 9 am. Donuts and coffee will be available in the lobby/lounge starting at 9am. There will be no pot-luck following this service on December 1, but we will still have THE ONE on December 29 as planned with a pot-luck following it.
Children’s and Family Advent/Christmas Party    
Sunday, December 1, 4 pm, The Commons
Come join us for the Family Advent Event! There will be popcorn, snacks, crafts and activities for the entire family to enjoy as we begin the time of waiting for the Christ Child! You’ll also learn about a few things you can do as a family to prepare at home!
2019 Adventsmusiken Concertss
 A Christmas concert and lunch all within an hour – what a welcomed break to the crazy busy days of December! Please join us Wednesdays at noon in Kirkwood United Methodist Church’s Sanctuary for these three free concerts December 4, 11, and 18. Stay after for a light luncheon at 12:30 pm in the lounge for a suggested $5 donation. Here are this year’s concert offerings: 
Wednesday, December 4th – Organist Rick Burk
Get into the holiday spirit when our sanctuary is filled with beautiful holiday music on the organ by Rick Burk. Rick Burk has served as Minister of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in St. Louis for the past nine and a half years.  Having begun the study of organ at age 15, Rick earned his Master of Sacred Music degree with a concentration in organ from Duquesne University in 1986.  Rick holds membership in the American Guild of Organists, Handbell Musicians of America, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Presbyterian Association of Musicians and The Hymn Society in the US and Canada.  
Wednesday, December 11 – Bel Canto Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Come hear the beautiful voices of Bel Canto Women’s Ensemble singing Christmas favorites. Bel Canto is highly respected in the musical community for their fine blending of voices and their tonal colors.  Bel Canto was founded in 2010 under the leadership of conductor Mary Poshak. Their first concert featured 9 singers.  Since then, the ensemble has grown to 22 members, including  doctors, teachers,  attorneys, pastors, publisher, church ministry professionals, business, and stay-at-home moms/volunteers.  None of the members is a professional musician, but all love to sing! 
Wednesday, December 18 – The Key of Three
The trio of Key of Three has prepared some very special Christmas songs and holiday classics for you to enjoy at the final Adventsmusiken Concert. Kirkwood’s own “girl group”, Key of Three is composed of singers Amy Studt, Barb McKone, and Lorri Coates, and a variety of their musical friends. Through the last 20 years, Key of Three has developed their own style of close three-part harmony and musical song styling.  Key of Three may be unique among music groups in the area in that they have as a primary focus raising funds and awareness for great causes and charities. Not all of their events are about raising money. They have performed in countless banquet halls and church basements just for fun and have specialized in adapting popular secular music to weave in and wrap around scripture and sermons for religious services in churches of many different denominations.    
Free Community Gospel Choir Concert
Saturday, December 7, 7 pm, Sanctuary
Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis under the direction of Suzanne Palmer, one of the area’s premier gospel choirs, will bring its annual Christmas concert to KUMC for the first time on Saturday, December 7 at 7 pm. This exciting concert will feature more than 60 singers, 10 musicians and guest soloists. Community Gospel Choir will tell the Christmas story through an amazing mix of contemporary Gospel Christmas music and some new takes on Christmas classics. Special guests will be the Kirkwood Methodist’s own Key of Three and the Cote Brilliante Men’s Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Buggs. 
ReBELLion Handbell Ensemble and Saint Louis Wind Symphony Concert
Sunday, December 8, 4 pm, Sanctuary
The annual holiday concert featuring the Saint Louis Wind Symphony, directed by Tom Poshak, and ReBELLion handbell ensemble, directed by Dolan Bayless, is combining to present a Christmas Concert. Included in the concert are pieces played by the Wind Symphony only and ReBELLion only. Several pieces including Sleigh Ride will feature both groups together. This program also gives you and opportunity to sing along with some classic Christmas carols and hymns. A retiring offering will be received to help both groups defray expenses.
Rescheduled Date:
7pm in The Commons
Christmas Classics with Journey Youth Choir
Bring your whole family to this Christmas program of classic Christmas music presented by Journey Youth Choir. Enjoy favorites such as White Christmas, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock along with beautiful arrangements of beloved Christmas Carols. You’ll leave with a song in your head and a warm, fuzzy, Christmas feeling in your heart! A free will offering will be taken and a concession stand will offer yummy goodies. All proceeds help support Journey’s Summer Music Mission trip.
The Longest Night Worship
Sunday, December 22, 4 pm, Sanctuary
This worship is held the week of the winter solstice (the longest night of the year). It’s a safe and sacred space for those who are struggling to feel the joy and light of this holiday season due to grief, pain, or loss of any kind. Through worship we acknowledge the darkness of our sorrow, while simultaneously remembering that we worship a God who is with us, even in the shadows.
Christmas Eve at Kirkwood United Methodist
We welcome you to join us for Christmas Eve this year. There are four different services to choose from so that you can find the best fit for you. All services include Communion and Candlelight singing of Silent Night at the end of the worship service.  All are welcome to come to the communion table at Kirkwood United Methodist Church.