VERONA, NJ - The holidays are coming fast and there is a lot going on at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona located at 10 Fairview Avenue.

Sunday, Dec. 6:  The Second Sunday in Advent will feature a guest flautist, Becky Vega, performing a special prelude and joining the youth and  senior choir.  The Youth choir will open the service with “A Home For Jesus” and the senior choir will perform “An Advent Credo”  Immediately following the service, the church will open its 18th Annual Alternative Christmas Mall in Chamberlain Hall.  The Alternative Mall provides a new way to remember friends and family at Christmas without sending yet another collectible for their attic.  Instead, you are invited to make a contribution, in the recipient’s name, to one of several worthy non-profit organizations. Displays will be set up in Chamberlain Hall to help shoppers decide which organization would be appropriate for each of the people on their Christmas shopping list.  A contribution, in any amount, can be given to the representative sitting at the table.  You may pay in cash or check (payable to the organization).  The representative will see that your contribution goes directly to the organization.

Friday, Dec. 11:  At 6 PM the church will open for the annual Hanging of the Greens supper and decorating party.  A light supper starts off the evening before decorating and carol singing begin.

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Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10-2 pm:  Children’s Christmas Workshop is open to all children ages 3-12.  For only $10 children will have time to sing, do crafts, play games and learn about the Christmas story.  Lunch will be served.  Space is limited and reservations are required (call 973-239-3561)

Sunday, Dec. 13:  The Third Sunday in Advent is a candlelight service.  The Senior Choir, led by director of music, Diane Battersby will present the cantata, Canticles in Candlelight.  Guest Trumpeter, Max Morden will also be performing with the choir.  Additionally, Alex Karpinski, will be providing narration during the service.

Sunday, Dec. 20:  The Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson will be filling the pulpit on the Fourth Sunday in Advent.  Both the youth and senior choirs will be singing, “How Quietly” and “Peace, Peace.”.  There will be a special prelude by guest harpist, Robbin Gordon-Cartier.  The service will conclude with the Robbin’s extraordinary version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”

Thursday, Dec. 24:  There will be two services.  The 4 PM service is family friendly service.  The church’s two youth choirs, Joyful Noise and Sacred Singers will open the service with “Away in the Manager” and will also be performing “Hear the Angels Sing, Hear Them Sing!” and “A Peaceful Lullaby.” All children will be invited to participate in a recreation of the Christmas story.   At 9 PM there will be a service of Lessons and Carols lead by Beth Shorten.  This is a more reflective service and will feature soloist, Eric Burgos performing, “I Wonder as I Wander.”

Friday, Dec. 25:  The Rev. Dr. Julia Dawson will lead a brief meditative communion service.

Sunday, Dec.27:  Guest speaker Alex Karpinski will lead the service.  The Senior Choir will be singing “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.”

Thursday, Dec. 31:  At 5:30 pm there will be a brief service followed by a New Year’s Eve Dinner/Party from 6:00 to 9:00.  Cost for the dinner is $14 per person.  Reservations are requested by calling 973-239-3561

The church’s Thrift Shop will be open throughout the holiday season.  Current hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

All Sunday services begin at 10:15 a.m.  Following services on Sunday, light refreshments are provided during coffee hour in Chamberlain Hall.  There is ample parking behind the church.

For further information on any activities at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona, please call 973-239-3561.