We are in the season of Advent — a time when we celebrate the light of Christ coming into the world. The prophet Isaiah says, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined. Jesus is indeed the shining light of the world, a light that is given for all people. And such light brings us hope in a weary world.

As we celebrate this miracle of light and hope, below are some opportunities for worship, fun, and community service at MRC during this miraculous time of wonder. I hope to see you at many of these events as we wait in great expectation for a baby that changed, and is continuing to change, everything. 

During Advent, when I think of God becoming flesh in the form of a vulnerable baby, I always return to this thought: The wonder of Advent is not necessarily that God chose to come down as a helpless little baby, but that God chose to trust God’s self with us as that little baby. That to me is the greatest miracle.

Wait and look . . .  for God’s light is coming into the world. 

-- Pastor Trish


December 15: Joy to the World cookies for Christmas. This is the 10th year to celebrate youth, family, and friends baking and assembling over 4,000 assorted cookies! Only 100 cookie orders will be available. Order pick up is in the Education Building, 11:30 AM, or Sunday morning, December 16. 

December 16: Sunday worship: Joy: Third Sunday of Advent, 10:30 AM with our annual church Christmas Party to follow worship in Coventry House. Santa and his elves will be making a visit! 

December 16: MRC member Val Downey is having her annual Christmas Tea/Party. All members of the church and their friends and family are invited. Please come by any time after 3 PM. 

December 22: Meet at New Monmouth Baptist Church at 7:30 AM to deliver toys and food to individuals and families in Middletown through Middletown Helps Its Own. Bring a hand truck. 15 Families/Friends needed to deliver food and love!

December 23: Sunday worship: Love: Fourth Sunday of Advent, with a special Advent Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as we await the birth of Jesus, 10:30 AM

December 24: Christmas Eve Traditional and Family friendly candlelight worship, 6 PM. Come celebrate the light and hope of Christ coming into the world!

December 29: Annual Dorcas Circle Christmas Party and Open House at the Eldridge-Fallon home. All members of the church and the entire extended community are invited. Please come by any time after 3 PM. 

Middletown Reformed Church (MRC) is a welcoming and affirming congregation dual affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America, and we are rostered with the non-profit organization Room for All . MRC is a small, but mighty church, where the love of God is our guiding principle for all of our ministries. We believe that God’s grace is irresistible, freely given, and available for all people. We are a church committed to social justice, living out the command to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. We are a church on the side of love for all God’s people – providing for those who are in need, advocating for all oppressed peoples, and caring for our earth – we love because God first loved us.

This is what you will experience when you worship with us. You will immediately feel welcomed, not only by our greeters, but also by the Spirit of God that is hovering ever-present in our church and among our congregation. You will be moved by our music, at times traditional, but then, at other times, a bit more eclectic. You will be stirred by the liturgy, and you will be challenged and affirmed by the sermons. If you have young ones in your family, you will find one of the most vibrant children and youth programs in New Jersey. Finally, you will find fellowship and kindred spirits during our coffee hour. All of this to say, you will feel a sense of belonging . . . you will feel God's unconditional Love.

We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday at 10:30 AM.