Christmas Play a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, it was a lot of hard work but worth it when you see the children put on a great show! Here are some pictures from the play:

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“An Unplugged Christmas!”

An-Uplugged-Christmas-20141“An Unplugged Christmas!”
Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.

We invite everyone to come enjoy an evening of song as our very talented children perform the Christmas musical, “An Unplugged Christmas” on
Sunday, December 14th, at 5:30 p.m.
Rehearsal for the musical is on Sunday, December 7th, immediately following worship (lunch will be provided). Those with speaking parts will stay until 3:30 p.m. Others may be picked up at 2:30 p.m.
If another rehearsal is needed, it will be on Saturday, December 13th, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

On Sunday, December 14th, we are scheduling the participants to arrive in waves so that we can streamline the costuming process and reduce the amount of time that our younger participants must wait. We will send notes home with arrival details for each participant. If you do not receive your note by December 7th, please call Amy Young (677-1482) or Rebecca Heidt (601-2469).

We thank all of the youth and their parents for their willingness to share their talents. We are excited to share it with you and encourage you to bring your friends. We will collect an offering that will go to support Family Promise, a program to benefit the homeless in Effingham County.

Please bring Finger Foods to share for fellowship afterwards.

 

We are asking for your help with refreshments for the event.
A sign-up sheet for finger foods is in the narthex. Thank you!

Christmas Memories

There is something about Christmas that brings out the child in all of us. I must admit that even though my children are grown and gone, I still find it hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. I lie awake, far into the night, and think about Christmases past – more now than I care to admit! In my minds eye, I’m on my way to Grandma’s house, sitting in the back seat with presents piled so high around me I can’t see a thing! The faces of my cousins and aunts and uncles, forever young in my imagination, flash past in a steady stream of smiles. Clear as a bell, I can hear the laughter of my own children as they hop out of bed on Christmas morning, so excited they can hardly wait to open their stockings! And, now, the squeals of my children’s children, so far away and yet close as FaceTime, wing across the miles as they open their long-distance gifts. I am reminded of what Augusta E. Rundel said; “Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” No wonder I can’t get to sleep! Over the years, I have loved a lot!
Yes, Christmas is for children, and for the child that lives on inside our adult bodies, always surprised to realize that that face they see in the mirror belongs to them. But, like Charles Dickens said, “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” I wonder what memories of Christmases past run through Jesus’ mind on the eve of his birth? Does he lay awake, too, remembering everything he has ever loved? Does he think of you? And of me? I’d like to think so.
I smile, and sigh, punch my pillow and snuggle down in the covers. Tomorrow will bring a new memory to add to the ones I treasure tonight. The angels are singing. The stars shine bright. Sleep comes, at last. The Christmas Child lives on.

May the memories you make today bring you joy in all your tomorrows.

Merry Christmas! Pastor Barb <><

For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given. Isaiah 9:6