December 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord! After a hard year, what a wonderful time of year to look forward to the wonder of Christmas. I was reminded of a story of a family who was being stretched with all the activities that take place in December. It seems that one child’s elementary school program occurred on a work night for the mother making it necessary for her to adjust her schedule by going to the dress rehearsal in the morning.

She arrived to sit on the floor with several other parents who could not make the program either. Each class was presenting their rehearsed number. Her son’s class was presenting the Christmas song, “Christmas Love.” They would sing a melody for each letter as certain students would hold up a letter in sequence such as “’C’ is for the carols that we sing, ‘H’ is for happy times we have,” etc. There was to be no religious song since it was a secular school in a suburban area.

The girl holding the “M” was shy and backward and very nervous. She left a space between her and the boy holding the “T.” Also, she was turning her letter in her hand and when it came her turn, she had it upside down forming a “W.” Other children snickered at this obvious mistake unknown to this girl. The song continued and silence fell over the room as the children had spelled out the letters “Christ Was Love” at the end of the song instead of the intended “Christmas Love.” Some were amused by it all. One called out and He still is.

Christmas is a time of unexpected happenings that may surprise us from time to time. In this challenging time with COVID-19 on the rise we will be livestreaming all services. It is not the same but seems to be what is necessary. Due to the complications of everything we are planning to livestream the Children’s Christmas program on January 3, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. from the sanctuary.

In addition to the regular Sunday morning services, we will offer two Christmas Eve services at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. We will celebrate the Christmas story from the perspective of the innkeeper, with carols and candlelight. We will not be sharing in Holy Communion this year because of COVID-19. We will be taking safety precautions between services for those who attend in person. The encouragement is that many would worship as families via livestream.

In these days plans are subject to change so keep in touch. Gerry and I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It is a privilege and a blessing to serve the Lord with you!

In Christian Love,

Pastor Chuck Jack