Christian Ed (December 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 2:39 PM by Henry McTague
Advent is one of my favorite seasons in the church. It is the time of preparation and anticipation for the birth of Jesus. As you prepare for Christmas, take time to pause and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. My most treasured memories of Christmas are the time spent with family and friends. One special memory is my dad making homemade rolls and bread for the holidays. When my sons were little, he would always make sure a batch of rolls just came out of the oven as the boys walked through the door from school. The smells and taste of those rolls are one of my favorite memories of Christmas and my dad. Now, I make his homemade oatmeal bread for Christmas gifts for my family to remind them of the special gift we received from my dad. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Advent: Plans for Advent season are already in process. As I write this article, the final preparations have been made by the CE committee and teachers for “Hanging of the Greens” on November 28th. During Sunday school on the 28th, each child will have an opportunity to make their own gingerbread house and to work with their siblings to make an advent wreath. If you are able to assist with the crafts on the 28th, we would love your assistance.

Confirmation: We held an informational meeting for Confirmation on November 14th and will hold a mentor meeting on December 19th. All young adults 8th grade or older are invited to participate in Confirmation. The program begins on January 9th. Any questions please see Pastor Gail or me.

Living Nativity: The Living Nativity will be on December 12th at 4:30 PM with a snow date of December 19th. The 6th-12th grade classes are the narrators and play the lead parts, which will be chosen on December 5th. Practice is on December 12th during the 8:30 AM service. We will start in church and then go outside. Please make sure that your children are dressed appropriately and warmly to be outside. The younger children will be angels, townspeople or shepherds. The younger children will choose their role on the morning of the 12th. Costumes will be assigned during the practice and children need to arrive early to put their costumes on for the afternoon presentation. All children are invited to participate. Please plan to join us on December 12th and bring your friends. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Weekend: On December 26th, there will be only one service at 9:30 AM and no Sunday school. Enjoy the Christmas holiday with your family.

In God’s love,

Sheila Bennion

Christian Education Director