Our annual Christmas program and party has officially been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Dec. 21st, at 6:00 p.m. Here’s what you need to know:
- Music, program, and party. The festivities will begin in the sanctuary with special music from Springfield symphony cellist Caleb Marshall, who will accompany Emily Hertzog and Emily Bowen-Marler on vocals. Then, our children and youth will present their adaptations of “The Grumpy Shepherd” as well as Maya Angelou’s “Amazing Peace,” after which we will head downstairs to share in food and fellowship (please bring a finger food to share).
- Matching Funds Campaign. Thanks to a generous couple in our church, all contributions given in multiples of $20 (above and beyond regular giving) during the Christmas Program and at the Christmas Eve Worship Service (this Saturday at 6:00 p.m.) will be double-matched up to $4000. For example, if you give $100, that will become $300 once the donor’s additional $200 is added. In addition, any money that is given to paint the outside of the church (notate “painting” in the memo line) will be matched up to $6000 through the end of the year. We are so thankful for the generosity extended by these members who inspire us to give even more at this time of year! We encourage you to follow their example and give generously as you are able.
- Parents. All children and youth need to meet in the chapel located in the west end of the church at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in order to rehearse their parts before performing.
- Taize Worship. Because we had to reschedule our Christmas program, the music originally planned for this week’s Taize service will instead be shared by Caleb and Emily at 6pm as the opening part of our Christmas program, as described above. Therefore, our next Taize service will be Jan. 18th (not this Wednesday).
- Finger Foods. Please remember to bring a finger food to share; otherwise there won’t be enough to go around (unless Jesus shows up to multiply some cookies!).
- Thank you. Our church would like to extend our sincere thanks to those volunteering their time to make this event possible. To Shirley Nelson, for decorating the fellowship hall and organizing the party; to Amanda Ashley and Nylah Rogers for helping lead the Christmas program; to Heather Ward for doing the sets for the Christmas program; and to Caleb Marshall and Emily Hertzog, for sharing their gifts of music with us. Thank you!