. . . I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. . . . —Charles Dickens
And so it was at our church last Sunday. Peace was in short supply but goodwill was in abundance as children, parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, and church members all gathered for the annual CPC Christmas Pageant.
Pastor Ellen gave an inspiring talk to the participants before the pageant got underway, and Kaylyn, Katie, and Julia skillfully managed things once it started. The script, which tells the familiar story in a creative and engaging way, elicited excellent performances from everyone, including Lija making her acting debut as an animated baby Jesus. The pageant also featured many traditional CPC elements such as the wonderful costumes and the impressive star that guides the kings to the manger.
It was nice to see some newcomers participating alongside veterans of past pageants and to witness the enthusiasm of all who took part. Thanks to everyone who helped, participated, and offered encouragement along the way.
The Coffee Hour after the service was very festive and featured dozens of cookies baked by members of the congregation. Thanks to all the bakers and Fellowship Committee members who helped make this such a special (and delicious) occasion. Also, thanks to our holiday decorators who had the place looking very Christmassy.
We have more Christmas celebrations to come! Please join us for our Poetry, Lessons & Carols service this coming Sunday and for our Fireside Christmas Eve service on Monday night. (See details below.)
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Poetry, Lessons & Carols Service, 12/23—Celebrate the Season with a beautiful service of poetry, scripture and song. There will be no Sunday School, but children are welcome and childcare will be provided.
Christmas Eve Potluck and Fireside Service, 12/24—You’re invited to join us in the Parlor for a Potluck Supper at 6 pm followed by a cozy fireside service of traditional Lessons and Carols at 7:30 pm. Bring friends and family!
Year’s End Service, 12/30—We’ll gather in the Parlor for a service that celebrates both endings and beginnings. There will be no Sunday School, but children of all ages are welcome. The Nursery will be open.
Lectio Divina: Holy Listening, 1/6—Join fellow seekers from 4-5:15 pm in the parlor for contemplative prayer in community with discussion, written reflection, and inspiration for a regular prayer practice. This series focuses on the practice of listening for God in sacred text, silence, the natural world, and relationship with others. We’ll meet again on the first Sundays of March and May.
Bible Study, 1/13—This group will meet after coffee hour to begin our study of the book of Exodus. All are welcome! For more information: Dit Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLK Sunday, 1/20—We’ll honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an intergenerational worship service.
Poetry Hour, 1/20— Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Retreat: Mothers-Daughters-Sisters-Friends, 1/26—We all know amazing women family members or friends, and we stand on the shoulders of those who precede us. Join Pastor Ellen and Kris Davis from 10 am-5 pm for a retreat celebrating Women and Spirit. Men are welcome! Ages 12 and up are joyfully invited to participate. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org