From the Parsonage…
There are so many things to do this month as we enter the
Christmas Season! I’m looking forward to all of them, from church
events to the craziness of last minute shopping and final preparations
for family gatherings before the big day arrives. It
seems like time flies by so quickly as we try to
accomplish each and every item on our list of things
to do. In fact, it can go so fast that it soon becomes
easy to forget the whole reason behind the holiday.
We get so wrapped up in baking, cleaning, cooking,
shopping, and being the perfect hostess that we don’t take the time to simply sit back and reflect on the real joy of Christmas! That’s when
the church steps in to remind us what’s important through its teaching
and special holiday events.
Here at Maineville UMC, this starts the weekend after
Thanksgiving with the Hanging of the Greens and the beginning of
Advent. The decorating of the church with the reds and greens of the season always sets the stage for the future gatherings, and the Sunday morning readings on Advent relay the meanings behind the candles in
the altar wreath. These all point to the birth of the Christ Child.
On the evening of December 8, our choir will present music depicting what took place on “One Winter Night.” This year’s cantata
will include some songs from previous years, appropriate readings,
and a few favorite Christmas carols, followed by a time of fellowship
Saturday, December 14, will mark the 2nd Ladies’ Christmas
Tea, and all ladies of the church are invited to attend with their guests.
The theme, “Favorite Christmas Traditions,” will allow us to share our
own meaningful family activities with each other. In addition, each
lady is to bring a tissue wrapped Christmas ornament as an exchange
Finally, Pastor Steve and I will present “The Christmas Story”
at the Christmas Eve Candlelight again this year. It is our hope that
this original rendition of the Birth of Christ through scripture and song
will prepare your hearts for the miracle of Christmas morning.
So, even with all the usual demands that come along at this
time of the year, try to take advantage of some of the events the church
is providing to remind you of the love that came in that manger…and
of faith, family, and friends.
“And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths,
and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”