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Christmas Eve is less than two weeks away and for the past month we have been holding out hope that we would be able to gather for an outdoor service at some point during the late afternoon.  Unfortunately, the recent surge in COVID cases continues and is hitting many of us very close to home.  In the past few hours, we’ve become aware of three more from our congregation who have been admitted to the hospital due to COVID, including Pastor Chris.  Please be praying for Chris and all those you are aware of who are dealing with this virus.
Taking all that we know into consideration, we believe that it would not be wise to hold a gathering that would bring a large number of people together.  Instead, we will have a small team come to the church during the late afternoon on Christmas Eve, and we will live stream a service starting at 4:00 P.M.  We will celebrate the birth of Jesus as we worship Him by singing, receiving God’s word as Pastor Shaun brings a short meditation, followed by communion and candle-lighting.
IMPORTANT!... We would like to supply everyone with the communion elements, as well as candles and candle holders so we are able to participate together even from our homes.  Julie, Ellen, and Beth will be putting together bags that contain these items, and starting next week you can click on a link that will allow you to place your order, giving us your name and how many communion cups and candles you would like in your bag.
Orders for a bag containing the communion elements and the candles can be placed up to and including Monday, December 21st, and the bags will be available for pick-up in the Auditorium foyer anytime between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd.
Near the end of the streaming service, Pastor Shaun will guide us into a time of communion, and then we will ask you to light your candle(s) and join us as we sing Silent Night, coming from all parts of the community!
While we are going through a very difficult time, nothing can keep us from recognizing the fact that 2000 years ago God came to us and remains with us.  His presence means everything to us at this time, and it is something worth celebrating on Christmas Eve…and every day that He gives us!
THIS SUNDAY MORNING....we continue our sermon series called “Through the Eyes Of…”   So far we have looked at Jesus and the Christmas story through the eyes of Joseph and Simeon.  This Sunday Pastor Ray will have us looking at Through the Eyes of the Shepherds.
This week it will be LB Belella and Sean Bockstie who will open the service with a few songs – Joy to the World, The First Noel  – that will prepare us for the study of God’s word.  Just as was done during the previous two weeks, the sermon will begin with a short monologue, done by Kevin Geis in the role of the Shepherd.
Go HERE five minutes prior to the service in order to view the live stream.
Go HERE  for an outline for this week’s message.