Our ringers and singers are looking forward to sharing the musical joys of the Christmas season with you! We will sing selections from Handel’s Messiah and contemporary carols by John Rutter; we will also present settings of God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Good Christians All Rejoice, Go Tell It on the Mountain, O Holy Night, and What Child Is This. For Sunday, December 7 we will have a guest violinist at both services; the Children’s Choir will perform its Nativity musical on December 14, and on December 21 the adult choirs will offer a service of Lessons and Carols. On Christmas Eve, please bring your heartiest caroling voices to the Sanctuary to help us proclaim the birth of the Christ Child!
Carriers of the Light
by Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director
Have you ever hung Christmas lights on your home or on a Christmas tree? During the month of December, beautiful lights emerge at night illuminating the darkness. On December 14, the Children’s Choir will be singing their annual Christmas musical at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Carriers of the Light uses scripture and traditional Christmas carols to portray the story of Jesus’ birth. This production focuses on Jesus as the Light of Salvation. It shows how God’s light is passed from Mary to Joseph to the animals near the manger; from the shepherds to the wise men and then out into the world.
During the chaotic Christmas season we often forget that it is really about a light in the darkness. We tend to associate Christmas with either the light or the dark forgetting that both exist in the world and both exist in the Christmas craziness. The Good News of the Christmas story is not that darkness no longer exists, but that there is a light that can (and does) defeat the dark. As people created in the image of God we are called to carry God’s light, to be mirrors that reflect God’s light around the world. This Christmas, how will you reflect this light? Where is the darkness where you are called to be the light?
December is a month filled with that Christmas magic, joy, family, celebration, and a lot of hard work. The Christmas Tree Sales that help us to raise a significant portion of the budget for our youth activities are well under way. But we still need volunteers to come help us sell! Volunteers come in all forms: Whether you are a youth, or a parent of a youth, or you once were a parent of a youth, or even if you are not involved with the youth at all but your heart is being strangely warmed to help! We could use the assistance of anyone who is willing. Even you! If you have taken the time to read this far into my article then you have already proven that you have some kind of interest in what is going on with our church and our youth. So why not get involved and lend a hand? This is a great opportunity to spend some time giving back this Christmas season, and spend some time with the youth of our church. If you are feeling that tug on your heart telling you to get involved, then do not hesitate! Head on over to our sign up genius page (http://bit.ly.tumctreesales) and sign yourself up, or sign-up your youth for them, or sign-up your spouse. Or, just sign-up your whole family and make an evening of it! For more information, feel free to email me or come ask me about it some Sunday after church. I look forward to seeing you all out at the lot!
It is that time of year! The big Christmas Tree Sale has come, and we need volunteers to help unload the trees when they arrive and volunteers to help sell them! The Christmas tree sale is a fundraiser that our youth do in collaboration with the Boy Scout troop that meets in our church building on Mondays. The profits made from these sales are split between the Scouts and the Youth Group. This is our biggest fundraiser for the year, so we really need everyone and anyone who has any time to spare to help us out with this giant project. The trees will be arriving on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 25. Anyone who is able to lend a hand unloading the truck and setting up the trees on that day would be a great blessing to our youth and me.
Please sign up at bit.ly/tumctreesales to help sell the trees! I hope to see you out and about, either helping to sell trees or purchasing a tree to support our youth. God Bless.