It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Since the paper is out a week early, let me begin by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Symbolically it celebrates the harvest, an analogy that works even if your life does not involve growing food for yourself or others. Take a moment to celebrate your own harvest. Good friends and family, perhaps, or thoughtful gifts and deeds that make life easier or more joyous.
Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, begins on December 1 this year. Whether you see Christmas as a religious celebration or a time to spend with family and friends, there is an advent calendar that will fit right in and help you stay focused on the joy of the season.
This is also the time of Hanukkah. Many Christians also have a menorah, lighting the candles as a reminder of our shared heritage. Those of the Muslim faith recently celebrated Muharram, the Islamic New Year. In recent years Kwanzaa has been added to the calendar. However you celebrate this time of year, we wish you joy and peace.
Trinity’s Christmas outreach this year is “Blessing Bags” containing personal items that will be shared with those in need on both sides of our border. They will provide things such as energy bars, juice boxes, food cards, toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste, deodorant, hand purifier, shampoo, bar soap, lighters and phone cards.
We will also distribute caps, mittens or warm gloves and warm scarves. These items can be new or lightly worn and should be freshly washed. Finally, we will distribute new warm socks. If you would like to donate any of these items or money toward their purchase, we are gratefully accepting donations starting now through December 15. Items can be placed in the box on the front porch of the church.
Plenty will be happening during December. On Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m. we have the annual Trinity Community Choir Christmas Concert and Reception. Choir members have been rehearsing for weeks and some wonderful music is being prepared for you, followed by tasty refreshments and a chance to visit with friends and neighbors.
This year the Living Nativity, directed by Chuck and Shirley Cannon, will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 22. Arrive early to get a costume if you would like to participate as a shepherd or angel, or just come and enjoy the play.
Following the Nativity will be the balance of the church service and communion. All who wish are welcome to remain and participate, but you are also welcome to come just for the pageant.
At 11 a.m. on Christmas Day, Jean Barrington will lead Christmas worship. The New Year’s Eve Candlelight Service will be led by Andy and Bev Mar and will begin at 6 p.m.
Please have a wonderful holiday season. May it be simple, joyous and a memory to cherish. Wishing you a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.