November 20, 2020

Well, the holiday season is upon us – Thanksgiving next week, and then just four weeks later is Christmas.  Where has the time gone?  Of course, this year is so different thanks to Covid19.  That are a lot of people who are still trying to figure out what they need to be doing for Christmas and with whom.  They certainly know what they want to do – who doesn’t want to be with family?  But given the spike in Covid cases around the country, should they risk being exposed to this virus or should they just hunker down in their own home and enjoy (or endure) a quiet (and lonely) Christmas? 

Well, in the same way that some of you have struggled with knowing what to do for Christmas, we have also done some struggling at church.  We certainly know what we want to do – that’s not the issue.  The question is – what should we try to do given the pandemic?  What will be best for the health and well-being of our church family?  After wrestling with this, we have decided two things.  First of all, we will NOT have our annual Christmas party.  I know – that’s a bummer.  This has always been a special time for us to be together as a church family – a festive occasion that is always fun and encouraging.  But it’s just not wise for us to be gathering together in a big group at this point.  So, sorry – the Christmas Party will have to wait another year.  The second thing we have decided is that we will NOT be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service either.  These services have historically been attended by a lot of folks from outside the church – folks who are in town visiting their family.   The last thing in the world we want to do is expose someone to Covid19 at Christmas time.  I know that some of you will be disappointed because this has been a big part of your Christmas tradition, but I think everyone would agree that these measures are necessary given these strange times in which we live.

So, yes – Christmas will be different this year.  But hopefully this will not diminish our joy one iota as we celebrate the miracle of the incarnation.  Just think – the almighty, sovereign God took on flesh and blood so that we might live eternally with HimThis is what Christmas is all about and this is the source of our joy – something that not even a pandemic can take away from us!

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