It is the beginning of December, and Christmas is coming.
When we think of Christmas, we often think of gifts. We give gifts and we receive gifts. Christmas itself is about gifts. God gives his one and only son so that we can have eternal life. And the response to that is to give. This year, there is one gift I would encourage our whole church family to give: An invitation. God invites us to eternal life through faith in the Son. This advent season is a wonderful time to invite people to church activities. Here are some of the events coming up over the next few weeks:
- Friday, November 30 Advent Festival 6pm
A light dinner, Christmas carols, and then adults and older children decorate the sanctuary while younger children make Christmas crafts
- Saturday, December 1 Charles Town Parade
The mission and outreach committee is giving away hot dogs, nachos, and hot beverages (donations for the steeple gladly accepted!), and we will be handing out invitations to our holiday services. The fun begins at 12 noon!
- Sunday, December 2 Holiday Dinner
Following worship, around noon, the fellowship committee is hosting a holiday dinner for the congregation.
- Sunday, December 16 Christmas Joy Service 7pm
The annual Joy Gift service highlights the outstanding music minis try of CTPC. This worship service is always a highlight of the advent season at CTPC. Vocal choirs, bell choirs, solos, duets and other musical surprises are awaiting us at this year’s Christmas Joy Service.
- Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Worship 5pm and 10pm
We will be celebrating the birth of Christ at worship on Christmas Eve. The early service is a family-oriented service with emphasis on the Christmas story. The later service will be solemn, with carols, readings and celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
We have so much to give. Of course, as Christians, it is our honor and privilege to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. This holiday season gives us additional ways to share that love and to welcome people into the life of the church.