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Christian December Educational Report 

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

Words by Placide Cappeau, Music by Adolphe Adam, translated by John Sullivan Dwight


This Christmas carol, “O Holy Night” never ceases to stir the soul, especially when sung powerfully.  These lyrics ring true especially for me. As a grown up, I find (and I believe many of us) find the holiday in a word, exhausting.  We worry, “Are my kids going to enjoy Christmas? I must clean my house, company is coming! I need to bake (what feels like) 60 dozen cookies!  I forgot to call Aunt Edna!”  These thoughts run through my head constantly for months, the closer to Christmas, the faster they race. Then Christmas Eve comes, and it seems as though the world quiets for a bit. The “thrill of hope” is in the air, and all the weary in the world rejoice, realizing it’s not about these thoughts.  It’s about the new and glorious morning that is coming, with hope.  It’s about the birth of a humble king with new ideas and salvation.  Sharing that message with our kiddos, that Jesus came much they did, in a small, much anticipated package. This is the best Christmas present of all.

In Christian Education, we are busy with the Christmas program!  Please join us on December 17, 2023 during the Church service as the kiddos present the story of Jesus with verse, story, and song!  The kiddos have been working hard on their parts and eagerly want to share!


Dates To Note:

December 8, 2023: 5th graders and up are welcome to take part in a lock-in that will kick-off Confirmation.  

December 17, 2023: Church School Program during Worship

No Sunday School December 24, 2023 and December 31, 2023


As always, thank you for your support of the youngest members of the our Congregation!

From the Education Wing, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May you find the rest in the weary, may you find the thrill of hope in seeking the renewed promise of a baby, and may you find the peace of Jesus!


Rachel Clendenin

Pastor Dustin and the Children's Sermon

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