by Pastor Tim White
Give yourself a very special gift this Christmas. This is it - the most wonderful time of the year. And my prayer for you is that God will encourage, inspire and give all the joy that each of us dream of for our Christmas.
Christmas Lights the Night - Sunday at 4pm (we will be done by 5pm so you have time to catch the Seahawks vs Kansas City Game.) Monday - Christmas Eve - at 3pm, 5pm and 11 pm. This will be our best Christmas celebration, having had 24 years of practice. Please - Please - Please bring your friends it could mean all the world to them.
The church is stunning all covered in Christmas lights. There will be shuttle service for those parking up the hill who don’t want to take a step into the cold. Tickets are complimentary, and you can get them online, at the church, or at Will Call as you arrive at church. The manger scene will have real live animals, Mary and Joseph, even a sheep being herded by its shepherd. Wise Men from the East will walk through the sanctuary as I tell the story to all the kids who can come up front and check it all out. We even have a real camel this year with free camel rides before and after the services. The choirs are just “wow!” - that is all I can say. They will fill your soul with the sparkling blessing of Christmas. And Eliot and the praise band will fill the house with rejoicing – helping remember that that everyone is family at Christmas. It’s great to see some of the kids home from college to join in this loving praise band. Frosty and Rudolf will be there before and after the service to greet the kids. And to top things off, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Photo Booth so you can have a photo taken to bless you and your family.
Of course, our regular services this weekend have some special elements of celebration. Dr. Marty Folsom has prepared a very special message entitled —The Miracle Light of Christmas Quietness. With all the noise of Christmas, this worship service will be just what we need to prepare us to experience Christmas first hand. Saturday night at the 5:30 service our own Eliot will be leading us in Christmas worship. On Sunday morning at 9:30 am and 11:00 am our special guest is Dave Irish, one of the favorite Christian musicians in the Seattle area. In addition, Pastor David is going to fix breakfast for the Happy Hour in-between the two morning services and soup and sandwiches for the Saturday night service. Either way, this truly is a church family experience that will be a real blessing.
There has never been a more important year in the history of our church. We need your attendance at these vital services as we take a giant leap to renew our church. So again, I asked you to come to a Christmas service and bring a friend.
Your friend for the rest of my life,
Pastor Tim White