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 Here we are entering one of the busiest, most festive, most holy months of the year. And unfortunately, things aren’t quite back to “normal” yet. (I wonder if we’ll ever stop talking about getting back to “normal.”) Usually in December we have some kind of community outreach event to celebrate Christmas, either our Living Nativity or Community Christmas Celebration. But the idea of hosting such events that include inviting large numbers of people into our building for things like singing and eating, don’t seem appropriate as we are still dealing with high rates of COVID 19 infections. Therefore, this year will once again be a little different.  

Here are the special ways we will be celebrating the Christmas season this year at Holy Cross:

  • Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 12, 2:45 - 5:00 pm. We will bring some Christmas cheer to some of our members.
  • Festival of Christmas – Sunday during worship, December 19. A special worship service with music and more from the Chancel Choir, Carolon Bell Choir, Radical Ringers, Ukulele Choir, and Sunday School Kids.
  • Christmas Eve Worship – Friday, December 24. Our 4:00 pm worship is children friendly and features our children's Sunday School kids and Radical Ringers. All children will be invited to dress up for the telling of the Christmas story. There will also be communion and candlelight. At 8:30 pm we have our candlelight service with carols and communion. Our Carolon Bell Choir and Chancel Choir will provide special music.  

As you can see, just because things are still a little bit different, and we’re not able to host the events we typically do this time of year, there are still many special ways to celebrate the Christmas season here at Holy Cross.

Most importantly, regardless of the ways we are able, or not able, to celebrate, Christmas happens. God comes to us again and anew in the surprising form of the Christ Child. Not as some mighty ruler to be feared, but as the humble Babe of Bethlehem, born in a lowly stable, bringing good news of great joy to all people.