Preparing for Christmas Season

The great staff of Church of the Servant is diligently preparing for the Christmas Season. I cannot believe Advent will begin in less than two months. As we all continue to plan and prepare I want you to save the date for two new events and one event many of you already know and love. Here is a breakdown of events you will not want to miss:

A SPECIAL EVENT – Sunday, November 25
It is going to be big!

I cannot say what we are up to, but it is going to be big! I am waiting on one more permit to be issued. Let’s just say if all the hurdles are passed, it is going to be so big that you will be able to see it for miles and miles. I bet I have your attention now. Read Matthew 5:14-16 and get ready. We are going to have some fun, and perhaps we will even make the news!

THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL & Polar Express Party – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9

This year’s CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL is jammed packed with great music. Our 100-voice choir is working hard with our 40-piece worship orchestra to create a special night of Christmas memories. While last year’s performance included some secular music, this year we focused completely around our Lord, the babe of Bethlehem. Jane Jayroe Gamble will be our hostess for this year’s festival. We are so excited to have Jane with us this year. In addition, we will have the Hill Irish Dance Troupe! We will elevate the center floor so you can get a good look at their award-winning step dancing! While the music is all sacred, it is at times very spirited, especially when the drum lines from Deer Creek and Santa Fe High schools join in on “Little Drummer Boy”. On the opposite side of the scale is “Mary Did You Know” with an original dance from choir member Shauna Gerlach. “O Holy Night” will take you to a splendid place of peace. The soulful voice of Lindsay Ballard will have you on your feet and clapping your hands. This Year, the music festival will be on Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.

The POLAR EXPRESS PARTY will be a special event for Children who may not want to sit through the Christmas Music Festival. Of course, all are welcome. However, sometimes children really want to have fun in their own special way. Servant Kids ministry is planning and preparing for a special showing of Polar Express during the music festival. Golden tickets, hot chocolate, and maybe even dancing waiters will be highlights of this special event. The event will only take place on Sunday afternoon during the music festival (NOT Saturday). Please plan accordingly.

A WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM – Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16 (THREE DAYS ONLY!)

A new tradition where all hands will be on deck for three evenings of wonder and story, as the back lawn of the church property is turned into the streets of Bethlehem. Running from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, both children and adults will be able to experience the real reasons for this special season of the year. If you enjoy acting, dressing up, and getting into character, you will want to be on the lookout for a casting call this month, so
that you can help Church of the Servant begin a new ministry to help celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24

Need I say more? Christmas Eve service times will be 3:00 p.m. for our child-friendly service led by NextGen Ministries, and 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. for our Candlelight Communion services led by our Celebration Choir and Worship Orchestra. More information coming soon!

Now that I have your attention, I hope you will continue to be on the lookout for updates and more information in the days and weeks ahead. Remember to check your email inbox for Servant eNews. You will not want to miss out on what is in store for us this Christmas season at Church of the Servant!

Getting ready for a wonderful Advent & Christmas at Church of the Servant,

Matthew