Posted December 29, 2012
The Reverend Deacon Nancy Sartin told the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph to children gathered at the altar at the 5:30 Christmas Eve service. This was the first of three services. The photographs below show the altar guild “greening” the church to prepare for the Christmas services. The music for the services captured the spirit with familiar hymns and carols. The St. Francis choir helped ring in the season at the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. Christmas Day services, while the St. Gregory choir performed at the 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service along with two trumpeters and a trombone player. Steven Taylor accompanied two hymns on the cello. Parishioners, friends, family, and guests heard the Gospel message to “be not afraid” and “tell others of this wonderful event that has meaning for our lives today.”
More bell staffs than ever rang at the 5:30 Christmas Eve service. Children carried the creche pieces to the manger and placed lighted candles in the tray before the altar. Red poinsettias and green wreaths made the church very festive. After the Christmas Day service, more than 70 people shared dinner, bringing side dishes to accompany the delicious meat cooked by Wayne Ellerbee.