The Family Christmas Service

January 19, 2010 in News


The Family Christmas Service:

Truly a Family Event

                 What a celebration!  Families of Grace Lutheran Church presented the story of Christ’s birth in a unique service on Sunday, December 20 at 9:15 am to an audience of 154 congregants.

Team Leader Michele Evers assisted by DCE Seth Kunze developed an exciting family-oriented presentation of the Christmas Story featuring a live stable scene, the Adult and Children’s Choirs, the Grace Praise Team, Scripture readings by Grace Families, murals depicting the story of Christ’s birth, and an after-service celebration featuring a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake prepared by Chris Schuessler.

The event opened with a welcome by Pastor John Schubert, followed by Joy to the World and the procession of the stable characters.  The Children’s Choir sang Silent Night and Jo McCord read part one of the Biblical Christmas Story.

Noah Evers gave the offering prayer and the Praise Team and Congregation sang Mary’s Little Boy Child.

Part Two of the Christmas Story was presented by five Grace Families:  Patty, Lindsey, and Bailee Fitzsimmons; Al, Amy, and Andrew Dexter, Tomi, Brady and Regan Dolan; Lisa, Abby and Rae el Larson; Michele, Noah and Abbey Evers; and Dave, Amy, Derrick, Madison, Jacob and Ryan Coffman.

A special rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was sung by Abbigail Evers, Abigail Burgess, and Hailey Burgess accompanied by the Praise Team.

Part Three of the Christmas Story was told by the following families:  Travis, Steph, Alexis and Maddi Cowburn; Bob, Julie and Matt Giudice; Allen, Missy, Spencer and Sophie Cornelius; and Larry, Jolene, Issac, Joshua, Nathan, Zachary and Anna Schuessler.

Pastor John Schubert delivered the sermon entitled “Getting Jesus” followed by How Quietly, How Quietly sang by the Adult and Children’s Choir.

Prayers were offered by Vicki Sander, Chris Schuessler, Jerry Craver, and Dave Arnett.

Stable Characters were portrayed by Pastor John Schubert (Joseph), Joy Schubert (Mary), and Mike, Chris, and Brandon Johnson as the Three Wisemen.

Shirley Evers directed the Adult and Children’s Choir and Karen Rakieski provided the accompaniment.  The stable scene was set-up by Mike Verbocy.