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Year End Fellowship Night

December 31, 2017

On the final day of 2017, the congregation gathered for a look back at highlights of the past year. A slideshow of pictures taken by regular photographers Kenny Cripps and Ryan Parker, as well as some photos of special events from David Heintz and Debbie Lee, were compiled into various categories that walked the audience down memory lane of the year 2017.

Each section of the slideshow began with a related quote. For example, a...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 31, 2017

Prelude: Violinist Jane Ewers played “O Holy Night” and “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” accompanied by Janice Calhoun on the piano. Then the choir sang “Great, Great Joy!”

First Special: A ladies’ quartet (pictured above) sang “Nothing But the Blood.”

Scripture Reading: Bob Downey read Luke 15:1-10.

Last Special: Peter Moberg sang “When Love Was Born.”

Sermon: Trent Paulsen took his opening text from Luke 19:10, saying people seek more diligently for something they have lost if the object is ...

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Candlelight Service

December 22, 2017

Just a few days before Christmas, on Friday, December 22, the congregation gathered for an evening of songs and Scripture readings, all reflecting on Jesus’ birth. The lights in the sanctuary were dimmed as people arrived, and the first songs were instrumental versions of “Go! Tell It on the Mountain,” “What Child Is This?” and other carols.

Before the main program began, a Christmas gift was presented to the pastor and his wife, Darrel...

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Christmas Concert

December 17, 2017

At the Christmas concert on Sunday evening, December 17, the music department presented a cantata titled, “Light! Out of the Darkness,” with a theme verse from 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Gary Riler directed the program, which included pieces by the combined...

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Beginner Christmas Program

December 17, 2017

The Sunday morning service on December 17 began with a very special presentation from the youngest members of the Sunday school departments. This program was highly anticipated, since last year’s had to be cancelled due to ongoing poor weather conditions. The Beginners were arrayed on risers in lovely Christmas outfits at the front of the sanctuary, and many of their parents lined up in the first few rows of pews with their cameras and...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 17, 2017

Beginners Program: The Sunday school students of the Beginners Department presented their Christmas program.

First Special: A mixed octet sang “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Scripture Reading: John Musgrave read Luke 1:26-35.

Last Special: A mixed quartet including Peter Moberg and Shawn, Jennifer, and Victoria Worthington sang, “Manger Far Away” (pictured above).

Sermon: Darrel Lee preached from John 3:12-17 and spoke of different types of Christmas gifts, emphasizing that the best Gift was when God gave Jesus, and the reason He did...

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Youth Christmas Celebration

December 16, 2017

The young people got together for an evening of fun to celebrate Christmas on December 16. The festivities began at 5:00 p.m. with a delicious meal of roasted beef and vegetables, Caesar salad, and pumpkin pie cake for dessert. It was a meal fit for a king! Following this, everyone had fun participating in a series of group and individual games and activities.

One of the highly anticipated games was the best dressed competition, which...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 10, 2017

Prelude: The orchestra played “Silent Night” and “Christ Is Born Today.” The choir then sang, “Mary, Did You Know?” with orchestral accompaniment.

First Special: Dan Hall, Kylie Lucescu, and Randy Baltzell sang “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”

Scripture Reading: Erik Calhoun read John 1:1-9.

Last Special: The choir sang “Come Hushed to This Holy Place” with orchestra accompaniment and Kristi Riler as soloist.

Sermon: Darrel Lee preached from 2 Corinthians 4:6, speaking of Jesus, the Light of the world, and said, “The Gospel of Jesus...

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Christmas on the Campground

December 8, 2017

on the Campground was held December 8-10 this year, and thousands came out during the weekend to enjoy the festivities. It was very cold and windy , but thankfully also dry each night. The campground was beautifully illuminated and a pleasure to see.

Perhaps the most exciting part of Christmas on the Campground is the Nativity Pageant, which requires more than two hundred Sunday school students in order to hold nine performances in three days,...

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