Bethesda’s Annual Christmas Family Social will be on this coming Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 pm. The event is one of the highlights of our times together as a church family. It is also one of the many ways we celebrate Christmas at Bethesda. The Social will be a pot luck affair. Members are asked to bring a main course dish and either a salad or a dessert. The evening begins in the hall with dinner and ends in the sanctuary with other activities.
After dinner everyone is invited to go upstairs into the sanctuary. There we traditionally do three activities. One activity is decorating the Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with chrismons. These are symbols of the Christian faith. As the symbols are placed on the tree a child reads out its meaning. During the decorating of the tree, all join in singing Christmas carols. The evening concludes with the children receiving gifts. The gifts are Christmas tree decorations which carry the message of the Nativity of Christ. Over the years the children would have built up a personal collection of these decorations. The idea behind giving theses particular kinds of gifts is to give our children good childhood memories of Christmas in the church. Giving our children good experiences and good memories of the church are an important philosophy in our ministry.
We wish to thank Wilhelm von Seefried and Benjamin Liang for their generosity toward making these gifts possible. Also, we wish to thank Bonnie Hendrickson for buying these gifts, from as early as the first week in November, and wrapping them.
All of our members are invited and encouraged to come out and let us have an enjoyable time together as we celebrate Christmas as a church family. If you haven’t added your name to the sign-up sheet, please call the church to let us know you will be coming.