First off, we will have a midnight Zoom service!! It will be an informal type of service that will be a chance for us all to be together at midnight to share in that special moment when Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day. Since I will not be visiting family during this time of Covid-19, it will be extra special to get to be with my church family for Christmas, and maybe many of you will be in a similar position? I’ve never attended a midnight Christmas Eve service before, so I’m especially looking forward to this experience with all of you!
We will still have a facebook streaming Christmas Eve service which will be more like our typical Christmas Eve service, and that will be streamed at 7pm.
Many of you may remember our “Reverse Advent Calendar” from last year…where we would bring a different type of item with us each Sunday to the service, such as school supplies, pet food, or canned food which was then donated to a specific organization. It’s called a reverse Advent calendar because instead of getting a little gift each day (which is how a typical Advent calendar works) we are giving a gift instead. So along with this idea, we will be hosting “drive-by” giving at our beautiful church building for about an hour each Sunday (details will be provided at a later date), where you can drive by to drop off your reverse Advent donations, see a few of your fellow church members, and even pick up a physical Communion (prepared in a Covid-19 safe way) and receive a blessing from Reverend Janet.
This will be a fun way to still bring us all together at the church while not all at the same time, staying safe and keeping a distance…while still being able to do something wonderful for the Austin community! I’m looking forward to seeing you all in person, even if it’s just for a short time and through a car window.
Those are just a few of the plans for the season, but I hope you feel as excited about them as I do! We will also be having asynchronous courtyard Christmas decorating…but we’ll announce more about that at a later time! Wishing you all the best, Mark