Seems like just a few days ago we were putting up the Chrismon tree and hanging the garland in the sanctuary! But today was the Second Sunday of Christmas – the next-to-last day in a twelve day season – and now Advent and Christmas are both behind us. Today was a busy day, filled with both finishing up and planning ahead.
After worship, we had a brief meeting with the congregational council, to make some final arrangements for the annual council retreat next weekend. From there we went on to a covered dish lunch with the Junior, Middle, and Senior Youth groups and their families. After short meetings, we moved into a frenzied time of taking down the Christmas decorations, packing them up, and cleaning in the sanctuary and fellowship hall. Before the afternoon was over, we also had a confirmation class!
There were certainly no dull moments between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm today – and we even missed the chance for fellowship with one of the circles. We also missed a last chance this morning to take photos of the sanctuary while it was filled with garland, the Chrismon tree, poinsettias, and the nativity set. Guess we’ll have to wait about 11 months for our next chance at those photos. In the meantime, the church looks ‘normal’ but strangely empty.
So now, we begin looking ahead – to Epiphany; to Lent and Easter; and with the council, to making plans for 2009 and beyond!