13 Dec. Pennings
By Mrs. Ann Arndt
What is your favorite book or movie, and how many times have you read or seen it? My favorite book was “Huckleberry Finn,” and I’ve probably read it 15 times. My favorite movie years ago was “The Sound of Music,” and by the time I reached adulthood, I probably saw it nine or ten times. However, I probably won’t read the book or see the movie in its entirety again, as I know the story, I’ve seen it many times, and I’m not ready to hear it again. Enough is finally enough!
However, how about the Christmas story? I’ve probably heard it at least 500 times, and I’m ready to hear it again. I certainly wouldn’t hear or see my favorite books or movies that many times! And yet, every year when I hear the Christmas story over and over, told by the children, pastors, family members, and friends, it strikes me as wonderful, refreshing, exciting, and comforting, even after 500 times! The setting is the same, the plot doesn’t change, and the characters are the same. Nothing about the story has changed in over 2000 years, and yet people all over the world listen to it every year! It must be quite a story!
However, it isn’t just a story, is it? It is a true account of our Savior’s birth. In it lies a promise for each of us, one that doesn’t get old or boring. It is the fact that God loved the world so much He sent His only Son to be our Savior. The story bears the best gift of all, one that will never break or get outdated. It’s a gift we can share and still keep for ourselves!
In some schools, public schools, they cannot even mention the word Christmas. Thank God for our Lutheran school and other Christian schools where the real meaning of Christmas can be told over and over again.
AND, speaking of hearing the real meaning of Christmas, please attend our annual Christmas program where you will hear the children tell the story that they know so well. They will tell you this story with enthusiasm and clarity! TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 6:30 PM!
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM “NUTS AND BOLTS”
December 20, 6:30 pm
6:10 pm – Doors Open
6:15 pm – Children meet in their classrooms
6:30 pm – Program begins
After the program, the children in grades K-6 will go back to their classrooms, and parents will pick up their children FROM THEIR CLASSROOM. Students in grades 7/8 will remain in the gym to help put chairs, props, etc. away.
Any help after the program putting chairs, stage, and bleachers away will be greatly appreciated!