Dear Shades Crest,
I’m still reflecting on The Christmas Gift, our 2014 Christmas Celebration. Being a music minister is such a privilege. Leading people to moments when collectively they achieve something they could never replicate as an individual is a humbling privilege. Oh, the joys of choral and orchestral music! And, to do it all for God’s glory – what a gift!
Thanks, everyone, for your cooperation. I owe a word of appreciation to the singers, accompanists, instrumentalists, handbell ringers, cast, host and coordinators of various areas for their hard work. To God be the glory for all that we were able to do this past weekend!
A program such as the one we presented requires a lot of work done behind the scenes by a large number of people. I’m tremendously thankful for our media/tech team, ushers/greeters, costume and decoration coordinators… everyone, I mean, everyone. Please know that your work does not go unnoticed. Also, what can we say about the Family Funland? The activities and the refreshments provided an amazing atmosphere for fellowship. Many thanks to all once again.
I’m not sure how many hours of work and rehearsal are involved in the preparation of a program like this, but I do know that it’s wonderful we can do it. We’re blessed with so many talents at Shades Crest that we feel compelled to employ them for the glory of the Lord. We are so thrilled, that we want to bring an offering of worship to Him through our service.
Lene and I wish we could be home for Christmas. We’d love to celebrate the birth of our Savior with our families in Brazil. However, in one sense, we will be home for Christmas, because Hoover is our new home. We thank you, church, for showering us with love and being always so welcoming. We’re humbled to be called to serve among you.
God bless us, everyone.
In Him, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us,
Minister of Music and Worship