Well. The best-laid plans of mice and men, you know . . . I was going to make my December Daily posts as pictures as much as possible this month, but our camera has messed up twice this week and right now (I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon) we can't even get to the menu on it. It just says "camera error." So I'll be making regular old posts this month and throw in a picture here and there when I can. If you've planned to join me and were going to post pictures, please go ahead and do that. I'm hoping our camera will be fixed soon and I can switch to mostly pictures.
For this first day of December, I thought I'd share our plans for the month. December is always a busy month for a church. Here are the highlights for our month at Lions Gate Baptist Church:
December 5th - Ladies' Christmas Breakfast. This year we're going to treat ourselves to breakfast at a local restaurant . . . just food and fellowship!
December 12th, 19th, & 24th - Candy Cane and Tract distribution. We did this last year, and our people enjoyed it. We stand on various street corners in North Vancouver and had out free candy canes with tracts. We get various responses, from distrust to gratitude, and it gets the Gospel into the hands of many that we might not meet in another way.
December 13th - Christmas Cantata at Greater Vancouver Baptist Church. Last year this event kept getting postponed because of snow. Hopefully this year it will go on as scheduled! The folks at GVBC work hard every year to host a quality Christmas program, and we're never disappointed!
December 20th - My Sunday school children will be singing a special song, Happy Birthday to Jesus, immediately following the morning service. They are practicing each week and loving it. I can't wait to hear them sing for their parents!
December 24th - Christmas Eve at our house. We were planning to have a Christmas Eve service at our rec centre where we have our Sunday services, but they close at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. So we'll have it at our house during our normally scheduled Bible study time, but we'll sing carols and have testimonies and drink coffee and hot chocolate. We plan for this to be a time of sweet fellowship and reflection upon our Savior's birth!
December 31st - Our annual Pastor's Open House. This is our gift to our people. We fix lots of food and have everyone drop in throughout the evening just to fellowship. They come to our house every Thursday night for Bible study, but this is a time just for us to love on them a little bit.
Do you have a full and busy month coming up? What kinds of things does your church do to reach out to the community during Christmas?