December 23, 2020
Christmas Greetings to You, my beloved FPC Friend,
The big day is upon us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Please plan to celebrate with us the arrival of the newborn King Jesus. Advance assignment: Would you pick up your phone or start typing on your computer to invite your friends and family members to join with you in the worship? We would love them to attend in person here in Kerrville or alternatively to do so via live-stream (which is just as “Live” in Germany or Jamaica, in Pakistan or Peru, as it is here in the Texas Hill Country).
Yes, you are cordially invited to join us in worship this Christmas Eve, whether in the sanctuary of your home or in the congregational sanctuary at 100 Jefferson Street. Gathering together for the carols, communion and candle-lighting will be a joy! However, out of due caution, please keep in mind that the church sanctuary location is not for everybody at this time.
- only for those who are in good health – no symptoms of COVID or any other illness;
- only for those who are at low risk for being infected by the virus (having no-pre-existing conditions; not elevated in age);
- only for those completely comfortable with being in such an environment; and
- only for those willing and able to comply with strict protocols.
If you are able and wishing to attend, please observe the following protocols:
1. REGISTER RIGHT AWAY to reserve seats you will need. We are limiting to 100 in attendance. Call or email the church office: 830-257-3310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. We will open the sanctuary doors at 6:45 pm. Please arrive no later than 7:10 in order to enjoy the pre-service preludial music of Dr. Sabrina Adrian at the organ and to avoid crowding in the narthex.
3. Please arrive wearing a mask. Mask-wearing is required at all times inside the building. The only exceptions will be temporarily for the speakers and singers leading the service.
4. The only open doors will be the sanctuary main doors and the wheelchair accessible entrance on the Washington Street side parking lot. Doors are to be opened by the ushers only to reduce potential risks to our congregation.
5. We will not provide nursery care for children.
6. If you need to use the restroom, please do so on entry. Due to virus spread potential, only one person will be allowed in the restroom at a time. If during worship the restroom calls, please do not walk over your pew neighbors (walk another direction).
7. Please take sealed, individually prepackaged Communion elements located as you enter the narthex.
8. Bulletins will be handed out by the ushers. The pew Bibles and Hymnals are available for use.
9. An usher will guide you and/or your family/group to a pew seat. The seating areas will have been carefully marked off in advance to ensure safe social distancing between non-family groups.
10. No plates will be passed during the offertory. Baskets will be available in the narthex on exit.
11. Handshakes, hugs, and holy kisses could spread the virus, so they too should not be offered. Winks, nods, and other virtual greetings are greatly encouraged.
If any of the above issues prevents you from attending in-person, please tune in to the live streaming CAROLS and COMMUNION services by tuning to www.fpckerrville.org.
- FAMILY SERVICE 5:00 (Especially for Children)
I will share a musical Christmas message with dozens of our children for
you to “overhear” online.
- TRADITIONAL LESSONS AND CAROLS SERVICE: 7:10/7:30 p.m.
It begins at 7:10 p.m. with 20 minutes of seasonal preludial music by our concert organist Dr. Sabrina Adrian followed by the service-proper beginning a 7:30 p.m. I will be presenting a homily, “What Child is This … According to Paul?”
If the timing of either service does not match your schedule, you can tune into the website at anytime afterwards through the holiday season to watch the recorded version of the service. Do prepare ahead of time:
- Prepare communion elements: Bread or crackers to break and eat; and juice or wine to drink.
- Prepare for the candle-lighting: Candle(s) to light and lighter/matches for lighting.
Finally, if you have any friends in the church who do not receive these congregation-wide emails, please call them to pass this information to them.
May every Christmas grace
...fill your heart and home
...in this season
...and in the year to come.
Pastor Jack Haberer