A Special Country Christmas Performance

Howdy! It’s that time of year again when we get to invite each and every one of you to our Special Needs Christmas Program on Sunday, December 3, at 6:00pm in the Worship Center. We are looking forward to sharing our “Country Christmas” with you.

All of our students and amazing volunteers have been practicing for weeks, anxiously awaiting the night they get to step on stage and share their individual gifts and skills. Our For God’s Glory group began practicing for Christmas all the way back in August, and they are looking forward to presenting the wonderful Christmas message through song and dance. When I asked a few of our students why they participate in the Christmas program, their responses were “for God,” “to bring all my friends,” and “to tell people about Jesus who don’t already know Him.”

My heart fills with so much joy when I get to see our students with all different abilities, actively taking part in the body of the church, being the hands and feet of Christ. Our families and church community have the opportunity to encourage and help these students be the hands and feet by inviting friends and family to this Christmas program who haven’t made that personal decision yet to follow Christ. We have one student who invites his doctor to our program every year and she continues to attend to support him. We don’t know if she has a personal relationship with Christ yet, but we fully believe that this outreach event is putting that seed in her heart year after year. We have another student who invited 100 guests last year alone. He told us he plans to invite even more this year!

It’s such a blessing for our students to get the opportunity to share Jesus’ birth with all who attend. We hope this program opens the door for each of you to share who Jesus is in your life with your friends, family and neighbors. As a ministry, we will be praying for the conversations you may have this holiday season and for hearts to be transformed.

This year you can expect to see cookies, cowboy boots, puppets, line dancing, a “sweet” magic trick, and of course, the unexpected. All ages are welcome to attend. Our Christmas program director, Kathy Vincent, has come up with a beautiful way for our students to display the nativity with a modern feel, hoping to touch the hearts of those who have never heard the true Christmas story. We hope to see you all on Sunday, December 3!

Alise Ramseyer
Special Needs Associate


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