Spreading Christmas Joy

The weekend is in full swing, and it is a delight to see the Lord’s blessings. Yesterday went quickly, with preparations for caroling and Walk Through Bethlehem.

Anna Marie helped me in the morning with cards for caroling treats. Joshua came with her and played with Aunt Mary (and watched Mommy and Aunt Sarah making cards) before taking his nap at our house. Another practice session ensued for the members of our group as they ran through their songs again.

Mid-afternoon, most went to set up, while Mom and Anna Marie baked poppy seed loaves for caroling treats. Set up went smoothly, and a little after 4, everyone headed home for Bible time and a light dinner.

We arrived at the church before 6:30. I stood in the back most of the time (with my camera :-)), and it was a delight to hear the full version of what Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary have practiced the last few weeks. Their countenances’ truly reflect the Lord Jesus’ love. In between, they shared personal testimonies. There was a steady stream of new people entering the sanctuary, as they waited their turn to “walk through Bethlehem.” We’ll be taking our Walk Through Bethlehem tour tonight, before or after music, so I’ll share some pictures of that later, Lord willing.

Marveling in God’s Amazing Grace,

Don’t you love that blonde fuzz that sticks straight up?!
Cards ready to be heat-embossed.

It was so sweet to see some elderly there.

The little girls sang with their aunts.

Joshua and Grandpa

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
Luke 2:15 

8 thoughts on “Spreading Christmas Joy”

  1. Dear Sarah and Family,

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures! We LOVE the one of Joshua with his grandpa…..that will definitely be a family favorite! How nice that you do caroling and gift giving for your neighbors!
    Wish we could attend the church event and see your family!

    May God bless your weekend as you celebrate His first coming!

    With love and blessings from NJ

    Lisa and Hannah and Family

  2. I make your poppy seed loafs every year for our neighbors. Do you leave them in the tin pans to give away?

  3. Sounds like a busy–yet wonderful–weekend. 🙂 I’m sure the elderly folks who attended the program really enjoyed it, as well as others too. ~ Love all these photos (especially the ones showing Joshua–what a DOLL). Also Bethany and Abigail singing with the Aunts is precious. 🙂
    Enjoy the caroling on Sunday night (I’m sure your neighbors will enjoy hearing you all!).
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  4. I agree that the photo of Joshua and his grandpa is truly delightful. This is the first year that I have followed your Christmas traditions of caroling, baking and card making and I am encouraged by the way in which you share your love of our Lord in all these endeavors. Thank you all for your ministry.

    With love, Cate N.

  5. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Joshua is cute. Poppy seed loaves sound so good. I like the red/black/white or gray coordinates Anna and Mary are wearing. I’m sure the little girls singing was a delight. Can’t wait to see more.

    God bless. Rebecca K.

  6. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas activities. The little ones are so cute!

    The Christmas card is pretty. Would you please consider a how to emboss cards blog post?
    will do

  7. I loved the pictures. The one of Grandpa and Joshua is utterly precious!!! Joshua will cherish that in years to come. Thank you for taking the time to post, despite your busy schedule. Although I usually don’t take the time to comment, I do enjoy reading your blog very much and find it encouraging and uplifting.

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