Day 7: #LightTheWorld with Music

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When my little Charlie R. was born I did not meet him right away. But when meeting him a couple of weeks later and I got to hold him, one of the first things I did was sing to him.

That little bundle has become a big bundle of delightful joy. My little Wall Ball. He is almost 17 months old and I am still singing him to sleep with the very first lullaby I ever sang to him. 

Now it is Christmas time. He is old enough to absorb the wonderful time of year that it is. He loves music. He loves to break out into a dance when he hears something he likes playing.

It is a great time of year to play and sing fun songs, songs of joy, and songs of hope to light the world with His Glory.

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#LightTheWorld 2017: #LetThereBeLight

It was a great way to celebrate Christmas last year

 

 

and so we plan to do it again this year!

 

If you have not yet seen Kevin and Sam Sorbo’s movie, Let There Be Light, please make it part of your holiday celebration for Thanksgiving as a kickstarter to get you into the Christmas Spirit of serving others. 

PLEASE REMEMBER THE MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT!

  1. If you have a nativity that you would kindly share with the Interfaith Community register online here. Drop off is Saturday and Monday!
  2. The Children’s Art Contest drop off is also this Saturday and Monday. Download your entry here. 
  3. Please, come share the joy in this season of hope and miracles. Be the light that draws not just children, but all unto Christ.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS: Montgomery INTERFAITH Christmas Nativity

There is so much going on in preparation for the Montgomery INTERFAITH Christmas Nativity this year. Volunteers put in a few hundred man-hours to prepare for this spectacular one week exhibit. 

If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 13 years then please have them join in the Christmas Art Contest. The artwork can be submitted on Saturday, November 18 between 10 a.m.  and 4 p.m. or on Monday, November 20 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The entry is free! KidsArtContest2017_letter_2pages-2

SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, November 29,2017

~ from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.~ The Exhibit opens to the Public

THURSDAY, November 30,2017

~ from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. ~ Seniors & Veterans Special Program

SUNDAY, December 30,2017

~ beginning at 3 p.m. ~ The Children’s Art Award

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The CSMP – part two

It has been an exciting few weeks preparing for the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation. Every child has a speaking part. They will also be singing. Not all have been to rehearsals and there are significant challenges to moving little ones into place to keep things going so the service ends on time. It will be a challenge. And yet, it is going to be just fine. 

The congregation has fasted and prayed for these wonderful children. The member of the Bishopric over the Primary auxiliary offered a lovely prayer with a blessing to be upon them. 

The children were invited to say their parts three times in a row every day this week in preparation for this Sunday, and to prayerfully ask Heavenly Father to bless them, to help them remember the words they are to speak to the best of their ability.

Now there is little left to do. Just:

  1.  Make sure the chapel seating is in order for the children to be in their places bright and early Sunday morning prior to the service and
  2. Continue in prayer for this experience to be one of reverence, of devotion and to be a great testimony builder regarding the constant need to draw upon the Powers of Heaven, thereby blessing the speakers and the listeners so all may be lifted and edified by the Holy Spirit. 

 

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Never too early for Christmas decor

There are folks who think nothing of Christmas should be seen before Halloween, but I say BRING IT ON! I love the Christmas decor, especially in the South where the seasons are not as obvious as they are up North. Of course I understand the commercialism side of not wanting to see the decor up too soon. However, knowing what the real meaning of Christmas is, it makes me ever so happy the moment the first of the fake trees or decorations or wrapping paper or whatever appears! Especially Music!

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Having a ton of decorations all over my house is not my thing. I have several Nativity sets that I love to display. Normally I have them in my hutch for display year round. Last year we moved to a smaller place in another state so I only have one out now and use the rest of the space to store all of my dishes, flatware, and glassware.

That reminds me to put in a plug for the MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT  this year. It was so lovely last year. It was my first time attending the display. This year should really be lovely as members from many congregations bring their Nativity sets to share with the Montgomery community. It is an incredible display of unity where we can demonstrate that we truly are of one heart and one mind in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The photos below are some I took from last year’s event where I volunteered to be a hostess for a few sessions. Definitely, I will be volunteering as a hostess again this year and look forward to doing so with great anticipation.

The Music Event Coordinator, my dear friend Stephanie Ladner, invited me to sing for a twenty minute segment. That is a long stretch for me as a soloist. She smiled and said she would take fifteen if I was willing.

IF I say (teeth chattering) Yes, it will probably only be for fifteen because twenty is a long time. #LookingUpSheetMusicNow 

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