Day 3: #LightTheWorld ~ Sabbath day

 

Today was the last day of the Montgomery Interfaith Nativity. My friends were singing this evening so after the Honey-do got home from Church we spent a few moments reflecting on the day, closed out our Fast Sunday with a prayer, quickly grabbed a bite to eat and then headed out the door.

We made it just in time to support our dear friends, Lana and her Grandpa Marty, singing at 5:30 p.m. They were wonderful and absolutely charming together. It was lovely to see them, as family, working in harmony to share the Spirit of Christmas with the Interfaith community.

Then we stayed for the next performance by the Christmas Trio, a women’s trio, who sang several Christmas lullabyes.

We made it home in time to feed the dogs and watch the Christmas Devotional from home. What a lovely Sabbath day of worship through music and the spoken word.

 

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Day 1: #LightTheWorld Freely Give

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One thing that I really love about volunteering as a hostess at the Montgomery INTERFAITH Nativity Exhibit is meeting the people who attend the event. It always is fun to watch those who hunt for the Nativity set they freely share with the community. And it is especially fun to ask them to tell their story about their Nativity set. The stories are as varied as the sets on display. Some are whimsical, some surprising, charming, delightful, and some are deeply moving and sentimentally wonderful.

IMG_9514Let us begin with the ceramic piece that is about 30 years old. Two daughters came with a friend and shared how their mother used to do ceramics on the table at their house. They spoke so tenderly on how this particular piece was loving made by their mother. They giggled recalling how their father could not stand the dinner table being covered with mother’s crafts and how they eventually would take things to the shop where mother would finish an item. 

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The woman who owns the painted Nativity wall hanging was with the aforementioned sisters. She is the Godmother to one of the sister’s daughter. You should have seen the pride and joy on her face as she lovingly spoke of that daughter’s Nativity gift to her.

Carved by a rice farmer in Laos, the man made several Nativity Sets and sold them to many Americans he knew through a church connection. He used the money to help pay for his children’s education.

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The woman who owns the lovely snow globe got it from Cracker Barrell for nine dollars about eight or nine years ago. Nine dollars! A battery in the base provides the energy needed to move the snow around in the globe! How cool is that! Elegant, inexpensive and practical so those little hands in her home do not have to shake it to see it snow.

Some of my favorite conversations come from sharing these stories with others at the exhibit. Their reactions to these stories are priceless. It is as though I can see the lightbulb pop up over their heads, and see the wheels spinning in their heads. Sometimes they share a creative thought, or they get excited to seek out Nativity sets in places they never thought of before. But my favorite responses are always those jogged memories that lead to visitors sharing a personal history story.

Personal history stories are a great way to #LightTheWorld. And it easily begins with simple things like a babe, laying in a manger in a Nativity exhibit. 

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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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Upcoming: Montgomery INTERFAITH Nativity

Here is what you need to know now: We are off and running! 

VOLUNTEERS from the Faith Community share their Navivity Sets with the public for one week’s time. (See Saturday, November 18th.)

Volunteers help with the pre-display set-up, registration of the Nativities, and the take-down and clean-up of the event. Volunteer musical performances take place every hour with everything from vocal solos to bell ringers to ukulele players. Last year there was a  group with bagpipe players and drums and they were marvelous. 

So here is the rest of what you need to know, for now:

Monday, November 13th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Nativity Setup begins daily through Monday, November 27th. 
  • Approximately 6-8 Volunteers, with irons and ironing boards are needed daily.  

Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Nativity Check-in begins. 
  • Children’s Art Submission begins. 

Monday, November 20th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Nativity Check-in continues.
  • Children’s Art Submission continue. 
  • Nativity Designers begin daily through Monday, November 27th.

Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th ~ Thanksgiving… nothing on these two days but….

  • Final preparations will take place on Saturday and Monday, November 25th & 27th as needed.

TAKE DOWN BEGINS MONDAY DECEMBER 4th and runs through the 6th so I will post more about that later for several volunteers are needed then too!

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Deadlines and dead tired

It has been a weekend of excitement. It all began Friday with our Capitol Ward Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off. There were a few hiccups along the way but over all I think it turned out just fine. The Primary organization was in charge. Here is the overview of the event. 

Who: Ward Members and Invited Friends 

When: Friday, 20 October, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Cultural Hall & PreEvent Rooms for Gathering Time (a Cub Scout thing)

Why: What do we want to have happen as a result of this event? 

From the October 1996 Ensign: I Have a Question (Questions of general interest answered for guidance, not as official statements of Church policy)

But as we gauge our behavior by the light of scriptures and modern revelation, we can set a proper example for our children and others as we heed the Lord’s admonition to “chase darkness from among [us]” (D&C 50:25).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

5:30 p.m. Building open for those last minute room decorators and event set up.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Gathering Time as we wait for people to show up.~ Rooms with Games and or with Candy Givers 

6:15-6:30 p.m.   The Dessert/Cake Walk begins. ~ Donated Dessert Goods 

6:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer ~ Chili Judges go first. And then let dinner begin.  

7:30 p.m. Cook Off Winners Announced and Closing Prayer

7:30-ish p.m. Clean Up

8:00 p.m. Everything locked up.

We cannot do Trunk or Treat because our building is in a rough area of town. Having the Gathering Time by having individuals sign up to host a game and candy room worked well for the children had burned off some energy before sitting down for dinner. The adults could enjoy dinner and conversing with one another without the children clamoring to play and get candy as it was already there in their bags for dessert.

The event ran a little late in some areas but over all it did not make a difference in getting out on time. Everyone pitched in to clean up well before locking down the building.

Today was a recovery day. I woke up with a bit of a scratchy throat and a slight headache leftover from last night, probably picked up from my poor little Charlie R., who was so ill on Thursday and slightly recovering Friday. I 

Today I had a lot to get done. There were emails about the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity to get out and then on to finish getting the Primary children’s parts printed out for 2017 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation. That happens on Sunday, November 12th. Plus today was a day to get all of the laundry done, too.

Then, of course, here I am having put off writing until the next day because I got lost with so many other things that took a higher priority. Hence, this is where I apologize for all grammatical and spelling errors. My Honey-do-proofer is sleeping already.

It is all good. At least I wrote a little something today. It does not have to be perfect. 

Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.  

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Trying to learn a song in French

I am pretty nervous and excited about the opportunity to sing on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. for the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity in Montgomery, Alabama. My friend, Tina Gann, has graciously agreed to accompany me. She is a fabulous accompanist and quite the accomplished pianist. We will be getting together this week to talk about our twenty minute musical lineup.

One of my favorite songs we are definitely performing is Gesu Bambino, text by Frederick Herman Martens, music by Piertro Alessandro Yon, and edited by Charles J. Cardin.

Another song I want to sing is Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabelle however I would love to learn it in French as originally published, Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle. 

Today I have been listening to two different YouTube versions of the song in order to translate the French phonetically so I can learn the pronunciation. Then, I will have my French-American CrossFit Coach Charles help me make any final corrections to my pronunciation before I commit it all to memory.

Pretty amazing technology. And how cool is that to have a native French speaking CrossFit Coach to help me in the middle of Alabama? 

Awesome I tell ya! Simply Awesome.

And it will truly be Christmas miracle awesome if I can learn it in French over the next few weeks! 

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