Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Just as with Thanksgiving this year, Christmas celebrations are going to be different due to the pandemic. The one thing I find myself really missing is the Christmas choir. I love Christmas music and for the past 18 years, or so, I have spent my fall as part of the choir practicing for a “big performance.”

As a kid, I remember conducting the Christmas choir in my living room throughout the month of December. Well, I felt like I was conducting it. After the Christmas tree was decorated and the Christmas LPs (or long play records) were put out for the season; I would turn the tree lights on, start up the phonograph and conduct all the ornaments on the tree (many of them fashioned after carolers on a cold Christmas night) in numerous Christmas selections. Every so often we would pause briefly for a section critique – my basses tended to sound a bit flat at times - but mostly we just sang and sang for what seemed like hours. Occasionally, my slightly younger sister, Nancy, would join me and she would conduct half of the choir while I conducted the other half. It was wonderful!

I recently was reading the account of the angel appearing before the shepherds in Luke 2:8-14. The shepherds had been resting in the field overnight with their sheep when suddenly the night sky lit up with a beautiful glow and an angel appeared to them announcing the amazing birth of Jesus, their Savior. Once the angel shared the news, the scripture says that “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’”

They were the first Christmas choir! I can imagine the beauty of their voices as they sang praises to God that Christmas night. I can also envision the shepherds, shivering from the cool night air, but also the amazement and fear of what they were seeing and hearing about this wonderful miracle.

This Christmas, even though we will have to put some of our traditions aside, let’s determine to not be “humbugs,” but instead raise our hands and hearts in absolute praise to our Heavenly Father for His never-ending love and care for us. Let’s remember the real reason for the season—Jesus—and the wonderful gift of life that He gave each one of us. Hallelujah everyone, our King is Born!
This Week

We are collecting nonperishable food for our ministry partner the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank who provide groceries to hundreds of people each week. With so many still out of work, the need is great!

You can drop off your grocery donations 9-4 all week long.

Drop off food under the Portico in the grey tote by the west side doors.
You can also call Nelson and Bev Schmidt and they will come by and pick them up from you. Call 916-872-4711.

Reach Out to Your Neighbors Using the Food Drive!
This is a way to introduce others to our church.

Many are willing to support a project that helps those in need. Invite your neighbors to participate in our Christmas Food Drive. Use the link below to get a flyer you can pass around to your neighbors, or create your own flyer. Once you collect your neighborhood donations, you can deliver them to the church or to Nelson and Bev Schmidt's house, 7605 Timberose in Sun City. Or, call them and they'll come by and pick up them up.

To download a flyer you can print and hand out CLICK HERE. Add the day and time you will pick up groceries and put your name and address at the bottom and possibly your phone number. Afterwards, be sure to thank those who participated with you in this important drive.
with our own Wyley Wilkin
performing in several songs

featuring a duet with
Wyley and Lyndsay!

partially recorded at PGCC

Thursday or Friday
December 17 or 18
7:30 PM

How to Watch the Show
Visit www.rsvpchoir.org on show night
Then, click the link to your preferred viewing platform either
YouTube or Facebook
Sing along as loud as you like!
Christmas Concert

Friday, December 18
7:00 PM

How to Watch the Show
On show night, go to www.jessupmusic.com
and follow the instructions

Hear your favorite Christmas classics
Bringing Home the Yule Tree
by Yvonne Hogan
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CLOSED on the Mondays after Christmas and New Year's

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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
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