Rev Furrer, preaching on the evolution of the mythic figure we all know as Santa Claus.
Please join us on Zoom for a virtual gathering to celebrate the return of the sun on the longest night of the year. This is a beloved East Shore tradition going back decades, but we have to do it differently this year. We will have worship, ritual, music, and stories, and are considering ideas for a virtual circle dance. This is a family friendly service. All are welcome to attend remotely. This year the celebrants will be live in our beloved sanctuary once again. This is the fifteenth year that the Struble family has participated in the Winter Solstice service and we hope to make it a blessed celebration to start off the new year on the wheel of the year.
Our 4:00 Christmas Eve service will be an in-person, outside event. The church and grounds will be decorated for the holidays, and we will have seats, outdoor heaters and canopies set up in case there is rain. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly (and to remain masked.) The East Shore Mighty Choir will sing several holiday songs, and the gathered congregation will sing a number of Christmas carols together. Reverend Furrer will preside with a holiday message, and Director of Music Eric Lane Barnes will lead us all in song. There will also be a surprise musical guest for the 4:00 service.
Our 7:00 Christmas Eve service will be online over Zoom. The sanctuary will be festooned with garland and candles, and Reverend Furrer will deliver his Christmas message from the sanctuary pulpit. Musical guests Brenda David and Paul Rosenberg together with Director of Music Eric Lane Barnes will sing holiday favorites in beautiful three-part harmony.