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Dear Parents,

Advent can be overshadowed by so many things—few of which deal with the birth of the holy child Jesus. Even something clearly focused on Christmas like a children’s pageant can add to seasonal stress. In order to keep the pageant a time of joy (not dread), our 2017 Pageant, “Surprise in the Manger,” will be very low key—a sacred story, not an extravaganza.

The pageant will Dec. 17th, with children arriving at 8:30am for costume changes, mic checks for those with speaking parts, and of course, bathroom breaks.

The worship service which includes the pageant will take place in the Parish Hall beginning at 9am and conclude before the 10:30 service, including a time for refreshments.

We will have two rehearsals starting at 9:30am on Dec. 3 and 10. Rehearsals will be carefree, but they are very necessary for your child to feel comfortable in leading worship.

In addition, we ask children to be in the Parish Hall at 9:30am promptly to rehearse the first verse of "Silent Night" (which is included in the pageant). Sharing their voices is a way even the youngest can serve their church.

If your child will be comfortable reading a short paragraph, please let me know ASAP so I can get a printed copy to you. If you can help—dressing kids in costumes or just in waiting their turn, please let me know. PLEASE volunteer as you are able to return the “stage” to its home following the pageant. Our parish hall serves many functions. We also need cookie bakers for our celebration at the end of the pageant.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Advent is intended to be a holy, mysterious time of waiting. I wish you an Advent that is full of unexpected quiet and holy moments.

In Christmas Joy,