I am looking forward to the next few weeks at Resurrection Online. In two weeks we are going to be launching a refresh of the Resurrection Online web and mobile page at www.rezonline.org. This will allow you to register your attendance and give without opening a new window. It will also position us to begin development of additional opportunities to build community online that will launch in the first part of 2011.
My wife, Nicole, and I are expecting our first child next month. I am preparing to transition my week to week responsibilities to another staff person while I am on paternity leave. I will be away for 5 weeks after the birth of our child. Here are a few other events coming up in the month ahead at Resurrection Online.
This Advent, hear the Christmas story as you’ve never heard it before! We will retrace the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Christmas at Resurrection – December 12 at 7:30 PM at www.rezonline.org
“Christmas at Resurrection”, Kansas City’s MUST SEE Christmas musical event, is now in its 7th year. This delightful evening of music, drama, dance and pageantry features over 300 voices of children’s, youth, and adult choirs accompanied by our own 50 piece orchestra. This performance will leave you in the Christmas spirit like no other event in the area.
Candlelight Christmas Eve – December 23 at 8:00 PM; December 24 at 5:00 and 7:00 PM at www.rezonline.org
Candlelight Christmas Eve is one of my favorite worship services of the year. I hope that you will be able to join us in person or online.
Over the next few weeks, Nicole and I will have a chance to be with both our families of origin to celebrate. I want to share a few family traditions that I remember from growing up and some that continue today.
- Kris Kringling – A tradition in my family where we drew names at the beginning of Advent and did nice things for that person throughout the year. A few days before Christmas we would have a meal with special food – especially lil’ smokies and cheese curds – in which we would guess and reveal which person had been doing nice things for us throughout the season.
- Lighting the Advent wreath – For as long as I can remember, we have had an Advent wreath in our home and would light a candle each Sunday using the Upper Room Devotional as a guide. Nicole and I lit the fourth candle this past Sunday.
- Grab Bag – In addition to drawing names to give gifts among siblings and cousins, a grab bag would accompany the event. You might know this as yankee swap, dirty santa, white elephant, or some other variation. This is often the most anticipated part of the gathering. Here’s a tip: throwing in a bag of M&M’s makes nearly any worthless piece of junk an intriguing possibility to keep.
- Program Piece – Before you can receive your present, you would need to perform a program piece. When I was growing up, this was most often a musical number – piano or a few times trombone. My brother, Jonathan, is known for his magic tricks. Nicole and I are working up our program piece for this year.
The bottom line is that it is great to be with family.
Will you please share some of your family Christmas traditions?
Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent and I invite you to join me in a conspiracy…
An Advent Conspiracy…