Senior Blanket Presentation

Senior Blanket Presentation

These Graduating Seniors all have a different Faith Story to tell.  Some of these young adults recently came to Faith and were welcomed.  Some of them grew up fully in Faith Presbyterian, starting with an announcement of birth congratulations and notification to the congregation.  Members of the congregation surrounded each family and the newborn child with love and prayers.  Faith members volunteered to teach them in Junior Worship (now Godly Play), telling them Bible stories, encouraging the kids to share ideas and use creativity in response to the lesson. As kids, they were mentored and loved by the table parents at Wednesday Logos.  Various members of the church took time to have serious conversations about school, interests, and faith with them as they continued to grow.  Some folks stepped forward to teach them in Sunday School, relating stories from the Bible, encouraging questions and discussion.  Members served as Confirmation mentors, helping to stretch their understanding, encouraging questions, and working side by side with these growing youth.  Adults stepped forward to serve as youth group sponsors, giving time, energy, and humor to wrap these students with love during fellowship times, service times, and trips out of the state for conferences and mission trips.  Members step forward to thank these students for what they shared during Youth Sunday whether the student presented from the lectern, served as an usher, provided “coffee fellowship,” or presented special music.  Members of the congregation have prayed for these youth and their families, provided assistance as needed, shared fellowship and love.  Today, as one additional act of love out of the many, each student is presented...
Hymn Stories: Silent Night

Hymn Stories: Silent Night

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1818, in a tiny village high in the Austrian Alps, Joseph Mohr, the local Catholic priest, wrote some appropriate stanzas for the season.  The church pipe organ had given out and could not be repaired in time for that evening, so the church organist, Franz Gruber, wrote a simple tune, setting the words for a tenor, a bass and two guitars.  That very evening, at the midnight service, “Silent Night” was heard for the first time.  The song soon made its way beyond the town of Oberdorf, but anonymously, without mention of composer or poet.  Until the 1850s, neither Gruber nor Mohr, living in their remote village, knew that their song was rapidly becoming the most beloved piece of Christmas music ever written. [Merry Christmas Songbook...