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Christmas Program 2013: Part 3

Whew!  We did it!

Our Family Event was a great success!  We had so much fun and I wasn't stressed or running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.  That's always nice.

Don't get me wrong I was busy, but since I had things previously organized, it was a breeze.  I even had a few minutes to sit down and chat!  Yeah!

I don't have a single picture of my "done" list (I don't even know where it is!), my cute gifts I made for the leaders, or anyone doing anything!  I was just too busy to think of it, which is why I farmed out the photography to two young ladies in our congregation who are into photography.  They took tons of great pictures and we even had a family photo booth during the cast party.  I won't be able to share them all here because of privacy protection, but hopefully there will be a few that I can share over the next few days.

Anyway, here's how the evening went:

It started at 3:00 PM for me.  My son and our student pastor set tables and chairs in the rooms being used.

I set up the registration area.

I go to each room and hang the scene poster on the door, put a plastic table cloth on the table and set the craft supplies out for each group and made sure they have a trash can and a way to play their CD for practice.

Time to get the props to the stage.

I spend a little time printing and attaching labels for a gift I made for the leaders.

4:40 PM My son and I grab a quick burger.  I knew I wouldn't make it until 8 or 9 without eating!

Spend a few minutes visiting with my friend who helped get the craft/props ready. Thank you Tiffany!!!!

5:30 PM Meet with scene leaders for last minute instructions, questions and prayer.

6:20-6:30 PM Families are arriving and are sent to their scenes and the fun begins!

7:15 PM Can you believe it?  Everyone is headed to the sanctuary on time.  (Is that a record???)

7:25 PM The "Play" begins.

HILARIOUS!  If you've never tried Group's Instant Christmas Plays you really should.  They are such a blast!


Everyone heads into the fellowship hall for the "Cast Party".  I never saw so many sweets in my life!  The photographers have a photo booth set up and it's lots of fun.  Everyone enjoys fellowship and spending time together.

I love my church. :)

Lord, I thank you so much for providing for me.  You sent your son to die for me, for all of us and that is just about the most amazing thing I've ever heard. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve You in these amazing and fun ways!  I know I don't deserve it but my heart swells with joy because of it.  Be glorified in everything I do!
In Jesus' name - AMEN





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