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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: First Christian Church hosts Advent Fest

  • A series of special activities, called Advent Fest, kicked off Wednesday evening at the First Christian Church and will continue from Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.



    “We start out by meeting at 6 p.m. for a soup supper with desserts,” said Nola Coltharp, one of the organizers. Then we have a devotion and an event of some kind.”

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  • A series of special activities, called Advent Fest, kicked off Wednesday evening at the First Christian Church and will continue from Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.
    “We start out by meeting at 6 p.m. for a soup supper with desserts,” said Nola Coltharp, one of the organizers. Then we have a devotion and an event of some kind.”
    For the first session Wednesday those attending made some ornaments, decorations for the fellowship hall and classroom doors, etc.
    “We had activities suitable for everyone from our oldest members to the little children,” Coltharp said.
    Carolyn Allmond said they also did a Jesse Tree, which takes its name from Isaiah 11:1 and is intended to connect the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across 4,000 years of history.
    “It’s just a dead branch that you decorate with symbols representing stories Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, David, Samuel and other things to remind us of the Old Testament and the New Testament,” Allmond said. “We’re also encouraging parents to have family devotionals with a Jesse Tree.”
    Also a part of the Advent celebration are new Chrismons created by members of the Mary/Martha women’s group for the tree in the church sanctuary. Symbols include crosses, the alpha and omega and the chalice with a cross. Chrismons are always white and gold, with white symbolizing the liturgical color of the church as well as the perfection and purity of Jesus, while the gold symbolizes God’s majesty and glory.
    “These are made of bead work on white felt and they are gorgeous,” Allmond said. “They started working on these in March.”
    Coltharp said that the Dec. 5 session, also starting with a soup supper at 6 p.m., will be devoted to creating homemade gifts.
    “People can make spiced tea mix and brownie mix,” she said.
    “We’re also doing homemade Play Doh and Slime,” Allmond said. “People can also do gift coupons, promising family and friends services, like free babysitting or leaf raking.”
    Coltharp said some Christmas cards will also be made to give out when members and friends go caroling on Dec. 19.
    “On Dec. 12 we’ll have movie night, and we’ll probably have two or three holiday movies going on screens around the church, something appropriate for all age groups,” Coltharp said. “We’ll be serving some non-messy snacks.”
    The fourth and final session on Dec. 19 will be the caroling for residents at nearby care facilities and a cookie exchange.
    “Each person is supposed to bring three dozen cookies,” Allmond said. “You leave one dozen and take home two dozen of somebody else’s cookies.”
    The cookies that are left will also be given out when the group goes caroling at the rest homes.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We thought we’d like to do something new this year, something to bring us together,” Coltharp said. “I also like to try other people’s cookies.”
    She said that Advent Fest activities will be open to the community, not just to First Christian Church members.
    “People are welcome to come out and share with us,” Coltharp said. “We’ll have plenty of soup.”
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