A few days after this edition of the Congregationalist gets to you, we will once again host one of our most popular and cherished annual traditions – the Advent Festival. On the afternoon and early evening of Sunday, December 4, our kids will have the chance to participate in a number of arts and crafts activities, share dinner, and then sing carols and decorate the Christmas tree in Patton Auditorium.
It is always a special event for them. And that is as it should be, since Christmas is a time for children. But in our desire to make the season as joyful as we can for our kids, let’s never lose sight of the fact that Christmas isn’t just for them. It is for our entire spiritual congregation. Which is why the Advent Festival is also intended to be multi- generational, with many of our adults leading the arts and craft activities, and the dinner and caroling being shared with parents and other adults. This Advent and Christmas though, I ask us all to consider placing a special emphasis on one particular part of our adult population – the senior members of the FCC community.
While the main character in the Christmas story is a child, seniors play important, but often unrecognized roles in it as well. Joseph, for instance, is believed by many scholars to have been an elderly man by the standards of that time and place. The wise men are considered to have very possibly been seniors as well. And then there are Simeon and Anna, two figures critical to an important episode right after Jesus’ birth, who were both clearly in their later years.
So during this season for children, let’s also consider making time to call; visit; bring a gift or take a senior member — within or outside the FCC community — out to shop or for lunch. As seniors played a significant part in the Christmas story, they have played, and continue to play, an indispensable and irreplaceable role in the FCC story.
Advent and Christmas Blessings, Mark