Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 21, 2021

01-06-21 Article

Happy New Year from BPUMC!  This photo was taken of my IPad from our Christmas Eve Service.

Article by Joyce L. Wiedrich

Holiday Greetings!  We recently had a drive through hot chocolate and cookies event at church on Christmas week.  An occasion for some distanced waves to our friends during this pandemic year.  We hope the next Christmas season will include more traditional hugs and greetings!

Christmas Eve service was all about listening to carols and to the traditional scriptures of the birth of Christ.  We had both in person and Zoom opportunities for worship.  We were left with the warm glow of our candles, and the songs of Silent Night, and Joy to the World.

Christmas Sunday was a special service filled with both music and the videos that Phil Pearce had compiled from the last six years of kids presentations of their Christmas skits.  It was so much fun to see them again, and see how the children have grown!

Many of us opened our greetings and notes from church friends on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  So warm and welcoming to hear from our church colleagues that we have not seen in quite a while.  We were able to put together Christmas baskets for local families, and many of us helped at the Living Well with lunch meals, and cookies. Some knit hats and mittens to keep folks warm. Others of us submitted recipes or put together a wonderful Advent Cookbook to share and enjoy.  

Wishing all a healthy and blessed New Year. Hopefully soon we will begin to receive Covid vaccines, and have the difficult times of staying home and staying put behind us, though even that had given us time for reflection and prioritization of daily events.  Thanks to all who contributed in efforts this year for Zoom church, limited church reopening,  new technology and innovations, recorded scripture readings, recorded small choral presentations, internet Bible Studies, drive-through gatherings, prayers, phone calls, and letter and card-writing that have kept us connected while apart. It certainly takes a congregation of many to accomplish this all. Finally, here’s to an even better 2021 from all of us at BPUMC!