Post written by Senior Communications Director Jo Ellen Druelinger

Even in this crazy year, God is doing great things among us -– and while most don’t get to see all that happens on a regular Tuesday at Christ Church, it is often way more than we know. Such was the case on December 15, 2020 as the generosity of Christ Church was on full display, and it was an experience worth sharing. 

First, staff members were invited to a ‘stop by’ Christmas party where CFO Jay Phebus dressed in full Santa costume handed out love offering gifts to each staff member along with delicious individually boxed treats. With air hugs, elbow bumps and masked faces, the staff enjoyed a quick glimpse of their teammates and are grateful for the gifts.

Next, the Lamplighters class hosted a surprise commemorative ceremony honoring Dr. Jim Eoff who has taught the class for 45 years. Yes, you read that right -– 45 years! While only a few past presidents of the class could be present, the entire class was invited to watch live on Facebook as a new painting was unveiled to honor Dr. Eoff. The class commissioned Kerry Peeples to do the painting, and after collaborating with her dad, Maxie Dunnam, the work was based on Mark 4-19. The name of the painting is “And he taught them.” As Kay Floyd presented the painting, she also shared about other paintings now hanging in what was once a bare corridor just west of the Sanctuary. There will be more information to come about each of the paintings, but if you are in the building, you are invited to view these beautiful pieces that depict the stories of the Bible.

Even as this long season of Dr. Eoff’s Bible teaching was being celebrated, just down the breezeway in Seabrook Hall more than 40 elementary students received a Bible of their very own. Each Tuesday, our Children’s Ministry team and volunteers host “Bible Club” for the children attending the YMCA Virtual Learning Center, and as a Christmas gift, the Bibles were given at the last club of the year. Even with wiggles from a long day of learning, the children dug into the colorful Word finding stories they wanted to learn more about, and our patient staff and volunteers were happy to share how special this gift –- and the gift of Jesus at Christmas –- really are to each of us.

We are ever so grateful for those who work to keep our ministries creative and vital and for those who teach the Word from the oldest to the youngest. THANK YOU! We remember God’s promise from Isaiah:

As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:10-11)

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