Merry Christmas to all of you! Yes, I know Christmas isn’t for another week, but here at Central, we’re gearing up for our big Christmas experience taking place THIS weekend, and I definitely wanted you to know about it.

For the last three weeks, Craig and I have been teaching through an advent series we created entitled, “Refugee.” As you can imagine, with the current state of our country and world, this series has created quite a stir. When Craig and I put this series together several months ago, we obviously had no idea the refugee situation would be boiling over as is right now.

But this series has sparked a lot of fabulous conversations not only about how do Christians respond to the foreigner in their midst, but it has allowed us to delve deeply into the biblical story. Did you know that the early stages of Jesus’ life are one of a refugee? Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were political refugees, on the run from the evil tyrant of Herod the Great, who was unleashing terror, oppression, and death upon those in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. The Christmas story is grounded in a refugee reality!

We’re going to unpack this in greater detail this weekend with our REFUGEE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE. The event will take place this Saturday/Dec 19 (7pm) and Sunday/Dec 20 (10am) at Central Wesleyan Church. It will be a 90-minute experience, featuring not only teaching, carols, and special music with our choir and orchestra, but also Stikyard – the phenomenal drum line and percussionist group!

I’d love to invite you to join us this weekend for this tremendous event. It’s FREE, and all you need to do is show up (and I’d highly recommend getting there early). Childcare up through Preschool will be provided on Saturday, and up through 5th Grade on Sunday.

If you’re unable to join us in person, you can join us LIVE ONLINE on either night HERE.

And if you’re interested in watching/listening to the Refugee Advent Series, you can do so HERE.

Merry Christmas!