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Carol Petersen, guest blogger from Glenview, IL, has submitted the following post about the Christmas Eve celebration.

Family and friends, from far and near, joined in a joyous Christmas Eve Celebration hosted by the Christian Science Fellowship.  Second Church, Evanston, once again, generously provided a warm and welcoming venue.

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Voices and hearts blend in harmony.

The hour began with a prelude of Christmas carols by organist  Robert Neuenschwander and trumpeter Nick Drozdoff.

Rindy Powell welcomed all, and led the celebration.  The congregation sang the familiar carols “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

The Christmas story from Matthew and Luke was read by Rob Rohrer, and Barb Molter read selected writings by Mary Baker Eddy.

Beautiful music included “Gesu Bambino” sung by Lorraine Williams, “Allegro Vivace” performed by Nick Drozdoff on trumpet.  Edie Carey, accompanying herself on the guitar, sang “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “What Child is This.”

One of the delights was a rousing “Go Tell It on the Mountain” with the children jingling bells and many in the congregation clapping in time. The lovely evening concluded with an inspiring benediction by Shirley Paulson and the moving candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”

Children and babies were warmly welcomed

Nurturing all generations

The proceeds from a love offering are going to Curt’s Café in Evanston, a place where at-risk youth can get a fresh start through food service and life skills training.  Curt’s Café is in the process of applying for its 501(c)3 status.

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Christmas challenge

What’s the difference between presents and presence?

Here’s a clever video offering a challenge.

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