One of my favorite traditions while I was a student at Hollins University was the White Gift Service. It was a worship service held in the University’s beautiful duPont chapel on one of the first Sundays in December. As a member of the Hollins Chapel Choir, we prepared beautiful Advent and Christmas music for this occasion each year. The service also included scripture, appropriate readings, candle lighting, bells from the carillon, stories, dance, and instrumental music from the large pipe organ, and solo performances from the music staff. Many people in the......
What is home to you? Better yet, who is home to you? You are probably thinking about a house, a city, a neighborhood, family members or maybe even a roommate or really good friend. Listen to how Israel answers the question in Psalm 90 through Eugene Petersen’s translation called The Message: God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, long before you brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God. (v1-2) God is their home. God has been their home for......
Outdoor Movie Night featuring Cars! Cars 3 just came out in June. So we’ll take a trip back to 2006 when the hilarious original Cars was in theaters. Join us at 7:30 for an Ice Cream Sundae Bar and Kids Dance Music before the movie begins at Sunset (around 7:55pm). Free and open to everyone! Where: Parking Lot of Hood Memorial Christian Church (300 E Cumberland St) What to Bring: Lawn Chair, Car, Radio, Blankets, Snacks, Children, Parents, Grandparents…! We will watch Drive-In style. You may sit on towels, lawn chairs or......
Family can be messy. From those who have become estranged because of some family conflict, to those crazy, eccentric relatives, to siblings who just don’t seem to understand one another, to parents with differing or unrealistic expectations, to you name it…family can be messy. Most of us are uncomfortable with mess. We either want to clean it up, fix it, and mend what is broken. Or we want to steer clear of the mess altogether. After all, if it is out of sight, then it is out of mind, right? The truth......
Join the family of faith at Hood Memorial Christian Church on Sunday June 25 for an evening outdoors at the movies! Where: Parking Lot of Hood Memorial Christian Church When: 7:30 pm What to Bring: Lawn Chair, Car, Radio, Blankets, Snacks, Children, Parents, Grandparents…! We will watch a family-friendly movie Drive-In style. You may sit on towels, lawn chairs or even in your car. You will be able to listen to the movie via our sound system or from your own AM/FM radio (which means you can even watch from the A/C......
Sunday morning, I witnessed the worship of God with new eyes. I watched young children play instruments and dance while the congregation lifted their voices singing “Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life…” It was perhaps a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven where adults and children are all worshipping God together…in their own unique expressions. After lunch on Sunday, parents, grandparents, and leaders of our young children gathered to discuss directions we would like to go with our ministry to children and families and how we can best reach out......
What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Music, decorations, trimming the tree, Christmas cards, family, old friends, food and sweets, the birth of Jesus…? Join us at Hood Memorial Christian Church on Saturday, December 17th for all of the above!! At 4PM we host a Christmas Musical Review featuring members of the surrounding community that will include familiar Christmas music and sounds of the season as well as a heartfelt portion of music reminding us of the glorious birth of Jesus. Join us for music, appetizers, coffee, sweets, and more. The......