In the Greater Houston Area we usually don’t have much of a chance to experience a white Christmas but the holidays can be very festive around here anyway. Usually we have one Christmas pageant and that happens during our Christmas Eve service. That will also be the case again this year, of course. But celebrating the birth of Christ abundantly we will have two Christmas Services this year: One on December 24th and on December 4th will be our bilingual Christmas service that also incorporates German language readings, prayers, hymns, and yes – for the first time a Christmas Pageant.
This is an all-hands-on-deck operation. It takes a whole lot more than just Mary, and Joseph – think angels, and shepherds and inn-keeper and many more. All children are welcome. You don’t have to be able to speak German. Some parts don’t have words, others are simple enough to sound out. We will have three rehearsals on three Tuesdays in November: 15, 22, 29 at 5pm. Please have your little ones there to join the fun!
November will have another cherished German holiday tradition. On Saturday, November 12th, St. Martin is coming to St. John’s on horseback. We start at 5pm making paper lanterns with the kids. Please bring your own supplies. Who ever needs help with that please contact Rev. Daniel Haas. After a hot dog dinner at 6pm we will follow horse and rider into the street for a lantern procession. Great fun for young and old!
Under our German name “Johanniskirche United Church of Christ” our congregation has offered German Holiday Programs for three years now. All events are also intended for English-speaking family members. Usually they are offered in both English and German. Johanniskirche United Church of Christ is available to all who are interested in church events or pastoral services in German language. Over the last few years we have seen numerous weddings and baptisms that were celebrated in bilingual ceremonies. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.
You can download and share our 2016 German language invitation here.