Pastor’s Note – December 19, 2019

In Pastor's Note by Schweitzer Church


We’re just a few days away from Christmas Eve. I can’t wait!

I hope you’ve been inviting people to come with you. We will have special cards in worship on Sunday you can use to invite people. Another great way to invite folks is to go on our Facebook and share the event.

On Christmas Eve, we will have three services at 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 and we expect to have around 2,000 people attend. Our Sanctuary will be FULL. With so many people in attendance, hospitality becomes very, very important. To help everyone have the best experience possible, I have two points of hospitality that everyone can use. Again, this is for everyone and not just those who are serving on our First Impressions team on Christmas Eve.

Here are two simple ways you can help Schweitzer have great hospitality on Christmas Eve and especially help our guests have a great experience:

Park Far. Sit Close.

These are very simple acts we can all take to make sure Christmas Eve is a great experience.

Park Far.
If the Sanctuary is full, the parking lot will be too. If you are able, please take the worst parking spot you can find on Christmas Eve. This will keep the closest parking spots available for our guests. Imagine how frustrating it would be for a first-time guest to not be able to find a place to park. Let’s remove that obstacle by showing hospitality to one another by parking far.

Sit Close.
It’s funny how the best seats in the house are usually empty. Why is it no one wants to sit in the front row? Most of us want to sit in the middle to the back. On Christmas Eve, we need you to sit close. Take the seats you normally wouldn’t take and sit as close to the front as possible. Also don’t sit at the end of your rows, but take the seats in the middle. As we do this, we make more room for guests to sit in more comfortable spots. You might also be on the lookout to give up your seat if you see someone you might think is a guest and doesn’t have a place to sit.

On Christmas Eve, think of the Sanctuary as you would your own home. When a guest comes over, you make sure they have a good place to sit and are comfortable. We want to do the same thing on Christmas Eve. We all need to play our role.

I can’t wait for what God is going to do on Christmas Eve. I’m praying for you and everyone who will be there to encounter the Immanuel – God with us. I can’t wait!

This Sunday, we’ll wrap up our Advent series, Always Winter and Never Christmas. It’s going to be a great Sunday. I can’t wait to see you.


One more thing. As is our new custom, we are using the Pastor’s Note to share Schweitzer Board meeting minutes with you when they become available. The Schweitzer Board met last  week, and here is a link to the most recently approved minutes.