Teen Winter Retreat

Our Young People will be going on a Winter Retreat to Fort Wilderness on January 10 – 13, 2019.  This is an annual tradition and the kids love it!

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Going Caroling…

 

Join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM to go out caroling!

The act of singing and traveling to different homes comes from an ancient tradition. In England, the word wassail — derived from the Old Norse ves heill meaning “be well, and in good health” — came to mean the wishing of good fortune on your neighbors. No one is quite sure when the custom began, but it did give us the song, “Here We Come-A-Wassailing” — sung as carolers wished good cheer to their neighbors in hopes of getting a gift in return. (“A Wassailing” also evolved into the popular “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” — its last verse, “Bring us some figgy pudding” stems from the wassailers’ original intent.)

The two traditions of singing and visiting first merged in Victorian England, as church carols began to merge with Christian folk music. Many of today’s most popular carols date to this period. Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern published in London by British lawyer William B. Sandys in 1833, was the first to print “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The First Noel” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” “Joy to the World” first appeared in the Anglican Church hymnal Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1861.

Saint Francis Assisi plays a major role in the history of Christmas Caroling, as he is the person who made Christmas Carols an important part of the church services. It is said that Saint Francis Assassi introdced the carols in the church during a Christmas Midnight Mass in a Church in Greccio, in the province of Umbria in 1223 and the songs sung that night were more similar to carols rather than hymns.

Most of the carols tell us a story, it may be about the birth of Jesus Christ or about the tradition of gifts or any other story associated with Christmas. But the common factor among them is that either their themes are related to the festivity of Christmas or they have a religious side to it. Christmas carols provide the opportunity to express the feeling of joy and happiness. So the carols are primarily of a joyful nature.

Beginning on Tuesday Oct. 9th

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The Spirit Warriors Group, for boys and girls in grades K-5, will have its first meeting at Faith Community Church on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Parents and grandparents are invited to this meeting.

We’ll have pizza and build bird houses.

We normally will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 pm, except in November and December, when we’ll meet only on the second Tuesday.

If you have grade K-5 kids or grandkids, we hope to see you there! Kids do not need to attend Faith Community Church to be part of Spirit Warriors. Questions? Call or text Bruce McMurry at 920-960-7524.

Join us for a Hymn Sing!

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Join our next Potluck & Hymn Sing on

Sunday September 23 at 5:00 PM. 

Bring a dish to pass and be prepared to make a joyful noise!

Scientists are currently exploring the physiological and psychological benefits of singing with promising results. Most recently, a November 2017 study of self-reported data from 1,779 choir members around the world provided “confirmatory evidence to support choral singing as a means of improving well being,” the authors wrote in Perspectives in Public Health. Participants claimed making music fostered social connection, cognitive stimulation, mental health, enjoyment, and transcendence.  Singing can enhance your mood and create a sense of group identity, Stephen Clift writes in Music, Health, and Wellbeing.  https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/news/a47211/singing-health-benefits/

Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed. http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

SO JOIN US… and be Transformed!