Christmas in Springfield
The Springfield (Ore.) Church celebrated God's love in special ways during the Christmas season.
The kindergarten, cradle roll and some primary children, along with adults, played a big part in the Dec. 10, 2011, Sabbath service. Songs, festive decor and backdrops enhanced the traditional nativity scenes of angels, shepherds and wise men visiting Joseph, Mary and the newborn baby Jesus. One little shepherd brought his grandmother as his shepherd companion to accommodate his special needs.
Lutz Binus, Springfield Church pastor, praised the little shepherds for doing a good job of sitting through the whole program from start to finish with such poise. Many visiting parents, grandparents and other relatives and friends joined the service to get a chance to see their little ones perform, and the event became an outreach as many joined the visitors' potluck after the service.
Additionally, the church welcomed the Greater Eugene Sacred Choir on Dec. 3, 2011, led by Don Corcoran. An ensemble, harp and bell choir accompanied the choir to present an uplifting program during the worship service.
The church elders provided a waffle breakfast to all who attended on Christmas Eve. This became another unplanned outreach as many brought holiday visitors, relatives and friends who are not regular attendees of church. The fellowship hall buzzed with friendly conversation and thankfulness for all that God had done for members throughout the year. A short but inspiring service after the breakfast included instrumental music, sermonettes by Binus, special songs and congregational singing.
The Christmas season had its high point with the baptism of Jody Wilkinson as he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ.