A Time for Outreach
ALBUQUERQUE – Last December, the Albuquerque Central Seventh-day Adventist Church presented their annual Christmas program. The church was thrilled to welcome approximately 250 attendees, including some who had never been to an Adventist church, to come and enjoy the program. Everyone was invited to a reception in the fellowship hall following the event.
The program’s theme, “The Nativity,” centered around the church’s children and started with a dramatization of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Jerusalem as they traveled to pay their taxes. Amanda Dady, Rachel Avery, Ann Richards and Anneke Conyne worked for several months to make authentic backgrounds which included scenes of the tax collector booth, the inn, the manger and the house where the Magi brought their gifts to Jesus.
The play featured a mix of Christmas music with the congregation participating in some of the songs. Halfway through the program, an offering was taken up to help a family that had lost their home in a fire a few weeks before. The last part of the program was filled with vocal and instrumental arrangements from members of local churches.
Christmas is an ideal time for outreach, and it is our hope that the name of Jesus Christ was praised with music and rejoicing during this time. We also hope our community was blessed and look forward to doing it again soon.
By Johnny Mata