Community Festival of Light and Hope held
CONSTANTINE — Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Constantine hosted a community Festival of Light and Hope on Christmas Eve. Over 150 people attended the event.
There was also a celebration of Christ’s mass which included the lighting of the Advent candle, and assembling a nativity scene.
Pastor Dennis Smith extended a Hanukkah greeting to Jewish friends. A menorah was lit.
“The celebration of Hanukkah is a ritual and historical antecedent to Christmas wherein both traditions look for the Messiah in a festival of light and hope,” he said.
A special treat of Sufganiyot Hanukkah jelly donuts and a beverage were served.
A trumpet quartet of Antonia Kistler Ellis, Keith Geiman, Maggie Jonker and Beth Jonker, and the children’s and senior choirs performed several numbers, accompanied by pianist Thom Britton.
Christmas carols were sung, ending with the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” and the lighting of candles.
“May the light of Christ, and hope carry you with joy and thanksgiving in the days to come,” Smith said.
Angie Birdsall is a freelance writer who primarily covers Constantine.