Dear Family in Christ,
I hope you are doing as well as you could be. Perhaps, you are essential workers, thank you for all you do!!! Perhaps, you are home being patient, thank you for all you don’t do!!

Whether we like it or not, we have been learning so much about new ways of doing things. I try not to focus on what I miss these days, but sometimes I have to just imagine the moment of our worshiping together to remind me what is waiting for us at the end of this tunnel. And in the meantime, I’m so glad we can meet each other at a distance through streaming.

Over the course of the year, for each season of the church calendar I always learn new music. To be prepared, my organ practice is always one season ahead. I guess you could say I am living in the future as I am already playing Advent and Christmas music!

The other day when I was practicing I was thinking about how to connect people with music without being together for Christmas…then I had an idea!

I would like to put together a YouTube movie as Christmas greeting from
St. Andrew’s. To make this work I would like to come visit you outside of your door and video your Merry Christmas! in November. Once I’ve got everyone’s video messages I will put them together with a little Christmas music from the church. The movie will be posted on Christmas Eve. If you would like to be private, please no worries!

If you would like to be a part of this St. Andrew’s Christmas message, please let me know so that I can visit you in November. If you are fluent with technology, even better. Just make your message video and send it to me by email. Either way, if you would like to be a part of this project, please call me, text me, or e-mail me. Looking forward to this ministry opportunity as we share the joys of the holiday season, from a distance.

Be a part of our 2020 St. Andrew’s Christmas video! By Naomi Shiga