The Living Christmas Tree
The 36th Living Christmas Tree (LCT) is quickly approaching. If you are unfamiliar with this annual event, here are a few details: The Living Christmas Tree is presented as a gift to the community from First Baptist Church by a 100 voice choir, full orchestra and drama cast. The 39 foot metal constructed tree is covered with 100,000 computer controlled lights moving in synchronization to music. It is a unique sight to behold. Each year offers a new presentation, but the message is always the same. The purpose and heartbeat of this event is to share the gospel message of Christ and His love.
Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no once can boast.” (HSCB) As God the Father extends His grace through the Son, to those who believe, so we desire to extend this “free gift” to our community. If you desire to be involved in this ministry, here are a variety of ways to be involved.
LCT Preview Party
Monday, September 19 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., the Living Christmas Tree Preview Party commences with an evening of fellowship and vision casting for this year’s theme. The gathering is for all singers, instrumentalists, stage, tech, greeters and support teams are welcome to attend. The church will provide the main entrée of beef brisket, bread and drinks. We do ask attenders to bring a side dish, vegetable, salad or dessert. After dinner, we will distribute books, rehearsal CD’s and listen to the music. Childcare is available is available by reservation. Please call Brenda at the church office to R.S.V.P. The children are welcome to eat with us at the Preview Party and then dismiss to the childcare area.
LCT Lunch/Rehearsals & Retreat Dates
There are rehearsals scheduled to focus specifically on music preparation for the Living Christmas Tree. The first choir rehearsal is Sunday, October 9 from 1:00-3:00p.m. Lunch to be served from 12:15-1:00 p.m. The church will provide the main entrée, but we ask all participants to bring side dishes to share. Here is a listing of Sunday Lunch and Rehearsals: October 9, November 13 and December 4. Childcare is provided for each rehearsal.
LCT Retreat Weekend
Friday, November 4, 6:00-9:00p.m. and Saturday, November 5, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. The LCT Retreat takes place in the Choir Room at First Baptist Church. This is an intense weekend focused on memorizing all music for the LCT presentations. Door prizes, food and fellowship are part of this gathering. Childcare is also available.
LCT Wednesday Night Rehearsals
Here is a listing of the Wednesday Night rehearsals: November 9 & 16, 7:00-8:00p.m. (choir room). November 30, 6:00-8:30p.m. (Rehearsal/Load the Tree)
LCT Construction/Decorating Dates
So, maybe you are not a singer, actor or instrumentalist. Here are a few other ways to be involved in this ministry:
Monday, November 21 - Side Sets Moved from Storage - 3:30pm
- Construct Side Sets - 5:00pm
Sunday, November 27 - LCT Construction & Decorations - 12:15pm
Monday, November 28 - LCT Light Panels (Greenery) Moved from Storage to Tree 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 29 - Stage Lighting Adjustments & Choir Mics Installed
LCT Prayer Warriors
There is a saying, “Little prayer, little power; some prayer, some power; much prayer, much power.” Please join in praying for the LCT. We need much prayer!
"Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness." Psalm 29:2