What do we do about the Living Christmas Tree 2020?

This has been the question from many of the members of First Baptist Lawton and participants of the Living Christmas Tree.  As you know, the Living Christmas Tree is a wonderful tradition for Southwest Oklahoma. This year marks the 40th Anniversary.  Collectively, we praise God for how He has used this tool to share the message of our Savior. Not only are those who attend these presentations, but participants also are touched, changed, renewed and restored through the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise God!

In the midst of this pandemic affecting so many lives and the normal routines of life there was no doubt that the LCT would be affected in some way. We are at the point in the decision making process where we will decide how to proceed with this year’s Living Christmas Tree. The Worship Leadership Team, which is represented by individuals who serve in various key positions, have been meeting with me and praying for the Lord’s leadership in our decision. We have talked and worked through various scenarios. We are praying and seeking God’s wisdom.  Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.” So, we are asking you, our church body to join us in prayer about how to proceed. We are not necessarily asking for your input, but for your prayer support!

As you read this article, the LCT singers and orchestra members are participating in a short survey. This survey is asking participants of their willingness to commit to this year’s presentation. As you know, it requires a whole host of folks to make this event happen.  These results will be collected and tallied before our next Worship Leadership Team meeting on Sunday, October 4th.  The church staff will continue to have input. These two leadership groups will go over the results, pray and seek the Lord’s guidance.

For now, the Music Ministry and tech folks are making preparations to move forward with light programming, music preparation and communication. Please know, our hearts in all this are for the physical and spiritual well being of all who participate as well as those who will be in attendance. Many men, women and children are isolated, depressed and affected by this pandemic. As a church body, we want to make every effort to meet the needs of our community. Many need the longing in their hearts to be filled with the One who ultimately gives peace and hope to this lost and dying world. May our church body continue to show love and kindness to all who enter our doors and for the opportunities we have outside of the walls too.

Mike Neff

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