An Appalachian Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:00 pm

The program is based on the Christmas story as found in The Cotton Patch Gospels by Clarence Jordan, which recasts the stories of the New Testament in the language and culture of the mid-20th century South.

Jordan said, “While there have been many excellent translations of the Scriptures into modern English, they still have left us stranded in some far away land, in the long distant past. We need to have the Good News come to us not only in our own tongue, but in our own time. We want to be participants in the faith, not merely spectators.”

The music you’ll hear was collected by John Jacob Niles, a classically trained musician and composer born in Kentucky in 1892. Between 1927 and 1934, he collected song and ballads on several trips into the southern Appalachian mountains and specifically, the Great Smoky Mountains.

Kids, hand bells, choir and soloists, and the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band … and more!

Then at 6:00 pm, we’ll move from the Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall for the annual Christmas pot luck dinner. Don’t miss it!