ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Each year before Christmas, ladies at First Baptist Church enjoy an annual event called Christmas Creations, designed to foster fellowship and provide an opportunity to invite unsaved friends and family to the church.
The evening begins with carol singing, special music, and a brief Christmas message that includes the plan of salvation. Then the ladies disperse to various areas of the church to enjoy four of six Christmas-themed presentations. This year the ladies could choose from these topics:
(1) Tech Help for Christmas with Amy Cook—a basic introduction to Pinterest and how to use it to store Christmas ideas and tips.
(2) Decorate a Christmas Charger with Missy McKee and Tarah Shrader—after sticking chalkboard Con-Tact paper to the center of a charger, each lady used a variety of decorative materials to customize her charger.
(3) Edible Christmas Gifts with Angie Baker and Dawn Niedermayer—presenters demonstrated how to make a number of easy, edible gifts to give to teachers, hostesses, children in a family, and coworkers.
(4) Creative Gift-Wrapping Ideas with Mindy Joyce—everything from a brown paper bag to Duck-tape decorated boxes to an item of clothing was demonstrated in this helpful presentation.
(5) Children’s Christmas Craft with Carla Mungons—attendees received all the supplies and instructions to make a “frolicking friend” and a “peppermint mouse.”
(6) Christmas Jars with Joan Levon—using Mason jars of all sizes, the presenter showed how to use jars as planters, salt and pepper shakers, soap dispensers, tissue holder, vases, hot cocoa mugs, and many other things.
Halfway through the evening the ladies paused for refreshments, presented on beautifully decorated tables.
Each lady who attends the event fills out a feedback card. At the end of the evening, a leader draws names from these cards and, much to everyone’s delight, awards a great variety of door prizes.
“Our presenters and musicians sacrifice their time (and often their money) to prepare for this special evening each year,” says Valerie Wilson. “The feedback cards we receive let us know that our efforts are appreciated by those who attend. As a Christmas Creations staff, we are gratified to know that we have been able to share the gospel, to encourage ladies to make new friends, and to help ladies prepare their homes for the celebration of our Lord’s birth.”