Charlie Brown asked the question first, “Does anyone know what Christmas is all about?“
The race to Christmas is on. With the running around, the hustle, and the bustle, with stores stocked to the gills since Halloween, it is easy to get the feeling, that if you are not careful you just might miss Christmas. That would be a tragedy, since most people look forward to catching the holiday spirit all year long. Don’t get to the finish line and miss it. Slow down and take it all in-the joy, the good cheer, a little fa, la, la ,la, la.
You can grab a little ‘peace on earth’ for you and your family while contributing to a great cause this Christmas! Project Christmas is a Christmas concert like few others. The benefit concert is in its third year and the proceeds from this year’s show stay right here in the West Palm Beach Community. South Olive Elementary School will receive one hundred percent of the proceeds from the very affordable tickets. The public is invited to the annual concert event at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, December 7th-9th. Tickets are on sale on-line. You may also call 561-650-7400 for more information.
The church is well known for the highly acclaimed and very successful three and one-half hour “Singing Christmas Tree” performance, which was a mainstay in Palm Beach County Christmas presentations for 35 years. The Singing Christmas Tree involved hundreds of performers, animals and costumes. The cost to the theatrical event was in keeping with ticket prices for a show of its type. But, the church has taken a different approach to Christmas pageantry. Like the Singing Christmas Tree, Project Christmas will present the Christ of Christmas, but while attenders can expect the same professional attention to detail during Project Christmas performances, the focus has changed; slightly. Bev Bonner, Director of Assimilation and Church Life at FBC, stated,
“Project Christmas gives us [FBC] an additional opportunity to bless and serve our community in a very tangible way. The change was a move from a more event driven philosophy to a practical service to the community.”
The seventy-five minute benefit performance will feature traditional and contemporary Christmas music as well as a nativity to share the miraculous birth and gift of Jesus Christ to the world. Because the concert is presented at a reasonable price, the church can and will,
“…give every dollar of the ticket sales to benefit a local elementary school”, stated Bonner.
Project Christmas is an interactive concert that will engage audience participation through musical worship and traditional and contemporary Christmas arrangements. The fact that it is a benefit concert is icing on the proverbial Christmas fruitcake. There are no strings attached to the gift FBC will make to South Olive Elementary School. The location of the school places it right in the backyard of FBC allowing the church to serve kids and families right within its own community.
Beyond Christmas, the church on Flagler has supported other local schools through mentoring, staff appreciation luncheons and tutoring. FBC hopes to continue this type of ministry to the community and will expand its outreach to other schools in the downtown area, but also in each church location (FBC is one church-two locations).
Bonner went on to say,
“It is our desire to truly be a neighborhood church, building families and blessing them.”
And “that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!”