What will this holiday time be like? Who can say for sure?
The only thing we know for certain is that it will be different for everyone. For some it will be a time of working less, for others it will be a time of working more. For some it will be a quiet time, for others it will be party time. For some it will be a time of travel to family gatherings afar, for some it will be a stay at home time with family and friends.
Whatever this season is for you, may it be a treasured time of togetherness, thoughtful reflection, and joy and happiness.
And may the mystery and wonder of being alive and aware in this wonderful winter world be a blessing to your soul in unexpected and beautiful ways.
Seasons blessings one and all,
Please join the greater-Ithaca community in this traditional candlelight service a Sage Chapel on the Cornell Campus. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. The Chapel holds approximately 700 people but you may want to arrive early to enjoy the chimes concert and to assure yourself of a seat. We will have wonderful music brought to us by our organist Stephanie Ortolano, our Christmas Eve Choir led by Thom Baker, chimes concert by Gretchen Ryan and a number of string players.
Christmas Choir Rehearsals
Saturday rehearsals for the Christmas Choir will be held from11:00 to 12:30 on all Saturdays in December (14 and 21) at the church Annex, and the dress rehearsal at Sage Chapel at 5:00 PM on the 24th. A broad range of music will be performed. All singers are invited to also attend Unitarian church choir rehearsals on Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:00, following the regular choir rehearsal. Interested parties can contact Thom Baker at email@example.com or 273-7521, ext. 60.
Ride to Sage Chapel for Christmas Eve
Mike Roenke has generously offered to drive folks to Sage Chapel on Christmas Eve. He can do a few “home” pick-ups but will also pick up passengers at the Church and leave at 6:00 PM. Please RSVP to Mike (387-5494) by 11 AM on December 24 or Mark Pedersen (273-7521, ext 21) by 3 PM on December 21.
Parking Near Sage Chapel
For those of you driving onto campus for the service, please refer to the attached file to see where you might park.
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