January 1, 2017                                                                                Issue 41 

Dear Lord, bless our congregation that we may do your will this year.  Amen

The writer of an article in a recent weekly paper of a small Mid-west town was baffled by the words of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Then he heard that supposedly it originated when Christianity could not be openly expressed and that the carol has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning as follows:
The one partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testament
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the seven fold gifts of the Holy
 Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution,
Leadership and Mercy.
The eight maids’ a-milking was the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – Love, Joy,
Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self
The ten lords’ a-leaping was the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief
in the Apostle Creed. 

Upon checking the origin of the carol on the internet, it appears that the above explanation is a folktale and there are several version of what the numbers refer to.  The novelty of the explanation made it interesting to include here.

If one researches the origin of other carols there is often quite a story about how they came to be written.  The words to “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, that Joanne played Christmas morning, were written by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at a sad time in his life during the Civil War.  Look up the story behind the writing of “Silent Night”.  The true story of its origin will give added meaning to this Christmas favorite when you sing or hear it.  

            About twenty people enjoyed the fun of a family game night at   church on December 18th. The evening began at five pm with lots and lots of pizza as the pastors had provided three large pizzas.  The Christmas decorated brownies were also enjoyed.        
            After eating, there were a multiple of games being played in different parts of the basement. The participants ranged in age from two to ninety.  Two of the college students, Kaitlyn and Kelly Crane, made it home in time to attend.  There was   quite a range of games and skills involved.  Among the games were old favorites as well as some quite new ones:  Chutes and Ladders,   Life, Kismet, Jenga, Kerplunck, Apples to Apples, Pass the Pig, Sorry, Checkers, and Dominoes. There was one challenge for a rematch at another game night in the spring. 

              Kara Chapin directed the children’s Christmas play that took the place of the sermon in the December 11th morning worship. Taking part in a cleaver skit that drew attention to the real meaning of Christmas were angels, Truly Young and Livia Roth;   shepherds, Sierra Starczewski and Ian Roth;   Mary, Ava Bridson;    Joseph, James Bridson. However, this year they were also weary shoppers, Paige Starczewski and Robin Bridson and even a mall Santa, Jeff Buckalew. Betsy Meade cleverly transformed the sanctuary into our very own Wolcott mall.  Just as worship was ending, Santa made an appearance with a stocking of goodies for each child.
              For the second year, there was a Christmas Eve Worship service at the Huron Church that ended at midnight. A special musical piece played on the tone chimes was performed by Mike Chapin, Truly Young, Joe Young and the Jones - Jon, Jacob and Regina. Kara Chapin was the director.

              With Christmas on Sunday, some families were visiting out of town while several families brought others with them.  Our organist, Joanne Williams, played the piano instead of the organ for accompanying the music on Christmas morning.  The piano she used is the piano that was her mother Gladys’ piano.  It was interesting how the Christmas music sounded different on the piano instead of the organ.  Huron is fortunate to have Joanne Williams who is able to accompany the congregation so well on either the organ or piano.   

If you have been downstairs in the Huron Church since Christmas, you may have noticed something new.  The old single pane windows, some which were not clear, have been replaced with sliding double paned windows.  They will conserve the heat much better and they will not come open on their own as has often happened a couple of times a year.  How wonderful it will be when there are church dinners in warm weather, the windows may now be opened as there are screens for every new window.     


With the college youth home for the holidays, a special Anchor the Way has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Worship and fellowship will follow a pasta dinner at 5:30 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend.  


The Huron Session in their December meeting voted to call for a Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 following the worship service for the purpose of hearing the annual reports of the many church committees, electing some officers and nominating committee members.
The budget for 2017 will also be presented. In the event of bad weather, the snow date is the following Sunday, February 5, 2017 
            Please note that a pot-luck brunch will also take place after worship
Clerk Linda Hayes requests that committee chairpersons email their printed reports to her by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 so she may include them in the packet of material for the congregational meeting.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.  It is a good way to learn about all the work the many committees do to help our congregation do so much.
                                                           OUR MISSION

The Huron Presbyterian Church is a family of faith, that cares for one another and our community, as we serve and worship God together for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Huron Presbyterian Church
Original congregation organized July 1813

Pastor: Rev. Russ Roth 315-576-2010
 Parish Associate: Rev. Marjory Roth, 585-857-1818