Reverend Dan Parsons had to admit to some human pride whenever he thought of the church he had built. Now in its sixth year, what had started as a handful of people in his living room had grown into a membership of over 600 faithful. What impressed and pleased him the most, as he sat sipping a cup of coffee in his modest office one afternoon shortly after Thanksgiving, was that the membership was an excellent mixture of the young and old. There were many young couples with children of all ages but also a solid group of senior citizens to go along with the many middle-aged persons in his congregation.
His attention now turned to Christmas and the decorating of the church. The “Hanging of the Greens” in the sanctuary was one of the best times of the year for Pastor Dan, for it commenced the Season of Advent. It was his favorite time in the Christian year.