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Vote for "The Tree"!

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Here's a riddle for you...

What is 28 feet high, has 55,000 lights and makes music?? 

That’s right… LAST year's The Singing Christmas Tree

How about this one...

What is 28 + 23 + 23 feet high with 80,000+ lights, makes music and tells the Christmas story

Right again!  This year's 25th anniversary celebration of The Singing Christmas Tree featuring THREE trees with 400+ performers, including over 200 singers! 

The program this year will feature many of the great Christmas songs from recent years and a medley of wonderful songs that were part of "The Tree" back in the '80s and '90s.  As always, you will feel God’s presence as we worship at the manger with Silent Night.  

The Singing Christmas Tree has been selected to be in a contest sponsored by The State newspaper!  We have made it from the sweet 16 all the way to the “championship” round.  Please vote for us!  It would be quite a testimony to be able to say that The Singing Christmas Tree is the #1 Must See Holiday Event in Columbia!

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It seems that every Sunday I walk away from church so grateful that God allows my family to be part of Shandon!  Our family's involvement ramps up even more so as we move into the season of Christmas.  Over the past weekend we had nearly 100 volunteers spend all weekend building the special set for the 25th anniversary!  The music will be incredible and you will experience the lights and sounds of the season--all giving support to the most important part of Christmas: Jesus’ birth! 

Construction of the 3 Trees, photo by Giles Phillips

Get your tickets as soon as possible by visiting or stopping by the Gathering Place on Sunday before and after your worship service.  We anticipate capacity crowds again this year, so don’t wait! 

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Don't Miss Summer Night of Worship!

Summer Night of Worship: what an exclamation point on a fantastic summer!  

When we began what the choir and orchestra have come to call "S.N.O.W." (I think the acronym is a mental relief from the humidity of August in Columbia!) in 2010, it was designed as an end of summer project for the choir and orchestra as well as a night of worship for our church family.  Over the years it has developed into a huge event and we want to make sure that you have it on your calendar!  It will be a variety of music ranging from Inspiration to Southern Gospel to Modern and you don’t want to miss it!

Join us for this year's Summer Night of Worship this coming Sunday night, August 23 at 6:30 in the worship center. 

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • 200 singers and 50 piece orchestra made up of the choirs from FBC Matthews NC, FBC Simpsonville SC and the Worship Choir and Orchestra from Shandon.  
  • Powerful stories of God's amazing grace in the lives of a couple of Shandon folks – Chris Mercer who has been on a journey of healing from a brain tumor and Jason Easter who has been delivered from addiction and is currently the director of Columbia Teen Challenge
  • Ice Cream for the whole family in the gym to follow!
  • This is a free event--no tickets or reservations (except for childcare) needed.

Childcare is available for infants through 4 year olds by reservation. Take care of those reservations online, if you need them. 

God is doing a great thing in the Worship Arts Ministry!  You will be blessed, encouraged and will sense God’s presence this Sunday night.  

Help us spread the word by inviting friends--send them a link to this post so they'll have all the details.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Scott M. Lee
Minister of Music & Worship Arts

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