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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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Healing Relationships through Apology

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by Amy Petersen

It's been heartbreaking to see the devastation of so many homes and businesses in our community created by the recent flood waters.  The ruined possessions on the side of the road are sad evidence of the damage within the house.

Devastation can come to our relationships as well.  The flood of selfishness, misunderstanding, and anger can destroy what was once beautiful and uplifting, damaging relationships with our spouse, family, co-workers and friends.  The unseen effects of a broken relationship wreak havoc in our hearts, evidenced by symptoms like angry words, "the silent treatment," irritability and more.

One way to bring relief to a broken or distant relationship is through apology.  Every day I have opportunity to apologize...because every day I mess up. 

What does an apology look like?  What can you say so that the other person will truly hear you (and believe you!)?  How do you bring healing to a broken or distant relationship through an apology?

Dr. Jennifer Thomas (website | Facebook) answers these questions and more in her book The 5 Languages of Apology, co-authored with Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages

"It's not just a matter of will, but it's a matter of how you say, 'I'm sorry' that ultimately makes things right with those you love."

Just like everyone has a "love language," everyone also has a language of apology--the way they best hear and receive apologies from others. Take a brief inventory to learn your own language of apology and join us for Shandon's Ladies Night Out on Sunday, November 1 at 6:30pm as Dr. Thomas shares how to give and receive an apology so that the other person can truly hear it and, as a result, bring healing to your relationships.  Ladies Night Out includes dinner, message from Dr. Thomas and a copy of her book The 5 Languages of Apology.  Register online for $15 by Sunday, October 25.  Space is limited.


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