Monday, November 30, 2020

Merry Christmas!

First Congregational Church
Lee, Massachusetts

 It feels so good to say Merry Christmas!!

Wow. it's been six months since my last blog post!   I'd like to say time flies when you're having fun, but like you, I've been doing my best to get through these crazy days.  I've always tried to use my blog to be inspiring and positive and frankly, I've not been feeling it too much.  For someone whose been called "PollyAnna" that's pretty hard for me to admit.

But it's now officially the Christmas Season and we can rejoice!  Advent, a season of Hope and Faith and a celebration of the birth of our Savior.  At the end of the day, or this memorable year of 2020.... that is really all that matters.

If you've followed me for awhile you know I love to sketch churches!  Since 2010, each year I search for THE perfect church to sketch for our annual Christmas Card.  Over the next few weeks I will share some of my favorites and a little bit of their stories.  Some you may have seen before, and some will be new.  What I love the most is that they're all unique, from simple log cabin churches to grand Cathedrals... yet share the common ground of being founded in the love and hope of Jesus Christ.

In the fall of 2010, my husband and I visited the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.  As we traveled thru these quaint little towns, sometimes just a few miles apart, we noticed that each had a tall steepled church in the center of town.  The focal point and heart of their community.  This one, in Lee, was one of our favorites!   Its congregation began  meeting here in a small "meeting house" during the American Revolution in 1777.   Their first church was built in 1800 and tragically burned to the ground.  This church was built in 1857, and its steeple is thought to be the tallest in New England.

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