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Blaine UCC performs ‘A Very COVID Christmas’ by Debra Jarvis

For 2020, Debra Jarvis, writer in residence at University Congregational UCC in Seattle, turned a 2016 Christmas pageant she wrote into “A Very COVID Christmas,” but UCUCC opted on a simpler option, so she offered it on the PNC Listserv email communication.

Sandra Wisecarver of Blaine UCC took up her offer.  As of publication, some members had recorded parts to be spliced together in a video to show on Christmas Eve on Facebook.

“I rewrote it into a screenplay with video parts people could record at home,” said Debra.The story is bookended with a modern family, tired of COVID and upset at not getting what they wanted for Christmas.  The narrator is an angel who sings a rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’

“The modern family learns Mary and Joseph did not get what they wanted.  They had to travel and deliver the baby Jesus in a manger, but the angel makes the point that we do not always get what we want, but what we need.  God provides what we need.”

There is a knock at the door of the modern family and a couple need to use their phone to make a phone call.  They disinfect the phone to get help.

Sandy said that in Blaine there have been 205 cases and life is slower in the community on the Canadian border.  Fewer Canadians come to the Costco, and they cant shop or ski in Canada, so they are frequenting food-to-go at local restaurants and shopping local stores.

“About 30 attend worship on Zoom, but never the same 30,” she said.   “We visit  with about 10 who do not do Zoom every few weeks.”

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