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I hope your winter solstice and whatever holiday celebrations you participated in were wonderful and refreshing. I participated in my church's Advent celebrations. This was exciting because this was my first Christmas at this church and as a member. I could probably write an entire blog entry about what it means to be a member of a church, but what's important about it is that by becoming a member of this church I'm beginning to sink my proverbial roots into Chicago. I knew since my second semester here that I wanted to make my residency in this city a permanent one. My church meets in one of the largest historical Polish parishes that was sold in 1993 to Covenant Presbyterian Church of Chicago. That means that during Advent the altar looks a little something like this:
This picture doesn't do it justice, especially since I took with my phone camera. You can't tell from this image, but the church is actually lit almost entirely by natural light with a few small bulbs to illuminate the side aisles above the pews.
I was so busy with the last two weeks ( known as Hell Week and Writing Week) that I hadn't been to church in a few weeks. When I resumed my regular attendance I got so many comments from pastors and acquaintances who I met in my membership class about my hair that I suddenly realized how many people didn't know what had happened.