The First Christian Church of Tuftonboro (across from the General Store on 109A) held its annual community Christmas service on Sunday evening. Around 75 people attended the service, which was led by Rev. Kent Schneider, who is the interim pastor of the First Congregational Church in Farmington, NH.
The congregants sang Christmas carols with the aid of Cecelia Ewing on keyboard, Patti Nisbet on flute, Betty Schneider on persuasion, and Jane Wilson on clarinet and recorder. Mike Lymburmer sang tenor. Natalie Hebden also played guitar and mandolin, as well as sang.
Rev. Schneider’s sermon was on patience. “What are you waiting for?” He asked. He said we live in a time when people expect instant gratification. But Mary, Joseph, and even Mary’s sister Elizabeth, were waiting, he said, and they were rewarded for their patience.
After the service, Tuftonboro residents stayed to mingle and talk with friends and neighbors.
The First Christian Church of Tuftonboro is 147 years old.