The 27th year of Scrooge at Faith is in the books, and it was history making. Much of the history we already know — how many came, the smiles we saw, the laughs we heard, the emotions we felt. Much more is still to be known — the lives that were changed, the hearts and minds that were influenced, the families that were healed, the effects that will be seen far into the future.
You had a part in that. Our part is serving. God’s part is using our service for His Kingdom.
Thank you to Steve and Darcy Carlsen for their humble service and fabulous performances. Steve is a very unScrooge-like person, but he made a wonderful Ebenezer. You might think you know all of Scrooge’s lines…and you might. But knowing when to say them, how to say them, what’s going on while you’re saying them, along with many other details that are all racing towards you, is something that Steve did with great skill. All with a knee that he probably shouldn’t be walking on. (And let’s not even mention how sick he was before the last performance.) And Darcy was a wonderful Mrs. Cobbler, along with her duties as chief Propmaster and Scrooge nursemaid.
Thanks also to Mary-Jane Engelhardt for both her performance and direction. She does a little bit of everything, but does it well and with such a positive heart.
As always, thanks go to Jon Cole and Curtis Vass, the backbone of the tech crew. They really carry the heart and intention of what we do through all their efforts. The many hours they have put in are greatly appreciated.
A very special thanks also to my daughter, Summer, for assisting me throughout the production. Her help was very much needed.
I really could — and probably should — go through all the names in the program and beyond. There were many outstanding acting performances — Natalie Flecha, Pastor Sam, Kenneth Munroe, Jayda Almonte, Jonathon Morrissey…as Angel 3:, until of course, he couldn’t on the last night and had to receive last minute backup from Michael Mueller. Everyone, from those with speaking lines to those with smiling lines, was so willing to be directed, it made for a great production. (Seriously, I’m sorely tempted to mention every name, because you each were so valuable. Feel free to add your name here:)
Then there were all the non-stage performances of lighting, sound, stage, backstage, choreography (thanks Jenn, Terrie…and Carla!), kitchen, makeup, costumes (Naomi!), parking lot, ushers, greeters, worship team (the Relentless worship team was great!), construction (Frank Crater and Tom Langstine did SO much to help Mike and Ronna Dunham make the set look fantastic, in addition to their Lobby set), cookies, childcare…and more. (So many names I’m leaving out.)
It really was fascinating to watch all the different areas of ministry do their part in making one entire production that brought so much joy to so many.
So, take this gladness with you, now and throughout the year! (And mark your calendar to be involved again, once September 2017 rolls around!)
Well done, indeed.
— Pastor Tim