Join Bloom In The Desert Ministries United Church Of Christ and the Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) Thursday, December 24 at 7:00p.m for a “Community Drive-In Christmas Eve Service” with social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.
In a drive-in style evening of virtual celebration and worship this unique Bloom in the Desert Christmas Eve experience is open to people of all faiths and congregations. This faith filled community gathering will showcase some of the most recognizable and revered local musicians, familiar carols, Bible stories, and the luminaria display, which will fill everyone with joy this holiday season.
“On past Christmas Eve’s, our congregation typically set out luminaria to connect with the holiday tradition shared around the world. This year, our social action and missions ministry group will place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center more than 650 luminaria representing the children who were separated at the U.S. southern border from their parents. We hope this display will be a reminder for us to honor them and recognize the strife of all children who are suffering around the world,” said Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Johnson.
A joint collaboration between Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC and the Palm Springs Cultural Center requires registration as this FREE evening of glorious song and worship has limited vehicle availability. Donations of all sizes are welcome on a free-will basis and are gratefully accepted. This socially distanced, masked and nostalgic event will be held at the PSCC, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs with the drive-in lot opening at 5:30p.m. with Christmas Eve service beginning at 7:00p.m. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Charlie Creasy’s pre-music begins at 6:50pm. so come early and take advantage of the full concessions take-out at Mildred’s Cafe’ including unlimited popcorn and soda packages or dinner menu items.
Attendees will enjoy Christmas favorites from Keisha D, Tommy Dodson, Charles Herrera, Jerome Elliott, Charlie Creasy, Mark Richards and Elaine Wang Meyerhoffer at this modern cinematic experience offering selections curated by Bloom’s music director Ken Forney.
You’ll be uplifted by “Love Changes Everything” sung by Charles Herrera,
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” performed by Tommy Dodson, “O Come All Ye Faithful” sung by Elaine Wang-Meyerhoffer, “Hope” by Jason Robert Brown sung by Jerome Elliott, “Do you Hear What I Hear?” sung by Mark Richards along with the incredible Keisha D singing “Don’t Save It All for Christmas Day.”
Rev. Dr. Johnson will light the Advent candles and there will be traditional and contemporary readings and prayers from Bloom congregation members: Mike Shear, Lynda Toland, Russ Bertlow, Linda Lang, Eduardo Span and Ramon Fuentes to make this very special observance a memorable occasion.
Since 2005, the mission of Bloom in the Desert is to be guided by teachings of Jesus Christ, Bloom is a community of believers who heal one another.
We gather to worship God, witness our faith in the living of our lives and uphold and life one another up in Christian living. United in our diversity we are inclusive and embracing. We agitate for God’s peace and justice in our community and around the world.
Bloom in the Desert Ministries United Church of Christ (UCC) is an open and affirming congregation welcoming all to experience inclusive faith grounded in nurturing spirituality. This Christmas Eve service is designed for our times and will foster the Christmas spirit among all of us in memorable ways.
For more information on Bloom in the Desert, visit www.BloomintheDesert.org.